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Welcome! We are the premiere source for factual, encouraging information about Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 kids, stars of Bringing Up Bates (UP TV); including news updates, photos, and episode recaps.

Our email address is BatesFamBlog@gmail.com. We try to respond to every email, but our inbox always seems to be overflowing. Rest assured that we read every message we receive and try our best to answer each one.

We are a mother-daughter research and writing team that began blogging during the summer of 2009. Our intent was to spend quality time together while becoming Internet-savvy. Our first project was a food blog. Just before ringing in 2010, we started the Duggar Family Blog, which follows the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, stars of the hit TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting (2008-2015).

A few years later, we launched a blog about another reality TV family. The Bates Family Blog provides the latest updates on Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children, whose lives are documented in Bringing Up Bates (UP TV). At the request of our readers, Ellie also started Nashville Wife, a blog about her life as a married woman.

Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, to provide our readers with factual and encouraging information.

Blessings,
Lily and Ellie

201 comments:

  1. where do I find UP TV?????? want to watch this show, don't find it on my Comcast schedule.

    thanks!!!

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    1. Hi Roanne,

      Sorry we missed your comment! To find UP in your area, visit this link: http://up.viewerlink.tv/

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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    2. The UP channel has withdrawn from cable companies, Comcast, Charter, etc. They are only with satellite now. Very disappointing.

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    3. Barbara LevandoskiMarch 22, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      I was just wonding how can we send emails to the Bates? Becsuse I'm wonding why do they marry off their daughters they don't have jobs or even really know how to live in the real world! It seems like they only know about getting married and having babies, I just think there is a lot of Beautiful things and people they can meet before they get married even collage! I do like the Bates show ! Thanks Barbara Levandoski

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    4. Hi Barbara,

      You can email the Bates at batesupdates@gmail.com. Their daughters do have jobs. Michaella is a full-time nanny, and Erin teaches piano lessons. They also pursue higher education.

      Lily and Ellie

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    5. Up is on channels 299 and 475

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    6. Hi everyone. I love watching the Duggars & Bates families on TV. At the beginning of the Bates show Charter got rid of the UP chnel. Do you know if theBates is going to stay on the UP channel or go to another network. Thanks for responding back.

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    7. I watched a few shows of the Bates family when they were on TLC. Did the Bates' family drop from TLC or did the show cancel?

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    8. You can watch the Bates on Verizon - 224 or Bright House 425 or something close to those numbers.

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    9. I have Comcast.Get UP channel on 158.

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    10. Actually UP is available on some cable providers. I have Suddenlink & when they re-negotiated contracts, a bunch of channels got dropped & some were added. UP is one that was added. It is channel 72 in the Oklahoma area.

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    11. I LOVE this show!!!! The whole family is so cool to watch. By the way will you be putting any family favorite recipes on your blog?
      Thanks a bunch.

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    12. Get alllll seasons 1 AND 2 FOR BRINGING UP BATES AT http://projectfreetv.so/free/bringing-up-bates/ omg SO EXCITED i HAD TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE ENJOY

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    13. Can there daughter wear pants if they want.

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    14. Hi everybody I just wanted to say hay and that i love your show I watch it every Thursday and congrats to Zach and Whitney on the baby.Hope you have a nice summer.

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    15. What channel are the Bates on in Clearwater fl. Have Direct TV

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    16. The Bates are on a channel called UP.

      Lily and Ellie

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  2. Thank you so much I love the duggar family and the bates.thank you so much for what you do

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  3. First, thank you so much for doing this website, I love it! Second, is there another way for me to catch the show besided UP. We don't have cable. I catch 19 kids and counting on amazonl.com a day or two after it airs. Is there something like that? Thank you :)

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  4. Just a light suggestion, i think we all could learn their names better if they had their names under a picture on the header simular to the Duggars. Also, i havent notice under the comments the statement about not posting,rude derogatory, meanspirited, hurtful statements.I know you ladies are very busy and you have double the work load so our comments will take longer to be posted.Thank you very much for everything.

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    1. I SOOO agree!!! In general I just look at the birthday list. I can Identify all of them except the 3 middle boys and Judson and jeb...

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    2. Hi I loved your family after seeing you on the Duggars and being that you were from my home state I'm in Newbern Tennessee with girl small town I love your family Value Inn I really need I still for and how Jim Bob and them came out how you guys build on to your home and I'd like I said a good I was just wondering I come down there the kids got together from each family cuz they all have the same family values and stuff

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  5. I so enjoyed watching the Bringing Up Bates first episode on YouTube because I have no access to UPTV. Try as I might I cannot find the second episode on YouTube. Do you know if the second episode will be posted online? Thank you.

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  6. Will you be posting new episodes soon. I can't wait to watch.

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  7. Thanks for everything you do! I love both the blogs you do for the Bates family and Duggar family. Quick question though… I don't have UP tv so was wondering if you knew of any other way I could watch the Bates' show. I'm so sad I'm missing out on Bringing up Bates!

