Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Erin on Health Struggles

 Carson Paine and Brooklyn Paine

When Erin Paine was asked towards the end of her last pregnancy how many kids she and Chad planned to have, her response was comical: "I think two?" Fifteen months later, Erin is expecting her third child, and the Paines couldn't be more thrilled.

But in the midst of the joy, there is some apprehension. You may remember that before becoming pregnant with Carson, Erin suffered multiple miscarriages due to a then-undiagnosed blood clotting disorder. It was that same health issue that caused Carson's birth to be extremely painful. Thankfully, Erin was able to have an epidural with Brooklyn, so her second delivery was much smoother.

“I think I will always have a certain level of fear during pregnancy, since I have had miscarriages in the past, but I know I have a great doctor who reassures me we are doing everything to keep baby and mom safe and healthy through this,” Erin told People Magazine this week. “I am so grateful for the love and support from Chad as well. I’ve been pampered.”

As a side note, the Paines also told People Magazine that they fell in love with the name Everly when they stumbled upon it in a baby book. Chad chose their daughter's middle name. Everyly Hope is due in April 2018.

Photo courtesy of UP

Carson: 'I'm Gonna Rub Her Pace'


"I'm gonna kiss Ezerly Hope. I'm gonna hug her. I'm gonna rub her pace."
-Carson Paine

We just can't get enough of this adorable video from Carson Paine! At two years and five months, he's already the big brother to one little sister, and he's thrilled to be gaining another one in April.

If you haven't heard Erin and Chad Paine's big news, check out yesterday's post. They have already chosen a name, and while it's not "Ezerly," Carson's pronunciation is close.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bates Grand-Baby on the Way!

Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Allie Jane Webster,
Lexi Mae Webster, Bradley Bates, Kaci Lynn Bates

Gil and Kelly Bates will soon add another grandchild to their ever-growing family. Erin Bates Paine is pregnant! She and husband Chad Paine are expecting a baby girl in April, and they have already chosen a name: Everly Hope Paine.

Check out this adorable video message from Carson Paine, and visit the UP website for more. Bringing Up Bates season seven premieres January 4th.

Video courtesy of UP; Photo courtesy of

Bun in the Oven

"I read it and I thought, 'I wonder what she's cooking today?'"
-Jackson Bates

Do you recall the summer 2014 Bringing Up Bates scene when Alyssa and John Webster announced that they were expecting their first child, Allie Jane? Let's revisit it in the Great Bates Moments video below! The family's reaction is priceless (and quite loud).

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bates #14 Enters the Teenage Years

Wishing Isaiah Bates a very happy 13th birthday!

Isaiah Courage Bates

Photo courtesy of UP

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Photos of Carlin and Evan

In the Bringing Up Bates season six finale, Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart were given the green light from Gil and Kelly Bates to begin an official courtship, but the season ended before Evan could officially ask Carlin.

Rest assured, another season has been ordered (26 episodes, the largest yet) and will premiere in January 2018. Until then, here are a couple new photos of the couple:

 Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart

Carlin and Evan

Photos courtesy of

Thursday, October 12, 2017

And Puppy Makes 5!

Wondering why we posted a random picture of an adorable, eight-week-old beagle on the blog? Well, Bradley Bates turns three in a couple weeks, and he just received an early birthday present from relatives on Whitney's side.The little beagle doesn't have a name yet, but it sure is cute!

Bradley's cousin Carson Paine also has a pet dog, which the Paines welcomed last summer. His name is Max, for those who hadn't heard.

  • Bradley Bates and his new puppy

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Great Bates Moment: Zach and Whitney's Engagement

Last week, we shared two Great Bates Moments (an emotional clip of Michael Bates right before she walks down the aisle to become Michael Keilen and footage from Chad Paine's proposal to Erin Bates).

As Zach and Whitney Bates approach their four-year anniversary (December 14th), let's look back at their romantic engagement on September 12th, 2013.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bates Make a Difference

Over the past two months, the Bates have gone on multiple trips to assist with humanitarian efforts. In August, Lawson Bates, Nathan Bates, Trace Bates, and Carlin Bates spent two weeks in the Philippines on a medical mission trip.

After Hurricane Harvey brought devastation to Houston, Texas, in late August, Lawson and Nathan drove down to the area to do rescues with their boat. They were miraculously able to save more than 100 people from the flood waters.

