The Bates Family

Watch Out!

by Kelly on April 2, 2011

IMG_5532She’s driving now! Alyssa passed her license test! That makes 8 Bates drivers! Whew! Insurance sounds like a good line of work to enter!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah April 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Wow Congratulations Alyssa!

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Tina R April 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Haha! That’s awesome Alyssa! Congrats!!! :)


Emmy April 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Congrats Alyssa! Stay safe! :)


Jennifer April 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Congratulations to her!


Henry and Family April 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for the warning! We will keep an eye out for her in Hancock County. Congratulations Alyssa – may the Lord bless you and keep you safe ( and the rest of us) :)


Lynsey April 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm



Casey April 3, 2011 at 1:09 am

Congrats, Alyssa! We’re proud of you! Now use it to drive to SC more often :)


Jessica April 3, 2011 at 1:10 am



Amy Scozzari-Sweigart April 3, 2011 at 1:40 am

Congratulations, Miss Alyssa! You have achieved a rite of passage, no doubt. Gil, and Kelly, your family is amazing! You are so wholesome, and so loving. Rare and wonderful are those traits. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story with people everywhere, and for allowing us to see the transformation of your house on TLC. I visit your website often, for updates, and am just amazed at how special your family truly is! God has blessed you, over and over. :)

From my heart to yours,
Amy Scozzari-Sweigart


Grace Shiflett April 3, 2011 at 2:16 am

Way to go girl!!!


Joyce Adams April 3, 2011 at 2:21 am



sonja petersen April 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

Congratulations to you!


sheree gantt April 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

How excited you must be!!! Congratulations!!!


Lynn April 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Yay for Alyssa! Congratulations on a great accomplishment!


Ruth April 4, 2011 at 12:02 am

Congratulations Alyssa! Did you get your braces off too?


Bianca Jago April 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

Congrats Alyssa!!!! =)


Missy April 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Congratulations to Alyssa! That’s a great accomplishment and I know she’s excited to have this privilege.

We are nearing that day ourselves with our first child. I can hardly believe I’m parenting teenagers, but the knowledge that soon our oldest will have a drivers license is amazing. Where does the time go?

Wishing you safe driving and God’s protection,


Sonya Killebrew April 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Congratulations Alyssa!


sara( italy) April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Congratulations Alyssa!Here in Italy we get our driving license at the the age of 18,so i will have my test this summer,I hope I will pass too.enjoy driving!


Kristi April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Congratulations to Alyssa. :)
Hannah just started her first day of driving for her driver’s ed classes. *sigh* Time does fly.



Kelly April 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Congratulations Alyssa! On the insurance…don’t do it…No extra discounts for employees :~D


Jenny Joost April 5, 2011 at 2:39 am

Congrats Alyssa :) I just got my license in my hands 9 months ago and I know how much fun it is to have the freedom to go where ever you want….. well at least as far as your parents let you. Having fun being part of the driving world!!


Kay Walter April 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

Congratulations, Alyssa, that is a mile stone. Drive as though your life depends upon it because it does! Stay safe, please!


Miss Linda April 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Congratulations, Miss Alyssa. I know you will be able to be an even greater blessing to your family than you already are now that you can assist with running errands and ferrying siblings to their destinations.


James April 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

So did you have to take the test in the new family bus? :)


chelsey April 9, 2011 at 3:48 am

Congrats!!! Love her necklace in this picture as well :) .


Allie Makcennsie Jakes April 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm



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