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Bates Family Updates

Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 kids have appeared on multiple episodes of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and starred in United Bates of America, a brief series that aired on TLC in 2012.

On New Year's Day 2015, the Bates family began a new reality TV series called Bringing Up Bates, which airs on the network UP. The show just finished its 6th season.

The Bates Family

The Bates Family, Season 6

Zach and Whitney Bates
Zach, the oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children, and his wife, Whitney, were engaged on September 12, 2013, and married on December 14, 2013. They live near Zach's parents, just outside Knoxville, Tennessee.

Zach and Whitney welcomed the first Bates grandchild, Bradley Gilvin Bates, on October 29, 2014.

first Bates grandchild
 Zach and Whitney Bates with newborn son Bradley Gilvin Bates

In January 2016, the couple announced their second pregnancy. Kaci Lynn Bates was born on June 20th, 2016, five days ahead of her June 25th due date. 

Zach and Whitney Bates with newborn Kaci Lynn Bates

Michael (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen
On December 30, 2013, Michael "Michaela"/"Michaella" Bates, the second oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children and the eldest girl, entered into a courtship with Brandon Keilen. Brandon proposed on April 13, 2015, and the wedding took place on August 15, 2015. The couple currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Keilens, who just moved into a new place, are struggling with infertility, but they are learning to trust God in a deeper way.

Michaela and Brandon Keilen on their wedding day

 Michaela and Brandon, 2017

Erin (Bates) and Chad Paine
Erin is No. 3 in the Bates family lineup. She and Chad knew each other as friends for multiple years, began courting in January 2013, were engaged in August 2013, and tied the knot on November 2, 2013.

After struggling to sustain a pregnancy, Erin was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder. She and Chad welcomed their first child, Charles Stephen Paine IV ("Carson"), on May 14, 2015.

Erin and Chad Paine with newborn son Carson Paine

Their second child, Brooklyn Elise Paine, due August 30, 2016, entered the world on August 6. Erin and Chad live near Erin's parents.

 Chad Paine, Erin Paine, Carson Paine, and newborn Brooklyn Paine

Lawson Bates
Lawson Bates is the fourth oldest of the Bates kids. Since 2013, Lawson has released two albums ("Freedom Sure Ain't Free" and "What Country Means to Me") and two singles, "I Thought I Had Problems" and "I Will Always." In summer 2017, he released a music video, which features Sadie Robertson from 'Duck Dynasty.' Visit iTunes to purchase his music. Lawson previously managed his own landscaping company, Lawson's Lawncare.


Nathan Bates
Nathan, No. 5 in the sibling lineup. He has EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) training and previously volunteered at the Medford Fire Department. More recently, Nathan has become a pilot and is doing flight training. He spent six months in Mississippi and is now back home in Tennessee with family.

 Nathan Bates

Alyssa (Bates) Webster and John Webster
Alyssa, Gil and Kelly Bates' sixth oldest child, said "Yes" to John Webster's offer of courtship on November 6, 2013, just three days before her 19th birthday. The two married on May 24, 2014, and live near Orlando, Florida. John and Alyssa welcomed their first child, Allie Jane Webster, on April 11, 2015.

Alyssa and John Webster with newborn daughter Allie Jane Webster

The Websters' second child, Lexi Mae Webster, was born January 26, 2017.

Alyssa, Allie, and Lexi, May 2017


Tori Bates
Tori, No. 7 in the Bates lineup, lives at home and is finishing up her education degree at The Crown College of the Bible. She is in a serious relationship with Bobby Smith that is moving towards engagement. Bobby graduated with his Bible and youth ministry degree from Pensacola Christian College in spring 2017 and is now living and working in Tennessee.

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith

Trace Bates
Trace is the eighth oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' children. He graduated high school in December 2015 and currently lives at home and works in the family business (Bates Tree Service). He also attends Crown College of the Bible

Trace Bates (center) with brothers Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates

Carlin Bates
Carlin is No. 9 in the Bates family lineup. She is in a relationship with Evan Stewart from Nashville. Carlin is working on her music major at Crown.

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart

Josie Bates
Josie, the 10th oldest Bates child, just started her final semester of cosmetology school at Crown. She now has a "special friend," Kelton Balka, and the two are enjoying getting to know each other. Kelton lives nearby. Kelton just graduated with a degree in finance from Pensacola Christian College and is also a licensed plumber. He is working in his uncle's plumbing business, both in the office and in the field.
 
 Josie Bates and Kelton Balka
 
 
Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, UP, tarynyagerphotography.com, brandonandmichaela.com, lawsonbates.com

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    1. Each of the children are so precious. Each has a unique and special personality. Full of.f.Love and warmth and laughter and joy and fun. Each are responsible individuals with class and great character. All from their parents honoring the Lord daily. God bless them!!!

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    2. Yes. The children are so sweet. I agree. But would like to see some of the serious side of them too, at times. I know Lawson is a clown, but does he have a serious side ? And Carlin, she fools a lot. So full of life. Does she have a serious side ? Nathan too goofs around but we see his serious side. He takes seriously his future and doing work in the missionary field. The older children have shown that side of themselves.