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  8. Do you know if there is anywhere online we can watch Bringing Up Bates? We don't have cable in our home. I watched the first episode you posted on here. Love your blogs, keep it up!

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  9. Hi Amy,

    Right now, the show is not available on Amazon or iTunes, and last week's episode has not been uploaded to YouTube. (The episodes are uploaded to YouTube by other viewers, not by us.)

    We will let you know if any of the episodes become available online. :)
    Lily and Ellie

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  10. Lily and Ellie what two beautiful people you are. I know God smiles so big for what you do. Thanks and please keep th Bates and Dugger Blogs going. I am so happy and excited to have the Bates on UP channel each week. Just wish UP would give them an hour show. We are spoiled we are starving for this kind of shows and we need to see them several times a week do your magic and get UP and TLC to give us more... :) Hugs and thanks ♥

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  11. hey do you think you could do individual pictures of everyone like on the duggar's page to help learn names faster?

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  12. Lily and Ellie, Is there a way that ya'll can upload the episodes your self?? I would love to see the episodes, but I don't have UP...

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    1. UP is looking into a way to make the episodes available online. We will keep you posted. :)

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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    2. I just the channels you can get on rabbit ears ,I do have netflix and youtube If you go to tlc on line you have you have a television provider do not think that is fair

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  13. Funny...where did my comment go? LOL - Anyhow, People magazine did a wonderful story on Erin and Chad and announced her due date - June 8. I know people have been wondering about that. Thought you might want to read the article and let people know.

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  14. What is the "header" of the magazine called that talks about Erin and Chad? I REALLY want to get it but i cant find the magazine. Please tell me!

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  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsuYCFrGcHs

    Another episode of Bringing up Bates :-)

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  16. Thank you for doing this website! Would you please consider adding a section of the favorite Bates recipes (like you have for the Duggar's site). Michael's fried chicken and Alyssa's recipes were mentioned on the show as being family favorites. Do they do a lot of casseroles? I could take the recipe that feeds their family and use it for group gatherings without having to adjust quantities. They also mentioned using 5 dozen eggs for breakfast and I'd really like to hear an update on their chickens. (How many they have and the cost savings for them). Aren't Chad and Erin doing a chicken coop as well? It would also be neat to read the average of what they eat for a typical week. I'm hoping for the Bates to write a book as well:)

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  17. When I try to watch the "Which Bates" videos, it always comes up that I need to have a Hook Player. Do you know why? Thank you

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    1. Are you trying to watch it on an Android smart phone? Some readers have said they are unable to view certain videos on their Android smart phones. We recommend using an Apple device or a laptop/desktop computer. :)

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  18. If someone was wanting to become friends with the Bates or Duggars through Letters or Emails do they allow it? how would an outsider go about that? any tips?

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  19. Lily and Ellie,

    I just wanted to let you know that I've figured out a way to watch (and enjoy!) Bringing Up Bates. I have Verizon for my cable provider and if you go to "On Demand", then TV Shows, then By Network and look under the letter "U" you can select "UP" and Bringing Up Bates is available. I have been able to watch every episode this way so far. Most of the time they have been uploaded to On Demand within 24 hours, sometimes it takes a couple days. Just wanted to share this tidbit of information so other people may hopefully be able to enjoy this wonderful family.

    God Bless!

    Stephanie N.

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  20. Hi Lily & Ellie,

    Thank you for your 2 blog sites- enjoy reading the updates/comments
    I do have a few ?'s if you could answer re: both families:
    1st could you give a factual answer re: compensation for sharing their stories on tv and in magazines exclusives .Not looking for a $$ amount..not judging how one decides to make a living- but if you could explain that yes, this couple(s) or individual(s) do not hold a 9-5 job, or have to answer to an employer, because of their time they are compensated from TLC or magazine exclusives- or UP
    2nd ?'s during the duggar girls courtships it seemed a bit scripted when Derick had to ask Jim Bob if would be ok to court Jill and then when he asked for her hand in marriage Jim bob wanted to know how he would support Jill and if he was prepared for that...yet Ben was not questioned in such a way and he seemed less prepared for taking on a wife, do you know if TLC is becoming more scripted and less natural as it seemed to be in the beginning.
    I look forward to your answers!
    Thank you for your time and factual updates! Both families are an encouragement and a blessing and its an awesome platform they have to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Blessings to you both
    Kati M.

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    1. I noticed that as well. That stood out to me that Ben was never questioned like Derick was about finances and providing for his daughter. You are right.

