The Bates Family

Harvest Time

by Kelly on October 20, 2011

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Fall is my favorite time of year, so I took some of our younger ones for a play day with church friends at Life Down on the Farm corn maze in Powell, TN. (http://www.lifedownonthefarm.com/)

The children romped in the huge corn boxes, raced ducks in the water troughs, bounced on the gigantic air filled trampoline, petted the many farm animals, rode the tractor train and mini horse buggy… We all had a fabulous time enjoying the outdoor breeze, the beautiful fall colors, and fellowship with friends! 

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{ 79 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren Sharpe October 15, 2011 at 3:46 am

Love the pictures!! I love the girl’s dresses too. Very pretty. Did Michaella make them?

Lauren

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Gil October 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Dear Lauren,
Yes, Michaella made them out of material that Kay Walker graciously sent us! Love, Kelly

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Kay W October 15, 2011 at 3:55 am

October is my very favorite month, Kelly, and this October has been a beauty. Our trees are not quite at ‘peak’ but it won’t be long. These pictures are wonderful and the kids are having such a good time. Your family is such an inspiration to others. God bless and love to all of you, Kay

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Melody October 15, 2011 at 5:19 am

Looks like you guys had a blast on a nice fall day. Thanks for sharing.

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Lauren Sharpe October 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

She did a wonderful job :) Did you get my last post on the blog post before this one about Michaella sewing?

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Nikki R October 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I love the little girls jumpers.:)Your daughter should make them to sell.It is so hard to find modest little girl dresses.:)

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Nan October 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Great pictures! I’ve noticed that your little guys all match when you go out but the older ones don’t. At what age do you let them wear clothing that is different from their siblings? I was also wondering if Michaella will be making the dresses for Zach’s wedding.

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Gil October 16, 2011 at 2:47 am

Dear Nan,
I don’t require any of them to match, but the little ones often enjoy it. Michaella also prefers to sew for the younger wardrobe. I often do have the little one match or color coordinate in public, because it is easier to spot them and to stay together. Sometimes we match or color coordinate because we are singing together. The older girls prefer to match also, but sewing clothes for them is a little more difficult. They love to find matching shirts on sale. Love, Kelly

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Emily Raynes October 16, 2011 at 2:34 am

These pictures are so cute! All the kids look adorable! love y’all :)

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Melody October 16, 2011 at 3:54 am

Zach is getting married???? Did I miss that post???? I thought he was courting Sarah. Good greif, can you please let the boy get to know the girl. Marriage is a huge step in anyone’s life. It’s one time deal. It’s not like you can exchange it at Walmart after a few weeks if you don’t like it.

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Gil October 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Dear Melody,
Yes, Zach is still courting and they are not talking about any wedding plans or dates until their engagement. We have encouraged them to enjoy this time of getting to know each other. We agree that this prep time should not be rushed. It is a special time for all of us and we are all enjoying it immensely! Some people probably confuse courtship with engagement and some may prefer a rushed scenario. We believe they should hear from the Holy Spirit and be wise to listen to counsel, but be weary of falling prey to specific parameters and regulations that are man-made instead of God directed. Each couple is different; each situation is different. Some relationships are close, while some are long distance. Some struggle with greater temptations than others. Some have different ideas and goals for their before marriage time. We see it as a joyous, irreplaceable, sentimental, foundational time that will only strengthen their relationship, if they use their time together wisely. Love, Kelly

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Lynn October 16, 2011 at 4:31 am

Very pretty pictures. I like the fall I always take my girls out to see the pretty scenery. Over here in Indiana at Mccorrmicks creek there is a water fall a small one, but with all the colorful trees and waterfall put together it makes perfect picture backgrounds for your children. I take them there every fall and spring.
I like the little outfits your daughter puts together, your children are very talented.
God Bless, Lynn

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Emma Culverhouse (England) October 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

Dear Kelly,
I love your pictures and wish I could get my 6 yr old to pose like that!!
Love Emma xx

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Katie October 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

Looks like y’all had a lot of fun! We went this past week to a pumpkin patch here in Louisiana with our homeschool group. They had a lot of the same activities as well, and my little boy just loved the jumping pillow, I think they called theirs. Love the little red and white polka dot dresses and headbands! I have some of that same fabric, and used it to make a baby dress not too long ago.

