Saturday, August 22, 2015

Meema's Love For Children

For those of you wondering where Kelly Bates gets her love for children, it becomes quite clear when you hear her mom's story. "Her whole life has been devoted to children" said Kelly during a recent interview for Bringing Up Bates.

After Kelly and her siblings had married and moved out, Kelly's mom--whom the family affectionately calls Meema--was very lonely. At the age of 50, she adopted a newborn daughter, Beth. One year later, Meema decided she didn't want Beth to grow up alone, so she adopted Becca.

"We all thought she was crazy, only because, we're thinking, 'Who would tackle that at her age?'" Kelly admitted to her adopted sisters at Beth's wedding shower earlier this summer. "Our kids adore y'all. I just want y'all to know, y'all are so special to me, and I think that y'all were both one of the best decisions that Mom ever made."

Kelly Bates shares a sentimental moment with her adopted sisters, Beth and Becca


Photo courtesy of UP

14 comments:

  1. Meemaw is a wonderful person it is obvious to see when she is on the Bates shows.Would love to see more of her. I had read in Kelly s blog that her mother taught in black schools. I was very impressed. Meemaw has a very loving heart. It.was also nice to learn that Kelly was taught in an all black school. Her Mom definitely raised her well. Loved the adopted girls. Would.Love to learn more.about.them. Beth was charming

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    1. I at age 60 was able to adopt an infant son from birth. He is about to turn 18 an I 77!! My elderly years have been anything but lonely. WHAT A RIDE!! Every day has been exciting,loving,learning,on the go.. I would not change a thing.

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  2. Love listening.to Meemaw talk.Love her sweet sounding voice.

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  3. Will you be showing.more of.Beth and Mecca ? I hope.So !!

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  4. That is so sweet i luv adoption and luv this family.

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  5. Aww sweet! What a great way to spend her golden years, loving.

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  6. Is Becca older or younger than Beth? How many biological siblings does Kelly have? What happened to her father? :)

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    1. Kelly's father had died many many years ago. She had once stated she was a preacher's daughter. And, she had been very, very close to her father. In her old blog Kelly had shown photos of herself with her father.taken when she was very young. They were beautiful. Her words about her father we're beautiful. I was moved me to tears . Kelly stated she missed him even after many, many years. So sad.

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    2. Doesn't Kelly have two biological sisters? One who made Michael's wedding cake, and another who made the silk flowers for Michael's wedding.?

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  7. I think it's fantastic that Meema adopted these girls. They look so happy and Meema seems very proud of them. Such a lovely family!

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  8. That's awesome!!!! so precious!!!!

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  9. Is Kelly's parents divorced or did her dad die??? Thanks and love the picture:) It is so special that her mom would do that for those little kids!

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  10. Oh what beautiful sisters Kelly has! It's wonderful to see that Meema loves these girls and her cares what color they are!

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  11. "Y'all" is a very popular word down South, I'd say!

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