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    3. I loved the episode when Gil and Kelly took the younger children out to a restaurant. Before they went the parents taught them table matters and guided them around their kitchen table explaining and guiding them in matters and proper behavior. The older children watched and commented on how You and Kelly did the same thing with them. When they go to the restaurant the younger children remembered all that they were taught and behaved very well. Even those in the restaurant commented on their politeness. Did you see the I Love You day?? When they went shopping the children behaved so well then. An after their shopping thanked the store owner and hugged her. Great family and a great show for children to watch.

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    4. The Bates are very polite. Kelly and Gil did a great job. Did you see the "I Love You Show"?? I have watched it several times, and it brings me to tears every time ! They are so loving. And they are so loving to each other ! Thank you UP!!!!

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    5. I LOVE THE BATES FAMILY!!! GOD IS SO AWESOME!!! THE BLESSINGS OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER GETTING MARRIED!!!! THE PICTURES ARE BEAUITFUL!!!! GODBLESS YOU ALL INJESUS NAME !!!

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  2. Just enjoying so much watching the Bates family on UP network.. Cannot begin to thank yall for doing the Bates Family Blog. They make me smile and cry the whole time I am watching the show and reading there blog. Today finding real folks is so rare. I just love them so much! Hugs and thanks. I just want to go to Tennessee and sit on their porch and chat.

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    1. That's cute. Better be careful what you wish for. Lol.They may put you to work. They have a lot to do in a day: Take care of the chickens, prepare large meals, and the washers must always be running. Want to fold clothes? They could use your help. I can't picture Kelly having time to sit long on her porch. She has years to go before that.. Do you think Jeb would let you rest? He'd be on your lap or tugging you to play and are you ready to push him on his swing? I would think it would be very relaxing and refreshing to attend their church though !

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    2. I beat you would have great meals though ! Did you hear all those chicken recipes the family has ?! My mouth was watering when each child named their favorite chicken meal ! I think the first one I would try would be Kelly's favorite which is a meal Michael is known for making ! Yum !!!

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    3. Wish they had a family cook book available to purchase!! Or even a craft book from Erin! Or interior designs book by Erin! How about Helpful Hints book by Kelly ?! Or a simple sewing patterns book by Micheal ?! I would purchase them !

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    4. I wish you would provide us with some of their recipes !

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    5. I wonder how Kelly is coping without Michael in the home . Was it hard on her when Alyssa moved away? How did she adjust ?

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  3. I enjoy watching the Bates family. They are wholesome show that is safe for my children to watch. I so thankful for them.
    Brenda

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  4. I wish we had UPTv up here in Calgary, Canada. I try to follow up through whatever youtube I can find on the Bates family or follow them through blogs. Too bad they are not on TLC. Love this family!

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    1. Aren't some of their old shows on YouTube ?

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    2. A few are. Not many. I wish we could see all their old shows. There is so much you can learn about them with each episodes. I have missed out on so much. They are an interesting family.

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    3. You must move down her in Penna. You can watch UP here !

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    4. Yeah, Move down here from Canada ! Penn's is a great state !

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  5. I love the bates💓I cou marry one of them💍

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    1. I wish my daughter would !

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  6. I have a question about Whitney's parents: Are they not in the picture? I noticed that even when Whitney was in labor with Bradley, it was only Kelly and the older Bates girls present. I've not had a baby yet but I know I'd want my mom there!!!

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    1. Hi Teresa,

      Whitney's parents visited her at the hospital while she was in labor, and her mom was in the room during the birth.

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      Lily and Ellie

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    2. I read Kelly Jo 's old Blog. Whitney has GREAT adopted parents who love her dearly !!! Whitney was a close friend of their daughter who died in her teens. And they adopted other children too I had read. Whitney and her parents are terrific people !!!

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    3. Whitney has loving parents. She's so blessed. She was adopted, Kelly had written ithis n her blog. Her parents adopted a few children.

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    4. Whitney is the real deal. So tender hearted and appreciative for all that she has.

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    5. I think you are mistaken. I think they said both families were present.

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    6. You must remember many times the in -laws in the Bates family may fell nervous or shy or.uncomfortable in front of cameras. So they are low profiled. They only in law who seemed very relaxed and didn't mind the cameras was Chad' s mother. She was very comfortable. Did you see how uncomfortable Brandon's parents seemed? They appeared to be lovely people though.

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    7. I agree. The Bates in-laws do take a back seat and are bashful in front of the camera. I can't blame them. I would be too. If it was me, I think I would probably pass out as the cameras were rolling !

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    8. Loved Chad s Mom ! Loved Bradly' s father !

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    9. Whitney's parents were there. She has a very.close.relationship with them. And her family.

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  7. What happened to Warden when you all went to Florida did not see him there and when you talked to the kids there were 2 boys not 3?...?

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    1. I missed that show !!!

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    2. I missed.the show ! What happened ?

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  8. He was there but sometimes it is hard to tell the difference twixt Jackson and Warden.

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    1. I get confused between Tori and Carlin. And the three younger boys confuse me to. Can't remember who is who. But.they are such a remarkable family. Each of the children are intelligent and entertaining.

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    2. How did the kids get to be So smart ? They are so quick witted ! And comical. I thought homeschooling wasn't rewarding. Can't prove that to me. Those kids are intelligent! Sociable. They are really imaginative, inventive knowledgeable and creative. I really think our kids could learn from them !!