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sara( italy) October 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

Looks like a wonderful day!
Is Michaella babysitting Brady Nichols, on the pictures it looks like he belongs to her, or is he the Baby of your church friends?
I wondered where little Judson was, I hope he isn´t ill! My six months old “niece”(she actually isn´t related to me, she is the baby of a good friend) has got a cold and has got very grumpy the last days :(
I wish you some more warm fall days, before the winter arrives! love, Sara

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Gil October 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Dear Sara,
Yes, Michaella has a job babysitting little Brady Nichols on weekdays. She says he is a dream baby… and after seeing what a happy fellow he was at the corn maze, she has me convinced! Friends couldn’t believe Michaella would want a job babysitting after being around her younger siblings constantly, but if you know Michaella at all… you know she’s not nearly as happy without a baby in her arms! She’s always been the mothering type, even as a toddler! She absolutely LOVES her job!! Love, kelly

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brittani October 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

going to a farm with a corn maze for kids are fun i done it before with my half cousins it was fun

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Anna October 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Michaella is wearing such a beautiful dress! The little girls are very sweet. =)

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Krista October 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Dear Kelly,

I noticed on some of the earlier episodes of the Duggar’s show that the older girls would often where matching dresses with the younger girls. Do they still enjoy doing this or have they outgrown it? I bet the younger girls really enjoyed having someone older that they looked up to dressed like them!

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Gil October 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Dear Krista,
They would still love to match, but Michaella does not enjoy sewing women’s sizes. Now that they’re older, she does not sew for their sizes often. She likes to sew youth and girls dresses. Love, Kelly

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Marion October 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm

You have a beautiful family Gil and Kelly!! I love the dresses!!
Fall is my favourite time of year as well, my husband and I celebrated 24 years of marriage on October 3.
Take care
Marion
Nova Scotia, Canada

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Anita October 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Dear Kelly: I’m writing from Argentina, and share with you that the fall along with the winter are my favorite seasons of the year. I like the cool breeze of early morning, the smell of the leaves gives moisture, the color of the foliage, now we in this part of southern hemisphere spring and early start will heat it can be very overwhelming, but the nature has been created by our God and give thanks for this. I tell you I also I have a 21 year old son is dating a 18 year old of the same church where we gather, and thank the lord that they walk in awe in front of him, apart from temptations and bad influences the world is so important that they know and take the time to meditate, and they plan to marry within 3 or 4 years, my son is finishing college and she also wants a career. We as parents encourage them to continue to fulfill God’s will that he has for their lives, as my son plays instruments in the church and is a ministry God has given you. We pray for the youth to stay away from the temptations of worldly and knowing them to leave to spend the rest of their lives together. How is your pregnancy?, You get prenatal care, your doctor is a Christian? I wish them the richest blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. Answer me soon. BLESSINGS.

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Gil October 17, 2011 at 2:26 am

Dear Anita,
I’m doing great and am approaching 23 weeks. Yes, my OBGYN is a wonderful Christian doctor (http://drvick.com/). Love, Kelly

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Sarah October 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Sounds like yall had a great time! I would LOVE to go to Tennesse this time of year! I was woundering how Alyssa is doing and what she’s been up to?

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Gil October 17, 2011 at 2:23 am

Dear Sarah,
Alyssa is keeping busy with college plus, but is doing great. Love, Kelly

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Teresa Burruss October 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

Your children are absolutely beautiful, God has truely blessed you.

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Nan October 17, 2011 at 1:44 am

Oh wow! I think I have been misunderstanding this whole time! I guess I was thinking that courtship and engagement are the same thing. Can you please explain the difference to me? My understanding was that courtship was like dating, only with a committment to marry one another. Am I wrong?

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Gil October 17, 2011 at 2:21 am

Dear Nan,
Courtship is a definite commitment. It is like a pre-engagement. It allows a couple to get to know each other better before jumping straight into engagement. There are varied opinions on how courtship works; However, most agree with 2 main ideas: 1) It is a purposeful relationship headed toward preparation for marriage rather than just dating anyone for fun 2) It is usually chaperoned as a commitment to purity since has been made. Love, Kelly

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Sarah October 17, 2011 at 2:41 am

Alyssa is taking college class’s??

