Showing posts with label Brandon Keilen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brandon Keilen. Show all posts

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Skating with the Keilens

The Chicago area has been covered in a thick blanket of snow this week, with more falling this weekend. Michael and Brandon Keilen took advantage of the beautiful winter wonderland with an evening of outdoor ice skating. Do you enjoy skating? Have you been watching the Olympics?

Michael (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen

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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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bates Birthday Double Take

It's been a busy day, but we want to do a quick birthday shout-out to Judson Bates and Brandon Keilen. Jud is seven years old, and Brandon is 28. Happy birthday, guys!

 Judson Bates

Brandon Keilen and Michaela (Bates) Keilen

Photos courtesy of UP

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Video For Kelly Jo

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend. We're back from our blogging break and are still getting caught up. In the meantime, here's a post we know you will enjoy. It's the video that Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen put together, with help from the other Bates siblings, for Mama Kelly Bates' 50th birthday.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, June 26, 2017

Michaela Shares Infertility Struggles

Last season on Bringing Up Bates, Michael (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen opened up about their struggles with infertility. Just yesterday, Michael shared that her inability to conceive has taken a toll. The Keilens will celebrate their two-year anniversary in August.

Michael has been smitten with Brandon from day one, telling him when he proposed that she had wanted to marry him from the moment they first met. The couple is very happy together as young marrieds, and they are beyond grateful to God for bringing them together, but Michael admits that she still has a deep desire to be a mother.

The oldest daughter of Gil and Kelly Bates, Michael has possessed a love for children from a young age.

“Everyone in the family has always predicted and said Michael is going to be the one that has a really, super large family," Kelly tells viewers during the recent "Doggy Dilemmas" episode. "She loves children. She rejoices when another person is pregnant as much as we do, but at the same time…there’s got to be that feeling of, ‘I wish I could be pregnant and join them.’”

After marrying Brandon in August 2015 and graduating from Roane State Community College the following spring, Michael began to wonder why she hadn't yet gotten pregnant. She had tests done, and the doctors told her not to give the subject any more thought until she had been married a year.

Following the Keilens' one-year anniversary, they visited a specialist, who ran further tests but was still unable to find a solution.

"Night after night, I cried myself to sleep and felt like all my dreams and desires were shattered," Michael writes on her website. "Each night, Brandon held me close and let me cry until I had no more tears. He prayed with me and assured me that God had a plan and knew what He was doing. Yet, I had become so focused on the one thing I didn’t have that I was doubting God and His goodness."

On one particular night, when Michael's heartache was very great, Brandon shared words of encouragement that spoke to the deepest parts of her heart.

"Brandon encouraged me to be honest with God and ask for His grace to trust again," Michael writes. "As I began asking God to help me see Him again and to give me grace to trust, He started changing my heart. As I searched for verses and meditated on who God is, my perspective changed. Not only has God shown me His hand of provision on the medical side of this walk (finding doctors, searching for answers, providing finances), He also has allowed me to see how this time has knit our hearts together as a couple. Even greater still, God has allowed me to see a glimpse of Him. The fellowship I’ve had with my Heavenly Father is unlike anything I dreamed possible. He truly has become my everything, and I’m learning that no matter what situation or circumstance life throws at me, Jesus Christ is the only one that can fully satisfy."

Michael admits that she still struggles and that her tears flow often, but in the midst of the pain, she has a peace that surpasses all understanding, knowing that God can be trusted no matter what.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Big 3-0!

 Erin, Carson, Chad, and Brooklyn Paine

Wishing Chad Paine a happy 30th birthday! Chad, whose full name is Charles Stephen Paine III, is the first of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children and four children-in-law to hit this milestone.

Zach Bates will turn 30 in December 2018, with Brandon Keilen and John Webster following in fall 2019 and Michaela Bates Keilen celebrating her 30th birthday in January 2020. Chad and Erin are four years apart in age.

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Photo courtesy of UP

Thursday, April 6, 2017

New Photos of the Married Bates

Spring has sprung! We have three adorable pictures of the married Bates to share with you. Be sure to tune in to Bringing Up Bates tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT. (Click here to watch promos and view snapshots.)

