Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bates' Favorite Hymns


Several of the Bates are well-practiced musicians, and they all enjoy singing together as a family. In the video below, Erin Bates Paine, Chad Paine, Tori Bates, Carlin Bates, Zach Bates, and Whitney Bates share their favorite hymns. Zach's reasoning for his is especially sweet!

What are your favorite hymns?


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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, May 22, 2017

New Bates Header, May 2017

Happy Monday! What better way to celebrate the new week than with an updated header? What do you think of the new style/colors/pictures?


Photos courtesy of UP

Friday, May 19, 2017

Warden Turns 14

 Warden Bates

Happy 14th birthday, Warden! Warden's middle name is Justice, and he is No. 13 in the Bates lineup. He also loves loves root beer and says his record is more than 4 liters in one day. Take a look back at his 11-year-old self in the video below.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Olympic Bates


Did you know that Gil Bates qualified to try out for the Olympics before meeting Kelly? In this clip, the Bates discuss whether they think anyone else in their family could, or would desire, to make it that far in athletics.

If you haven't seen the new promo clip for the upcoming season of Bringing Up Bates, click here to watch.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lawson Bates' NC Benefit Concert


Hello, friends! Lawson asked us to share this update...

His benefit concert in North Carolina is this Friday, May 19th, from 7pm-9pm ET. Proceeds will be donated to the Levine Children's Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. The venue is located at 661 Clark Creek Rd in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at Lawsonbates.com/tour/benefit-concert-nc/.

Photo courtesy of tarynyagerphotography.com

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wedding, Engagement, Courtship, and Twins???



Are you counting down the days until the Bates return to reality TV? We sure are! The season six premiere of Bringing Up Bates airs on June 1st at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Up has a lot in store for viewers on the new season. Check out this promo video to see some of the highlights. (Click here to read the full season summary.) What big announcements do you predict will be made this season?


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Carson Turns 2


Wishing Carson Paine a very happy 2nd birthday! We would also like to wish all the mamas out there a blessed Mother's Day!

A bundle of joy to his parents, Carson's full name is Charles Stephen Paine IV. (Chad is Charles Stephen Paine III.) He was born more than three weeks early and weighed in at six pounds.


Here's a throwback to Carson as a newborn...
 
Erin Bates Paine, Chad Paine, Carson Paine

Photos courtesy of UP, tarynyagerphotography

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bates Trivia Spring 2017 (Solutions)





On Thursday, we posted five Bates trivia questions. As promised, here are the answers. How did you do?


1. What is Kelly Bates' maiden name? Callaham

2. How many siblings does Gil Bates have? (Bonus: What are their names?) Two; Greg and Jennifer

3. What city and state did Gil grow up in? Honea Path, South Carolina

4. What color dresses did Michaela Bates' bridesmaids wear? (Six wore one color, and two wore another.) Six wore pink, and two (Kelly and Erin) wore tan

5. What is the name of the TLC reality show that the Bates starred in before moving to UP? United Bates of America

Photo courtesy of UP

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bobby Graduates from College

Bobby Smith, Tori Bates' boyfriend, is a college graduate! He completed his bible and youth ministry degree at Pensacola Christian College and accepted his diploma at commencement yesterday.

Since entering an official courtship last fall, Tori and Bobby have said that they plan to wait until Tori completes her education degree at The Crown College of the Bible before tying the knot. (She is currently on track to graduate next spring.) When do you think the couple will get engaged?

Bobby Smith and Tori Bates at graduation

Photo courtesy thebatesfamily.com

Bates Trivia Spring 2017


How well do you know the Bates family? Try your hand at these trivia questions to find out! Post your guesses as a comment, and we will reveal the correct answers on Saturday.

1. What is Kelly Bates' maiden name?

2. How many siblings does Gil Bates have? (Bonus: What are their names?)

3. What city and state did Gil Bates grow up in?

4. What color dresses did Michaela Bates' bridesmaids wear? (Six wore one color, and two wore another.)

5. What is the name of the TLC reality show that the Bates starred in before moving to UP?

Photo courtesy of UP

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bates Season 5 Recap Video


With the season six premiere of Bringing Up Bates less than four weeks away, let's take a look back at the most memorable moments from season five.

The Bates boys attended overnight summer camp, Tori started an official courtship with Bobby Smith, Lawson pulled off multiple concerts, the Bates' house nearly burned down, Gil and the kids planned a huge 50th birthday celebration for Kelly (including a visit to Kelly's hometown and childhood house), Alyssa and John welcomed their second daughter, Michaela and Brandon shared their infertility struggles, Gil and Kelly and most of the kids went snow skiing for the first time, and the entire family came together to celebrate I Love You Day...and those are just the highlights! Relive all those moments and more in this recap video.


