Friday, June 22, 2018

Bates Engagement Announcement


The big announcement has been made! Josie Bates and Kelton Balka are engaged!

Photo courtesy of Josie Bates/thebatesfamily.com

37 comments:

  1. Ahhhh!! That's SO exciting! I wish every young girl would jump into wife hood as she is meant like this girl is!! How beautiful!!

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    1. Do you really think EVERY young girl is meant to "jump into wife hood" and get married as a teenager? Really? While Josie seems mature for her age, I doubt the vast majority of 18 year olds or even 19 year olds are anywhere near ready to marry. Some aren't even ready to have a serious dating relationship. I certainly wasn't myself. Divorce statistics sadly bear this out.

      That being said I do know people who got married young and made it work. I don't know any teen brides but I do know one who married at age 20 and a lot who married right after college at age 21 or 22. However they HAD finished their schooling before marriage, as Josie has.

      I also know a couple who wed when the husband was 19 and the wife was in her early 20s. But they had to elope, both families were against the marriage, and quite scandalized that she was "robbing the cradle".

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    2. No girl should ever just jump into wifehood. While I don’t necessarily believe age equals maturity or lack thereof, most girls and boys are not mature enough at 18, 19 or 20 to really grasp to realities of a life long commitment in marriage. And, not every girl finds her life companion while still a “girl”. Perhaps if she’s old enough for marriage she can jump into womanhood??

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    3. Not every young girl is meant to be a wife. Many/most need to wait a while. But I am happy for Kelton and Josie.

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    4. The op here is just trying to get a rouse out of people. Ever read inTouch articles? They sometimes pull comments off Lilly and Ellies Duggar blog. Whats to say they arent making the comments on them too for drama?

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    5. Good lord no, my 18 year old is no where even close to mature enough to be married. I can't imagine her running a household etc. she can barely remember to put gas in the car. On the flip side I was married young 20 and just celebrated 20 years of marriage, but I was completely different at that age than my daughter.

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  2. Wonderful news! Such a nice couple.

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    1. They are a nice couple. And I hope they wait for a while to get to know each other before they start a family ..have some fun

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  3. Congratulations, Kelton and Josie!

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  4. Oh my goodness!!
    I am so happy for you both!
    Congratulations and best wishes!

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  5. My guess was Carlin and Evan were engaged since they have been courting longer.

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    1. Josie and Kelton have known each other longer. They waited until Josie was 18 to start courting.

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  6. Congrats Kelton and Josie. I know it was hurt a point but you are here now and that is what matters. Can't wait for you wedding.

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  7. Awesome! Congratulations, very happy for them. They seem very mature and ready. And they've known each other for soooo long already.

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  8. Congrats Kelton and Josie. I know it was hurt at a point but look where you are now. Can't wait to see your wedding. You two are an amazing couple.

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  9. Congratulations and Blessings to Kelton and Josie! So happy for you both. I must admit that I was really pulling for Carlin and Evan to be Engaged. Hopefully they won't be far behind. Once again, Cheers to Kelton & Josie!

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    1. It seems UPTV did a good job surprising many of the viewers as much of the web clips and the teasers in the recent episode were hinting it was Carlin and Evan about to get engaged.

      However I wasn't surprised Kelton and Josie got engaged first. While they weren't officially courting as long, their relationship has actually been going on over 3 years, much longer than Carlin and Evan.

      I even get the feeling that if Josie had been 2-3 years older when she met Kelton, they may have even gotten married before Tori and Bobby, as it was Kelton (Bobby's college roomie) who introduced the two.

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  10. Congrats!! I pray God Blesses your marriage & you have many children!! I love the show!😀

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  11. Yay! I knew it would be Josie. Kelton seems so sweet and Josie is ababsolutely adorable! (as are the other girls)

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  12. Yay! God bless u both!

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  13. Well so much for Josie claiming she wasn’t in a hurry.

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    1. There’s this magical little thing called “people change their minds”. That could have something to do with it.

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    2. Josie not being in a hurry means she was content to wait for Kelton to propose in God's timing. It doesn't mean that she was going to say no to the love of her life if he proposed sooner rather than later.

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  14. Congratulations to you both. I am so excited for both of you.

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  15. May you have a wonderful marriage - congratulation Kelton and Josie.
    Perhaps they will marry in the next six months and have a smaller intimate wedding setting. . . . they
    seem to be a little more private. . . not as outgoing as Tori ?
    ALL THE BEST WISHES

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  16. It's so exciting! I'm happy for them. I hope that they are married this fall. I feel a little badly for Carlin, but I don't think she will have too much longer to wait....maybe a Christmas engagement and wedding in late spring or early summer next year.

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  17. I have been married 30 years and I got married at the age of 19. Congratulations to you both.

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  18. Depends on the person...I was married at 17 and just recently celebrated our 46 anniversary. You have to commit to working thru your problems. That simple. Everyrhing ISN'T DISPOSABLE.

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  19. Thats great! Figured they would be first before Carlin.

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  20. Congratulations Josie and Kelton. I truly enjoy watching you every week. I pray that you two will have a blessed marriage full of love and happiness!

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  21. Congratulations to you both, You will make a great partner for each other, Wish you all the best has to offer, looking to forward to hearing your plans as well as the wedding.

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  22. I'm so happy for y'all congrats to u may y'all keep God first and keep y'all head up y'all such a beautiful couple I love the show y'all family inspired mine we such a big fan. Can't wait till the wedding. Wish y'all the best

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  23. I believe that this is exciting news. I only wish that Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart would become engaged soon. So maybe. Just maybe there could be a Double Wedding for the bates family to plan.

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  24. Catherine CasterlineJuly 6, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    My mom was 17 when she married my dad and they have been married for 61 years.

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  25. Catherine CasterlineJuly 6, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    My mother married my father at age 17. They have been married for 61 years.

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