Friday, April 18, 2014

To Beard, or Not to Beard? That is the Question!

My second-oldest son has been sporting facial hair on and off (mostly on) for the last few years.

20 years ago!
In fact, here he was the last time I saw him without any hair on his face (Kidding!).

I think this was actually the last time I saw him with no beard of sorts, a few years ago when he graduated from high school (2011).

Full Beard, 2011
Since then, he's had a beard,

That boy's all wet! (cuz he just got done swimming ;) ).
Goatee 2012
or goatee, for quite a long time now.

With his niece. This picture makes me laugh, he's a good uncle. :)
Light Beard - 2013
Even when he came home to visit at Christmas time last year, he was sporting the facial hair (which his niece thought was fun to touch, or grab hold of, hahahaha!). 

No beard, 2014!
So...when he sent this picture over to me in an e-mail yesterday, I was so surprised!!!  No beard at all, and I love it!

He always looks handsome to me, you know the mom thing and all, but I love how he looks when he's clean-shaven. He looks his age. :)

He DID just have a 21st birthday in March, maybe that has something to do w/the new look? You don't have to try to look older, when officially your driver's license says you're a man. ;)  Not that there would be any reason at all to try and look older than you were, if you weren't 21. *ahem*


Totally lovin' the new look, JG!

89 comments:

  1. He is a very handsome young man and I like his clean shaven look far better too. I've never been a fan of facial hair. His girlfriend is very cute too.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  2. Your son is a handsome man :) what a lucky girl right there hehe I also like my husband clean and beard shaven. Commenting here as I commented in your other post.

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  3. He looks great either way! But in general, I also prefer clean shaven.

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  4. The beard did make him look older. Maybe he decided that since he's 21 he would rather look his age? Or maybe his girlfriend said she preferred no beard??? Hahahaha. Women can be tricky like that...

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  5. Hah! Love your last line. It's probably true. I have to admit, though, he's a good looking kid with or without a beard. I just popped over from Robin's blog, and I'm glad I did. I am now your newest follower. Thanks for sharing this post.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  6. One of the perks of my husband being in the Army is having to be clean shaven lol. Love it!

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  7. He looks good either way.

    My husband is always supporting a beard. He says he looks too young and normal without one. Whatever that means. Silly! I'm more of a clean shaven person myself.

    At least your son kept his short. I tease my husband that someone is going to think he's a terrorist. He lets it grow out. When I tease him he adds to it, and goes to put a towel on his head. Crazy guy.

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  8. Your son is a fine looking young man, with or without a beard. He was also an adorable baby. :)

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  9. I love the beard or the no-beard look. He is a handsome man, and who is the blond in the photo?

    He was bound to be so good looking; he was a beautiful baby.

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    1. That's his gal. He was a sweetheart of a baby, Susan. So easy to take care of, and such a great big happy heart. I've been lucky, all four of mine were easy when they were little, and the grandbaby is now too (this child's niece). :)

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  10. Your son is so very handsome Rosey and I too have never been a real fan of facial hair here either!! :)

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  11. My brother has the beard going on and I call him the mountain man lol

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  12. Rosey you and hubby have the best genes ever...all your kids are super handsome and daughter very pretty!!! he looks good with or without but I do prefer the beard....when my husband shaved his goatee and now is sporting a stache I wasn't happy at all...but better than shaving it all off, lol...Hugs girl!

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    1. says the gal w/two gorgeous sons! :)

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  13. I don't like facial hair at all on any man, so I like his new look much better ;)

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  14. Your son is very handsome with or without the beard. I personally love a man with a little bit of a beard (not Duck Dynasty, but 5 o'clock shadow) but I do love the feel of a clean shaven face!

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  15. I always like the clean look of no beard, although your son looks handsome both ways... I still go for NO BEARD.

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  16. He's a handsome guy any which way. Although, I do not prefer a full beard on guys but the stubble look is cute.

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  17. I've always said beards make men look older. Maybe he decided that wasn't a good thing anymore.

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  18. Lovely photos - such a handsome boy you have there!