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    3. Tori is so much like her Mom. She has her Mom' s laughter. Her facial expressions and her style of speech. It's so cute.

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    4. All the girls have a little bit of Kelly in them. Erin does. Alyssa does. Tori. And Carlin. We need to watch the younger girls grow up to see their similarities to their mother. I haven't seen enough of Josie and Kate to make an observation yet.

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    5. Did you notice, not one of the Bates are.shy ? How did Kelly and Gal raise such confident children ? I had also thought that homeschooling wasn't good for a child. They have proven this belief to be so very wrong !

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    6. And Tori also looks like her Mom !

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    7. I had gotten confused over the kids too until I read their names, birthdays and birth order on the blog.And studied it. Now I know who is who. It is solo much easier now !

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    8. I did the same thing ! I checked out the Bates children's names and birth order. It made things much easier. I was surprised to see how young Alyssa is. I didn't know she was younger than Lawson ! And I was surprised by Trace. I thought he was older too ! And, Did you see they have two sets of kids celebrate the same birthdays ??

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  9. Luv this show!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. I absolutely love this show!!!!!!

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  11. do you no if Jessa (Duggar) Sawald is having a baby to ?

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    1. they have not anounced it and i don't think they are but i don't know them so yey! hope this helps
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    2. Yes Jessa and Ben are expecting a baby on Nov. 1 2015. Their anniversary.

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    3. Yeap, but they are not revealing the gender.

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  12. The Bates are a wonderful family. I contacted Kelly to ask for prayers. I had never met her just introduced myself, explained how sick I am , and continue to be, to ask for prayers. I felt an immediate kinship to her. I have three wonderful daughters, even though being pregnant 9 times. I multiple miscarriages so I know mine are true miracles given to me from God. I have emailed Kelly back and forth, and imagine a person as busy as she is emails me back. It may take a while but she does. What I love about Kelly is her acceptance and love for all people and how non judgmental she is. We differ on some things but not core values, but like Kelly said without us all being different life would be pretty boring. What a sweet, sweet spirit of acceptance. I just love her even though we have never met. She is the person I look forward to getting mail from even thought I only email a few times a year as I know she is always so so busy. She has never failed to answer me, and that means so so much to me. I have now been on total bed rest for the past three years, and have had 10 surgeries, five in the past four months. I haven't even emailed her about all of that yet. Just know the Bates are as genuine as they seem and God continues to bless their lives as they bless so many others.

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    1. I pray you get better! I know the Bates family is wonderful! I am wishing and praying that whatever ails you can be cured or fixed to a point you can have a wonderful life. I, too have medical issues. I have an incurable disease that causes terrible pain and many other issues. I'm currently on double chemo to try to bring it under remission without success but I'm an eternal optimist and with total faith I know my life is wonderful and worth everything I go through just because of the love and support of my family and friends. I'll pray for you.

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    2. Kelly Jo is amazing. She is so genuine. She truly loves the Lord. And she genuinely cares about people. In her blog she answered many questions gave encouragement and even printed criticism and politely responded to it. She prays for people and had encouraged people to write and even visit. She even supplied her mailing address. She is amazing. She even encouraged people to visit her church. Wonderful person. And honest. And humble. I was impressed.

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    3. I will pray for you that your health will improve. I read Kelly s blog and you are right. She is a loving and compassionate person. And she does reply back.

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    4. I pray for your health too! Let us know how you are doing when you write again in the Bates blog !

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    5. Are you feeling better?! I have been praying !

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    6. I don't know how Kelly does it. Did you see how many dental appointments that family has? Where does she have the time to send emails ? When she did her blog, I noticed she never makes clerical errors. How does she do that? I am always in a hurry, and I am always making clerical errors . Ha.

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    7. How does she have the time to reply back ! Can you imagine how her head must be spinning. She never has enough time in a day. God Bless her! Her rewards will be many in Heaven !!!

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  13. How is Erin's pregnancy going?

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  14. Love the Bates!!!!! I have all the episodes on my dvr and watch them when i can!!! I like to watch good wholesome tv!!!!! Not much good tv out there!!!! Love the Duggars also and watch old and new episodes when i can!!!!!

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  15. Who does Lawson credit as his musical inspiration? Love his music!

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    1. I saw that Lawson is named William Lawson Bates, Is he named after his paternal grandfather? And is Nathan named after anyone? I saw that he too goes by his middle name.

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  16. You'll have to add Allie's birth & Michaella's engagement to the Updates. :)

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  17. HI BATES WOW 4 CHILDREN OH READY MARRIED AND CONGULATION 2 GRANDCHILDREN. GOD BIG BLESSED YOU ALL. PRAY FOR YOU. PRAY FOR ME TO GET WELL HOPE NOT CANCER

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    1. Kelly, you must be so happy . This has been a good year for you and Gil. The Lord answered your prayers. Erin is now a mother. and Michael is now married. How you must have been praying for them. It's so nice to see Zack happy with a loving wife and child. And to see the other children busy with their lives pursuing different things. And your home still full of little ones. You know you did well when the children come back home to visit Mom.. God Bless.

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    2. Praying you do not have cancer!! . My father died from that. A terrible disease. Please let us know how things turn out !!!!! Even though this is the Bates blog, I am sure they won't mind if you tell us how you are doing. Remember we are all a fan of the Bates. Please let us know how you are doing !!!!!!

