Showing posts with label Michael Bates Keilen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Bates 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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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Keilens Continue to Search for Answers

"Every test does bring a level of excitement and hope that this might be the answer."
-Michael Bates Keilen

This Thursday on an all new episode of Bringing Up Bates, join Michael and Brandon as they visit Dr. Vick, the Bates' OB/GYN. He reviews all the tests the Keilens have gone through in Chicago and performs one final diagnostic procedure.

Michael has said recently that if the results are not what she and Brandon are hoping for, they plan to "take a break and enjoy each other and maybe start this journey again later..."

If you are unable to tune in, we will give the details in our recap on Thursday evening.

Photo courtesy of UP

Bates #2 Turns 28

Wishing Micheal (Bates) Keilen a very happy 28th birthday! For those who haven't heard the story behind her name, click here to read our post from June 2015.

Micheal Bates Keilen and Brandon Keilen
 Michaela and Brandon Keilen

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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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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Websters Announce Baby Name

With only seven weeks to go until Alyssa Webster's January 27th due date, she and husband John Webster have decided to announce the name they have chosen for their daughter. The couple is looking forward to the arrival of Lexi Mae Webster. When the baby comes, older sister Allie Jane Webster will be 21 months old.

Check out this video showing the Websters' newly decorated nursery. The curtains were made by Michael (Bates) Keilen, and the tree wall decal (shown above) is from Simple Shapes. Isn't it clever how Alyssa saved space by putting the changing table in the closet?

If anyone has trouble viewing the video, we recommend trying a different device, as well as updating your version of Adobe Flash Player, if you are using a desktop or laptop computer.

Photo/video courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Monday, October 10, 2016

Michael the 'Baby Hog'

Michael (Bates) Keilen and Kaci Lynn Bates

"When Michael comes to town, everybody knows that whoever the baby is, it's going to Michael, hands down, and she keeps it as long as she can keep it." 

-Whitney Bates

On this week's new episode of Bringing Up Bates, Michaela and Brandon Keilen arrive in Tennessee to meet the newest addition to the family, Kaci Lynn Bates.

Michaela, who has loved babies from the time she was "knee-high," according to Mama Kelly Bates, drives her sisters bonkers when she won't let anyone else have a turn holding Kaci. Check out this sneak peek video:

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bates #2 Turns 26

Wishing Michael (Bates) Keilen a blessed 26th birthday! Michael and Brandon also just celebrated their five-month wedding anniversary.

Michael and Brandon Keilen

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

More on Michael's Bridesmaids Dresses

As many of you know, Michael (Bates) Keilen purchased her bridesmaid dresses from The upcoming issue of Girlz 4 Christ--a digital, Christ-focused magazine for teen girls--features a fashion submission from the staff at Dainty Jewells that we know our readers will enjoy.

The magazine's editor has graciously allowed us to post a sneak peek of the article, shown below. For more photos of Michael's bridesmaids dresses and other Dainty Jewells gowns, sign up for a free subscription to Girlz 4 Christ. The magazine, published four times per year, is delivered via email for easy viewing on a laptop, smart phone, or tablet.

**The issue containing the Dainty Jewells article will be sent out on Friday, December 11th, so be sure to subscribe in the next two days. If you miss the deadline, email to request a copy of the Winter 15/16 issue.

What can you expect to find in Girlz 4 Christ? The magazine features devotionals, media reviews, spotlights on interesting service projects, and more.

The Winter 15/16 issue also includes an article by Marjorie Jackson, the gal who was in a courtship with Josiah Duggar for three months this spring and summer. (Did you know that Marjorie is an author? She published her first book, The Greatest Book You've Never Read, at age 15.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chicago Snowstorm

Starting Friday night and continuing into Saturday afternoon, Chicago and the surrounding area received an unexpected, pre-Thanksgiving dump of snow. Some of the northern suburbs saw more than 15 inches, making travel dangerous. Check out this picture of the newlywed Keilens enjoying the winter wonderland.

Michael (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Keilen

Can you believe that Michael (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen are coming up on their three-month wedding anniversary? The newlyweds live near Chicago, Illinois. Check out these adorable pictures of the couple enjoying the beauty of fall and God's creation.

Photos courtesy of the Bates family

Monday, August 17, 2015

Marriage Advice for the Keilens

Four Bates weddings down and 15 more to go! Michael Bates married her sweetheart, Brandon Keilen, on Saturday afternoon. What marriage advice do you have for the Keilens as they start their new lives together?

Michael (Bates) Keilen and Brandon Keilen

Photo courtesy of the Bates family