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Gil October 18, 2011 at 1:35 am

Dear Sarah,
It is actually called “dual enrollment classes” and is geared for high school students to be able to earn college credit while still in high school. Most colleges offer this option now. Alyssa and our other high schoolers are using College Plus. Love, Kelly

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Tonya October 17, 2011 at 4:41 am

Dear Kelly,
A question on your comments about courtship, do you consider the engagement a time to just prepare for the actual wedding? When they both know they’re the right one and he asks her to marry him, then the engagement is a time used to prepare for the wedding, am I right??

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Gil October 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

Tonya,
We’re new at this… every one that we have talked to has differing opinions as there are no specific guidelines (just a desire to be committed to one person and to maintain purity). Since Zach is our first, he has helped us formulate some of our personal opinions as he has spent much time in prayer and discussion with others. He is using his courtship time as a time of chaperoned “dating with purpose” (which is different from the regular idea of dating that most people practice, since the purpose is preparation for marriage and involves a commitment to purity). This time of courtship allows them to get to know each other better and to focus on learning to communicate and put each other first (which are key to any strong relationship). Zach anticipates the engagement period being a time to specifically plan the wedding and to focus on communicating about the changes they’ll face as a married couple. Others may have different ideas, but that is the direction Zach is planning at present. Love, Kelly

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Shelby Leigh October 17, 2011 at 4:50 am

Hey! I love you guys! I am 16 and I am from Kentucky! I was just wondering what age in your beliefs do you think is the right age to start dating? Hope to hear back! May God abundantly bless your wonderful family! Love, Shelby Leigh

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Gil October 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

Dear Shelby,
Our children don’t date. They have chosen the path of courtship, and that usually begins after a couple realizes that they are ready to move toward getting to know each other and spending time together in preparation for engagement and marriage. Love, Kelly

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Hope October 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

How old is Addee, Ellie, and Callie? Where was Judson?
Did Katie or Josie go? I’m sure you had fun!

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Gil October 18, 2011 at 1:23 am

Dear Hope,
Callie, Ellie, and Addee are two, three, and four. Katie went. Carlin and Josie were out of town. Judson was at home taking a nap. Love, Kelly

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Shelby Leigh October 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Oh and I just wanted to tell you that my family of 7 are Christians and we sing southern gospel music and my parents are national speakers!!

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Christy October 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

The “little” ones are getting so big!!I miss the fall in East TN! We did get a park day in yesterday but I love the weather there!

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Miss Linda October 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Thank you for sharing pictures of such a sweet time of fellowship! Your family is lovely. It is a blessing to see that your daughters are maintaining their high standards of modesty when other families have, unfortunately, relaxed their standards somewhat. May God grant that your family continues to refuse all compromises with the world in every aspect of life. Your family is a great source of inspiration to so many!

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Anon October 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

Kelly- I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to honestly and willingly answer the questions many of your fans and readers ask you daily. It’s really refreshing to see and I must say that I love reading your responses. You do a great job of getting back to everyone, as well as answering some of those toughies with grace. Thank you!

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Michelle October 18, 2011 at 4:21 am

your pictures look great! and i agree fall is a great time of year! I was watching an old episode of 17 kids and counting the other day and it was the episode where your family went to arkansas and played paintball, skydived, etc. (it looked like SO much fun!) but in the episode jim bob and your son zach both mentioned that your families hadnt seen each other for several years (i think he said 7 or 8 but not exactly sure).. I was just wondering why yall hadnt gotten to see each other for such a long time? yall seem to get to see alot of each other over the past few recent years and be very close now so i was curious!
Thanks, Michelle

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Gil October 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Dear Michelle,
In the early years of our friendship with the Duggars we were able to see them once a year at a homeschool conference in Knoxville. That homeschool gathering was then divided regionally to make locations more convenient for attendees. As a result, we didn’t see each other for about 6 – 7 years. Due to their TLC show, however, travels that brought them cose to our proximity gave us opportunity to visit more frequently in recent years. Love, Kelly

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sara( italy) October 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I´m happy to hear that Michaella loves her job.
She is probably the one of your girls who has the most characteristics in common with me. I´m a calm and patient person and, like her, I love taking care of the little ones. Since I can remember I enjoyed taking my sister and my younger cousins around with me. I was so thrilled when I got my first job as a babysitter, at the age of eleven. Now I´m eighteen and babysitting still is one of my favorite hobbies.