Earlier this month, Nathan flew himself and Lawson to Puerto Rico, where the dynamic duo spent a few days delivering food, water, and supplies to remote villages.

We have already shared many photos and videos from these trips, but check out these two clips from the August Philippines mission that were sent to us by Lawson. 



Photo/videos courtesy of

Monday, October 9, 2017

New Photos of Kaci Lynn

Kaci Lynn Bates is almost 16 months old! The "little Bates family" is busy these days, with two little toddlers and Whitney's new job, but they love spending time together. Here are a few new snapshots so you can see how much Kaci and Bradley have grown.

 Whitney Bates, Kaci Lynn Bates


 Zach Bates, Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates

Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Photos: Bates in Puerto Rico

Last week, we shared that Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates had just landed in Puerto Rico to help with recovery following Hurricane Maria. Saddened by the extensive damage and devastation, they spent several days delivering food, water, and supplies to remote villages. Here are a few photos:

 Lawson Bates with a group of local children

 Lawson with other volunteers

 Delivering supplies

Photos courtesy of

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Carlin Visits Nashville

This weekend, Carlin Bates is in Nashville visiting boyfriend Evan Stewart. With Evan's sister Kailyn as their chaperone, they enjoyed a date at Pie Five Pizza and a shopping excursion at Charming Charlie. On September 17th, the couple celebrated the one-year anniversary of when they first became friends.

This summer, Evan received permission from Gil and Kelly to ask Carlin to begin an official courtship. Watch upcoming episodes of Bringing Up Bates to see their relationship progress.

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart

Photo courtesy Carlin Bates/

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Michael Down the Aisle

Another Great Bates Moment coming your way! On Tuesday, we shared a clip from Chad Paine's proposal to Erin Bates. The video below was taken just before Micheal Bates walked down the aisle to sweetheart Brandon Keilen. We just love the raw emotion and pure joy written on Michael's face.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Bates #11 Turns 17

Wishing Katie Bates a blessed 17th birthday!

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to check out Ellie's other blogs ( and

Photo courtesy of UP

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bates in Puerto Rico

In early September, they helped rescue more than 100 residents from the flood waters left by Hurricane Harvey using a small boat. Now, Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates have just landed in Puerto Rico (flown in by Nathan) and are ready to lend a hand.

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria's direct hit on the U.S. territory, most of the island is still without water and power. Please pray for Lawson and Nathan and the impact they will have, as well as those suffering from this terrible tragedy.

Below is a video filmed by Lawson as he and Nathan prepared to land. 


Photo/video courtesy of

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Erin and Chad's Engagement

"I was so scared and excited at the same time, but then he asked if I would marry him."
-Erin (Bates) Paine

With the recent engagement of Tori Bates and Bobby Smith, it's the perfect time to look back at past Bates proposals. In the video below, Chad Paine gets down on one knee and asks Erin Bates to marry him.

Erin and Chad knew each other as friends for multiple years, began courting in January 2013, were engaged in August 2013, and tied the knot on November 2, 2013.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, October 2, 2017


Hope you all had a fabulous week. I (Ellie) want to take a few minutes to tell you about a package I just received in the mail. It's the #FabFitFun Fall Box. For those who haven't heard, FabFitFun is a subscription box filled with beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products that is delivered to your door each season (four times per year). I was invited to become a #FabFitFunPartner and was sent the fall box for free.

I'll admit that subscription boxes have never been my thing, but after receiving my first box, I think I'm hooked! I might even buy them as Christmas gifts for the ladies in my family. (Shh, it's a surprise....)

Check out my unpacking video below, and enter code ELLIE at to get $10.00 off your first box. All opinions are my own.

New Photo: Josie and Kelton

Lawson Bates, Kelton Balka, Josie Bates, Tori Bates, Trace Bates

Season six of Bringing Up Bates ended ith an engagement announcement from Tori Bates and Bobby Smith, as well as approval from Gil and Kelly Bates for Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart to begin courting.

During the season, we also saw Josie Bates begin to get to know Kelton Balka. Above is a new photo of the couple with three of Josie's siblings. For more updates on the sisters' relationships, keep coming back to to the blog, and be sure to tune in to the new season, premiering January 4th.

Photo courtesy of Trace Bates