Thursday, July 5, 2018

2 Bates Birthdays on July 4th

Not only was yesterday Independence Day, but the Bates also celebrated two birthdays--Papa Bill's and Kelton Balka's. (Papa Bill turned 80!) Below is a photo of the newly engaged couple, Josie and Kelton. Stay tuned for wedding news.

Josie Bates and Kelton Balka
Josie Bates and Kelton Balka

Photo courtesy of Josie Bates/thebatesfamily.com

33 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday !!!

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  2. So excited for these two! I hope that they are having a fall wedding!

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  3. How old is Kelton? Happy birthday to both of them!

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    1. Born 1995, turned 23

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    2. Everyone wondering ages should click the birthdays tab up above and your question will be answered!

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  4. Happy birthday Kelton. So glad you are joining this amazing family.

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  5. How old did Kelton turn?

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  6. They are such a cute couple !! ❤️

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  7. It would be nice if Josie and kelton would just get married asap. It seems like they might as well rush to the alter!

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    1. ??? Not sure if this comment is snarky. Bates engagements are usually short. Around 3-4 months. They are a beautiful young couple. It’s lovely to see Bates allowing a somewhat normal level of affection prior to marriage.

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    2. Normal in our society means being physical before marriage. Normal isn't always something to strive for. Having high moral standards shouldn't be looked down upon and showing "normal" affection shouldn't be something to look up to.

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    3. Well said 11:29!

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  8. Beautiful couple. look forward to seeing the wedding. hope its soon!

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  9. Curious. Where does the name Balka come from? I've never heard it before. Not being mean in any way just very curious.

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    1. It sounds very eastern european to me. I am from Ukraine originally, it strikes it home to me :)))

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    2. It’s Danish๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. I didn't realize Josie had brown hair. She does a good job with dying it blonde,it's beautiful!

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    1. That’s where her training comes in. She’s an obviously talented hair dresser!

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  11. It would be nice if there was a "Birthdays" button like the Duggar blog. Thanks for your consideration.

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    1. So if you look above you will see that there is, and always has been, a birthdays tab,below the pictures of the whole family.

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    2. There is a “birthdays” section on this blog. Just like the Duggars blogs “birthdays” section. Kelton just might not be on it yet.

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    3. There is one

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  12. Happy Birthday, Kelton!

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  13. Congratulations to Josie and Kelton. Hope that you don't decide to have babies right away. You both have new careers and have plenty of time to start a family. Enjoy each other & being newly weds. Get in some traveling and make some memories. Again congratulations๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

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    1. Babies are a blessing! And there isn't always "plenty of time to start a family." Some people plan to wait and then a tragedy like cancer can take away that chance to have children.

      Gil and Kelly should have locked up these girls though- they're all so beautiful!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. Babies are most definitely a blessing. They are also a responsibility and deserve parents who are financially and emotionally ready for them. Good for them if they want to have children immediately, but they shouldn't use worst case scenarios to dictate their family planning. The loss of fertility doesn't end one's ability to become a parent if you want children and truly believe every child is a blessing.
      The loss of Kelton's mother may influence when they have children as well.

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    3. 12:20- Not everyone wants children right away, some don't want any at all. I admire anyone who is honest enough to admit this and not feel pressure from others to be "blessed" by having children they really don't care to have.

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    4. 12:20 Having kids right off the bat is not for everyone, especially if you don’t have the means to support them. Some just don’t care about having them and that’s ok, too.

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  14. I don't think this couple can get anymore perfect. They are so adorable! Keep the pictures coming! :)

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  15. HAPP BIRTHDY KELTON Wishing you a year of lovr,joy and blessings.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

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  16. Happy Belated to Kelton!

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