Thursday, May 5, 2016

Duggars Visit the Bates

The Duggar family spent the weekend in East Tennessee and attended Carlin and Trace Bates' graduation party. Here are a few snapshots from a reader named William that include members of the Duggar family. To see more photos, visit our Bates blog (batesfamilyblog.com).

 Joy-Anna Duggar and Jason Duggar

 Michelle Duggar socializes at the Bates' church

 A few of the Duggar and Bates kids at church

 William with Jessa and Ben Seewald

 William with Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, and Jinger Duggar

 William poses with Joy Duggar, Josie Bates, Lawson Bates, 
Carlin Bates, Gil Bates, and Addallee Bates

80 comments:

  1. I just love this family!

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    1. A reader of the Bates blog!

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  3. Love seeing familiar faces, it's been to long. Glad they are still friends with the Bates.

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  4. Man I would love to be a fan just hanging out with the Duggars. I'd love to just email with Michelle. As a mom of 7 who also homeschools she has been such an inspiration to me!

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  5. Thank you for all the pictures. It is always a blessing to see you all. I hope all is going well for all of you. God bless you.

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  6. Awesome pices/ The Duggars/Bates together again it's good to see y'all together again.........Congrats to the graduates !!

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  7. I THINK JINGER AND LAWSON OR JOY-ANNA WOULD MAKE A GOOD MATCH, HE IS A CUTIE AND SEEMS LIKE HE LOVES THE LORD, THAT'S WHAT MATTERS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, IF YOU ARE EQUALLY YOKED

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  8. who is William?

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    1. If you read the caption William is a reader who attended the graduation party.

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  9. Which Bates is jinger courting. For sure she is going with one of them.

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    1. I think it's Lawson Bates because of the pictures I've seen posted on the Internet. Like at Amy Duggars wedding they stood close together.

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    2. The Bates are way more modern and spontaneous for the Duggars.

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  10. You left out the picture of Josh at the mini golf course that same weekend. So obviously he went along but didn't attend the party. Any speculation as to why?

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    1. Perhaps he wasn't invited.

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    2. You have yo ask?

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    1. If you read the caption at the top you would know who William is.

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    2. William is a fan of the Duggars

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    3. William is a fan of the Duggars

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  12. Congratulations Carlin and Trace Bates. Love both families. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms in the two families.

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  13. Who is William?

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  14. I'm lost.. who is William?

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  15. Looking good Michelle - proud of you Congrats to the others on their accomplishments.

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  16. Would love to see Jinger and Lawson in a courtship.

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  17. Who is William?

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  18. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time; congratulations Carlin and Trace. My grandson heard me talking about the duggars going to Tennessee and he was like we should of went. I want to meet them. God bless you all.

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  19. I've wanted to say this for awhile- Duggar girls, take Mamma shopping for a stylish pair of shoes please.

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    1. LOL!! You mean you don't like the industrial foot wear?

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    2. I guess at her age, Michelle knows what she likes. If the shoes she wears are comfortable for HER then why should it bother you?

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    3. I have all sorts of foot problems but I don't go around wearing shoes that look like they were made for Halloween costumes. If there were a flood, those things would float away. Yes, time for new shoes.

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    4. In which photo do you see Michelle's shoes? I'm confused...

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  20. I can't believe the Duggars had the nerve to drag Josh along on this trip. I knew the Duggars would go to the graduation party, but im suprised Josh was along.
    A photo of Josh and Jim Bob has already surfaced, they were seen at a putt putt course in Tennessee. The article says that some customers were uncomfortable with Josh being there and left.

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    1. Josh has been through rehab. Do you expect him to hide under a rock for the rest of his life?

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    2. This is what makes me crazy with you pro Duggars. You speak of them as a Christian family and that you are a Christian. but continue to vilify that what you preach. Did the prodigal son not return home to a warm welcome?

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    3. If Josh has sincerely repented and changed his ways and his wife Anna has forgiven him, why can't we? God forgives us whenever we go to him and confess, and He casts them into the sea of forgetfulness. What Josh did was wrong, and one of the consequences is it will never be forgotten by the public, but Josh can't live the rest of his life holed up in a dark room somewhere. Of course, parents with young children will be uncomfortable around him, but Josh is not after them. He is not the only married man in this world that cheated on his wife and was living and hiding a lie. He was a public figure, and the Lord did not let Josh continue to live his double life. That is mercy and grace. The public backlash is part of the reaping what you have sown. I wish the Duggars would just quit reality tv and let things die down. Let it go.

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    4. Josh is still their son and he's home now. What do you expect them to do? Shun him like some other religious groups? The Lord is forgiving. To be forgiven we must be willing to forgive too. I didn't say forget - but forgive we must if one is going to heal and move on.

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    5. I doubt Josh will ever be left alone anymore.

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    6. Where did you see be photo?

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    7. Do people expect Josh to stay at home for now on incase he gets seen? Not very realistic when he has a young family.

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    8. If the Duggars including Josh came anywhere I was out to I would be happy and I would not leave that place. I'd get a picture of myself with them!

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    9. I would leave.

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    10. The nerve to drag Josh along? He's been to rehab and is hopefully on the road to recovery, with God's help. Is he supposed to be hiding under a rock for now?

