The Bates Family

Little Ponderosa Zoo

by Kelly on March 19, 2012

The children were excited to join Emalee Bean in celebrating her birthday at the zoo, where they had plenty of opportunities to pet the animals and enjoy a live tiger show!















{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Kerri-ann (Australia) March 19, 2012 at 5:29 am

Thanks Michaela for the update- wow Judson is growing up so fast.


Elizabeth Miles March 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Looks like a good time and great weather. Even Jeb got to join in on the fun. God is so good! Love, Beth


WendyB March 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

What great pictures!! I love looking at your blog and reading all of your updates. You’re a blessing and an encouragement to me!! Any updates on Zach and Sarah?


Julianne Alloggio March 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

This is so great to see everyone enjoying the warm weather! We are having a beautiful day today in Bethlehem, PA! I love Spring!


Emily Raynes March 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Hey Michaela! The girls all look so *cute*! Judson is getting big :) … and little Jeb looks adorable!!


Jolene (Homespun Heritage) March 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

And a good time was had by all!


Jordan March 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Aww, how sweet! It’s always neat to see older siblings so actively involved in families! You all have a beautiful family! ~Jordan


Meagan Biddison March 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Daer Bates, So glad that the weather was nice! How awesome to see a tiger on its hinds! How old was Emalee turning? Looks like all the kids are growing up! Thanks for posting Michaela! Hey, do you spell your name with 2 L’s, because on the about us, it says you do. Glad you had fun! Love, Meagan


Meagan Biddison March 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Hey did you make those dresses Michaela? SOOOOO CUTE!!! Love, Meagan:D


Gil March 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Dear Meagan,
She did sew them… Love, Kelly


Franicia White March 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

:-) Thank you for the cute update and all the pictures. The smiles are precious and the dresses are beautiful! I like how the blend of fabric colors, prints, and ruffles look so pretty together.

Love in Christ,


Amanda March 20, 2012 at 12:08 am

Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them! I love following your family via your blog! God bless you all!


Beanie March 20, 2012 at 1:59 am

Man, I’ll bet the tiger show was really cool! :D


Christy March 20, 2012 at 2:41 am

They are getting big! So sweet !


Christine March 20, 2012 at 3:58 am

Keeping the swings going for only 2 of our littles is a BUSY job…. how many has he got going there, anyways?!?! Go, Nathan!

Happy birthday, Emalee! I hope you had a great day :-)

Christine (Ontario)


Sheree March 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Always enjoy the beautiful pictures and updates! So grateful to know families who are glorifying the Lord in their ways!! Precious family:)


A Kite March 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I just love the Bates family! You are all beautiful and I love your commitment to the Lord. It’s refreshing to see on TV these days. How is Zach doing with his Courtship? Any wedding news? – Angie Kite


isabel March 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

AWWWW!!!! they all look so cute!!! what zoo was it?? And who all went?
i hope all is well w/ ya’lls family!!
<3 isabel


Dinah March 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Are Zach and Michaela twins?? They look so much like each other.


Gil March 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Dear Dinah,
No, they are 13bmonths apart. Love, Kelly


Renee March 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Congratulations to you and your family on the new addition. He is beautiful. I also enjoy watching the Duggar Family as well on 19 Kids and Counting. I wanted to ask a question. I think this was brought up before but im not sure. I am trying to read through the whole Bible. Is it best to just go from front to back? Should I read a chapter along with a Psalm of the day or Proverb of the day? I would really like your insite.


Gil March 27, 2012 at 12:11 am

Dear Renee,
There are lots of different views about where to start. As a new believer, my dad had me start in the New Testament. John is an excellent place to begin. After a few months reading through the New Testament, I was anxious to begin some of the action packed books of the Old Testament. I’m excited about your desire to read! John Phillips has some great, easy to read books to explain some of the Bible books. Love, Kelly


Angelak March 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED hearing Tori, Erin, and Alyssa singing on the show. Any chance for a CD? I would be the first in line to buy it. Been searching for and finally found Trading the Old Cross for a Crown. I hadn’t heard it before. I liked your version WAY better than what I’ve found. You’ve brought so much enjoyment into my life.


#1BatesFan! March 23, 2012 at 12:41 am

Mrs. Bates,
I wrote a comment on the last blog post but somehow it’s gone. What happened to it? :( I am the girl that wants to write Alyssa! Do you think that would anyway be possible? because I would just love to be friends with her! :) Thank you soooooo much!!!


Stacy March 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Love it!! By the way we watched your show the other night. We recorded it since my 7 year old said it was her new favorite. Are there more to come?


Gil March 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

Dear Stacy,
There will be 8 shows beginning in June. Thank you for your encouragement, and we would greatly appreciate your prayers. Love, Kelly


Renee March 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

How fun :-)


Maria March 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Great pictures it looks like you had fun!


Patti March 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

Kelly, can I ask a favor of you? Could you say a quick prayer for my friend? We met way back when we were just 8 years old and are both well into our 50′s now. She is going to be having surgery and there is a possibility of cancer.