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  21. My granddaughters and I are HUGE fans of the Bates family. We were hooked from the first time we saw them on a Duggar episode. Who could not love this family? They are so real and very humble. This is a family that is guided by our Lord Jesus Christ. What other way is there to live.... God Bless the Bates

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  22. do you happen to know why the UPTV website is not working. I cant seen to watch last weeks videos.
    Thanks Trish

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    1. Hi Trish,

      The UP website has been down off and on over the past week due to technical difficulties. The network is aware of the issue and is working to fix it. :)

      ~Lily and Ellie

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  23. I left a comment last month & never saw it nor an answer. It looks as if you took one of my suggestions to post most recent comments first. Thank you for both sites!

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  24. http://www.thealternateroutes.com/nothing-more/nothing-more-lyric/
    For those wanting the lyrics to the Bringing Up Bates theme song. I found them!

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  25. Just an "English teacher" comment here...(and protecting the reputation of homeschoolers who are endeavoring to write correctly, as I am sure you desire to!)
    Bates is the family's last name, so any time you are speaking about more than one Bates family member (as in two or three members or the whole family), you should write "Bateses" since it is plural. Then if you are writing about something the whole family owns you would write "Bateses' home" or "Bateses' car," since that would be showing possession by more than one person. Check your BJU or ABeka English handbook ;-)

    Lots of nice posts about a neat family---keep up the great work!

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  26. I looked on up tv for the showtimes you posted, they weren't there. Can you please give me an explanation

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    1. The showtimes we post are in Eastern Time. Perhaps you are in a different timezone?

      ~Lily and Ellie

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  27. Baby Carson is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Where is the support for the Duggars from the Bates?! I am shocked that I have heard no public support for the Duggars by the Bates.

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  29. The shows used to be on time warner cable on demand but I think they pulled them unfortunately but I still check often...

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  30. I have seen u many times on the Dugger show. I love you guys. your Sprit is sooo sweet. May God continue to bless all of you. I am so glad to find out where I can watch your show

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  31. Is Joseph Duggar going to court Tori Bates

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  32. Is there a way to actually meet this family?

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  33. Looking forward to new Bates episodes,especially wedding#4!

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  34. hey I love the family come visit south carolina

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  35. Is the theme song just for the show or is it available as a full song anywhere?

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  36. i dont have a tv so im not being able to see the bates on uptv...

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  37. I watch your show every week. I have a 7 year old grandson that would love to be the 20th bates. Can you tell me how to find out more? My name is Bernadette Blakely and I live in Florida. My email address is blakely_bern@yahoo.com

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  38. I am curious are you related to the Bates in mcminnville,tn my mother was married to william thomas bates of that city, he passed when I was 16 in nashville 83 i think have wondered about my step brother of the same name

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  39. Is Whitney Bates pregnant with a second child?

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  40. Thank you for the Bates and Duggar blogs that you have created. They are wonderful!!

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  41. my daughter would like to know the church address

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  42. #20 bate for my daughter she loves them so bad

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  43. I love the show! Your family is true inspiration! I saw the episode where Michal and her family were looking for a church to hold her wedding. Why aren't they using their own church? Do they belong to a church?

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  44. Hello dear bates family. I'm 25 years old also a believer and Aldo have been offered my own reality TV show through a major network. It is currently in pre-production and I am writing to you to seek out some counsel since you understand this similar unique experience the Lord has given us. I sent you an email. Have been offered my own reality TV show through a major network. It is currently in pre-production and I am writing to you to seek out some counsel since you understand this similar unique experience the Lord has given us. I sent you an email. I hope you received it and I hope to hear back from you soon. All my love and prayers to you.

    J.M

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  45. I think Lawson Bates and Jessica Willis need to be introduced. They would make a great couple!

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  46. Does anyone know how to find the featured song in episode 205 Blessings and New Bepginnings? The one where they are planning Erin's shower? I have searched everywhere.

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  47. What if I would like to send baby presents and a wedding gift to the couples

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  48. I first learned of the Bates from watching the Duggars. Then on Facebook I was seeing post from a friend and it said Up TV. Well, we did not have that tier of channels on cable, so canceled another tier and got this one. Love it as it was a great choice. I feel the Bates are more down to earth than the Duggars. Love love love how they give big ol bear hugs and none of this side hugging. Nothing at all wrong with that and shows the love they have for each other; Realize they are of the same denomination and maybe because of the problems in the
    Duggar family is why that is done. I miss the the Duggars but love the Bates. A shame people get so upset over this and the majority were ones who did not watch the show anyhow; Why was it canceled Had tons of support from the public. Honey Boo Boo I can see why it should never have been on the air. another slam on Christians. Glad I found this site.