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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mama Kelly Bates


Season six of Bringing Up Bates premieres in 24 days! Who's excited?

In the downtime between seasons, UP has been airing supersized specials, which give viewers a closer look at scenes from past episodes. In an hour-long Mother's Day segment this Thursday at 9pm ET/8pm CT, the network will share the most motherly moments from the past five seasons. (Visit our Showtimes page for more details.) For an emotional sneak peak, watch the video below.



Photo/video courtesy of UP

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Brooklyn's 9-Month Milestone

 Brooklyn Paine

Brooklyn Elise Paine was born at 5:42am on August 6th, 2016, weighing 6 lbs, 6 oz, which means that today is her nine-month milestone! According to parents Erin and Chad, Brooklyn loves the Paines' pets. For those who haven't heard, the Paines adopted a puppy, Max, last summer, and added two baby goats, Bubby and Sissy, to their family in Feburary.

In just eight days, Brooklyn's older brother, Carson Paine, will turn two years old.

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Photo courtesy chadanderin.com

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bates vs Escape Room


"Let's just say, an hour locked in a room with me and Mom being the only adults and all children, it feels like 10 hours."
-Alyssa Bates Webster

In this Bringing Up Bates webisode, Kelly Bates and Alyssa Webster take the five youngest Bates boys and a few family friends to The Great Escape Room in Orlando, Florida. Alyssa is at the end of her pregnancy and will soon give birth to Lexi, so it's already a difficult time...even before being locked in room with a bunch of little ones. Have you experienced an escape room?


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Big Sandy Highlights


Last week, some of the Bates were down in Big Sandy, Texas, for the annual homeschool/family conference. The Institute in Basic Life Principles just released a highlight reel, which we have posted below. Take a look, and let us know which of the Bates or the Bates' significant others or in-laws you see.

We have also embedded the video montage from last year's conference, which the Bates also attended.

Big Sandy 2017


Big Sandy 2016


Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com; videos property of iblp.org

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bates Cookbook?


"I don't know that I would be qualified for a cookbook, unless it was like, meals for 40 people in less than 20 minutes."
-Kelly Bates

Many of our readers have asked if the Bates have ever considered writing a cook book. They have thought about it, but Kelly has come to the conclusion that she isn't qualified. Hear her reasoning in the video clip below.


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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Erin Turns 26

Wishing Erin Paine a blessed 26th birthday! Born Erin Elise Bates, she is the third of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children. She graduated from The Crown College of the Bible in May 2014 with a bachelors degree in music ministry and now teaches piano lessons out of her cottage-style house. 

Erin was the first Bates child to leave the fold, marrying Chad Paine in November 2013. The couple--along with their two children (Carson and Brooklyn), two goats, and dog--resides in Clinton, Tennessee.

Erin Bates Paine

Photo courtesy of UP

Monday, May 1, 2017

Failed Plans or Bad Aim?


"I'm not much at planning, and most of the time my aim is off, too, but I aim to get around to doing it."
-Gil Bates

Do you plan to do something, or do you aim to do it? In this Southern Speak video, the Bates discuss which phrase they prefer.


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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Websters Dress for Church

Can you believe it's almost May? The Webster family of four took a snapshot that we just have to show you. It's too cute not to! Lexi Mae is already three months old, and Allie Jane just turned two. For those wondering, Alyssa's shirt is from Paisley Kate's Boutique.

Allie Webster, John Webster, Alyssa Webster, Lexi Webster

Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ellie Bates Turns 10

Wishing Ellie Bridget Bates a very happy 10th birthday! Ellie is No. 16 in the Bates family lineup, and she is known for selflessly looking for ways to serve and be an encouragement to those around her. According to Kelly, she is also very sensitive, like her dad.


Photo courtesy of Up

Thursday, April 27, 2017

#TBT Big Sandy 2012


This week, the Duggars and Bates (as well as a bunch of other Christian families) are gathered in Big Sandy at the annual homeschool conference. (Visit our Duggar blog to view photos.)

In honor of Throwback Thursday, we decided to share this clip from United Bates of America, the short TLC reality TV series that the Bates starred in before being picked up by UP (no pun intended). The video features both the Duggars and the Bates and shows footage from the 2012 homeschool conference.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bates Wedding Bells?


"I know some people that want to get married next, but I don't know if they're ready to get married next."
-Erin Bates Paine

So far, four of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 kids are married (Zach, Michaela, Erin, and Alyssa), one is in an official courtship (Tori), and another (Carlin) is in the get-to-know-you stage with her boyfriend. In the video below, Erin and Chad Paine discuss which sibling they expect will be the next to tie the knot. What are your predictions?