Gil March 27, 2012 at 12:01 am

Dear Patti,
I will pray, and will ask others to join as well. Thyank you for your concern for this friend. May God help you be a light to her during this dark time. Love, Kelly


Rosemarie March 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Hello Bates,My family really enjoyed your show last week :) I was wondering if you had any ministry ideas for my family? We live in a VERY small town and the surrounding towns are so far away. We are surrounded by lots of woods & ocean and not very many people. Most people in our town do not want to hear the gospel and reject us helping them.Our town does not have a hospital or anything like that. We want to do service for the Lord but are looking for ministry ideas.
Thank you, Rosemarie :)


Gil April 5, 2012 at 12:45 am

Dear Rosemarie,
Have you thought of a ministry to those in the military? You could send care packages with toiletries, other goodies, and a New Testament. Or how about making crocheted hats for NICU babies and sending it with a Bible verse and New Testament? How about driving to the nearest hospital once a month to pray with sick ones and their families. You can take tracts and other goodies. One church here keeps a basket in the ICU stocked with snacks for loved ones, along with Bibles and other helpful literature. Sometimes people will turn you down if you come to talk, but they usually won’t turn down free service… offer to mow, pick up sticks, etc. Earn their respect and they might be more apt to listen and less apt to feel that you are looking down on them. They will sense your genuine desire to help. Love, Kelly


Liz March 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thank you for all that you do. You are an inspiration to our family! I love that Christ is the center of your lives. Again,
such an inspiration! Have a blessed day!


#1BatesFan! March 27, 2012 at 1:21 am

Hi Alyssa! I’m taking this signal as YES I can write you since your mom never said yes or no to my request. I would REALLY REALLY like to become friends with you!! You are so awesome! :) Please write me back Alyssa!


Julianne Alloggio March 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Dear Kelly,

Hello again! I just wanted to let you know that our Baptism this past Sunday was remarkable! I enjoyed every minute and with getting Baptized as a Christian with my 2 daughters made it even better. I have also chosen to live more like a Christian as well. Changing everyday has been a wonderful experience and with the positive outlook on life has been even better. Families such as yourself inspire us all to be better people. I just want to personally thank you for that. Would you or one of your daughters be willing to coach or mentor myself in your family practices? It would be such an honor to have that fellowship. If not, I completely understand. Thank you so much and God Bless. ~Julianne


Gil March 30, 2012 at 4:10 am

I’m so excited to hear about your commitment and growth in the Lord! The best mentoring advise I could offer would be to find a good, strong, local church to become actively involved in… that way you’ll learn Bible doctrine, along with gaining prayer support and nearby fellowship. Love, Kelly


blogger March 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

looks like fun! do u have any plans on writing a book


Mary McDavitt March 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hey Kelly,

How is Jeb doing?

He is gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful

Love Mary


Gil March 30, 2012 at 4:07 am

Dear Mary,
Jeb coos and smiles now! He is adorable!!! Love, Kelly


Julianne Alloggio March 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Dear Kelly,

Yes I am active in our Church, UCC Greenawalds. I have been talking with my husband and he is finally on the same track with me as far as mentoring goes. I prayed about what I had asked you and God gave me the answer, my husband =) Thank you so much for your support. You truly are the best! God Bless~ Julianne


Mary McDavitt March 31, 2012 at 4:14 am

That is wonderful to hear! God bless you all well xo


Emma Culverhouse (England) March 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

Dear Kelly,
Please look out for a little note I am sending your way soon :)
God bless,
Emma x


Kate April 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hi Kelly

How are you all going with your precious new baby? My sister who lost her baby back in December is still no closer to having a baby in her arms. I pray each day that the Lord will bring peace to their hearts and will bless them with a baby who they can raise. Is there any bible passages you would reccomend that I could read? I know it is all in the Lords timing but seeing them so upset is really bringing my spirits down

thanks and God bless


Gil April 5, 2012 at 12:39 am

Dear Kate,
I’m so sorry for your friend’s loss. For me, singing hymns and reading through the Psalms was a great comfort. I’m sure your love and prayers has meant a great deal! We will also pray for her. Love, Kelly


blogger April 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

is anna duggar expecting? the duggars are on the today show tommorow to make an announcement, what are your thoughts, kelly? (and everyone else on this blog)


Gil April 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

Dear Blogger,
I haven’t heard any news! Love, Kelly


Purposely at Home April 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

What fun!! You’re family is so cute and I enjoy reading about the new things in your life. Thank you for being a blessing to all around you. :)


Christy May 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Kelly is there a curriculum you use in addition to the ATI?


Gil May 10, 2012 at 3:28 am

Dear Christy,
Yes, we use several different curriculums. We use wisdom books as a character lesson. We use ABeka math from elementary through Pre-Algebra. We use Teaching Textbooks for Algebra I and up. We use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for beginning reading. We use ABeka English from 1st through Language A & B. From 6th grade up, I let the children help pick their curriculum for English, Science, and History based on their own learning styles. Some of our children use Grammar Key, Wordsmith, Bob Jones, and Switched on Schoolhouse. Some curriculum choices are made by trial and error as an experiment, and they end up choosing a different curriculum that is more suiting for their learning styles after testing it out… but most choices are made after hearing testimonials of others, reading many write ups, and sorting through samples.The older children like being able to help choose and apply themselves more as a result of being involved. Love, Kelly


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