Ok this has been bothering me since the story arc began. Who, exactly is paying for the extension on the Bates' house? From watching the program, the Bates' were given a gift from the Duggars and the Wilsons. The Bates had no idea it was happening. Also from watching the show, we heard that Zach was in on it, because he had been down to get permits for the construction. So we heard at the beginning of the program that the Bates could have a small room added on to their home, courtesy of the Duggars and the Wilsons--what would they like? More living space or a laundry room? They picked more bedroom space. Now anyone watching this would assume that the Duggars would be footing the bill, afterall, since the Bates seemed to have no clue this was happening, why would they be expected to pay for it?
But the story doesn't end there. The project grew to mammoth proportions. The addition became bigger than their original house. Ok, now who is paying for it? Did the Duggars say during planning, "Ok here's what we'll put in, after that it's your baby?" It seemed like the Bates had some money saved up to put in an addition, they just hadn't done anything to prepare for it, prehaps the Duggars were just there to "get the ball rolling on it." Obviously having Jim Bob there helped and hindered the project--Jim Bob does nothing small--they all said that in their interviews--but he does know where to find bargains and how to negotiate for deals and we saw that when they went shopping for supplies. We also saw people from the community come donate time, supplies, and money when they saw news stories about the project.
So I have to wonder...was this really a gift? Do you consider it a gift? Was it more of a push to get a project started that the Duggars knew the Bates wanted to get started but hadn't had the time to get started? I don't see "gift" because I don't see them staying to see it finished--call me crazy, but that's just rude. Ok, it's a massive project, but then don't call it a gift. Also, if the Duggars aren't then paying for it as the card implied, don't call it a gift. Their labour of course was a gift in the beginning, but after, it's just encouragement. They left a few of their kids there for awhile to help, but not to see the project through. I don't know, that just bothers me. Especially since we heard Michelle say, more than once, "Kelly is pregnant and we want to get this done before the baby comes so she doesn't have to deal with this stress." Obviously that didn't happen and now Kelly is pregant again and from what I've heard rumour-wise, it still isn't finished as the Bates are finishing it as they get the money to do it step by step--again, not a gift.