Twenty-seven years ago Gil and Kelly Jo Bates tied the knot with no plans to have kids. Fast forward 19 kids later and this tight-knit family, seemingly too good to be true, has a tremendous bond but are far from perfect. As you will see, when you have a house full of 19 children, from ages two to 25, daily chaos is multiplied exponentially, but so are the joyful and poignant moments that life can bring.Led by devoted father Gil (49) and his loving wife Kelly Jo (47), the Bates do everything in bulk while staying true to their values and rules for the family -- which means everyone has chores, little to no TV, only dresses for girls (though pajamas are worn in private), strictly side-hugs until marriage (except for front hugs on special occasions), and more. With a grand total of 19 children ranging in age from two to 25, they are the definition of a "big, happy family." But lately -- as viewers will see -- their simple rural lifestyle in Tennessee is in a flurry of transitions, see it all on Bringing Up Bates. Add to my shows

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Monumental Proposal, A 08x12
Blue Or Pink, What Do You Think? 08x11
Is it a Boy or Girl?! The entire Bates family gather in Tennessee to learn the gender of Tori and Bobby's first child! Meanwhile, Kelton works on finalizing the details of his proposal to Josie. And it's morning time at Zach and Whitney's house. Over breakfast with their kids, Zach and Whitney discuss their Vow Renewal "To Do" list. Finally, as Josie is working at the hair salon, Kelton surprises her in a big way!
Baby Fever And Proposal Decisions 08x10
Kelton's eager to propose to Josie so he reaches out to Gil and Kelly Jo to discuss ideas on where he should "pop" the question. Meanwhile, the Bates church is undergoing a massive renovation with the help of the ministry group, Carpenters For Christ. And later, Whitney and her kids stop by Erin's house for a cousin's play date. Whitney experiences "baby fever" holding newborn Everly, while Erin catches her up on how things have changed since adding a third child to the mix!
The Ring, The Dress And Ready For Next Steps! 08x09
Kelton meets up with his buddy Bobby to look at engagement ring settings for Josie; family members lend a helping hand to load up the moving truck for Tori and Bobby; Whitney hunts for the perfect Vow Renewal dress.
Asking Permission And A Big Decision 08x08
Eager to move forward with the next phase of their relationship, Josie and Kelton meet up with Zach and Whitney for advice; Tori and Bobby visit Dr. Vick and experience their first ultrasound; the Bates' church outgrows its space.
Milestones and New Chapters 08x07
Since Tori's left the family nest, she's desperately in need of a cooking lesson before she and Bobby move to Nashville, so Erin volunteers to give her a few pointers. Meanwhile, now that the older boys have moved on to new careers, it's time for the middle boys to get schooled on the Bates Family Tree business, learning to cut and climb trees. Finally, it's a milestone moment for Tori, Trace and Josie, as they graduate from college, and begin the next chapter in their lives.
Chaperoning Do's & Don'ts 08x06
Now that the older Bates girls are "coupling up," Gil and Kelly Jo decide to give the younger kids a lesson on the do's and don'ts to being the perfect chaperone. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for Tori and Bobby's big move to Nashville! Before they make a leap to a new city, the young couple goes apartment hunting and has a double date with Carlin and Evan – interrupted, though, by an unexpected surprise. Last, with a pending proposal in the wings, Josie, along with her chaperone Katie, spend some quality time with Kelton and his family.
Labor Paines 08x05
Now that Alyssa's given birth to her third child, Erin's up next! Before her big due date, the Bates sisters treat her to a pedicure, but when Chad stops by for a visit, will he succumb to his own mani/pedi experience? And later, Erin's strong contractions have Chad rushing to the hospital, but will they make it in time? And if they do, will Dr. Vick be ready?
A Bundle Of Joy And A Rodeo Show 08x04
KJ goes to Florida to stay at Alyssa's side when she delivers.
One Week, Three Babies?! 08x03
Gil and Kelly Jo are gearing up to be on hand for the birth of Erin and Alyssa's third child, while Lawson and Trace are busy preparing for their upcoming rodeo performance.

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