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  19. Love the clean shaven look. My partner has had a beard for as long as I have known him. Not a fan.
    A few years ago I saw his chin for the first time (in over thirty years) when the hospital shaved him. When I took (at his request) a mirror in he told me 'that was my last shave'. Sigh.

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  20. I actually like a little (very little) stubble on my husband. But I think if it were my son Id rather no hair at all.They grow up too fast :(

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  21. My husband is in the Air Force so he can't grow a beard, but he very rarely shaves off his mustache. When we first got married, we agreed that he needed the mustache for people to take him seriously. Three different times people asked him who his dad was when he was an Airman and in the shop without his uniform on because he looked so young. We had about half a dozen different people that said something to us about being high school parents while I was pregnant with Elliott (he was 21 and I was 23 when Elliott was born). So we really wanted him to look older. :)

    Now he's 29, and we've been married nine years, and he keeps the mustache, more out of habit than anything else I think. His hairline has moved, and it's going gray, so he doesn't need help looking his age anymore. ;)

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  22. My other half is having a thing about facial hair at the moment I might get the clippers on it while he is asleep lol.

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  23. He looks good with or without the beard. I tend to like men with beards-but that is a personal preference. I will bet that the "girl" in the picture had something to do with the clean shaven look!

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  24. What a handsome young man you have there. He does look very nice without the beard.

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  25. Hi Rosey, I was introduced to your blog at Robin's and I'm now your newest follower:) Your son's a nice looking young man, with or without the beard. The beard definitely makes him look older.

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  26. I think he looks older than that, but in a good way. It's only when we're quite a bit older that we want to look younger!

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  27. Orrrr maybe his girlfriend do not like the beard tickle :) or he doesn't want to seem too old beside her...or. lol

    But really he is quite handsome and looks great either way :)

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  28. Personally, I love facial hair. Not the super long ones but some is better than none because I know there are definitely some men who can't grow much. :)

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  29. He's a handsome man either way but I much prefer a beard or some facial hair on a man. But I'm sure the lady in the photo had a lot to do with the missing facial hair. Haha

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  30. He is a handsome boy. He looks great both with a bread and without.

    Michelle F.

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  31. Aww - he's handsome with and without facial hair. I personally love the beard on my fiancé and he has dark hair too. :)

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  32. Very handsome Son--my Son is going to be 9 so I haven't had to deal with this issue with him---his Dad on the other hand--looks like he's got a 5 o'clock shadow two minutes after he shaves! LOL
    BTW that full beard photo has a strong resemblance to Ben Affleck -Argo days.

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    1. Good movie, but the driving scene was so unsettling to me (in the crowd of people).

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  33. He's handsome both ways! my daughter will be 21 in August. Blink...that went fast, didn't it?

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  34. no beard! I prefer no facial hair myself!

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  35. Aww, your son is handsome with or without a beard. I think it depends on the man and the beard. Some men suit both, some suit only one or the other. My husband has a beard and he wouldn't look right without it. : )

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  36. I think he looks great either way!

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  37. Awww! He's cute either way :) Molly would prefer the no beard though and she's 19 so I'm sure he'd value her opinion more than another "mom" opinion lol. Love the baby pic! We've got Molly with that same background. Good old KMart photo studio from back in the old days!

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    1. That's right, it was KMart, I was thinking that when I saw it too. :) They've held up just fine and were way cheaper than what we have to pay today.

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  38. I am not a big fan of beards or mustaches. He is a very handsome young man. Maybe his girlfriend decided she didn't like the feel of the beard. We all know how much sway a girlfriend can have :)

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  39. I agree. He's more handsome clean shaven.


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  40. I think he is sweet in all this pictures... facial hair and clean shaven.

    I tend to like clean shaven more, just my preference but some guys can wear it both ways :)

    Have a happy Easter Rosey :)

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  41. I think he looks good either way. I do the same thing.. its a bored thing.

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  42. You know, I agree he looks more handsome shaven... but I have to tell you, I never like beards and now that my hubby sports one, I don't even want him to shave ever. I have learned to love it so much I like it better. I chuckled at your comment about the 21st birthday.

