Saturday, January 23, 2021

Bates #2 Turns 31

Wishing Michael (Bates) Keilen a very happy 31st birthday! Coincidentally, Jana Duggar also turned 31 this month. Like Michael, Jana is the second-born in a family of 19 kids. The two have been friends since childhood, and Jana was a bridesmaids in Michael's wedding. Fun fact: Did you know that there's a story behind Michael's name? You can read all about it in our post from June 2015

Brandon Keilen and Michaela Keilen

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tori and Bobby's 3rd Baby Announcement

Kade Smith, Bobby Smith, Tori Smith, Kolter Smith

Have you heard the exciting news? Tori and Bobby Smith are expecting a baby! This little one will be their 3rd child and Gil and Kelly Bates' 18th grandchild. Charlotte Raine Smith is due in June 2021. She will be joined by two other Bates cousins also due in June, whose genders have not yet been shared. For a statement from the expectant parents, visit the UPtv website.

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3rd June Bates Baby

June is shaping up to be a busy month for the Bates clan. Zack and Whitney Bates already announced their fourth child, and Josie and Kelton Balka recently shared that they are having their second. And another Bates couple has just jumped on the June baby train. It’s Tori and Bobby Smith! Their third child is set to arrive in June 2021. The link below includes the gender and name in an exclusive Romper article. This little one will be 15 months younger than brother Kolter Smith and 2 years, 7 months younger than brother Kade Smith. 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

35 Weeks with Maci Webster

Another Bates baby will arrive soon! Alyssa has almost made it to the 36-week mark and is due on February 17th. Did you know about the Bates family back when Alyssa and John were expecting their first, Allie Jane? That was six years ago. Allie was the second Bates grandchild, and Maci Jo will be the 15th. 

In addition to sharing this positive news, we wanted to take a moment to thank you all for being loyal readers. We truly appreciate each and every one of you, and we appreciate what you bring to the comments section. We have noticed that some of the conversation has gotten off topic, so in order to maintain the uplifting nature of our blog, we ask that comments stick to the subject of the blog, which is the Bates family. Thank you for your readership!

John Webster, Alyssa Webster, Lexi Webster, Allie Webster, Zoey Webster

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Lawson Earns NREMT

It's always great to celebrate a new accomplishment. Lawson recently earned his certification as an Emergency Medical Responder. He finished training at Roane State and then passed the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) exam. (Fun fact: Michaela Keilen graduated with a degree from Roane State in 2016 before going into nursing school.)

Congratulations, Lawson!

Lawson Bates

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