Monday, September 26, 2016

New Bates Q&As

Happy Monday afternoon! We have a few new Q&As to add to the FAQs page. Enjoy! :)

Q: The Bates enjoy singing together as a family and have performed at quite a few churches
and conferences over the years. What is their favorite song to share with others?
A: "The Lord Has Blessed Me In So Many Ways"

The Lord has blessed me in so many ways,
That I could not begin to tell you how good He has been

He's my Friend, He's my Guide, He's my Shepherd, my Light,
The Lord has blessed me in so many ways.

Verse 1:
And I have been blessed with a family that has felt God's great touch,
He's been present in trials and He loves me so much

Though we fail, though we stumble on His Word we still stand,

And we know He'll be faithful to reach that fair end


Verse 2:
But the greatest of all blessings that I ever received,
Was His saving power when on His name I believed
Well, I had nothing to offer but my guilt and my sin,
It was all through the blood and His holy Name

We've been soo blessed, sooo blessed,
Blessed by His bountiful hand


Q: Do the Bates consider themselves to be good singers?
A: According to Gil, whether they have quality voices doesn't much matter because they are obeying the Biblical command to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."

Q: What is the family's go-to news source, and who is the most likely to share a current event with the rest of the clan?
A:; Zach

Q: How many bedrooms and bathrooms does the Bates' house have?
A: 8-1/2 bathrooms (they only had three before adding on several years ago) and 6 bedrooms (two for the girls, two for the boys, one for Mom and Dad, and one for guests).

Q: Who is the best swimmer?
A: Nathan

Q: Do Gil and Kelly enjoy traveling?
A: Kelly does. Gil is more of a homebody, but he has taken his wife on several trips since they were married.

Q: Who is the biggest practical jokester?
A: Gil. It used to be Erin, although Kelly says she "married somebody so mature that she kind of grew out of the prank stage."

Q: How long were Kelly's 19 labors?
A: Her longest was 21 hours, and her shortest was one hour.


  1. Which child was Kelly's longest and shortest labors??

  2. Which children share rooms (ie who is in what girl room, who is in what boy room?) Just curious if you break it up by age or a different way!

  3. I wonder which baby was the 21 and which was the 1?

    1. Yes, I'd love to know that too! :-)

  4. How do you keep your older kids interested in bible studies? Please I need an advice,

  5. It makes me sad if Erin's "pranking stage" has been squashed because Chad is so mature. I understand adapting to our spouse, but hopefully it goes both ways. It seems in this particular denomination it's always the woman who totally adapt to their husbands, but that isn't even Scriptural. Ephesians says husbands and wives are to adapt to one another. Two-way street.

  6. I love how the Bates sing songs that I know! My family sings that song!! Another good one they do is, "When The Stone Was Rolled Away."

  7. I want to know is.. What's been the best family's trip so far and how's the new grand baby.. Can't wait to see them on the show.

  8. I would love to hear their homeschooling schedule and see their homeschool room. Do they still use Abeka academy?