 Alyssa Bates Webster, Allie Webster, and Lexi Webster

 Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Bradley Bates, and Kaci Bates

Michaela Bates Keilen and Brandon Keilen

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Photos courtesy of, Zach and Whitney Bates, Alyssa and John Webster

Monday, March 20, 2017

Keilens in D.C.

Just one month short of two years ago, Brandon Keilen proposed to Michael Bates in Great Falls, Virginia, following a perfectly planned scavenger hunt through Washington D.C. The iconic D.C. cherry blossoms were in full bloom, which made a beautiful backdrop for photos.

 Michaela Bates and Brandon Keilen in D.C., April 2015

This weekend, Brandon surprised Michael with a surprise trip to the East Coast to relive their engagement moments. They visited the cherry blossoms, which started blooming just in time for their arrival.

Michael and Brandon Keilen in D.C., March 2017

They also stopped by the exact spot where Brandon proposed in April 2015.

 Michaela Bates Keilen and Brandon Keilen, March 2017

If you have been following our blog for a couple years, you will remember these candid photos from the proposal.

 Brandon Keilen proposes to Michael Bates, April 2015

Photos courtesy of UP,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lexi Mae, 1 Month Old

Lexi Mae Webster just passed her one-month milestone! Born on January 26th, she traveled with Alyssa, John, and Allie Jane up to East Tennessee two weekends ago to meet the rest of the Bates clan and celebrate I Love You Day.

 Lexi Mae Webster, 1 month old

Brandon Keilen and Michaela Bates Keilen with Lexi Mae Webster

Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster,

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy 27th, Michaela!

Wishing Michaela Bates Keilen a very happy 27th birthday! Did you know that Michaela has a degree from Roane State Community College? In addition to being the loving wife of Brandon Keilen, she also works as a nanny.

Michael and Brandon Keilen have been married 17 months, and they both love children but are having difficulties starting a family. The Keilens will open up about their fertility struggles this Thursday on an all new episode of Bringing Up Bates.

Photo courtesy of UP

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bates Seasons 2 and 3 Highlights

 Alyssa (Bates) Webster and Carlin Bates at Alyssa's baby shower

Earlier this week, we posted a video from UP that included all the highlights from season one of Bringing Up Bates. Today, we have recap videos of seasons two and three to share. 

Season two of Bringing Up Bates premiered in June 2015 and included the Bates' visit with Brandon's parents in Chicago, Brandon Keilen's Washington D.C. scavenger hunt proposal to Michael Bates, wedding planning, the arrival of Allie Jane Webster, Kelly Bates' first airplane ride with Nathan Bates at the wheel, Lawson Bates' wisdom teeth extraction, Carson Paine's dramatic arrival, and many more exciting Bates happenings (video below).

Season three began in January 2016 and featured the Bates/Keilen wedding, Zach Bates' graduation from the police academy, the Bates' trip to the beach, Lawson's visits to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Trace's trick riding lesson with riders from the Dixie Stampede, the Keilen's honeymoon, Bradley Bates' first birthday, the start of Nathan Bates' courtship with Ashley, and much more (video below). What were your favorite moments from seasons one and two?

Photos/videos courtesy of UP

Friday, November 11, 2016

Brandon's Hidden Talent

Over the next several days, our opportunities to blog will be limited, but we still have plenty of entertaining Bates content to share with y'all while we're away from the computer.

We went through dozens of video clips from the past four seasons of Bringing Up Bates and chose our favorites (some that aired on the show and some that are bloopers/deleted scenes). For many of you, this will probably be your first time seeing them.

The first clip is in honor of upcoming American Thanksgiving. During Thanksgiving 2014, Brandon Keilen, Michael Bates' then-boyfriend, shares his hidden talent with the Bates family.

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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bates Go Mudding

"The boys were definitely trying to see who could do the most dangerous things and not kill themselves. Nathan was the worst, of course."

-Tori Bates

This week on Bringing Up Bates, the family gets down and dirty on a mud-covered four-wheeling trail. The younger children are thrilled to be able to join the action on their kid-sized ATVs, and the older ones enjoy doing crazy stunts (well, at least the boys do). 

