Friday, October 19, 2018

Meet Lawson in Mississippi

Calling all residents of Mississippi and Alabama! Lawson Bates is coming to a town near you. On November 30th, he will be in Meridian--located in central Mississippi along the Alabama border--playing a show. Details are below.

Friday, November 30th, 2018
Lawson Bates Performance, 7:30-9pm
NorthPark Church
7770 Highway 39 North
Meridian, MS

Children 10 and under: $10
General Admission: $15
Premium Ticket (meet and greet and photo opportunity--arrive by 6pm): $55
Ultimate VIP Fan Experience (arrive by 5:15pm)**: $80

**Ultimate VIP Fan Experience includes a meet and greet and photo opportunity with Lawson ahead of the show. It also includes a private Q&A session with the band, where you can hear sneak peeks of new songs and possibly get access to exclusive merchandise.

Tickets will benefit the Meridian Classical Center for Learning
Tickets can be purchased on and will be delivered via email

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Zoey Nearing 7 Months

In just 10 days, Zoey Webster will be seven months old (and cousin Everly Paine is only two days behind). According to Alyssa, Zoey was crawling at five months and is now attempting to learn to stand by pulling up on things. We think Zoey looks a lot like her aunt Callie (see photos below). What do you think?

Zoey Webster
Zoey Webster

Callie Bates
Callie Bates, 2015
Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster, UPtv

Bates Provide Hurricane Relief in FL

Lawson Bates hurricane Michael relief

When disaster strikes, the Bates are always ready to lend a helping hand. Over the weekend, Lawson Bates spent time in the Panama City, Florida, area, providing emergency relief following Hurricane Michael. Residents have been able to return to their homes to survey the damage, but many are still without power. The death toll is now over 30 and could continue to rise.

Please keep the hurricane victims in your prayers, and consider donating supplies or funds to a reputable relief organization. ( is a wonderful one.)

Photo courtesy of

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bates #14 Turns 14

Happy 14th birthday to Isaiah! In the month of October, the Bates celebrate four birthdays--Katie's on the 5th, Isaiah's on the 16th, Kelly's on the 26th, and Bradley's on the 29th.

Isaiah Bates, 2016
Isaiah Bates, 2016

Isaiah Bates and Kaci Bates
Isaiah Bates and Kaci Bates, April 2018

Jackson Bates, Gil Bates, Isaiah Bates
Jackson Bates, Gil Bates, Isaiah Bates
Season 6
Kelly Bates, Isaiah Bates, Carlin Bates
Basketball camp, season 4
Jackson Bates, Kelly Bates, Isaiah Bates, Warden Bates
Jackson Bates, Kelly Bates, Isaiah Bates, Warden Bates

Photos courtesy of, UPtv

Monday, October 15, 2018

Josie and Kelton's Honeymoon

Where did Josie and Kelton Balka travel for their honeymoon? In addition to spending time in Asheville, North Carolina, they also visited the Bahamas. Below are two snapshots of the couple on Eleuthera Island. For fun, we have listed the honeymoon destinations of Josie's five married siblings.

Tori and Bobby Smith: California Coast/Yosemite
Michael and Brandon Keilen: Wyoming and Montana
Alyssa and John Webster: Lake Tahoe
Zach and Whitney Bates: Kauai, Hawaii
Erin and Chad Paine: Ireland

Josie and Kelton Balka
Josie and Kelton Balka

Josie (Bates) Balka
Josie (Bates) Balka

Photos courtesy of Josie Balka