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    11. He doesn't have to hide under a rock. But, he didn't have to make his first public appearance in Tennessee at a mini golf that's crowded with children either. This was time for Carlin and Trace Bates to celebrate. If he went to the graduation party it could've created an uncomfortable scene, someone may gave gotten upset that he was there. That could have ruined the entire event for those kids, that is not fair. That is the reason I don't think he should've been along on this trip.

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  21. who is this william guy in all those pictures? and notice jinger is in those pictures?

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    1. Their clothes colors match. Jinger is wearing a pendant. Let's not jump to conclusions.

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  22. Lily and Ellie
    I'm sure y'all have seen Josh and him bobs photo all over the rag mags now. Josh was spotted at a mini golf place in TN. The people there with young daughters left because he was there! Well at least that's what the magazine said. We all know how they twist a lot of things in order to stir the pot.
    Do you have any official word with how Josh and Anna are doing and thier kids?

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    1. The public does have a right to be concerned. Josh has a proven record of sexual deviancy. Protecting our children isn't "hating" on the Duggars. It's literally protecting our children--same as the Duggars want for their children.

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  23. Hi there,

    No official world, but we will let you know if the Duggars announce anything. :)

    Thanks for being a loyal reader!
    Lily and Ellie

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  24. William is a fan who came to the graduation party,and church. I appreciate Lily and Ellie for keeping the fans of the Duggars and Bates families up to date with what's going on in their lifes. I have been watching the Duggars from the very beginning and still enjoy watching them. I as a fellow human being know that I am still in the flesh and know that the flesh is weak . What I am saying is it is not my place to judge Josh or any one else. Haters going hate, thank god that there's more love than hate. Wish less people would get their information from rag magazines and click bate. Thank you Lily and Ellie.

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  25. Thanks for sharing!
    So great to see plans for college in their future. Continued education brings great experiences for life.
    That's something the Bates parents seem to always provide for their kids.

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    1. I'm glad the Bates family try to encourage further education. I wish Carlin and Trace all the best.
      And I wish everyone would STOP trying to pair the Bates with a Duggar. Personally I don't think that's ever going to happen, not now anyway.

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  26. The introduction reads William is a "reader". That would say he is a fan like us. Nothing more nothing less.
    I appreciate him sharing the photos and the ladies sharing.
    Thank you!

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  27. LOL! Some people didn't read the entire post. 2nd sentence said: "Here are a few snapshots from a reader named William that include members of the Duggar family." Therefore, William is a reader on this blog.

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  28. Carlin looks so pretty as well as Joy.

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  29. I also think lawson and jinger would make an awesome couple! Is tori in a possible courtship with her "freind" ( I think his name was bobby)?

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  30. Congrats on the graduation I am glad that you guys are back on tv I love watching your family every week

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  31. Another curious reader who wants to know- who is William? Thanks Lily and Ellie for posting photos!!

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  32. It's tricky with surnames that end in s, but the title should read "Duggars visit the Bateses."

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  33. Aww it's great to see the Duggars and Bates together! I love both families! Special shout out to William for sharing these photos on your blog! And thanks again a million to you guys, Lily and Ellie! :)

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  34. To everyone who keeps asking...it says in the article that William is a reader of this blog who was at the graduation and sent in pictures.

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  35. William is apparently just a "fan" according to these two who got to take up close and personal pictures with both the Bates family and the Duggars. I would guess he is a member of the Bates' church but they didn't say.

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  36. what kind of church do the bates attend looked like western/murals on the wall. just curious mary keim mom of MANY mennonite hambden twp., ohio GOD IS GOD and LOVES OUR GOD!

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    1. They had to meet in a temporary place that week because they were expecting a large crowd, and they were afraid their normal place (a conference room at the Holiday Inn) wasn't going to be big enough

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  37. I do find it odd that people are shocked to see Josh out in public..do they expect him to stay indoors 24/7? Lol I don't agree with what he did to his 4 sister's but people are more shocked about the cheating..interesting..

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    1. The thing is a mini golf course is popular for little kids. He doesn't need to be near children.

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  38. I am always impressed by how intensely these families live their family life together and support each other's goals.

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  39. How did William ingratiate himself into the life of the Bates and Duggars. He isn't the one that is courting Jinger, is he.

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    1. The Bates gave a party that was open to everybody. William, a fan of both families, went and asked them to taie pictures.

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    2. There is no way that guy is courting Jinger. He likely just approached them with a camera like any fan-reality star encounter

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    3. I hope not, but I would imagine there are lots of fans that take pictures. But that the Blog authors chose to print his is what made me wonder.

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    4. Sounds like your judging William, or his appearance. Not very nice to say you hope he's not courting Ginger. Maybe he's a friend of the Duggars or the Bates.

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  40. Just watched the mother day special about the Bates...wow that show is so well produced, it reminds me of the days of old with the Duggars.Its so refreshing and not repetitious at all.The family is so relaxed around the cameras, they dont have to watch their P's and Q's.I really hate to compare...but its so evident that TLC is not even trying anymore, they have just given up...too bad...so sad.I really hope they return with major changes,or else I'm afraid the show is a goner for sure...let pray not...we will see😊Blessings

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  41. My son meet Josh at Gil Bates' church. Josh introduced him to Anna and the kids.

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  42. I currently receive emails from either Michelle or about the Duggars but when I try to reply the emails are held up with a delay for quite a while. If I'm getting these why can't I reply? Why the delays?

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