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  18. Erin has a blood clot disorder? Poor Erin, I'll be praying for her! No really, I WILL pray for her!

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    1. Erin was able to carry Carson and deliver a healthy baby. Will she be able to have more children or will there always be a risk involved ?

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    2. I think Erin and Chad will try again. They now know what the problem was and know ho to treat it. They had one success, I am sure they will have another. God makes all things possible.through faith in Him.

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    3. I agree. I think Erin and Chad will try again. Didn't she try three times before Carson? I think they want a small family. Why put Erin through too much ?

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  19. I love the Bates and Dugger families great shows can't find many shows like this anymore

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    1. The Bates had visited the Duggars on TLC and even had Erin s wedding filmed, will the Bates be returning the favor and have some episodes with the Diggers visiting so we won't forget them or will UP not allow it ?

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    2. I know it sounds crazy ....but.... in the 60 there were many great shows on and some of those shows were seen on the other show, for instance Petticoat Junction was seen on Green acres and Beverely Hillbillies often went home to visit...etc...So....why can't UP have the Diggers visiting the Bates and have the Bates visiting The Diggers at times. We would like to see how the children interrelate after twenty years. I would like seeing Zack visiting John David and see Jana and Erin hang out together and see how Joy ana and Carlin relate. It would be interesting. Not.all the time.but occasionally. I would like to see Ben and Chad converse. I just don't want to see Jim Bob try to impress the cameras. Just be real.

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    3. Sounds like a great idea to me !! Let the Duggers visit on UP !!! And let's see how it goes on the ratings. And go from there ! Great idea. Would like to see that.

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    4. I like the Dugger children. Why can't They be on The Bates show ? They are victims. What did the children do wrong ?!

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  20. You have to add Allie & Carson's births to the updates.

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  21. I love the Bates family and was saddened to know that TLC did not accommodate their viewers with a show. I found them on UP and will continue to be an avid fan. I look forward to the weddings and hope to see a Bates/Duggar wedding at some point.

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    1. I think UP does a better job at filming their shows than TLC. I love the songs that are sung at times throughout the shows.

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    2. I read on Kelly s blog how she learned a lot when she was first on tv. She learned what to do and what not to do. I was impressed by her honesty. She spoke about the appearance of the home. She's right. When TLC aired the Bates, they did not do a good job. The lighting in some scenes were so dark. UP does a far better job. UP but a lot in its production. Viewing their show there is nothing that should be edited. Nothing that should be added. Well done UP. Great move Bates.

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    3. You made a wise decision leaving TLC. Up is far better.

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    4. I can't see any of the Bates children marrying into the Duggers family, but maybe the younger ones will.

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    5. The Duggers make good friends. Why be in-laws? I wouldn't encourage it ! I don't think I would want to be in-laws with my friends! Makes everything Too complicated !

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    6. I don't think the Bates will marry any Duggers.

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  22. Does anyone know what channel up is? Thanks

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    1. The UP channel varies. It depends on where you live. Ask a neighbor. Check you guide channel on your cable remote or check the channel listings. If that doesn't help. If still unsure, , call your cable company.

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  23. To find out what channel UP is on in your area, follow this link: http://up.viewerlink.tv/

    Blessings,
    Lily and Ellie

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  24. I love this family. They just seem like down home kind of folks, Wish we had more shows like Bringing Up Bates on T.V. Can't wait to tune into the new season.

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    1. If you have more shows like the Bates it would lose its flavor. On TLC they have so many little people show. I often wonder why don't they come up with different themes. You get tired of it.

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    2. I really would like to know how Michael did it? How did she stay so in love with one.fellow.for.So long? How.did.She keep it.So alive? How did she keep the relationship going? She.should write a courting book. Or.suggest books that guided her through the long wait. It would help other young girls. I think her husband is one.lucky guy. She is amazing.

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    3. All of.the Bates girls.seem.close.to Kelly. How.did.Kelly find the time...to have quality.time.with each daughter? The boys are all close.to Gil. How.did he.do it.? Have they thought about writing a book?!. It would be interesting.to read.

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    4. I had read the Bate girls wear purity rings. What a good idea. How old see they given them ?

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  25. Are Gil and Kelly wanting more children?

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    1. Probably if the Lord blessed them with another.

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    2. Are you kidding ? The Lord was wise when He limited a woman's conception years. As it is, who would want a child when going through menopause ? Time to enjoy the grandchildren and for her to give more loving to Gil ! This really is the time for Kelly to teach the younger women, as the Bible teaches the older women to do.

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    3. Are you kidding ? Isn't 19 a lot ?

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  26. Luv this show.

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  27. Doesn't joseph dugugar live with the Bates while going to college

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    1. It's unknown. It's a real mystery. There had been rumors going around. I don't see Tori in a courtship with him...That is as of yet.

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    2. I hope not. Joseph is a nice kid, but Tori and him are so different. I see Tori with someone older or someone more educated. I hope Tori gets her college teaching degree. She has a lot to offer children.

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  28. I love The Bates Family, Kelly & Gill are wonderful devoted parents and grandparents to a very kind, gracious, spiritual family.