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Hope October 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Is your family going to watch the TLC’s show tonight about the Duggars visiting your family? Where do you house all of them?
They said… Zach Bates has a big announcement to make, tune in on TLC! is the “big announcement” Zach’s courtship with Sarah Reith?
BTW, I totally agree with you and Zach about courtship that it is “dating with a purpose” I am 15 and my family of 12 strongly agrees with courtship and my two older sisters courted and they are married now… anyway, thanks for the great example!
Love,
Hope

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Gil October 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Dear Hope,
We actually have company coming tonight, so I’m not sure if we’ll be able to go somewhere to watch the show or not. Love, Kelly

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Lauren October 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

These pictures are great. Fall right through new years is my absolute favorite time of year. We just did a corn maze recently for my mothers birthday it was a lot of fun. Michaela looks so natural holding a baby. I think its great that she enjoys babysitting. I agree some people are just made to be mothers. I love babies as well. Its an absolute joy to have a little one around. But I’m sure you have figured that one out already :) . Hope all is well with you and your family.

Love,
Lauren E.

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Lauren Sharpe October 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Dear Kelly,

My Grandfather is in the hospital with heart problems. He is in his 60s and has heart disease. He’s had it since age 38. I ask for your prayers for him. I am very very close with my Grandfather. He and my Grandmother raised my brother and I. I will keep you updated. At the moment he is in the hospital and doctors are running tests. Hopefully between later tonight and tomorrow we will know what is going on.

Lauren Sharpe

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Gil October 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Dear Lauren,
I will pray for your grandfather. Having a loved one in the hospital or facing serious illness is very grievous; may you draw strength from Christ during this time. Love, Kelly

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Crystal October 19, 2011 at 12:20 am

So excited to see yall on 19 Kids and Counting tonight :)

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makenzi October 19, 2011 at 12:27 am

how does erin do her hair! i LOVE it! its so pretty, is it naturaly curly? or permed? i love your family! :)

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Kay W October 19, 2011 at 2:52 am

Dear Lauren, I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Hope the tests go well and he can go home soon. There have been great strides made in cardiac care, which will probably help him. I, too, will keep your family in my prayers. Love Kay

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Kay W October 19, 2011 at 2:56 am

What a treat seeing the Bates on ’19 Kids and Counting’ tonight!! If you weren’t able to watch it tonight, no doubt it will follow the ‘new’ half hour show at 9:30 EST, probably 8:30 CST next week. Naturally I loved seeing the little girls in their dresses. I had no idea you have so many horses. I haven’t been riding in years…well, actually decades. Love to all of you and God bless. Kay

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Shelby Leigh October 19, 2011 at 3:18 am

Thanks! I just watched the duggars episode(I love them too) where they were at y’all house! I am 16from and have decided to save myself for marriage and to wait the one I know God has for me! If you don’t mind me asking…how old are your children?

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Gil October 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Dear Shelby,
They range in age from 1 yr. old to 22 yrs. old. Love, Kelly

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Shelby Leigh October 19, 2011 at 3:27 am

As you saw in my comment the other day my family has a ministry and my parents are national speakers ! Could you and your family pray for us and our ministry as we continue to travel and do Gods will! We are also home schooled! Thanks, love Shelby

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autum October 19, 2011 at 4:12 am

i just love your family so much, you all seem so sweet and kind. but i was wondering if you teach your children about other beleef systems such as muslem, jew, mormen, pagan, wiccan, druidic, budist or any others. im wiccan my self and grow up in a christion home. have any of your kids ever asked about what other people beleave or has the topic just never come up.

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Gil October 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Dear Autum,
We learn about other beliefs, but from a Christian view point. Since we believe that God is the creator of the universe, we understand that He knows our needs and everything that is best for us. Thus, the Bible is our handbook on life; it contains answers for the problems we all face. Since man was created in God’s image, there is an unfulfilled void within us that cannot be satisfied by any other means than a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. All other religions fail to meet that need. Other religions are founded on the principles of good works redeeming mankind. Christianity is not based on what I have done, but what Christ has done for me. I cannot be good enough to earn my salvation or keep my salvation. It is a gift of God. As Christians, however, we are called to do good works because we are taught in Matt. 5 that they bring glory to God. Some of the best resources we have seen that explain other religions from a Biblical view are available through Living Waters publications by Ray Comfort (http://www.livingwaters.com/) and his DVDs called “The Way of the Master” (http://www.wayofthemaster.com/). We watched these DVDs for Bible study, having discussion about what we learned. Each are about 30 min. in length and star Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Love, Kelly

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Lauren Sharpe October 19, 2011 at 4:17 am

Oh Kelly the scene of Zach asking Sarah to court with him is sooo sooo sweet! That little footage is something they can keep forever :) I wish them the best and congrats to Zach because you can tell how much he loves her by watching his reaction.

