Monday, July 22, 2019

Josie's Delivery

Josie Balka welcomed daughter Willow Kristy Balka, on July 19th after a reportedly 36-hour labor. The new mom ,who turns 20 on August 4th, had support from her many family members. Some provided encouragement during labor, while others visited after the birth. Josie and Kelton's talented photographer friend Taryn Yager was present during labor and delivery and took these precious photos.

Josie and Kelton Balka
Josie Balka and Willow Balka
Josie Balka and Willow Balka

Josie Balka and Gil Bates
Josie Balka and Gil Bates
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Photos courtesy of, Josie and Kelton Balka

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Photos of Willow Balka

Have you heard the latest Bates baby news? Willow Kristy Balka arrived early yesterday morning (more info in yesterday's post). We already shared a picture of the new family of three, but here are a few additional snapshots of Willow. She sure has a lot of aunts and uncles to love on her!

It's still early to tell, but who do you see in her little face? We see some of both Josie and Kelton.

Katie Bates and Willow Balka
Katie Bates and Willow Balka
Michael Keilen and Willow Balka
Michael Keilen and Willow Balka 

Willow Balka
Willow Balka

Photos courtesy of Katie Bates,

Friday, July 19, 2019

Welcome, Willow Balka!

The 10th Bates grandchild has arrived safe and sound. Josie (Bates) Balka delivered Willow Kristy Balka this morning, July 19th, at 2:23am. Willow weighed 6lbs 10oz and was 19 inches long.

Today, Felicity Vuolo, daughter of Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, is celebrating her 1st birthday.

Josie Balka, Kelton Balka, Willow Kristy Balka
Josie Balka, Kelton Balka, Willow Kristy Balka

Photo courtesy of UPtv, the Bates family

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tammi, Laci, and Bethany Gowns

The dress business is booming! Erin Paine, Whitney Bates, and Carlin Stewart are continuing to add inventory to their online store, Bates Sisters Boutique. With a variety of styles, and even a few items that aren't dresses, there is sure to be something for everyone. Below are a few of the newest additions.

As you'll see on the boutique website, Erin, Whitney, and Carlin often have their mom and sisters as models. Most recently, Chaney, Trace's girlfriend, has also joined in on the fun.

Kelly Bates and Chaney
Kelly Bates and Chaney (Trace's girlfriend)
Wearing "The Tammi"

Carlin Stewart Bates
Carlin Stewart in "The Laci"

Kelly Bates, Chaney, Michael Keilen
Wearing "The Hailey"

Photos courtesy of,

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Zoey at 16 Months

In a couple weeks, Zoey Webster will be 16 months old (and so will Everly Paine--we shared a new photo of her in our June 28th post). Zoey is the youngest of the three Webster daughters, and Alyssa loves dressing them in matching [usually pink] outfits, so there is a good chance that this little cutie will grow up to be a girly girl.

Zoey Webster
Zoey Webster, July 2019

Photo courtesy of John and Alyssa Webster