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  49. I watch your show all the time. I wish I had a family like yours my mom passed away in June. It's sad because are family does not get along. I sit here and wish are's did but I tried many times to glue us back together as siblings but they are heartless. By the grace of God it's a wish but since I am the youngest and they left when I was 12 I feel I was an only child they never really bother with me. When my mom got sick with cancer I took care of her all last year she went in remission I left but a blood clot formed which my one sister left her brain injured husband and started taking advantage her. Then my other sister was kicked out of the place she was living and leaving her autism daughter father has custody of her she is a drinker and can't get her life together she also took advantage of her. The last 3 months of her life my children and I could not see her because they would not let us which I am not a fighter. We tried calling many times they would not answer the phone. But your show is amazing and how I wish all families got along like that. But I can forgive but can't forget all the hurt they have caused my children and I. My mom was my best friend and I just lost my friend on saturday from a stroke 2015 has not been on my side. So thank you for your show it raises my sprites as I go on trying to heal the pain all 3 siblings have caused me. Your kids are so sweet and how they all are there for each other and that's great that's how it's suppose to be.

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  50. DEAR ELLIE AND LILY: THANK YOU FROM MY HEART FOR THIS BLOG. I AM BLESSED TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK I CAN FIND ON UP CHANNEL A VISIT WITH THE BATES FAMILY. THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL, CARING, LOVING AND REAL PEOPLE WITH MUCH JOY IN THEIR LIVES AND ALSO MANY SADNESSES THEY WERE CHALLENGED. ALLY AND CARSON ARE AWESOME. I PRAYED FOR CARSON TOO. I WOULD GIVE SO MUCH TO BE A VISITOR AT THEIR HOME JUST ONCE. BARB VESELY

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  51. Please ask UPTV to join AT&T UVERSE Cable Station

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  52. Love your family!

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  53. I was just wondering when Michaela and Brandon's wedding was going to air. Thank you.

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  54. Hi. I recently noticed that the written recaps are not showing up on your website (pool party and season finale/dollywood). I can read all of the other blog posts, but those two posts in particular just show the title, an ad, your followers, and a link to the Duggar blog. It is also all in blue (like the margins) as oppsoed to a white background.

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    1. That's strange. Try following these direct links, and let us know if you can view the recaps:

      http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2015/09/recap-hello-dollywood-season-finale.html
      http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2015/08/recap-addee-ellies-pool-party.html

      Hope this works!
      Lily and Ellie

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    2. I tried that. It still has the same problem with those few posts. I did notice that your last few posts (such as "Allie Jane is 5 mos. old") are acting normally again. I don't know why your settings would get messed up for a few posts and then go back to normal!

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  55. I get the UP channel but Bringing up Bates has not been shown for a while. Were they dropped?

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  56. I love this family and pray for them.
    Up tv seems to be a great network with solid standards, but I would imagine they are under a lot of pressure brought about through the many Duggar situations under the microscope right now. I hope and pray the Bates will escape the onslaught. But these past months have opened my eyes and also of many other Christians who watch these types of shows. I believe some soul searching needs to be done by all concerned in the production of this show, and then just do the right thing. Pride goest before the fall and God's will, will be done no matter what. Everyone needs to watch out who they give heed to and who is in their camp...

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  57. Hey Lily and Ellie! We love reading your blogs! Just wondering if it would be possible for you to post some episodes of Bringing Up Bates on-line or something, as we can't watch them in the UK. Blessings from England!

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    1. Hi Jo and Jamie,

      Many of the episodes are uploaded to YouTube after they air but are usually taken down immediately due to copyright infringement. Season 1 is available on gMovies.com, but that service isn't available to most international viewers. If UP creates another way to watch the show, we will announce it right away.

      We are blessed to have you as readers.
      Lily and Ellie

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  58. Hey Lily and Ellie!,
    When does the next season of Bates start?
    Thank you!,
    The Anonymous Viewer

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    1. Hi Anonymous Viewer,

      Season three premieres in January 2016. We will let our readers know when UP sets a specific date.

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  59. Hi Lily & Ellie,

    I wanted to write a fan letter to the Bates. I was wondering if you could let me know an address I could send some mail to? Please let me know. Thanks and God bless!

    From, Katie

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    1. Hi Katie,

      The Bates' mailing address is:

      Post Office Box 544
      Rocky Top, TN 37769

      We are blessed to have you as a reader. :)
      Lily and Ellie

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  60. Thank you for taking the time to update on this sweet family. Any word on whether gMovies will show season 2 episodes?

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    1. Hi David,

      No word yet. We will keep our readers posted. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  61. Hi Lily and Ellie!

    I don't know if AT&T Uverse heard our demands or it might be a Thanksgiving miracle but I noticed this morning that they now have the UP channel! Needless to say I'm excited! Just wanted to pass this along to any other AT&T users so they can check to see if they now get the channel. Thanks again for all you do. Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

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  62. Lily and Ellie ,

    Just a heads up that you can watch all episodes of Bringing up Bates on mopvideo.com

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  63. I notice that the Bates family on Wikipedia redirects to the 19 Kids and Counting Wikipedia page. Bringing Up Bates has it's own Wikipedia page. Can you help the Bates family to redirect to the Bringing Up Bates Wikipedia page? Thanks.

