Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Josie Duggar Meets the Bates"

The Duggars have just one shower in their rental house, but they were thrilled to invite the Bates to come stay with them. The Tennessee family was hesitant to "barge in," but Jim Bob and Michelle pleaded.

According to Gil Bates, "the Duggars role out the red carpet like you're the most important people in the world." With Josh and Anna visiting for the weekend with their daughter Mackynzie, there were 36 children under one roof.

"Anytime there's boys and girls getting together, you're going to have those boy-girl feelings going on," explained Michelle. "Whether or not that's going to pan out to be a future relationship, we don't know, but it's good wholesome interaction."

The Duggars had to find a temporary church in Little Rock. Friendly Chapel is very different than the church fellowship that the family belongs to back in Northwest Arkansas, but the congregation is genuine. The most noticeable difference is the way they worship. The Duggars listen to classical music and hymns, and the music at this church is much more contemporary.

And no episode of "19 Kids and Counting" would be complete without a visit to see Josie, so Gil and Kelly Bates accompanied Jim Bob and Michelle to Arkansas Children's. Kelly was amazed at how alive and alert Josie was. "Every time Michelle spoke, she would open her eyes and look at Michelle," explained the mother of 17. Kelly Bates recently found out that she is pregnant with her 18th child!

What did you think of this episode of "19 Kids and Counting?" Would you be able to survive in a house with 36 children?


  1. I always enjoy seeing the Bates. Like the Duggars, they are such a beautiful family. I wish Kelly all the best on her 18th pregnancy! What a blessing.

  2. I Just love the Duggar's and Bates Family and i just love the show. I do not know if i could survive with 36 children under one roof. But, i would sure love to try. You all are so awesome and a big Inspiration.

  3. I don't have cable, unfortunately, so I was not able to watch the latest episode. But I just wanted to say that I am happy for the Bates family!! :)

  4. The Bates are cool. I wonder if they started watching TV yet.

  5. where is this episode of 19 kids and counting?

  6. @Billy'sGirl4Ever

    Hi Billy'sGirl4Ever,

    This particular episode is not available on YouTube, but it's on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Lily and Ellie


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