Tuesday, December 19, 2017

30 Years, 34 Bates

Three days after Tori Bates' wedding, the Bates clan has another big milestone to celebrate. It's Gil and Kelly's 30th anniversary! When they tied the knot 30 years ago, Gil was almost 23, and Kelly had just turned 21. They welcomed their first baby one year later, and the rest is history.

Gil and Kelly Bates celebrate 30th anniversary
Gil and Kelly Bates

Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

15 comments:

  1. So cute! I love watching this show, it's so wholesome and they aren't trying as hard to be perfect.

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  2. Happy Anniversary

    Gil & Kelly Bates

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  3. Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Bates. You have such a beautiful family. I love your show. Stay blessed.

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  4. Are you able to post a picture from their wedding? Would love to see one!

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  5. Happy anniversary

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  6. Very happy for them! How they came from meeting in college and choosing a specific lifestyle. I can't help but wonder how they felt with a bunch of children, homeschooling, a small home and tight times? Did they commit to their original choice at that time? Certainly, now, they are content and pleased with their initial decision. How are they advising their newly married children? Different times!

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    1. It seems to me as though both they and the Duggars learned some valuable lessons about things like thrift, contentment, the importance of family, and faith in God when they were going through those early years that have continued to blossom and guide them since.

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  7. May God continue to bless you with more joy, peace and happiness! I thank God for you all sharing your family with Mine!

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  8. Happy happy 30th anniversary! It was so great seeing you in the Gatlinburg area. I’m always encouraged by you.

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  9. Happy 30th Anniversary Gil & Kelly Jo!

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  10. Happy Anniversary and hope that you have many many more more

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  11. Congratulations Kelly and Gil on 30 years of Marriage! Wishing you both God's Continued Blessings Upon You!

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  12. What an great example of marriage! Happy 30th anniversary. Me and Miracle Man (Mark) had the please of meeting your family in Lincolnton N.C. at Lawson's concert and you all were such a blessing. I love you yall! <3 Angie Brockman

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  13. Congratulations!! You two are the perfect example of a Christian marriage. I admire you both! Love your show, and your beautiful family!!

    Lorelei Holt

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