Love,
Lauren Sharpe

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Sheri George October 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Dear Kelly,
Please give a thanks to Zach and Sarah for being willing to share their special moment (starting a courtship) with the world. That must have been difficult – but let them know that their willingness is an encouragement to many. We don’t watch TV, but we do download episodes of 19 kids and counting on the computer, and my children (who are all much too young to think about courtship) need to have an example of what a courtship means and what it looks like. The world will provide no good examples of this – so what Zach and Sarah did will not go without blessing. They are sharing God’s best, to the best of their ability and it is such an encouragment to families like ours! It’s important that our children know we aren’t the only ones who want to move in this direction – God’s direction. I see so many parents (Christian parents) talking about their child’s boy/girl friend relationships and the heartache they’ve gone through, and it makes me sad because I know they just don’t have an example of how it can be done – without the pain of broken relationships all along the way.
Thank them and thank you – for raising up a Godly family for us to follow!

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Jerene October 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Dear Kelly,
Thank you for sending me the DVD of Gil’s teaching on anger. I watched it yesterday with the older children and then my husband watched it after the kids were in bed. He and I talked about it for a long time last night. We were thinking of all the times we had crushed our children’s spirits and didn’t even know what we were doing most of the times. Well, after family Bible time this morning we prayed and talked to the children about anger and its dangers. We are so grateful for this teaching, it really opened our eyes to real threat anger has on our relationships with each other.

I do have a monthly subscription to the Embassy Institute.Org and we are able to watch the seminar videos as much as we want. What a blessing. I have watched the Anger Resolution Seminar and was so impacted by it that I’ve ordered & received the workbook and textbook and I plan on doing and indepth study on it. (since we have never been to seminar. Praying that we will be able to in the future ;)
Thanks again. Tell Gil that his teaching really touched our family in a big way and we are thankful. We are so eager to change our behavior in this area. Perfect timing for our family.
Blessings to ya!
Jerene

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Lori and Russell October 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This cold and rainy day makes me wish for a bowl of your vegetable soup:) Miss you guys!

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Gil October 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Dear Lori & Russell,
We miss you as well and talk about our times together so often! Love, Kelly

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Lauren Sharpe October 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Dear Kelly,
I was wondering what do you ladies do when the weather is cold since you wear skirts? This will be my first winter wearing skirts. It took me a while to get used to wearing skirts only but after a while I got used to it. Today is the first day it’s been cold here so I was wondering what can I do to keep warm during the cold months?

Thank you for always answering my questions. You are so sweet.

Love,
Lauren S.

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Gil October 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Dear Lauren,
We often wear leggins or tights under our dresses in the winter. Love, Kelly

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Lauren Sharpe October 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Dear Kelly and Kay W,
Thank you so much! I just got word that they were taking him to do a heart cath (don’t know how to spell the whole word lol) and my Grandma said she will update me more later. It’s really hard because I’m 4 hours away from them :( They are in Atlanta where the rest of my family live. I will update you both as soon as I know more. I appreciate the prayers. That means a lot to me because I am very close to my Grandpa.

Love,
Lauren S.

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Kathryn October 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Dear Kelly,
It was a joy to watch your wonderful family on 19 kids and counting last night.How is your pregnacy with baby 19 going?Do you know if it is a boy or a girl yet?How is Zach’s courtship with Sarah going?
God Bless You All,
Kathryn

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Lauren Sharpe October 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Kelly and Kay:

UPDATE: My Granddad has a blockage in his heart (not sure which artery) but good news the doctors can go in and open up the artery with stints. I am so thankful that they can fix what is going on. I thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for him because he’s going into surgery soon.

Lauren S.

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Lori October 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I saw the episode last night and while I really like your family and the Duggars also, I am worried about your horses. I have been around horses most of my life and your horses appear extremely underweight and probably shouldn’t even be ridden while they are so underweight. I am concerned that with so many children to care for and provide for that perhaps your horses aren’t getting fed properly or fed enough. Would you please comment on the health of your horses?