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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, April 24, 2017

Special Delivery From Pilot Nathan Bates


Having a brother who can fly a plane sure does come in handy when you're in a long-distance relationship! In this deleted scene from the Bringing Up Bates season five finale, Nathan delivers Bobby Smith into Tori's waiting arms, just in time for the annual Bates Couples Dinner. What do you think of Nathan's landing?


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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Over Yonder?


Is it "over yonder" or "over there"? The Bates are split on this one, but Gil Bates is adamant that his way is the correct "Southern" way. Check out the video below, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Friday, April 21, 2017

Double the Trouble

Allie Jane Webster and Lexi Mae Webster

How many of you have pushed a double stroller that's absolutely impossible to maneuver? Alyssa Bates Webster has found one that she loves, and she says it makes life with two kids a whole lot easier. It's the BabyTrend Sit N' Stand. Go ahead and share any tips or words of wisdom you have for surviving life with two children.

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Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Watch Bates Episodes For Free


The season five finale of Bringing Up Bates aired last Thursday, and season six premieres June 1st. (Don't worry, Up is airing six super-sized episodes in the meantime--visit our Showtimes page for more details.)

For those who haven't been able to tune in, the network just posted the first three episodes of season five to its website. The links are below.

Note from Up: The full episodes are restricted to U.S. IP addresses only. Those located outside the U.S. will automatically be redirected to the Up homepage.

Bringing Up Bates, Season 5 Episode 1
Bringing Up Bates, Season 5 Episode 2
Bringing Up Bates, Season 5 Episode 3

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Photo courtesy of UP

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bates College/Career Update

 Lawson, Josie, Carlin, Tori, Trace, Nathan

Four of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children are married and out of the house, but what about the non-married siblings who are finished with high school but still living at home? They are all preparing for their futures in different ways.

Lawson Bates (No. 4, 24 years old) devotes most of his days to his budding music career, splitting time between Nashville and Rocky Top.

Nathan Bates (No. 5, 23 years old) has been in Mississippi for a few months, working on his commercial and instructor pilots licenses. He took a big test last week and plans to be home for a while.

Tori Bates (No. 7, 21 years old) is in an official courtship with Bobby Smith. She attends The Crown College of the Bible and will graduate with an education degree in May 2018. Tori's current plan is to wait until after graduation to get married. Bobby finishes school in Florida this May and has thought about moving to Tennessee to be closer to his girlfriend.

Trace Bates (No. 8, 20 years old) is also taking classes at Crown. He had hoped to be a trick rider for the Dixie Stampede, but that hasn't worked out yet. He and Tori, Carlin, and Josie enjoy carpooling to school each morning and having each other as a support system. Trace has not announced his major.

Carlin Bates (No. 9, 19 years old) is working on her music major at Crown. (Hear more from her in the video below.) She is also getting to know Evan Stewart of Nashville, although the two are not in an official courtship.

Josie Bates (No. 10, 17 years old) is studying cosmetology at Crown.


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Photo courtesy of lawsonbates.com, video courtesy of UP

The Big 3-0!

 
 Erin, Carson, Chad, and Brooklyn Paine

Wishing Chad Paine a happy 30th birthday! Chad, whose full name is Charles Stephen Paine III, is the first of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children and four children-in-law to hit this milestone.

Zach Bates will turn 30 in December 2018, with Brandon Keilen and John Webster following in fall 2019 and Michaela Bates Keilen celebrating her 30th birthday in January 2020. Chad and Erin are four years apart in age.

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Photo courtesy of UP

Monday, April 17, 2017

Little Bates Family Easter Photos

 Zach, Whitney, Bradley, and Kaci Lynn Bates

Are you ready for a complete cuteness overload? The little Bates family did an Easter photo shoot with friend and photographer Taryn Yager, and the results are absolutely adorable. Enjoy!