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  64. Are there any books on The Bate family????

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    1. Hi Unknown,

      The Bates have yet to write a book. We have mentioned the idea to them, so perhaps they will in the future.

      Thanks for being a loyal reader.
      Lily and Ellie

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  65. How can you meet the Bates family?

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  66. Where can I find the music video of "In This House Lives our big family"?
    most places I find it its very low quality or someone is talking in it.

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    1. Hi Whitnie,

      Here are the links to two of our posts that include videos of the Bates family singing "In This House."

      http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2012/08/bates-family-music-video.html
      http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2015/02/bates-sing-in-this-house.html

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  67. Can get on this blog but not the Duggar blog as it says there is a long running script. Can you fix your Duggar blog?

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    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for letting us know about the issue. Are you able to access our Duggar blog today?

      Lily and Ellie

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  68. Can i have tori's email address?

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  69. What is carlins or toris email address?

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    1. Hi there,

      The only email address that the Bates make public is info@thebatesfamily.com.

      We are blessed to have you as a reader. :)
      Lily and Ellie

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  70. Hello Lily and Ellie,

    I am curious, do you know the name and location of the restaurant the Bates took the girls visiting from New York? Our family will be traveling to Tennessee next month and it looked like a beautiful place to enjoy a meal.

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    1. Hi there,

      The restaurant they visited is McCloud Mountain Restaurant. Here's the website: http://www.mtcloud.com/information.html.

      Enjoy your trip!
      Lily and Ellie

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    2. Thank you so much!! We are really looking forward to our trip to TennesseEastern next week. Can't wait to finally see the Smoky Mountains in person!

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  71. What are the results of the Lilla Rose givaway? Thanks for the blog!

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    1. Hi Emma,

      The winners are Melissa F. and Irene.

      We are blessed to have you as a reader. :)
      Lily and Ellie

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  72. hi, I cannot open the duggar family blog. everytime I visit their blog it keeps loading & says it is not responding due to a long running script. what do I do?

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    1. Hi there,

      A few other readers have mentioned having that problem. Are you using Internet Explorer? Others have been able to solve the problem by switching web browsers.

      Lily and Ellie

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  73. I haven't been able to find an update on Erin & Chad's pregnancy. I pray for her everyday and would like to make sure they are doing okay. Can you please post an update on how the pregnancy is going?

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  74. Love the Bates! Where do the girls get their bathing suits????

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  75. Hello! I was wondering if you could add something on this blog from the one on the Duggar blog. When the couples have announced they are expecting, you put a question mark to represent the baby on the way. I was wondering if you could make those for this blog, and maybe put the name underneath just in case someone misses the post and still wants to hear the news. Thanks so much for all you do!

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  76. Hi Lilly and Ellie. Thanks so much for your blogs, have always enjoyed them. My problem is with the Duggar blog. For about a month now, I cannot get it to load for me. It pops up with "Duggar blog not responding due to long-running script". I am not totally sure exactly what that means or why it is going on for so long. No problems with the Bates blog, however. Just weird that after all these years, there is a problem and I was wondering if you know what it could be or how I could fix it. Thanks so much in advance for answering my question.

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    1. Hi there!

      A handful of readers have had this issue recently. The problem is usually solved by switching web browsers. Are you using Internet Explorer? We think that's the culprit. You can try updating your current web browser or using another web browser. Mozilla and Chrome are our favorites. :)

      Does this help? We are blessed to have you as a reader!
      Lily and Ellie

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  77. L&E - Sorry, just read your answer to another reader with the same question I had. I will try your suggestion to her and see if that helps. Thanks.

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  78. Hello,
    My name is Rachel and I am an Anthropology student working on a project for my class on religious reality television families. I would love to have some from the source answers from you guys, the duggars or the bates. The internet has a lot of false information and I would like to be as thorough as possible so I do not portray either family incorrectly. Thank you so much. Information I am interested in is mostly about the family's daily life, economic systems,beliefs...etc. I promise I do not work for any tabloids and my project will not be published.

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  79. Hello! I just had a simple question. Do the Bates still have a church they are leading? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Kristy,

      Yep, they are still part of the same church, Bible Baptist. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  80. Lily and Ellie, such wonderful blogs that you post, you have outdone yourselves and should be so proud! Can you tell me why UP only run 30 minute episode for the Bate's and TLC runs 60 minute episode for the Duggar's I feel like we get cheated with the Bate's only being half hour shows? ... BUT My biggest question is also, there are some episodes of when the Duggar's and Wilson's went to the Bate's family as a Mother's Day household addition as surprise to the Bate's.
    These are on YouTube and if you search here are a couple of titles, but I am trying to find them in order and watch them in order but they are partial clips and I am not sure if you have them on your blogs, if so, I haven't found them. If not, is this something that you can add them? Or help direct me to them and in what order? Here are a couple of examples to help understand, thank you for all your hard work and dedication!! Amy Yaris Sasafras94@gmail.com