    Love to All the Bates Family x

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    1. I agree. Gil and Kelly Jo are remarkable. They are good parents. I am impressed with Him' s love and praise to his children. He encourages them and also plays with them. He also prays with his family and reminds his children to follow biblical principles. Did you see the I Love You episode?! It was just beautiful. How they love one another. I liked especially when Gil reminded his children to always forgive when someone hurts you. Always have a forgiving heart.

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    2. Gil is a great guy. He's a preacher and what a wonderful one. Great example to his kids. I just love watching the family expanding. Kelly and Gal are really leaving an imprint in this world.

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  29. what kind of work does Brandon do? Haven't heard it mentioned...

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    1. Didn't they say he was in graphic designs ? Computer work.

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    2. Boy, can Brandon draw !

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  30. I first saw the Bates family on a Duggars' show, Iove them. Did not know there is a series on the UP channel, as I do not watch UP. Now I will watch the Bates. Hope UP will also carry the Duggars since TLC has stopped the "19 kids and counting" series. I miss seeing them. That was my favorite series. We all make mistakes, TLC should resume the series.

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    1. The Duggars need to move on. They will not be getting another show but why not be guest on the Bates ? Like a holiday special ? That would be nice.

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    2. The Duggers story/slander is very complicated. TLC had no other choice. The only hope we have of seeing the Duggers again is if the Duggars children occasionally visit with the Bates kids.

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    3. Yep! The Duggers need to move on ! Their time sadly has passed.

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  31. We love the Bates family. One of the few programs we watch in our home. Blessings

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  32. Love thiss show annie thre family we could use more famalieslike them in yourself world I fell in love with them when they ewere in duggrr shows kept saying we nneed them, in weekly in their own show was a bit shocked when family gave gil a 50 birthday party inviting. /husbnd old frends why jimbob duggarqwwiasnt included

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  33. I love your show and hope that they will soon return the Duggars to tv. Families like yours and the Duggars show the love of Jesus and hope in live. You have three beautiful grandchildren and I am so glad Erin was given the blessing of Carson.

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    1. I had hoped the Duggers would return to tv but as time passes the chances seem slimmer. I don't see it happening. Be grateful that you have the Bates. It takes some of the sting away from the loss of the Duggers. It is a shame what Josh has done to ruin the family's food name. And how his parents defend him.So strongly. It doesn't help matters.

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    2. Life will get better for them if they keep honoring God. May the Bates never get big headed, or proudful or boastful. I never want to see them have a downfall.

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    3. Gil is from Tennessee. His family probably invited childhood friends and close family and maybe college friends to his 50 birthday party. Do you really think the Duggers invite The Bates to all their parties ??! Sometimes I just wish people stop associating the Duggers with the Bates spool much. When the Duggers were on, were you thinking of the Bates ?!

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  34. Love the show, however, the stripped skirts that line up on one side seam but NOT the other,kinda gives me trouble. Also, love the action in the opening. All 21 of you are so expressive in what you say and how you interact with each other.

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  35. We just love your family and the love you have for the Lord and each other . It is something that isn't in the world as much these days and should be. You are a testament to what Jesus taught us and hope That more people will "get it" in the future. We are so happy for Chad and Erin and their sweet baby Carson. You are being blessed with so many grandchildren and know that life is going to just get better and better for all of you. Love, the Jones family

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    1. I am happy for Erin and Chad! Love little Carson !! Was also impressed how they were never bitter over the miscarriages.They loved the other children deeply, and dearly. That childless couple would bring the younger Bate' s siblings over to their home and those children filled their home. Did you see how Erin and Chad just loved little Bradly though they had lost a baby due around the same time?! Amazing ! They are very special people.

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    2. Nothing comes easy for true Christian and the Bates are proof of it. They have endured a lot. They have known llong suffering and patience. Look at Zack. He had a painful break up before Whitney. And then Whitney came along during a tough time.Whitney was a dear friend of his before they courted.( I read it in Kelly s blog). And then Erin had several miscarriages Imagine the pain in that. And her health was at stake too.Michael waited for 5 years to be Brandon s wife. And I am sure the other children too could tell us how they too went through trials and tough times but they endured. They are great examples for us.

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    3. People" won't get it " . They never will, because they are of the world. You can't change how the world is. But, It is refreshing to see a Christian family on tvthat is making an impression on the young children who are watching.

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  36. What a great move to invite into your home a 20th Bates. Shows how "real" your family is.

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    1. No. Time for Kelly to take it easy. How old will she be by the time Jeb is 21 and maybe out of college and on his own? In her 60's? Would you want to go through menopause and be in the process of having a newborn? Time to put your feet up and just enjoy the grandchildren and finish raising the children you have.

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    2. It is now the right time for.Kelly to teach the younger women on being good wives and mothers as the Bible.teaches us. And it is time for her to spend time with the younger children and use some.extra time with Gil.. So much work needed in the church. He needs now.

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    3. Nooooo ! Kelly has gone through enough. It is now time for Gil and Kelly to enjoy their life a little bit more as a couple Don't they need vacation time? And shouldn't they have some time to travel and see their married children? And their grandchild ? Life is so short. We go through 4 stages in life. Let this be a wonderful time for them before old age creeps in !!

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    4. I don't get it. I thought their show is real already. I don't think they have to prove anything to anybody. They are real ! They only have to be accountable to God.!

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    5. I think Jeb makes a great ending for Kelly Jo an Gil !

