The Bates Family

Friends Visit

by Kelly on May 11, 2011

Each year we are excited to meet new friends that encourage us in our faith. This year we met one such family at the Valentine’s IMG_4067Banquet in Chicago hosted by IBLP ministries when they invited us for supper at their house the following day.


We were able to visit with a few of their children at the homeschool conference in TeIMG_6993xas. While there, Chad Paine took our family picture.

Last week wIMG_7011e rejoiced in sharing a brief visit with Dr. Paine and the rest of his precious family when they stopped at our house on their way from Florida back to Chicago. We enjoyed playing Rook, horseback riding, and a visit to the Norris Dam.

We are so grateful for Godly friends that set an example for us!


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Chad May 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

It was a great time in TX…Thanks so much for your warm hospitality wherever you go! God bless!


Lynsey May 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Such a beautiful family picture!!! VERY beautiful girls and handsome boys!


Miss Linda May 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

I’m so glad you had a wonderful time at the conference. I hope all is well and returning to normal after your travels.


Kristi May 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Love the family pic! It’s beautiful.



kota and madeleine May 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

you should use the family picture as the banner of the website. so pretty!


Gil May 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Dear Kota & Madeleine,
I’m afraid I don’t know how to add anything except posts, but my goal is to learn this summer so that I can update the photo section and appearance… Thanks! Love, Kelly


Nikki R May 13, 2011 at 2:06 am

What beautiful dresses the little girls are all wearing.:)Did one of your girls make them.I love the pattern.It is a very nice family picture too.Nikki


Gil May 13, 2011 at 4:42 am

Yes, Michaella sews most of the girls clothes. Thank you! God bless, Kelly


sara( italy) May 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Great picture and lovely dresses,good job Michaella!


Glory May 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

What wonderful pictures! My brother, Walker, knows Chad Paine well from Journey To The Heart. How much a year do you all visit the Duggars?

Love from the 12 Ellisons,


Gil May 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

We get to see each other several times and its always such a blessing since we learn so much from them!! Love, Kelly


Glory May 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Oh that is great!
You all are such an encouragement to us. You are like a ray of sunshine through our window!
I wish we could meet you all soon!


Emily Raynes May 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I love this family picture!!! It’s beautiful!! ;)


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