Truly blessed: The Bates family (from left to right) Ellie, Addallee, Isaiah, Warden, Jackson, Katie, Josie, Carlin, Trace, Tori, Alyssa, Nathan, Lawson, Erin, Michaella, Kelly holding Judson Wyatt and Gil holding Callie-Anna
Super-parents Gil and Kelly Bates love babies so much, they can't stop having them. The couple, from Tennessee, U.S., celebrated the birth of their 18th child a month ago and are already praying for more. The Bates look set to become the biggest family in the world one day, and are one baby behind the Duggars of Arkansas, who have 19. 'We will have many more children if God allows it,' said proud dad Gil, 45, a tree surgeon.
Truly blessed: The Bates family (from left to right) Ellie, Addallee, Isaiah, Warden, Jackson, Katie, Josie, Carlin, Trace, Tori, Alyssa, Nathan, Lawson, Erin, Michaella, Kelly holding Judson Wyatt and Gil holding Callie-Anna 'Children are a blessing and God has blessed us many, many times.'
Devoted mum Kelly, 43, said: 'We just love children and every baby brings extra joy to our family. The most exciting time is when a new baby comes. 'We all wonder are the boys going to be ahead, or are the girls going to be ahead?'
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Spreading goodwill: At weekends, the family go out singing at old people's homes. 'We wouldn't change our family for the world,' says Nathan, 17
Expanding home: Gil, a tree surgeon, is currently extending their five-bedroom, eight-bathroom property in Lake City to make more space
Feeding the five thousand: The family fill up half a restaurant when they go out on in Lake city, Tennessee - and their own dining table is so large Dad Gil says he can't hear what's going on at the far end
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