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  1. The Quiverful of Duggars sub-forum has their own rundown of Duggar wedding dresses, so now with Tori Bates getting married, we obviously need a thread dedicated to dresses. Post your rankings! Here's mine, from best to least: 1. Tori (Bates) Smith Without question, the most sophisticated dress and despite some iffy modifications, overall beautiful. Extra points for the long train, classy updo, nice shoes, being adventurous enough to choose a champagne underlay, a fitted lace bodice with some sparkle, and even going for a bit of a sexier look. Could be perfect if fitted better on the waist and possibly didn't have the shear sleeves but just the lace cap sleeves, since there's already a lot going on. Her whole winter theme came together well, so this is easily my personal favorite Bates wedding. 2. Alyssa (Bates) Webster Kudos to Alyssa for going for a well-fitted trumpet style, it looked great on her and fit her personality. Extra points for the bright pink shoes and manila veil. Points taken away for the awkward flower on the waist, the earrings that do not fit the look, and the weird thick strap/cap sleeve since we all know Alyssa was itching to ditch the modesty standards the second she got to Florida. The Barbie pink and blue colors are not for me, but are fitting for her age, personality, and time of year. 3. Whitney (Perkins) Bates I personally don't like Whitney's dress at all, but at least it fit her well and she went for a cute bolero instead of some dumb modesty modification. I also don't like the gathered-to-the-side style but again, that's just me. Can you imagine her look though if she hadn't been trying her best to be "modest" to impress her new fundie in-laws, had already gone to a few other fundie weddings like Jessa and Jinger's, and had come into the awesome sense of style and beautiful hair she has now? I think she would have looked great in Jessa's dress and a nice updo instead of the over-geled bangs and slightly crunchy waves. Bonus points for this sassy pose though, showing us that jeans and a career in real estate would eventually be in her future even if she had to hide her leggings in her honeymoon pics: 4. Erin (Bates) Paine I actually thought Erin looked really cute overall and it helps that she's just such a beautiful girl that she'd make any dress look okay, even though she was a victim of the fundie-modesty-frankenstein-t-shirt-dress trend. The dress fit her bodice well, the princess style suited her personality perfectly, there was just enough sparkle, but I just can't get past that awful modesty panel on the front and dumb sleeves. Can you imagine what her wedding would have looked like in 2017 once the Bates had more money from their show and fundies were finding designers like Ms. Renee? Extra points for great hair though and without question the hottest fundie husband: 5. Michael (Bates) Keilen Poor Michael, she seems like such a nice person but her dress was Rufus-awful and I can't even start on the hair. Her dress is the worst example of modesty-frankenstein alterations, with that horrible ruched front and badly done sleeves, and just generally not form-fitting in any way. As a fellow short girl, she either should have skipped the A-line style for something more fitted at the hips (a sheath, trumpet, or mermaid) or worn heels - it doesn't help that the way it was hemmed made it too long. The only nice thing I can say is I liked the cherry blossom/rustic theme including the pink and beige bridesmaid dresses since it fit their relationship history. Even worse that in the BuB episode we saw 2 dresses that looked SO much better on her. Look at that first one, and even her hair just down like that, she would have looked gorgeous! And just for fun, here's Kelly Jo and a porno-stached Gil:
  2. Hello all! I've noticed a lot of new posters on the site recently - I'm assuming we have Josh Duggar (who is a waste) to thank - and I got the idea of writing up summaries of the Bateses to help out. Summaries start with the parents and then go by birth age of the child. Admins, feel free to merge if you need to. ETA: All summaries are available now. Click on each Spoiler to view them.
  3. Not sure if this was posted before, but Big Sandy is scheduled for April. I was just browsing the offerings and mugshots of our usual suspects (Gil and OfGil Bates, Jim Bob and OfJimBob Duggar, the incomparable Davy Waller, and little Gabe Cleaver Cleator) when who should pop up but Steve and OfSteve Maxwell! I don't remember them being on the schedule before: http://familyconferences.org/events/family-conference/big-sandy/
  4. I searched but didn't see where this movie had been discussed. It is a documentary about IBLP. I can't wait to see it. The movie comes out in 2017.
  5. So we've played the game multiple times with the Duggars. What will the future of this family in 5/10/20 years? I predict that the quick marriages will continue. Another 2-3 married in the next 5 years, including Nathan and Tori, maybe Lawson as well. In 10 years there will only be 8-9 kids left at home. In 20, maybe 1-3 kids. I think Zach and Whitney will have a larger family. 8-10 kids. Some more drifting towards fundie lite. Will probably never know for sure. I think Erin will slow down. Maybe 1-2 more kids over the next 10 years but that's it. They will stay fundie except for limiting family size. Michael and Brandon will actively pursue blessings but time will tell. They will stay fundie, although I do think the Institute will die out and he will need another job. Alyssa and Jon will have 6 kids in 10-15 years but then be done. She'll stay off the internet. Nathan will marry quickly after finding a sweet Southern fundie gal. Lawson will fall hard for a girl, probably another musician. Tori will marry Bobby. I'm not sure if any of them will approach 19 kids, but I'm better at least one will have 12. I'm not sure yet who that will be though. The littles will be much more independent as young adults. 10-15 years from now when the boys are teens and the girls are in their late teens/early 20's they will be left alone for long periods of time while their parents travel/enjoy retirement. Erin or Zach will be called on to check on them while their parents are away but they will enjoy a lot more freedom and I'd expect at least one of them go away from fundie life. Maybe a real college degree by then. Guesses, anyone else?
  6. One Bates new baby. One pregnancy soon to end. Endless discussion about the 2nd generation.
  7. Carry on from here:
  8. I had some time to kill today, and I made these charts comparing how the Duggar Kidults and Bates Kidults compare to their moms when it comes to making babies. I think it's actually pretty interesting, and fj is the only place in the world I can imagine where anyone might even find it remotely interesting as I do. In any case, it's mostly just for my enjoyment and reference (I'm a fundie and math junkie I guess lmao) but I thought I might share it just in case any of you all were interested in it. If you're wondering why I didn't do anything more productive with my time today, don't worry I am too. Anyway, here it is
  9. So, watching the Duggars and Bates (and then Anna and Ashley, I don't count Whitney because she wasn't Fundie heavy before she got married) I'm wondering about how these girls keep themselves up. I haven't seen a girl who wouldn't be considered to be pretty in the bunch. (Even if the girl wouldn't be everyone's type, she's attractive.) Is this a Fundie thing? What do they do if the girl isn't pretty? Does Gothard give the girls dressing and primping lessons?
  10. So I dug through the Wayback machine and finally found the old Bates blog. We have looked before and I'm not sure why we weren't able to find it. Wow, what a difference! One of the biggest things that stands out is that in the picture on top, Kelly is never holding a baby or even standing near a baby. They also bring up ATI and IBLP a lot. Here are some of the Bates going to Romania with Gothard to try to save Gypsies. And there are some super awkward Zack's courtship pictures. Poor girl was clearly never really into him. https://web.archive.org/web/20111206095054/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog This link tells how they gave Judson that name because they want him to be a soldier for Christ. The link also tells how the older partners(that was their word for buddy) were busy now, so she, at 10, "volunteered" to bathe, dress, and care for the small children. Here are the Bates "recipes" that make Tater Tot Casserole sound good. Pour canned beans over bread, put a sliced hot-dog on it and sprinkle on some cheese. Put a scoop of mashed potatoes on a slice of bologna and sprinkle on some cheese. https://web.archive.org/web/20101112160342/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog Zach goes to give a talk for IBLP and then Gil preaches about how rejection is conquered by realizing you have gifts. https://web.archive.org/web/20101221071610/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog/ Gil teaching at ATI's yearly conference. They don't even try to call it a "Family Conference". https://web.archive.org/web/20110620171906/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog Zach proposing a courtship. https://web.archive.org/web/20110710082032/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog Gil and Kelly drag a baby around the Grand Canyon with no hat and in only a onesie. Their poor parenting skills were discussed by Free Jinger at the time. https://web.archive.org/web/20110721000848/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog/ Carlin Josie and Katie doubt their salvation and get saved again. https://web.archive.org/web/20110817061300/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog/ They spend Valentine's day at IBLP headquarters. https://web.archive.org/web/20110220203649/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog Trace gets convicted of sin and is saved https://web.archive.org/web/20110220203649/http://gilbatesfamily.com/blog They campaign for Rick Santorum.
  11. Politicking Tweeting and Fundies