    18 Kids and Counting: Duggars and Bates Reloaded 1/3

    18 Kids and Counting: Duggars on a Deadline 1/3

    18 Kids and Counting: Designing Duggars 1/3

    18 Kids and Counting: Do It Yourself Duggers 1/3

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    1. Hi Amy,

      Thank you for your kind words. We are blessed to have you as a reader. Some of the Bates episodes are 1 hour long, and before 'Counting On,' many of TLC's shows featuring the Duggars were 30 minutes long. It just depends on the episode. :)

      The easiest way to watch the episodes you mentioned would be to purchase them online. Here is the link to the Season 3 Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IOTUMN4?ref_=aiv_dp_season_select

      Hope this helps!
      Lily and Ellie

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  81. You recently gave me the song title Together in the Apple of his Eye episode. That is a great song! However, that is not the song playing at Ashley's house sitting at the table or when Nathan and his family leave Her house that evening. It is just a small snippet with a line about your love pulls me through I think. I really would like to know what it is - the melody is lovely that I can hear. If you can help out, that would be great! Thanks for the other song title you gave me!

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      You're right. Sorry about that! We will see if we can find the correct name of the song.

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  82. Hi Lily and Ellie,

    Where can I find full episodes of this show online? We don't have cable. I saw you have a link for full episodes however, those are all written recaps, which are wonderful, but I would love if my 5 year old could start watching this show. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Amy,

      UP has the first 3 episodes from each season on its website (http://uptv.com/full-episodes/). Seasons 1 and 2 can also be purchased on Amazon. If you subscribe to gmovies.com, season 1 and 2 are on there, as well. All the episodes are available for purchase on iTunes.

      Have a blessed day!
      Lily and Ellie

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  83. hey I was wondering how do you know the bates as a friend

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    1. We first met them a few years ago while we were visiting the Duggars in Arkansas. :)

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  84. Extending a HAPPY 1st Birthday tomorrow to CARSON
    Bless him and his soon to be sister.

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  85. Hello Lily and Ellie. So cool to have a mother and daughter team doing a blog like this! QUESTION!!! I have been LOOKING for the episode on this blog and the Duggars' blog that featured a segment of the Bates giving a look into their MORNING ROUTINE...waking, quiet time, chores, etc. I saw it a few years back I think and haven't forgotten it. I am struggling with a morning routine right now with my children and really wanted to reference theirs again. There were a few concepts they demonstrated I TRULY believe would be helpful to my family. Please HELP me find it!!! Thanks so much for this blog. It has and still is truly blessing me and my family!!!

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    1. Hi there,

      We will search for that and get back to you. :) Thank you for being a loyal reader!

      Lily and Ellie

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    2. Hello Lily and Ellie,
      My name is Mary. I sent the above question in regards to the Bates morning routine. Was wondering if you located that segment? Thanks so much!

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      Unfortunately, we have not been able to locate that segment. Sorry about that!

      Lily and Ellie

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  86. If Bobbie lives in Forida and Tori in Tenessee, how did these two meet?

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  87. Does Michaela and Brandon want children? Are they just waiting

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  88. Hi Lily and Ellie
    I'm sure you're working on updating your header to include the new babies Kaci and Brooklyn soon
    But I wanted to suggest some update of other photos as well. Bradley and Carson who are now one year old and also the picture of Beandon and Michael is not flattering as all the other couples Michaela's hair is so wind blown and I've seen so many photos that are mor flattering of her.
    Thank you for your great blog it's fun to read. I hope your carpal tunnel is better.

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  89. I subscribed to the Bates newsletter. I never received anything. Was it a fake?
    I also sent Gil a package of tracts and books. I haven't heard anything.
    Sincerely in Christ,
    Jack Morrison Rare Christian Books rcb@RareChristianBooks.com

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  90. Lily and Ellie what is the bates home phone number?

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  91. I tried to purchase 'Bringing up Bates' in Canada from iTunes. Unfortunately, it is not available in Canada. Can you let me if it will be available in the future. Love this family!

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  92. Hi Lily and Ellie,
    Because I live in Canada, I am not able to provide a feedback to UPtv. Are you able to find out if the series Bringing UP Bates will be available for international purchase anytime soon?

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  93. This is not mean spirited in anyway, i just thought i would clarify that first as i have noticed posts about not being mean spirited

    I am just wondering if you think Lawson has had any work done to his face? I thought he was a very good looking young man (I still think so) i just think i've noticed his jaw line looking a lot different. And was wondering if anyone else thought that too? Or if it was just him loosing a bit of weight that made it look different

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  94. Hi, I'm from Australia and really love watching bringing up Bates but I cannot watch season 4 because we don't have UpTv in Aus and I hear watched up to season 2 on Foxtel and watched season 3 on YouTube but I can't watch season 4 and was wondering if anyone knew how I could watch it??

