Friday, August 26, 2016

Throwback: Bates sing "The Love of God"

We're a day late with our #ThrowbackThursday post, but better late than never, right? This week's #TBT is a video of the Bates family singing the hymn "The Love of God" back in 2011, when Gil and Kelly had "only" 18 children.

On a side note, the 2013 movie Indescribable tells the story of "The Love of God."

"The Love of God"
Frederick M. Lehman

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.


Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Recap: 'Growing Paine'

Bringing Up Bates "Growing Paine"
  • Kelly, Lawson, and Carlin take Josie and Katie on a secluded road to practice driving. The two girls recently received their driver’s permits and are eager to get behind the wheel. When Gil expresses a little bit of concern, Josie replies: “Dad, I’m like the bomb driver. All they gotta tell me is the gas and brake and I’ve got it.”
  • Katie is more confident behind the wheel, but her passengers let out quite a few screams as she drifts into the wrong lane a few times. Josie is much more cautious and takes it slower. Katie and Josie agree that driving is more difficult than it looks. But then again, they are learning on a 15-passenger van...
  • Meanwhile, Erin and Chad prepare to host Carson’s first birthday party. Michaella arrives from Chicago to help. Chad’s mom, Tammy, and two of his siblings, Tabitha and Johnny, also come into town for the event.
  • Erin and Chad say they are enjoying parenthood: “It really blows my mind that time has gone by so quick, but it’s been so sweet and special," shares Chad. "It’s just a thrill.”
  • “These first birthdays are great,” says Gil. “But the problem is…they’re going to get really expensive.” He and Kelly joke that they might have to stop giving birthday presents to their married children so they can afford gifts for the grandbabies.
  • After lunch, guests enjoys watching various family members run around the yard wearing Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers. (The song playing in the background is "Tomorrow" by Dewey Lybecker, Daniel Read, and Chris Soother.)
  • Next is the three-legged and four-legged race. After the activities, everyone gathers around Carson’s highchair to watch him eat his cupcake. (See Tuesday's post for a hilarious deleted scene.)
  • “It was a fun birthday party,” shares Gil. “I don’t know that Carson’s going to remember it, but it will be one that we never forget.”

'Growing Paine' TONIGHT

Less than four hours to go until this week's new episode airs on UP...

Tonight on Bringing Up Bates, Kelly Bates and Lawson Bates give Josie Bates and Katie Bates their first driving lesson. When the chaos begins, the girls wonder why they are being taught be the two most dramatic members of the family. Later, the Bates gather at Erin and Chad Paine's cottage-style house to celebrate Carson Paine's first birthday.

Thursday, August 25
8pm ET: Bates Make the Grade
8:30pm ET: The 20th Bates
9pm ET: Growing Paine (NEW)
9:30pm ET: Bates Make the Grade

Here are a few snapshots from the show, as well as another sneak peek video:

 The kids enjoy the Bump N' Bonce Body Bumpers

 All the Bates beg to hold Carson at his birthday party

 Jeb Bates

 Grandma Kelly Bates and Carson Paine

 Erin and Carson Paine

 Erin's homemade pin the tail on the donkey

 Four-legged race

 Water balloon toss

 Josie Bates' first driving lesson

Photos/video courtesy of UP

Watch Season 4 Online

Are you hoping to catch up on past episodes of Bringing Up Bates before tonight's show airs? Season four is now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video! iTunes has all 12 episodes that have aired thus far, while Amazon has episodes one through 10.

We have included the prices and corresponding links below:

Amazon HD: $1.99 per episode
Amazon SD*: $0.99 per episode

iTunes HD: $2.99 per episode, $25.99 for the season pass
iTunes SD: $1.99 per episode, $16.99 for the season pass

*For Amazon SD, visit the Amazon HD page, and click "More Purchase Options."

For those who subscribe to Up Faith and Family, season four has not yet been uploaded, but we will let you know when it becomes available.

As always, we will continue to post a recap of each episode immediately after it airs. (Visit our Watch Full Episodes page for links to past recaps.)

Photo courtesy of UP. This is not a sponsored post. We do not receive any compensation for providing these links. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bates Speaking Engagement

Are you eager to meet Kelly Jo Bates? Then you'll be thrilled to hear that she has an upcoming speaking engagement! The mom of 19 will be the special guest at the South Haven Baptist Church 2016 Ladies Conference in Springfield, Tennessee.

The event takes place Saturday, September 17th, from 8:15am-5:00pm and is geared towards adult women and teenage girls The cost is $45 per person. Visit the church website to register. (Hurry, seating is limited.)

The Bates visited South Haven Baptist Church three years ago when Gil Bates preached a sermon for the congregation.

Photo courtesy of UP