Tennessee Family with 18 Children

Tennessee Family with 18 Children

A Tennessee couple has had 18 children at all; however, they still desire for two more babies. The Bates family currently lives in a five-bedroom house outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Zach is their oldest child at the age of 22, and Judson is their youngest at 11 months. According to the news, this couple is intent on seeking medical care to help them even the score to 10 girls and 10 boys. Their 4,000-square-feet home is a strict no TV, no Internet zone and eight of the girls, from 20 years old to two years old, share a bedroom, their bunk beds so that the children waste time by playing their musical instruments. Interestingly, all of the children are talented for violins, pianos, guitars, and even singing and they often travel to put on concerts at the old homes.

Kelly Bates mostly spends her life to be pregnant because she has been pregnant every year for the past 22 years. However, for her, pregnancy is a normal thing: ‘It feels more normal to me to be pregnant than not be pregnant. I’m happy holding a baby.’ In fact, the Bates is evangelical Christians who do not believe in the use of birth control. Kelly, a 44-year-old stay-at-home mom doesn’t shy away from the thought of having more children. “Whatever the Lord desires.” she said. “We decided, a long time ago, to let the Lord decide how many children we would have.” “It would be like saying more blessings.” said Gil Bates, a 46-year-old tree surgeon. Kelly Bates has endured delivery 18 separate times, no twins, no c-sections and fourteen of those births were at home, meaning no epidurals or anesthesia.

Despite having a total of 18 children, Gil and Kelly Bates in Tennessee say they are excited to have more children

All Bates family live under a 4,000-square-feet roof in Lake city, Tennessee with five bed rooms

Kelly Bates and Gil Bates share that they are always paying for more babies to add to their children of 20

All children are talented in violins, pianos, guitars and even singing

Eight girls share one room after they do not want to sleep separately

This family has no TV, no Internet and no texting

The daily washing include at least three loads at breakfast, lunch and dinner


Tennessee Family with 18 Children in Photos


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