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    6. When Kelly was young, I bet she had wished that there were more time in a day Doesn't all young mothers? And as the children came and she cared for all their needs, I wonder if she had wished she could have more time with them. Don't we all? But now she can spend more time with each married child and get to know her grandkids. This is a great time for Kelly, let her enjoy this other side of motherhood,.

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    7. I think there are things Kelly longed to do. Now she can. Let her. Another baby? No.

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    8. What? Every girl dreama of the one who they will marry. Every girl knows what she is looking for in a guy. From the moment we have our first crush, we dream of that day. We should plan for it . And the Bates are wise to do.So. Short engagement ? No they were ready. And they found the right one for themselves. When you see the right one, you know. Even guys know what they like. Their courting was long and that gave them plenty of time.

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  37. What is their hurry to marry once they are engaged?

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    1. They have the same values as the Duggar family. Both families believe in saving their first kiss for their wedding day, and this practice leads the couple to have a short engagement.

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    2. On the show they say "the courting" is the longest time for the couple to get to know each other. It gives them time to decide if they really want to go farther and become engaged. "The engagement" is after they are absolutely certain that they have found the one for them, which is after the getting to know you stage, the courting stage, which is long, By that time, they know they are ready emotionally, financially and spiritually to marry. And The engagement is the planning stage foe the upcoming wedding. I think it makes sense.

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    3. Though the families are very familiar and are very close, there appears to be a slight difference, Gil interacts with with his children and his children often praise him.

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    4. It takes a lot to provide for a family and I am not talking about food or clothing. I am talking about love, respect, encouragement, talks and time. I think Gil and Kelly did real well. They gave a lot of their emotional and spiritual wealth to their off -springs.

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  38. I love the Bates. What a lovely family. Love the young married couples
    Am eager to see Michael marry. And see the other girls begin to court. And the little ones are adorable. Especially Jud and Jeb. The sons are wonderful young men from the oldest to the younger ones. They have all made their parents proud. And what wonderful parents they have. Loved the Valentine day show.

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    1. I can't wait for Michaela wedding wither. What a wonderful young woman! What a wonderful Christian girl, waiting what was it, "5 years" to marry the fellow she fancied? That should encourage other young girls to wait on the Lord. In prayer and never cease.

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    2. Though it's joyful to see children grow up and court and marry. It's sad. Bitter sweet. It must be hard on Kelly at times....to se her child leave, or worry about them moving far away, or worrying about your daughters in childbirth. Or seeing a son flying a plane or another son working hard labor work trimming trees and the dangers in it, even for Gil.It must be hard. With each child is responsibilities and concerns with a deep love. The house has a void when a child leaves and no one else can replace the empty space that child once filled. How blessed Kelly is. And how she added to our world.

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    3. I love how the kids all pair off. It's cute. You have Judson and Zeb. You have the three younger girls with similar names. You have three sons who are so close they are comrades. You have Josie and Kate who are similar and always in agreement. You have Tori and Carlin who have the same laughter and quick wit. You have the older boys, Nathan, Lawson and Trace who are different but who share the same thoughts on things. And then you have couples who pair off going on triple dates. And there are In- law 's who do get along too. Great show !!

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    4. I think Kelly should write a book. She must.get.a lot of.questions put to her. It would be a great.read.

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    5. The Diggers have a lot.of speaking engagements. Does Kelly ? I hope not.

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    6. I saw an old show with Alyssa hunting with her father. I had loved it. She has such a down home way. She is so beautiful. Wished I had watched the shows then to have learned more about her. Will she be on UP more in the future ?

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    7. I agree. Kelly could write a book. She has so much to share. I think she has many different topics she could write about. They would sell.

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    8. I can't wait for the wedding day either! Felt bad for Michael, those wedding gowns did not look good on her. Can't wait to see the one she does get.

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    9. I don't think Kelly has the time to write a book. I bet she wishes she had more time in a day Though.

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    10. I don't think it's a good idea for Kelly to have a lot of speaking engagements. How would they survive without her? Did you see Gil's face expression when Kelly joked about arranging a vacation for herself ? I thought he was gonna die. He got real nervous.

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  39. So grateful that Chad and Erin was blessed with Carson. We were not that blessed or lucky to of had our own children and adoption did not work out for, but I cried when Carson was born. It was so precious and moving. God bless all the bates I so love your show. It is such a blessing to us. Your family is so genuine and wholesome. I am grateful that you have been blessed to be on TV. God bless each of you I wish we lived close and I could be a part of your family as I don't have many people in my life.

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    1. You show brings a lot of comfort.to many. I had wanted many children but only had one. You show brings me so much joy! Thank you !!

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    2. Love reading what.other people write in the Bates blog. WIll definitely pray for those who are hurting . Some are sickly. Some are lonely. I will pray for you all. It wonderful to see so many Christian and good people loving the Bates as I do.

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    3. You don't have many people in hour life? You can find a lot of friends in church. You can become a part of a church family ! I belong to a conservative Baptist church. Wish you lived near by

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  40. I would really like a section of photos to see all the kids growing and changing and now with these adorable babies here, would love to see more pictures of them as they grow.I have loved the bates family from the beginning and watching them just brings joy and smiles!!! <3

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    1. Not me. I like how they have it. The Duggers expanded on their family photo and it lost its charm. I think they should have a family photo and when too many grandchildren come along, then have another section showing just the grandchildren. Keep it short and sweet. Simple. Easy to follow.