 Zach Bates and Kaci Bates

 Zach and Whitney Bates

Zach, Bradley, and Kaci Bates

 Bradley Bates

 Zach, Whitney, Bradley, and Kaci Lynn Bates

 Whitney Bates and Kaci Lynn Bates

Bradley Bates and Kaci Bates

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Photos courtesy of tarynyagerphotography.com

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bates' Farm-Themed Games


Did you catch last night's season finale episode? (Click here to read our recap.) The Bates' I Love You Day games sure were a hoot! Watch the highlights in the clip of deleted scenes below.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, April 13, 2017

'A New Baby Born and Love All Around' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A New Baby Born and Love All Around"

  • Kelly and the five youngest boys arrive at Alyssa and John’s house in Clermont, Florida. “My family’s very last minute,” says Alyssa. “I didn’t find out who all was coming until literally the day before they came.”
  • The following day, Kelly takes Alyssa out for some mother-daughter time. Alyssa explains that she doesn’t want a bunch of people in the room during her labor. Kelly says she was the same way and that she and Gil will wait in the reception area.
  • Kelly accompanies Alyssa to her midwife appointment at The Birth Place (a birthing center). Alyssa is hooked up to a monitor for a short while after the midwife hears an irregularity in Lexi’s heartbeat, but she is relieved to find out that everything is fine.
  • Gil and the rest of the family arrives, and he and Lawson lead the kids in a nerf gun war at their rental house. In the middle of the game, Kelly receives a call from John that causes her and Gil to rush over to the birthing center. Lexi Mae Webster arrives just over one hour later.
  • “It doesn’t matter how many grandkids we have,” says Kelly. “They’re all special. They’re all different.”
  • Alyssa is discharged just a few hours after the birth, and her siblings are thrilled to come visit, both at the birthing center that evening and at her house the next day.
  • Back in Tennessee, the Bates are planning their annual I Love You Day celebration, which will be coupled with Mama Jane’s birthday party. The theme is “down on the farm.”
  • When everyone arrives for the festivities, the older sisters go out for pedicures and girl talk. Erin and Carlin tell the story of how Erin set Carlin and Evan up. It’s actually quite simple. Kelly was speaking at a banquet, and Evan was sitting at a table with Carlin and Erin. Carlin explains what happened: “[Erin] is like, ‘So, you know, I really would like you to be my brother-in-law. I mean, Carlin’s single. Are you single?’”
  • “Evan is perfect for Carlin,” says Alyssa. “He is so patient with her.”
  • Tori drops a bombshell: She’s getting married in May! Her sisters are shocked, but then she clarifies....next May, after she finishes school.
  • “I’m not planning my wedding,” says Tori. “I’ll pick my colors, and then everyone else plans it.” What if everyone disagrees? “Then I say y’all fight it out,” says the bride-to-be. “I ain’t doing it.”
  • The night before I Love You Day, all the couples have a steak dinner at the rental cabin where the out-of-town guests are staying. Nathan delivers Tori and Bobby but is quickly asked to leave. “Come back when you’ve got a girl,” says Kelly.
  • When I Love You Day finally rolls around, Mama Jane is shocked when Gil and Kelly present her with a new rocking chair, made by Chad, that has everyone’s signatures shellacked on it.
  • “Oh my gosh!” exclaims Mama Jane. “You children are way too much! I don’t want to ever die.”
  • Kelly leads the clan in a bunch of fun, farm-themed games, including a pig calling contest.
  • Later, Zach, Chad, and John take Bobby and Evan shooting. They also share relationship advice. “Our boys are very protective of their sisters, and no guy is good enough,” says Kelly.
  • Opening gifts takes more than an hour with so many people. Michael causes tears to flow when she passes out heart key chains with Kelly’s father’s handwriting on them. They say “I love you. In His grace, Granddad Callaham. Psalm 56:3.”

Season 5 Finale Tonight


Tonight is the night of the Bringing Up Bates season five finale! Rest assured that this is not the end. Season six premieres June 1st, and UP has six specials in store for viewers in the weeks ahead. (See our Showtimes page for more information.) Be sure to come back to the blog after the show for our recap.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
8pm: Working Up An Appetite
8:30pm: The 'Cubs' Land in Chicago
9pm: A New Baby Born and Love All Around (Season Finale)
Love is the air for Bates Family! Gil, Kelly Jo and the kids head to Florida to await the arrival of Alyssa and John's second child, Lexi Mae. Counting down the days to her delivery, Alyssa checks in at the birthing center for a checkup, but will complications with the baby's heartbeat delay her delivery? Before the big I Love You Day celebration, the Bates sisters come together for a spa day and dish about Carlin's new boyfriend. Later, it's a 'Down on the Farm' theme for this year's I Love You Day celebration, where the entire Bates family honors Mama Jane during the festivities.

Meeting Lexi Mae Webster...




Girl time over I Love You Day weekend (Tori drops a bombshell)...


Couple's steak dinner the night before I Love You Day (for couples only, as Nathan quickly finds out)...




Celebrating I Love You Day and Mama Jane's birthday (pig calling contest, anyone?)...














Kelly reacts to a sentimental gift from Michael...


A special present for Mama Jane...


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Photos courtesy of UP