Thursday, December 21, 2017

Carat, Clarity, Carlin, and Courtship

Exactly two weeks to go until the Bringing Up Bates season seven premiere! If you haven't seen the catchy new promo video from UP, click here to be redirected to the post where you can watch it.

The first episode, "The 4 C’s – Carat, Clarity, Carlin & Courtship," premieres January 4th at 9pm ET/8pm CT. It will be jam-packed with exciting footage. Scroll down to read a summary and view promo photo.

Love is in the air for the Bates girls! But which daughter is next in line to tie the knot? And will Gil be able to “let go” of his not so little girls? Now that Evan has the green light to officially court Carlin, he puts his “courtship proposal” plan in motion. Will Carlin get “clued in” to Evan’s big surprise for her?

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart start courtship
 Evan Stewart asks Carlin Bates to start a courtship

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart start courtship

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart start courtship
 Evan's parents express their excitement

 Evan Stewart and Carlin Bates

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart start courtship

Before Bobby moves to Tennessee, he makes a pit-stop at a jewelry store in Florida. Meanwhile, it’s a milestone Birthday for Josie. She’s turning 18, and the entire Bates family, including Alyssa and Michaela, are in TN for her surprise party!

Setting up for the party

Josie Bates surprise party

Erin Paine, Brooklyn Paine, and Chad Paine
Erin Paine, Brooklyn Paine, and Chad Paine

Josie Bates surprise party

Josie Bates surprise party

Will suitor Kelton Balka be on hand when Josie makes a wish? Later, the Bates have their first official service in their new church building


If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photos courtesy of UP

33 comments:

  1. What do carat and clarity mean?

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    1. Carat and clarity are two terms used when talking about a precious stone, such as a diamond. This is most likely referring to Tori's engagement/engagement ring.

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    2. A ring. A ring has a certain clarity (how clear the diamond is) and carat (the higher, the better), there are cheaper and more expensive ones.

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    3. Worth of the stone in the engagement ring I presume.

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    4. Probably carat like a diamond and clarity of it.

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    5. Think of diamonds.

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  2. So happy about the new Bringing up Bates promo but I have a question when will It be the guys turn to court next? I really want to know Lily & Ellie. Time 5:21pm Thurs 12/21/17

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    1. Lily and Ellie don’t know that.

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    2. I think either the guys are just being private about it or they just aren’t courting yet. They don’t need a turn, Nathan already was in a relationship, Lawson is focusing on music, and Trace is young and just starting school. Don’t worry, they’ll announce in time, when ready, if they want.

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    3. I am trying to understand the chaperoning issue and male/female expectations in this family. Nathan and Lawson have been away from home quite a bit, persuing their interests. Are they on their own, or do they have chaperones or " accountability partners"? If not, I wonder if any of the daughters could do the same- move away from home and become a pilot or musician in Nashville, or something similarly secular. So far, the girls all live at home, go to Crown College, do online study, and/or get married. I remember when the oldest daughter went to visit her boyfriend in Texas, she had a chaperone with her the whole time. As these children become adults, it would be interesting to know how these situations are handled and whether or not the parents must ok everything they do. It appears as though the sons have much more freedom and more options than the daughters do.

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  3. Love the service in their new church.

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  4. This is a question that needs Lily and Ellie expertise to get the answer: Did Josie and Kelton already enter into an official courtship where he asked the Dad permission?

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    1. I didn't know Kelton asked to court Josie. I thought it was Evan who asked to court Carlin. Isn't Josie still in her teens? Perhaps a bit young to go into a courtship already.

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    2. Alyssa was 19 when she married, so Josie certainly is not to young to court.

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    3. They (J n K) are dating, but is it now, already an official father approved "courtship" (is the question)?

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  5. Do you know when they started courting?

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  6. no doubt in my mind, you'll be changing carlin & josie's pics soon!! i bet 2018 is going to be a very busy year for the bates!

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  7. Kelton should ask her to court for her birthday gift!

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  8. Feel blessed and encouraged everytime I watch this family. Praying that God looks into Michaela and Brandons heart and send them his Blessing of a CHILD.

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  9. I hope and I was wondering if the new bates couples Katie Josie and Carlin will get to take their boyfriends over to crater of diamond's state park in Arkansas to pick out the beautiful diamond of their choice to have it made into their engagement rings I think it would be a blast to do that with your boyfriends

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  10. Can’t wait for the new episodes!
    Thanks for the updates and sharing all the photos! Loved seeing those!💗

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  11. Just love this show! What a blessing in the current times we live in. God bless this family. Merry Christmas to all who read this. Debbie Tallahassee Fl.

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  12. Hello, is visiting the church the best way to connect? I know they encouraged this at one point on their blog. I have a 6yo son who wishes to meet the family, but I want to make sure I go about it in an appropriate way. Thanks!!

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    1. Yes, on their website it says to visit them at church.

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    2. Hi Christina,

      Here is a post that lists all the info about the Bates' church: http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2017/08/bates-new-church-info.html

      Lily and Ellie

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  13. Josie is just turning 18? Whoa, slow down! She is so young to be getting so serious. Hope they take their time to get to know each other.

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    1. It does seem young yet my cousin started dating his to-be wife when they were 14 yrs old. They didn't go to church so not even religious. Married at 20 yrs old and 3 kids & extremely happy at 30 yrs old. I'm glad they are now going to church but it wasn't a religious thing at all. Some people just know. Me, I was married late. Waited a long time to find the right husband and worth the wait! But, a bit of envy that they found each other so young and are so happy together all these yrs already. Another cousin was in Gr 9 when she met her to-be husband, who was in Gr 11. Now, they each waited to be done school so got married age 23 yrs. 3 kids & 35 yrs old, been together 20 yrs!!! Crazy but true! Very happy. Also not a religious thing, even though they do go to church.

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  14. lily and Ellie Does Nathan Bates still helps in his church and is he a pastor

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  15. Does anyone know when Carlin and Evan started courting? Also what are Evan and Kelton's middle names?

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  16. "Carat" is the weight of the stone, the bigger the diamond, the higher the 'number' or weight is. The "clarity' is the number and/or the appearance of flaws in the stone that can be or cannot be seen. I worked for the Gemological Institute of America in NYC some years ago. They are the diamond grading laboratories for the international diamond industry. I learned that all over there.

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  17. I wish I could meet Kelly to talk about raising kids

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