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    2. I couldn't wait for Carson s birth and now I eagerly wait for Michaela s wedding. I look forward to Thursday evenings.Thank goodness there is such a thing as on Demand to watch the shows as often as we would like. And never missing any. Seeing shows once, you miss things.

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    3. Wouldn't that be too confusing? I like how they have done it. But once the family becomes to large for a group picture, I would like to see two photos of the family. One of the children and spouses and another group picture of the grandchildren. That would be cute.

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  41. I really enjoy the Bates family over the Duggar family. All of the family members seem happier. They are more expressive and have such wonderful individual personalities. The children all laugh. Both the boys and girls seem to have so much fun joking and kidding with each other. They all seem to genuinely care about each other. Just an overall fun group to watch. I also appreciate that Gil and Kelly Jo encourage the children to become educated and independent. The family environment is not oppressive. My daughter and I are looking forward to the August 15th wedding of Michael and Brandon.

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    1. I don't like to compare but the Bates are remarkable. I remember seeing the Bates and Diggers together and Jim Bob and Gil were playfully competing . Jim Bob won. After watching The Bates on Up I don't know how that was possible. Gil is so fit. And physically strong. Did you see him work with his older boys putting up a swing set And how they were lifting and using a telephone pole ? ! And how GIl on his own made those swings, drilling and using thick massive rope!! And he made it easy !!! And would anyone want to cut down tree for a living ? That's bull work !!!

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    2. I agree. Gil is more fit. Just hope he watches his health as he ages and slows it down a little. I know he loves to play with his children but on the Lake I think he over did it. He has to be careful. We want to see you have a long life Gil.

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    3. I too don't like to compare the Bates to the Duggers but how can you not? Men play a big role in their sons lives. They are role models just as mother s are role models for their daughters. Jim Bob had careers that were impressive. A car dealer, a real estate agent, politician. What did his own father do for a living? Real estate.agent. But look at Gil. His father was a farmer. And Gil? He labors with his hands. Family is first. He Never hesitates to be available for his children. Even taking them to the emergency or dental appointments requiring surgery.

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  42. Just saw the episode when they went to the lake. I worry about Him. He is getting.older. He needs to slow it down. He seemed out of puff after the lake. He over did it on the skis. He tries so hard to give his all. Give his best to his children. I just hope he stays healthy. He still has little ones dependent.on him to see them through adulthood. I will pray for him.

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    1. I think Him means Gil the father.

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    2. Him is Gil.
      I saw the Lake episode and was impressed with Gils positive attitude to wait out the storm and yet I admired Zack s attitude when he left as soon as the thunder and lightning came. He worried about his families safety. Both are remarkable men.Good husbands and fathers.

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    3. Laughed when Tori threw the sandwich ! That thunder storm at the Lake must of been scary ! I have seen a lightning strike and its awful.

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  43. I am happy for Erin and Chad. God bless the new parents. I read the Pained blog and was deeply touched. Chad too comes from a beautiful and Christian home. And Chad is so genuine . He appreciates everyday what the Lord has given him whether it is a beautiful sunrise or a beautiful sunset. He marvels at God s handiwork everyday. Chad and Erin are a perfect.couple. Did you see how obedient Erin was to her mother even in labor? A precious girl. Her mother told her not to push, it.as too soon and Erin tried to listen to her, but her body told her differently....

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    1. In a recent episode Chad had said something about one day having his own shop. I think he should. He is so handy and made some beautiful furniture.Erin would be great at interior decorating and the displays inside of a little shop would be so charming. I think they would do well.Go for it Chad. And let us see it on UP.

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    2. Great idea !! Wonder what Erin and Chad would call their shop ?

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    3. I think it would be nice to see how the married couples live and what their interests are. I would like to see Erin and Chad run a shop, see how Michael adjusts to Chicago's weather and the driving in Chicago . I would like to see Alyssa cheering her husband on at his games. I would like to see Whitney out and about with Bradly. I would like to see all the couple's at Christmas time in their homes whether they are celebrating it with the Bates or not. I would like to learn more about them.

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    4. Pained blog? I think you mean Paines blog. Does Chad come from a family of 12? I wish I had seen that get - together ! Did they ever show John's family ?

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    5. Would love to see Chad' s Mom working in their future shop too ! Or babysitting Carson !

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  44. God Bless you all! I love your show and your family! I love how the kids cut each other up yet love each other...so sweet! Gil well he is such a mush and I love that too! I cry every time he does! Kelly you are a darling and your family is so blessed from the top to the bottom! I prayed for Erin and Chad to have a healthy baby and God listened! So beautiful! I like seeing your family be able to afford fun things like boats and jet skis....no doubt doing shows like this helps bring in revenue! Love and prayers to you all! Debbie Joyce

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    1. Me too ! I am happy to see a family that is so humble, that has struggled for years finally have things like ski and boats... They appreciate all that they have. Don't think they take it for granted. And, No couple deserve a baby more than Chad and Erin. Did you see the latest show where Chad s mother visited? What a wonderful woman. So loving to Erin. This family are wise when it comes to picking their mates !