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Gil October 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Dear Lori,
Thank you for your concern… We, too, are horse lovers and have rescued several from bad situations. We have only had Cheyenne for a few months and are trying to fatten her up. We bought her from an auction, because she was too sweet to be so neglected. She was a mere skeleton at the time, but is progressing well. She has access to a round hay bale all day long. She is fed several flakes from fresh square bales twice daily. She receives grain mixed with oil and corn twice daily, along with alfalfa pellets. She is also on a regular worming program. It broke our heart to see her when she first arrived, but she gets plenty of love and attention now. We also rescued another horse that had been physically abused and was scared of all people. Although she is certainly not ready to be ridden by children, she has become much more gentle and trusting. Another small horse we rescued almost died as a baby. We contacted 3 vets that said she would not make it. We finally found a compassionate vet that prescribed the antiobiotics needed, but she also did not think the horse would survive. Our children slept in sleeping bags outside to feed and care for the horse until her health was strengthened. She is small, but very much alive and healthy to everyone’s amazement. Even the vet said she was a miracle! Recovery from problem pasts often takes time, but we think its well worth the effort! Love, Kelly

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Lori October 20, 2011 at 1:49 am

Thanks Kelly for your reply. I hope you weren’t offended by my comments and I appreciate the time you took to answer in such detail. I hadn’t even considered the possibility that these were horses that you had rescued from bad circumstances. I know that in my area there were some people who just turned their horses loose because they couldn’t care for them after having lost jobs and homes in this economy.

Horses are just such sweet and intelligent animals and their eyes are so expressive that it is painful for me to see a horse that looks like it isn’t being cared for.

Sounds like your horses are and will continue to make great progress and I know they will get lots of love from your family. Thanks again for letting us know about your work toward getting the horses back to being healthy animals again.

Lori

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Gil October 20, 2011 at 3:47 am

Dear Lori,
That’s quite okay! No offense. I know how I cringe when I see animals suffer needlessly. I am a sucker for all animals… from cats to dogs to farm animals. I wish I had more time and space to help these poor creatures, but we often refer them to homes. Love, Kelly

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Kay W October 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

Dear Lauren, I am glad to hear that your grandpa has been diagnosed and the appropriate surgery will follow. Most patients do quite well with stents and go on to lead normal lives. While it is a scary time for you, just trust God and think of all the medical advances that have occured in the past 50 years. You will be in my prayers. Thank you for the updates.

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Shelby Leigh October 20, 2011 at 6:01 am

That’s awesome!!

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Shelby Leigh October 20, 2011 at 6:01 am

You guys should have a show like the Duggars!

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Patti October 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

Just another animal lover here thanking you for rescuing the horses.

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Deanna November 2, 2011 at 4:47 am

Dear Bates family,
Thank you for being such a great inspiration! Your faith and your willingness to share it with the world, along with the Duggars really encourages me! Sometimes I shy away from sharing my faith with other, which is not what God has called us to do but I am still a babe in Christ. The way you share your beliefs, morals, and life ways with us it gives me peace and also shows me ways in which I can reach out to others. Often when I tell people I have watched the show or visited your website, along with the Duggars I can say see this is how God has called us to live! Pure and wholesome, full of love for your family and everyone you meet! Thank you so much and God Bless you!

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Sara P November 3, 2011 at 4:53 am

Did you buy any pumpkins while you were there? I know you don’t celebrate Halloween, but pumpkin carving is great family fun. I know my son had a blast picking out his green pumpkin and a smaller orange one. Also on a side note has Gil read the book Where Darwin Meets the Bible. I’ve been reading a large volume of religious themed books that focus on science and religion lately. I thought maybe he would find this one interesting since he was a biology minor. Also just started reading The Language of Science and Faith. I’m kind of a book nut and then with the I-pod I enjoy podcast. Which reminds me if you haven’t heard the Rick Stanley series How to be Rich you can download it for free. I’m thinking of planning out “my how to be rich schedule” for next year. The series is about charitable gospel spreading, well okay thats what I would say it is about. Anyway looks like the pregnancy is going well and I hope you deliver on your due date. I had a small chuckle when I read your due date, since my son was concieved on Valentine’s day.

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Gil November 4, 2011 at 1:53 am

Dear Sara,
We haven’t heard of any of these books. Thanks for the info. Love, Kelly

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Janelle November 9, 2011 at 3:19 am

You’re such a beautiful example of Christ. Thank you for shining His light into the world.

Janelle

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