About The Beast Blog

I love my boys.  There is truly something amazing about a mother, sons and the bond they share.  I don’t have any daughters so I can’t really compare it to anything else, but I just know I fell in love with them in a very unexpected and complete way when they were born.  That’s why it continues to perplex me oh so much how even with this amount of love, I sometimes want to drop kick them right out the front door!

That feeling really doesn’t happen often.  You know when a doctor asks about the severity or frequency of a symptom and pain is usually ranked on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the ‘you think you’re going to die’ level… I haven’t reached a level 10 yet, so we must be doing pretty well.  Most days we are coasting in the 3-4 range.  I know I’ve reached moments of level 7 and 8, but certainly not 10 as of yet.  But then again, as I write this in January 2012, the boys are only 11 and 3 weeks shy of 14.

baby shoe and big shoe

Where did the time go?

Rare moments are those like you see in the picture above where we are all smiling and hugging and happy and in the same room.  This was a family vacation in the summer about 4 states away from home, so we were kind of forced to like each other for these two weeks. But I do cherish this picture since no one was choking another person, passing unwanted fumes or copping an attitude – if even for just this one moment – it was a good day. If you are visiting this blog, someone probably shared it with you or you’ve accidentally found it thinking you’ll get some words of wisdom or home remedies for all the mysteries and smells associated with bringing up adolescent males… maybe there will be nugget or two within to help.  Mostly, though you’ll likely see a family just trying to figure it out and praying that in the end, what were once small, sweet-smelling, sweet-natured and respectful babies will some day become godly men of character and respect.  Until then, there is a transformation in the works that is awkward, amazing and at times astounding.  The pitter-patter of little feet have become the slapping and stomping of monstrous steps lurking in the shadows of my very own home.  I truly am bringing up beasts.


5 Responses to “About The Beast Blog”

  1. SnapInTime September 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    I found your blog accidentally and I love your writing style… not to mention I can’t help but wonder if your beasts are distantly related to mine. 😉 I have boys aged 13- grade 8 and 15- sophomore, and it’s a wild ride for sure. Their little sister had no choice but to assimilate some of the mayhem, but things are certainly different with her. I look forward to enjoying more of your writing!

    • Bringing Up Beasts September 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

      Thank you – I have fun writing about the boys! It is nice to know we moms aren’t alone in this blessed journey. Off to check out your blog too! Keep writing.

  2. briepetty February 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    My name is Briana Petty and I’m a journalism student at Indiana University. I’m writing an article about the rise of parent blogging and I stumbled upon your blog. I was wondering if I could interview about “Bringing up Beasts” (how it started and why, what you blog about, response to the blog, etc.) If there is any way I could do an interview via phone or email, I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your time!
    Briana Petty

  3. zenmamajo February 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    it’s certainly true about boys being different than girls – after three girls – we’ve had to practically start all over again once our son arrived! we’re hoping this next baby will be a little buddy (or ‘beast’) for our little dude. 🙂

    • Bringing Up Beasts February 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      Yes, so much I didn’t expect and still learning! Glad you enjoy it.

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