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    2. I laughed so hard when they were teasing Josie as she was getting her braces on And how Josie responded. Great show. What would we do without the Bates?? Funny in the 70's we had the show The Waltons based on a real family and now we have the real deal.

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    3. They are all so quick witted. So funny. Love them.

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    4. Wish I had watched the family when it was on TLC. Would have loved seeing Zach marry and see the birth of Bradly. Would have loved seeing Alyssa marry. It is a shame she has moved so far away. Would love to see her on UP. Will Michael be seen as much in the future since she too has moved away ? If so, what a shame. Am glad the other two married couples live near by though.

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    5. I have never seen such a large family with different personalities get along so well. I guess the parents should get the credit.

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    6. I think Alyssa and John make.a lovely couple. Would look to see more of.them.

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    7. I would love to see more of Alyssa and John too !!!

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    8. Gil you show men it's ok for a man to be sentimental. It's ok for.a man to cry. It's ok for a man to express his love to his wife and not just on special occasions. Thanks !

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  45. My favorite episode is the I Love You day. I liked how Gil told his children that people are gonna hurt you, it's apart of life and it hurts. He spoke about having a large family and you will have your moments , but you need to forgive. He said Others may hurt us accidentally and we need to forgive. How true. The Bates are better than the Waltons. We have needed your shows for years. We have had a real void. Bates...better than any TLC show currently on. .Thanks !

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    1. Time changes and we feel the changes. How many times do we feel things just aren't the same? Life has changed. People are colder. More self centered. How many of us missed the down home ways we once knew? well, the Bates have brought that back ! And, I am not talking about down home cooking. Kelly will tell you, she did tv dinners ,but has learned at a slow pace to enjoy cooking. No, I am talking about real down home people who value the simple things in life like family, church and loving your neighbors. Great family.

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    2. We needed the Bates. They have enriched our lives. The world has changed and many of us don't like it. And sadly we have been affected by the changes. But the Bates have softened our hearts that had once grown cold.

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    3. Sorry but TCL is really changing. I won't watch it...not until it gets its wholesomeness back ! Will not watch their newest shows. So far from family values.

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    4. I loved I love you day !!!!! Those kids were raised right. I Love how those kids do not.hesitate to express love. Beautiful. Love how they hug.
      Wish I knew."Praise before Presents". What a beautiful family tradition. Wouldn't we all have loved to hear our parents and siblings tell us how they feel about us and what outstanding traits they love about us on every birthday !

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  46. This family will have many great memories to come because they are such a loving family that believes in unity. May it never end for them. May they have endless get togethers in their childhood state of Tennessee. And may they always enjoy the Lake together.

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    1. How beautiful. I hope through the years that there will always be several Bate family living there and that they all will carry on the tradition of the Lake. Hope throughout the generations that their photo albums will be filled with many family pictures. God is blessing you for honoring Him so.

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    2. Bates, just don't let fame and wealth get to you. Don't entertain us, just be real.

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  47. I like how they all differ in options but never fight over anything. When a decision is being made whether it is about where the chicken coop should go or.where the swing set should be,, or where the garden should be planted, they talk it out and they always come up with the right decision. I like what Kelly told Warren, Sometime we lose and sometimes we win. And this time we were losers and next time we will be the winners. She gave him encouragement and reassurance.

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    1. I don't know how they do it. I don't see quarreling in that family. They debate, they have difference of opinions.but they hear each other out. God Bless them !

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  48. Yes they do many projects on their home and like Zack said it takes them forever sometimes but they do it as a family and as a team and they get it done without any fighting. And with a lot of humor.

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  49. I saw Thursday show and saw Kelly adopted sisters.I was so impressed. How beautiful Mee maw is to have adopted those two beautiful women.. What a beautiful heart. I remember reading Kelly's Blog when she said her mother had been a school teacher and taught in a black school and how Kelly herself had attended a school were she was the only white child there. How beautiful. I now see how Kelly had gotten such a humble and loving heart !! Her mother taught her well ! Loved too how Michael and all the children get along.

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    2. What state is Meema from ? Is she really moving to Teennesse ? Would this take her from her youngest two daughters, Beth and Becca ?

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    3. It was nice of Michael to reveal to viewers how close she was to Beth while growing up. Wish more was said though . I just Love it when people reminiscence.

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  50. Loved how they showed Kelly's sister Beth's wedding shower. That was such a sweet thing to do ! Wish you had showed more of.it.though.! I just love Mee- Maw !!!!

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  51. I love how Kelly's sisters are so talented. Both came up with great creative ideas for Micheal' s wedding cake and flowers !

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  52. Am surprised that Beth's bridal shower wasn't bigger. Isn't Mema wealthy ?

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  53. I love the Bates! They seem very down to earth and their children aren't as stiff as some other families on TV. I love the banter they all have with each other and how they tease and pay around. They act like my family did growing up, just on a larger scale. They aren't so robotic. Love them so much!

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  54. Looking forward to another great season. What a blessing this family is!!!!

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  55. OH I WISH THR BATES COULD HAVE THEIR OWN SHOW EVERY WEEK.OR MORE!!!...THEY ARE SO ENTERTAINING...WHOLESOME AND A WONDERFUL SHOW TO WATCH!! LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!!!!☺

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  56. I LOVE BATES AND THE DUGGARS! :)

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