Monday, July 22, 2019

Josie's Delivery

Josie Balka welcomed daughter Willow Kristy Balka, on July 19th after a reportedly 36-hour labor. The new mom ,who turns 20 on August 4th, had support from her many family members. Some provided encouragement during labor, while others visited after the birth. Josie and Kelton's talented photographer friend Taryn Yager was present during labor and delivery and took these precious photos.

Josie and Kelton Balka
 
Josie Balka and Willow Balka
Josie Balka and Willow Balka

Josie Balka and Gil Bates
Josie Balka and Gil Bates
 
If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photos courtesy of tarynyagerphotography.com, Josie and Kelton Balka

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Photos of Willow Balka

Have you heard the latest Bates baby news? Willow Kristy Balka arrived early yesterday morning (more info in yesterday's post). We already shared a picture of the new family of three, but here are a few additional snapshots of Willow. She sure has a lot of aunts and uncles to love on her!

It's still early to tell, but who do you see in her little face? We see some of both Josie and Kelton.

Katie Bates and Willow Balka
Katie Bates and Willow Balka
 
Michael Keilen and Willow Balka
Michael Keilen and Willow Balka 

Willow Balka
Willow Balka

Photos courtesy of Katie Bates, brandonandmichaela.com

Friday, July 19, 2019

Welcome, Willow Balka!

The 10th Bates grandchild has arrived safe and sound. Josie (Bates) Balka delivered Willow Kristy Balka this morning, July 19th, at 2:23am. Willow weighed 6lbs 10oz and was 19 inches long.

Today, Felicity Vuolo, daughter of Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, is celebrating her 1st birthday.

Josie Balka, Kelton Balka, Willow Kristy Balka
Josie Balka, Kelton Balka, Willow Kristy Balka

Photo courtesy of UPtv, the Bates family

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tammi, Laci, and Bethany Gowns

The dress business is booming! Erin Paine, Whitney Bates, and Carlin Stewart are continuing to add inventory to their online store, Bates Sisters Boutique. With a variety of styles, and even a few items that aren't dresses, there is sure to be something for everyone. Below are a few of the newest additions.

As you'll see on the boutique website, Erin, Whitney, and Carlin often have their mom and sisters as models. Most recently, Chaney, Trace's girlfriend, has also joined in on the fun.

Kelly Bates and Chaney
Kelly Bates and Chaney (Trace's girlfriend)
Wearing "The Tammi"

Carlin Stewart Bates
Carlin Stewart in "The Laci"

Kelly Bates, Chaney, Michael Keilen
Wearing "The Hailey"

Photos courtesy of BatesSistersBoutique.com, TarynYagerPhotography.com

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Zoey at 16 Months

In a couple weeks, Zoey Webster will be 16 months old (and so will Everly Paine--we shared a new photo of her in our June 28th post). Zoey is the youngest of the three Webster daughters, and Alyssa loves dressing them in matching [usually pink] outfits, so there is a good chance that this little cutie will grow up to be a girly girl.

Zoey Webster
Zoey Webster, July 2019

Photo courtesy of John and Alyssa Webster

Friday, July 12, 2019

More Farm Pics

As we shared earlier this week, a good portion of the Bates family spent Independence Day in South Carolina at Papa Bill and Mama Jane's farm. Here are a few more snapshots from their mini vacation.

Michael Keilen and Kade Smith
Michael Keilen and Kade Smith
 
Michael and Brandon Keilen
Michael and Brandon Keilen
 
Bradley Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Kaci Bates, Judson Bates
Bradley Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Kaci Bates, Judson Bates
 
Mama Jane Bates and Everly Paine
Mama Jane Bates and Everly Paine


Photos courtesy of brandonandmichaela.com

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Baby Willow Coming Soon

Josie and Kelton Balka
Josie and Kelton Balka
Celebrating 4th of July in Downtown Knoxville

Josie Balka is just a couple weeks away from her July 25th due date! Older sisters Erin Paine and Tori Smith have a history of early deliveries, so if Josie follows in their footsteps, she and Kelton could be meeting their daughter any day now. Are you looking forward to seeing photos of Willow Balka? She is the 10th Bates grandchild, which is especially fitting because Josie is Gil and Kelly Bates' 10th child.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photo courtesy of Josie and Kelton Balka

Season 8B Promo Photo

As we shared a couple weeks ago, the Bates family did a promotional shoot with the network in preparation for Bringing Up Bates season 8B. The entire clan was present, although Zach was in and out due to his work schedule as a law enforcement officer. The photo below is a more polished snapshot of the family. As you can see, some of the grandkids are getting a little tired of posing for photos, but we sure can't blame them.

Bate Family, June 2019


Photo courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 4th at the Bates Farm

The Bates clan spent 4th of July with Gil's family at Papa Bill and Mama Jane's farm, a celebration that has become an annual tradition. It was also Papa Bill's 81st birthday. And what's a family gathering without a little project? While they were there, they helped Papa Bill and Mama Jane by adding walls to their porch.

Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates

Kaci Bates, Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Trace Bates, Chaney
Kaci Bates, Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Trace Bates, Chaney
 
Chad Paine, Erin Paine, Everly Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine
Chad Paine, Erin Paine, Everly Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine

Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney, chadanderin.com

Friday, July 5, 2019

Update on Alyssa's Heart Condition

John Webster, Zoey Webster, Alyssa Webster,
Lexi Webster, Allie Webster
Independence Day 2019

On April 11th, we shared news of Alyssa Webster’s heart surgery. (Click here to read our post with the details.) She just released an update, so we wanted to pass it on to you all.

Alyssa's doctor has scheduled the same surgery again because the first one was unsuccessful. After the first procedure, Alyssa was told that there was a 50% chance that her abnormal heartbeats would return, and they did. Her doctor informed her that her arrhythmia is one of the worst he has seen. Please continue to pray for healing for Alyssa, a successful surgery, and wisdom for the medical staff that will be treating her.

Photo courtesy of John and Alyssa Webster

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Bates Adults at Chuck E. Cheese

Have you ever been to Chuck E. Cheese? The Bates have been a number of times. In fact, Carson Paine just celebrated his fourth birthday there this year. And it's not just a place that the little kids love visiting. As you can see from these photos, the older Bates siblings enjoy the competitive nature of the games.

Trace Bates, Chaney, Kelly Bates
Trace Bates, Chaney, Kelly Bates
(Visit our June 16th post if you missed Chaney's introduction) 

Zach and Whitney Bates
Zach and Whitney Bates

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com