Friday, June 11, 2021

Continue to Pray for Jadon

Zach Bates and Jadon Bates

Zach and Whitney Bates shared an update on their sweet little boy, who has been in the NICU since shortly after his birth on June 7th. His right lung collapsed, and he was intubated and put on a ventilator. Thankfully, his since begun to improve, but we know the Bates would appreciate your continued prayers. 

Photo courtesy of @zachnwhitbates

Josie the 'Little Entrepreneur'

Kelton Balka and Josie Balka

"I always thought that I had a little bit of entrepreneur in me, but if you had told me a few years ago how much of a little entrepreneur Josie was on the inside, I would not have believed you."

-Kelton Balka

How exciting is it to see Kelton's plumbing business growing and thriving? He and Bobby share some details about Tennessee Standard and show off the warehouse space that they are renting. But Kelton quickly changes the topic and beings raving about his wife and her beauty business (web exclusive video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, June 10, 2021

'The Websters' New Home and Nathan's Next Move' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "The Websters' New Home and Nathan's Next Move"

  • Tori, Bobby, Kade, and Kolter, who now live a few doors down, arrive at Zach and Whitney’s house for dinner. Bobby is hoping to learn a few culinary tips, so he helps Zach in the kitchen while the ladies exchange baby clothes. Parmesan garlic lemon chicken is on the menu.
  • Everyone loves the chicken. “I’ll be honest, I love it when a plan comes together,” says Zach. “And I’m happy with my food, but I’m also feeling a little bit good, like I’m a good neighbor or something.”
  • In Florida, Addallee and Ellie are helping the Websters move into their new house. “Addee and Ellie are seriously the best,” says Alyssa. “Addallee is so great with the girls, and Ellie is just a baby whisperer. I have a lot of clothes, and I have a lot of shoes, so it might take a while. I probably would have cried a lot if they weren’t in town.” Meanwhile, Trace, Warden, Jackson, and Isaiah help John lay flooring at the new house.
  • In Knoxville, Kelton and Bobby show off the 3,500 square foot warehouse for their home service plumbing business. They also have 1,500 square feet of office space. “God has really blessed us at Tennessee Standard,” says Kelton.
  • Tori and Josie are due with babies one week apart, so the guys decide to hire another office employee to help them out.
  • Callie and Jeb visit the Paine farm. Erin and Chad have a kitten, two pigs, some piglets on the way, and a baby goat. “Before I got married, I really didn’t think I was going to have animals and…grow vegetables and stuff like that,” says Erin. “But since I married Chad, all my goals in life are now to be a farmer and grow our own vegetables and be homesteaders.”
  • Later, Nathan and Lawson visit Markman’s to pick up the ring that Esther fell in love with. Nathan is officially ready to propose! He starts grilling Lawson about his plans with Tiffany, and Nathan jokes that he expects Lawson to be the jewelry store’s next customer.
  • “Lawson and Tiffany say that they’re going to be taking their time and waiting a couple years to get engaged, but I have a feeling it’s not going to go that way,” says Josie. “I can just tell that it’s going to move quickly, and I am honestly really excited.”

Bates Grandbaby #16

Did you hear the news we shared yesterday? Jadon Carl Bates made his long awaited debut, and Zach and Whitney Bates couldn't be more thrilled. We will continue to share updates of Jadon's progress in the NICU.

We just love the meaning behind Jadon's name. As many of you know, Bradley Gilvin is named after his dad and Gil (Zachary Gilvin Bates and Gilvin "Gil" Bates). And Jadon is named after Whitney's father, Jimmy Carl. Jimmy goes by JC or J, so he and Jadon share the same initials.

Whitney Bates and Jadon Bates

Photo courtesy Bates family

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Jadon's Arrival and NICU Stay

Zach and Whitney Bates just announced the arrival of their fourth child, Jadon Carl Bates. He was born at 5:15pm on June 7th, 2021, weighing 7 lbs and 6 oz. You can see the couple's first photo with their son on the People website. Sadly, Jadon is in the NICU at East TN Children's Hospital, due to a drop in his oxygen levels. He is currently stable, and there are three little kiddos at home who are eager to meet him when he is released. 

Photo courtesy of UPtv