    I think I skeered/annoyed poor Lawson Bates tonight on the twitters. He was tweeting some nonsense about God bless Oklahoma all the states that vile creature Cruz won. On the OK I replayed to him #feelthebern he replied a bit later with something about burning a hole in your pocket. I give him props for that come back it is pretty good. I tweeted back to him Better a hole in my pocket than my soul.Is easier 4 a camel 2 pass through eye of a needle than a rich man to get 2 heaven. He deleted the convo. I don't know all the very strict rules for starting new threads but I was amused by our little exchange, and had to share. TPTB can delete if they wish, and I will take my spanks.
  12. Bates Family Part 11

    Two babies in the works, and no Michaela pregnancy announcement yet. Continued from Part: 10:
  13. Bates Family Part 10

    STILL talking about maxi skirts, two babies in the works, and no Michaela pregnancy announcement yet. Continued from Part: 9:
  14. The discussion left off with maxi skirts, Michaela's wedding episode just airing, and the Superbowl halftime show aiding in digestion. Part 8 is here:
  15. Bates Family Part 8

    Part 1: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=24788 Part 2: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25345 Part 3: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26562 Part 4: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24178-bates-family-part-4/?page=1 Part 5: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24837-bates-family-part-5/?page=1 Part 6: Part 7: Archive: viewforum.php?f=101 The Bates parents are grifters who are implicated in a lawsuit for covering up the abuse and assault of women and teenage girls. Whitney is pregnant.
  16. This article reminded me of some of our fundie families who have reality shows: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/the-american-nightmare-i-worked-in-reality-tv-and-almost-lost-my-soul?utm_source=broadlyfbus It is crazy how damaging these shows are. I don't think kids should be allowed to do them.
  17. Part 1: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=24788 Part 2: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25345 Part 3: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26562 Part 4: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24178-bates-family-part-4/?page=1 Part 5: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24837-bates-family-part-5/?page=1 Part 6: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/25167-bates-family-part-6/?page=1 Archive: viewforum.php?f=101 The Bates parents are grifters who are implicated in a lawsuit for covering up the abuse and assault of women and teenage girls. Whitney is pregnant.
  18. Bates Family Part 6

    Just like their friends the Duggars, Gil and Kelly also have 19 kids! They've managed to marry off more of them than the Duggars have so far, and they have a show on a network called Up. So I guess maybe they're winning? Part 1: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=24788 Part 2: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25345 Part 3: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26562 Part 4: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24178-bates-family-part-4/?page=1 Part 5: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24837-bates-family-part-5/?page=1 Archive: viewforum.php?f=101
  19. Bates Family Part 5

    Just like their friends the Duggars, Gil and Kelly also have 19 kids! They've managed to marry off more of them than the Duggars have so far, and they have a show on a network called Up. So I guess maybe they're winning? Part 1: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=24788 Part 2: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25345 Part 3: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26562 Part 4: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24178-bates-family-part-4/?page=1 Archive: viewforum.php?f=101
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