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  43. Looks like a fine young man to me, with or without the beard. :)

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  44. I've always been amazed by how much difference facial hair makes. Your son is handsome either way :)

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  45. Very handsome! I agree that being clean-shaven makes him look much younger. I would vote for either clean-shaven or the goatee. :)

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  46. You must be so proud, what a handsome kiddo! Love the new look, I really prefer light to no facial hair. But your son seems to work them both ;)

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  47. He looks handsome either way! My husband grew a beard for Movember but he's usually clean shaven.

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  48. very handsome! Beards are VERY in. I'm sure it's off for the summer and when No Shave November comes around, it will come back.

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  49. great looking kid you have there :)

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  50. I like him with our without the beard, but I think its a mom's preference to keep their boys looking clean shaven. I think for me, I'd prefer that too. He's a good lookin kid! Love that picture of him and his niece. So funny!

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  51. He definitely looks younger without the beard, but I do like him with it too. The pic. of him and his niece is adorable!

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  52. He looks handsome both ways though without the facial hair definitely makes him look younger. I love my husband with a little facial hair but he is military so it is a rare occasion that I see it.

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  53. How cute is this! I love that we always write about our children, even if they are 21. They makes me very happy. You have a very handsome son.

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  54. You have a very handsome boy. I think I kinda like the beard.

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  55. I love my man with facial hair! I keep telling him not to shave without warning me!

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  56. He is very handsome. I thought he looked great with the beard, but no beard suits him well too.

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  57. They grow up so fast! I swear my girls were just babies a few years ago but they're 9 and 11 now and almost wearing my clothes and shoes. I can't image how hard it would be to see your son with a beard... drives home the point that he's a man.

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  58. Very handsome young man. He can pull off any one with his good looks, but surprisingly I like the beard better

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  59. He's handsome either way , I'm still in awe that I have the same exact balloon photo with my brother and myself.

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  60. He looks so different! My hubby grows a beard during hunting season and I hate it- so scruffy and itchy!

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  61. he looks good with a beard. he looks good without the beard

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  62. How handsome is he! I think he looks good with both, but definitely older with.

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  63. My husband has had a goatee for so long that when he shaves it off he just doesn't look right! You have a very handsome son!

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  64. I'm a sucker for facial hair. It's the only reason my husband keeps his beard. Your son is quite handsome either way!

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  65. I think my oldest is going through the same. He doesn't want a full beard, but he has had a small "goatee" a couple of times, which doesn't look as bad as I thought it might.

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  66. I love my husband with facial hair! But I think it just depends on your personal style and what the girl friend likes :)

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  67. Ha ha that picture with his niece looks so cute and funny at the same time. I love it. Your son is such a good looking man with or without beard.

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  68. Very cute post! My husband has always had a beard. I do wonder what he would look like without!

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  69. I think he looks super cute with and without but at age 21, I can totally see why you'd like him clean shaven. My son is 23 and he started the facial hair thing a couple of years ago. He tells me it's more of a lazy thing than anything else though. lol

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  70. Clean Is Always Best I Think He's Handsome Either Way!!

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  71. He is a very handsome young man either way. I like my husband with a goatee. Just a personal preference. ;)

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  72. What a handsome young man, with or without a beard. I know your proud.

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  73. What a handsome son you have- he will look great either way!

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  74. Your son is really handsome! I think you are right about the age, he's a man now. He doesn't need to look like it.

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  75. He is handsome! I say no beard :)

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  76. Well I knew you couldn't have a son too much older but I was surprised at 21. Yes, though I love beards, his made him look beyond his years. Keep it young and clean while you still look young.

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  77. I remember when my son grew a beard. It was awful with a couple of bare patches. Luckily it didn't take him long to figure out that it wasn't a good look for him.

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  78. I'm of the no beard camp he's so handsome why hide it, or the fact he's 21 :)

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  79. I'm usually not for beards. But, he actually looks good with the facial hair when it's well trimmed.

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  80. they look so young when they shave their hair off their face. :)

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  81. He looks good with the little closely shaved goatee type style.

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