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  95. Dear Lillie and Ellie,
    Thank you so very much for keeping this blog going! How wonderful it is to have something encouraging to look forward to reading! I have a silly question to ask. In the Bates kitchen, they have a sort of nook with a "booth" in it. On the window of the nook is a curtain made with some really cute cowboy fabric! Could you find out what it was called and/or where they got it! Make sure you thank them for standing strong in their testimony for their Saviour! They are an encouragement! Would love to sit at a table with Kelly and listen for awhile!

    Thank you,

    I. McConnell

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  96. Are dogs allowed to Lawson's concerts knoxville?
    How old is zach

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  97. i tried to contact "info@biblebaptisteasttn.com" for more information on their church service but it came back as undeliverable, is there another email i can use?

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    1. Hi there,

      That's strange. We recommend trying to send the email again. If it still doesn't work, you can use info@thebatesfamily.com.

      Here are the service times:
      Sunday School – 10AM
      Sunday Worship – 11AM
      Sunday Evening – 6PM
      Wednesday Prayer Meeting – 7PM

      Hope this helps!
      Lily and Ellie

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    2. Same thing with me...unable to deliver. I am planning to visit the church but do not have the new location. May I have the address please. Thank you.

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  98. I was very happy to see the full episode of 'I love you day' on UPtvbringingupbates. Episode 403.

    Canadian viewer. I hope other international viewers will be able see it too.

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  99. Dear Bates Family, I wanted to thank you for your show and it helps me thru my days. I live in Tennessee, and I would love to speak to Kelly & Gil about how to keep such positive thoughts and such calmness towards life's issues. I have 5 kids, 2 with special needs. I have some health issues, but I feel like it could be a lot worse. But I would love to meet and speak to u about your thoughts and your great guidance with life's issues.
    Thank you God Bless

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  100. Hi I am ellianna I am 11 years old and I am planning on moving to Tennessee around age 23 I would like to get a job at the children's hospital and marry one of the bates i think my choices are warden Jackson & isaiah I think the cutest is warden. Can y'all give me some info on how to get a bates boy. I Am so afraid that I will make a mistake and ruin the whole thing or maybe they want like me please answer back soon

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  101. Where can Erin's Christmas CD be purchased? Thank you.

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  102. This sounds small, but, if your on TV why don't you fix the curtains and the cowboy curtains in the kitchen nook, wow.I love the show, but it's really distracting.

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  103. Have they announced the winner of the Bates-Cation yet?

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    1. Hi Charisa,

      The sweepstakes ended a few months ago, and the winner was notified. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  104. Hi this is Brittney bates and I wany to know how to contact them because I want to know if I am related to them. Please reply back

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  105. How do u contact them because I want to know if I am related to them

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  106. Currently watching the season finale. They are visiting Florida I think. They are out at a restaurant and I'm surprised to see they have styrofoam cups. I haven't seen these for a long time. But I live in the North West. I would love to see the Bates do a show about recycling.

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  107. What happened to Bobby? He was on one episode and then nothing. I also wish their show was an hour.

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  108. What is the address for the church building where they recently moved? Or have they moved into the church building yet?

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  109. I always have so much trouble opening your Duggar family blog website. It has been happening for months now when previously I had no trouble at all. Stop script always comes up as well as recover webpage. I am surely not the only person who is having this problem that makes it impossible to view the stories on the website.

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    1. We are sorry to hear that. Are you using Internet Explorer? That seems to be the culprit. We recommend switching web browsers. Internet Explorer is on its way out and is no longer supported by all software.

      Hope this helps.
      Lily and Ellie

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    2. Thanks for your reply. Yes I am using Internet Explorer but I don't have any problems with your Bates Family blog and I don't get the 'stop script' on any other websites. Only very occasionally do I get the 'recover webpage' on other sites.

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  110. I love this family and the Duggers too. What makes the shows good is a loving family. They aren't script perfect but families of God that may have faults,"For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God" like it says in the bible but with God's help and forgiveness they triumphed and are stronger because of it. God bless, and I hope they continue in one form or other to further God's principles to others.Sandy

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  111. Do you know the names of all the songs that were played on Kelly Jo's 50th bday show?

    Thank you for any help!

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  112. If Carlin is single, I know a great, Blessed Godly young man (my son).

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  113. Hello Ellie and Lily,
    Do you have any idea when Season 4 will be available on Amazon?

    Thank you,

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  114. Thank you for all you do. I wondered if you had a address to write to John David Duggar. If so could you share it? I would like to write to him. Thank you.

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  115. When will the previously aired shows of season 5 be available to watch on up tv?

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  116. it is nice to see how loving mother Kelly Jo is

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  117. When will you put Lexi Mae's picture on the header??

