Welcome to the Bates family blog! Gil and Kelly have been married since 1987. They have nineteen children with four in heaven. Seven of their children are married. Two children are engaged. One child is in a courtship. They have seventeen grandchildren with one due in June 2021. They have five grandchildren in heaven.
We are so excited that many of you got to go to the party for Carlin and Trace! We posted a lot of photos on our facebook page so you should go over and check them out. Here is a select few of our favorites:
Whitney is just eight weeks until the new baby arrives. We are super excited about the baby's birth. We were told by Taryn that Zach and Whitney would have done their photos as of this week so maybe we will have them in May.
We are so excited to share that Whitney had her maternity photos done today by Taryn Yager. Taryn had actually revealed to us earlier this week that she was going to be the photographer for both Whitney and Erin!
Whitney turns 32 weeks pregnant tomorrow while Erin is currently 22 weeks pregnant!
As we announced last week that the new season will start on June 2, 2016! We are so excited about it. Here are the details of the new season: Change is in the air as a lot of the kids are beginning to forge their own paths outside of the family. From new loves, to new careers and new babies, the bates are growing up and experiencing the highs and lows of life. Amidst the change, the family is tested when Gil has a health scare.
In May, John and Alyssa will be celebrating their second year of marriage and we wanted to create a cover photo for their anniversary. We recently posted May Birthdays and Mother's day cover photo and noticed that we had the wrong date on it. I think that it said "May 24, 2013" which was the wrong date.
So ever since Zach and Whitney announced that they were expecting their second child which was also later followed by Chad and Erin that they were expecting their second child.
We have been thinking about a change of monthly updates!
All three of the grandbabies have been "All about..." so we thought that we would changed it to "Fun Facts about..."
We have decided to do Facts about Kaci and Brooklyn!
Kaci will start the end of June so make sure that you check out her introduction! Then make sure that you check out Brooklyn's introduction later in the summer!
We announced on April 1st that there would be a grad party. We posted about a week later more details of the party. Now we are back with another update. The Bates have said these are the final details of the party!
The camp has ball fields and volleyball and basketball courts; those who are interested in playing are welcome to bring sports equipment. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do we do separate birthday blogs for double birthdays?
We decided from the very beginning to do separate birthdays for the double birthdays. They are their own person and should have their own blogs
When did Brandon and Michaella get engaged?
Michaella actually revealed on April 13, 2016 that they got engaged on April 13, 2015!
How many children have Chad and Erin had? Chad and Erin have been pregnant five times. The first three babies joined in heaven while Carson was born a month early. They are currently expecting Brooklyn due in August
How many children does John and Alyssa planning to have? John and Alyssa are planning to have six children if not eight. They just celebrated their daughter's first birthday.
Erin posted this a few weeks ago and we just finally posted this on facebook. Many of you have asked who created it. We check out the friend that Erin had tagged and we are here to share it with all of you.
1. Changing the birthday covers? We have been thinking about giving each family member their own birthday cover. We will have to wait until May to find out. 2. How long as Nathan and Ashley been courting? They have been courting since December 2015
3. Why did we start the page and blog? We started the facebook fan page back in August 2011. We would later start the blog in February 2012.
1. Do The Bates attend a local church or have a church of their own? Gil actually pastors at his own church. John and Alyssa go to a church in Florida. We are not sure where Brandon and Michaella go. We are also not sure where Chad and Erin go or Zach and Whitney.
2. Will there be a season four of Bringing Up Bates? Alyssa said that there would be a season four. We are waiting for announcement from the Network about when the episode will air.
Nathan is getting ready to surprise Ashley and start their courtship officially. The family believes courtship is going steady. The family's goal is to remain pure in their relationship since it doesn't guarantee that the couple will get married. Lawson and Nathan head to pick out a gift for Ashley and decide on cowboy boots. The youngest girls are not happy with the gift. Nathan ends up getting earrings to go with the boots. Lawson doesn't like the outfit Nathan chooses for the trip. Nathan wanted to go to the trip alone but ends up having Kelly go with him. Somehow Gil, Lawson, and Erin go with him. Nathan is worried that Ashley will think that he is proposing. The group shows up at the apartment of Ashley. Just like the Bates, the family home school the seven children. Ashley's dad works in the probation system while her mom, Ana Maria, runs a in-home daycare. The group starts to decorate the house and Erin draws a photo of the two couple kissing. Nathan hangs it where Ashley can see it. Gil wants to put it on the back burner for right now. Ashley arrives home to find them there. She figured that something was up but was happy to see him. Ashley and her siblings take the family on a boat tour to see some sights. Erin and Ashley try making noodles but went up with 10 Below Ice Cream. Nathan and Ashley take a carriage ride. Lawson was surprised that they did not want him to go with them. Kelly figures that there was enough eyes on them. The couple decide not to take a chaperone with them on the ride. Nathan and Ashley start skating while Lawson puts the bag in the middle of the rink. Ashley is worried that he is going to ask her to marry him and he tells her that it's not a ring. “We’d like to start courting, if you’re okay with that,” says Nathan. “Of course I’m okay with that!” responds Ashley. Nathan gives her one last surprise and lets her know that she is coming to Tennessee to spend Christmas with his family. They are all happy happy. The family is getting ready for their Christmas party. Michaella and Brandon fly in from Chicago while John and Alyssa fly in from Florida with baby Allie. Nathan and Ashley reveal their courtship story to the family. Zach and Whitney had just found out the gender of their baby. They decided to hand Kelly a box to open. It will be filled with either pink or blue balloons. The family is so happy to find out that it is a baby girl. Be sure to check out our blog for news about season four!
A few of the Bates are heading to the Big Apple to visit their friends, Ashley and Anastasia. The city girls show our country boys, Nathan and Lawson, all the exciting sites of the city. They explore Times Square, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and go ice-skating where Nathan asks an important question.