Scroll down to see snapshots and an extended scene.

The show starts at 9pm ET/8pm CT tomorrow on UP. In addition to their mudding adventure, the Bates also receive a visit from sister Michael Keilen and her husband, Brandon Keilen. (Click here to watch the Keilens meet Kaci Lynn Bates for the first time.)

Photos/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Celebrating Judson and Brandon

Today is the last Bates double birthday of 2016. (It's hard to believe that they have four every year!) Happy 6th birthday to Judson Wyatt Bates, and happy 27th birthday to Brandon Timothy Keilen!

Did you know that Brandon has a four-year ministry degree, which he completed in November 2014? And here's an interesting fact about Judson: He was named after Judson Van Deventer, the writer of the hymn "I Surrender All."

 Judson Bates

Brandon Keilen

Photos courtesy of UP

Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy 1st Anniversary, Keilens!

One year ago today, Michael Bates and Brandon Keilen recited their marriage vows in front of family and friends and became husband and wife. Happy one-year wedding anniversary!

Photo courtesy of UP

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Alyssa and Michael: Watching Our Family on TV

"Sometimes they'll do stuff on the show, and I'm like, 'I didn't know they went there or they did that!'" admits Alyssa Webster in the video below.

Alyssa Webster--who lives in Clermont, Florida, with husband John Webster and daughter Allie Jane Webster--and Michaella Keilen--who lives near Chicago, Illinois, with husband Brandon Keilen--say that watching Bringing Up Bates helps them keep up with their parents and siblings.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Keilens Reflect on Married Life

Michaella (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen reveal that are enjoying married life and that it has been a "sigh of relief" after such a busy season of life. "It was definitely very enjoyable, but I don't remember everything," Brandon says of their wedding day (video below).


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Valentine's Day with the Bates

Over the weekend, Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children, four in-laws, and three (soon to be four) grandkids gathered in Tennessee to celebrate Valentine's Day.

February 14th is a special holiday for the Bates family. Newlyweds Michaela and Brandon Keilen traveled all the way from Chicago, Illinois, while the Websters--John, Alyssa, and Allie-Jane--made the trek to The Volunteer State from their home near Orlando, Florida.

(Click here to read more about the super-sized family's annual "I Love You Day" festivities.) Here are a few snapshots from their banquet:

 Carlin Bates and Alyssa (Bates) Webster

 Michaela (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen

 Michael and Brandon

 Lawson Bates and niece Allie-Jane Webster

 Alyssa (Bates) Webster and John Webster

 Alyssa and John

 Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, and Bradley Bates

Erin (Bates) Paine and Chad Paine

Photos courtesy of the Bates family

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Interview with Michaela (Bates) Keilen

After her wedding episode aired on UP last Thursday, Michaela (Bates) Keilen chatted with Noelle from about the day she tied the knot with Brandon and her new life as Mrs. Keilen.

Here are the highlights of the interview, but we encourage you to visit for more details.
  • Michaela says that her first kiss, which she shared with Brandon at the altar, was better than she ever could have imagined. "Waiting was definitely hard, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything," shares the newlywed. "My dreams all came true that blissful moment." 
  • Michaela is "completely overwhelmed by the love and kindness" shown to her and Brandon by the approximately 800 guests who attended their wedding. 
  • While Brandon, a videographer/graphic designer for a ministry in Chicago, is away at work, Michaela spends her days studying and doing childcare. "I’m finishing up my last semester of college, while adjusting to the big city and the cold winters," she tells
  • Are there children in the Keilens' future? The newlyweds hope to have a large family, but they have not made any announcements yet. Right now, Michael says she is "embracing this thrilling adventure of marriage that God has so graciously given me."

Photo courtesy of UP

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bates Engagement Stories

We saw Brandon Keilen propose to Michael, but have you ever wondered about the details of the other Bates couples' engagements? In the following video, Zach & Whitney Bates and Erin & Chad Paine share their stories and show never-before-seen footage of those special moments.

Zach and Whitney's Engagement

Erin and Chad's Engagement

Videos courtesy of UP