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  118. If I sent a message to this batesupdates@gmail.com. Will It get me in connect with The Bates Family.

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    1. Hi Dave,

      The best contact email address for the Bates family is info@thebatesfamily.com.

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  119. I found the show on the Bates last year on UP. I love it. It is a great show. Some of their bringing up points are how I was raised, and how I raised my own children. I am a Bible believing person. I love to see the Bates and all of their fun times, especially the weddings and births of the babies. Please keep this show up and running as long as you can. It is great. Thanks Fredricka Johnson

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  120. I have purchased amazon prime and up tv. I think I can get all the channels except Bringing up Bates. Any suggestions on what I can try?

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  121. We have looked over the Internet trying to find Zach and Whitney's wedding,ane John and Alyssa's weddings. Not on Amazon, eBay, or anywhere else. Are you going to release them at a later date? Or will they ever be reshow?

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    1. Hi lsw522,

      Here is the link to an ABC newscast that includes clips from Alyssa and John's wedding: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/wedding-day-bates-family-24543016

      Lily and Ellie

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  122. Are there any Christian homeschool groups/co-ops in or near the rocky top area

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  123. Hi There,
    Just wanted to remind you to get a new photo of Alyssa's new baby Lexi up in the banner. I couldn't believe there was no announcement on google about her arrival. So happy for the young family.

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  124. Hi! We are huge, huge fans of the Bates and have always enjoyed the Duggars as well. We have no problem reading the Bates blog, but for a long time now, no matter what computer we are on, when we try to read the Duggars blog the whole thing freezes. Has anyone else mentioned this to you? It's very frustrating, as we keep missing all the behind the scenes news!

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    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for being loyal readers. :) Several readers mentioned this a few months ago, and we found the culprit to be Internet Explorer. It's an outdated browser that is no longer supported by many platforms. Is that the browser you are using? If so, try switching to Mozilla, Chrome, or Safari (Apple only). Let us know if that helps.

      Lily and Ellie

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  125. Do you know the Bates in person? I really like this blog!
    Laura

    flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Flowers InMyBasket,

      We do know the Bates. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  126. I would like to send a gift to the Bates family that I think the kids would really enjoy. Could you please give me a safe address to send the item? Thank you. I just love them!!!!

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    1. Hi Karen,

      The Bates' mailing address is:

      P.O. Box 544
      Rocky Top, TN 37769

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  127. I love Bringing Up Bates tv show. My grandmother used to live in Norris, TN and I still have family in that area. I loved last night's episode where the older girls when an got ice cream next door to Archer's Grocery Store in Norris. My grandmother lived right up the street from there. It brought back so many wonderful memories.

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  128. Is there anyway I would be able to watch episodes. uptv doesnt work in my area of canada and I love watching these guys.

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  129. What is Gil's favorite brand of bottled sweet tea?

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  130. Hello i have a question about your blog.

    It says you use blogger/blogspot.. Just wondering how your url is .com and not .blogpost ?? Just wondering as i would love mine to be a .com address as well

    Thanks

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    1. Hi there,

      Blogger allows you to add a purchased domain name. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  131. Hi! I was wondering how to watch season 6. I
    Can't find it online or
    On Up tv.

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    1. Hi there,

      Season 6 is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. It will be a little while before it is uploaded to UP Faith and Family.

      Lily and Ellie

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  132. Hello!! Does the Bates still meet for church at the Holiday Inn Express in Clinton, Tennessee? We will be visiting the first weekend in October and want to attend their service. May I get an address for our GPS? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Pam,

      This post has all the info on the Bates new church: http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2017/08/bates-new-church-info.html

      They are now meeting in their new building.

      Have a blessed day,
      Lily and Ellie

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  133. Dear Kelly Jo and Family,
    I was so happy to meet you the other day at M C. I was in honor, and filled with joy and happiness. Your family sets a wonderful example and the Lord is with you. -
    I wanted to tell you about a wonderful thrift store in central Florida. It is called the Salvation Army and it is as big as a Rooms-To-Go store. All clothes are 1/2 off and you can get such good deals on Wednesdays. It is at 436 and around Howell branch road. and the best part is that they play a christian radio station in the store, and expresses a good message to little ones. Anyways it is one of my favorite stores.
    Thanks for doing all you do, your show is a uplifting, and encouraging to not only parents but children too. Sincerely, Janine

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  134. I've been trying to post a question but it doesn't appear. I'll try yet again. I was wondering if you could share Papa Bill's recipe for grits including which brand he uses. While I'm from Australia I'd like to make them. Also, what are some of the additives/toppings they use to put on the grits. I saw the episode when he had cooked them and dished them up and they looked lovely. Thanks.

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  135. Hi, I just had a thought. You have Grandma Mary on the duggar header, and I was just wondering why Mama Jane and Papa Bill and Kelly Jo's mother aren't on their header? Just a thought. Thanks.

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