Sunday, August 18, 2019

Bates Attend Paine Wedding

If you have been a long-time fan of the Bates family, you have probably seen photos and footage of Abby Paine, one of Chad's nine siblings. Although she is from Oklahoma, she has spent a significant amount of time in Rocky Top in recent years as Kelly's homeschooling assistant/tutor.

Yesterday, Abby married Jeremiah (Jay) Unruh in Oklahoma City. Some of the Bates attended the wedding. Erin Paine, Tori Smith, Carson Paine, and Brooklyn Paine were in the wedding party. 

Kelly Bates, Abby, Jay, Gil Bates
Kelly Bates, Abby, Jay, Gil Bates

Trace Bates and girlfriend Chaney

Gil Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Carson Paine

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Friday, August 16, 2019

Bates Now Returning Fall 2019


We have some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is that UPtv just released a fun Bates promo video that you are sure to enjoy. The not-so-good news is that Bringing Up Bates is now slated to return this fall, rather than at the end of summer. We will keep you updated and will let you know as soon as an exact date is announced.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Keilens Celebrate 4 Years

Has it really been four years since we watched the beautiful wedding of Michael Bates and Brandon Keilen? Happy anniversary, Keilens! For fun, we have included a video of the two newlyweds on their Montana honeymoon.

Michaela and Brandon Keilen
Michaela and Brandon Keilen
2019
Michaela Keilen and Brandon Keilen
2015


Photos courtesy of brandonandmichaela.com

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

3-9: Boys vs. Girls

Kelly Bates and Everly Paine
Kelly Bates and Everly Paine
 
2019 is shaping up to be the year of baby girls, for both the Bates and their close friends the Duggars. In the Duggar family, Jessa delivered Ivy in May, and Anna, Lauren, and Kendra are all due with baby girls in November. In the Bates clan, Josie had Willow last month, and Erin and Whitney are expecting baby girls in December and November.

By the end of the year, Gil and Kelly Bates will have 12 grandchildren--nine girls and only three boys. The girls are Allie Webster, Kaci Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Lexi Webster, Zoey Webster, Everly Paine, Willow Balka, Khloe Eileen Bates, and Holland Grace Paine, and the boys are Bradley Bates, Carson Paine, and Kade Smith.

The Duggars are slightly more boy heavy, but not by much. They have nine grandsons, seven granddaughters, and one still to be revealed (John and Abbie's child).

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

Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Friday, August 9, 2019

Kade Turns 9 Months Old

Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV, is nine months old today. Time sure has flown by--it feels like proud parents Tori and Bobby Smith were just sharing the first photo of their son, and here he is approaching his first birthday. Below are two pictures, a new one and a newborn one, so you can see how much he has changed.

Kade Smith, (almost) 9 months old
 
Kade Smith
Kade Smith, newborn


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

Photos courtesy of Bobby and Tori Smith

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Balkas Buy a House

Josie Balka, Kelton Balka, Willow Balka
 
Another big change is in store for the Balkas. Little Willow hasn't even turned three weeks old, and they are getting ready to hit another huge milestone. New parents Josie and Kelton just closed on their first house, and they are planning to move in at the end of August, after they complete some renovations. And it won't be long before the premiere of Bringing Up Bates season 8B (premiere date to be announced soon).

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

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Brooklyn Turns 3

Brooklyn Paine
Brooklyn Paine, 3 years old
 
July and August are big birthday months for the Bates clan. Kelton and Lawson celebrated birthdays in July, and Willow was born on the 19th. This month, we have already seen Callie turn 10 and Josie turn 20, and today is Brooklyn's 3rd birthday. Happy birthday, Brooklyn! Evan and Nathan also have birthdays at the end of August.
 
Brooklyn Paine and Kaci Bates
Brooklyn Paine and Kaci Bates
Spring 2019
 
Carson Paine, Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine
Carson Paine, Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine
October 2018
 
 Brooklyn Paine and Carson Paine
 Brooklyn Paine and Carson Paine
May 2018

Brooklyn Paine
Brooklyn Paine, May 2017
 
Kaci Lynn Bates and Brooklyn Paine
Kaci Lynn Bates and Brooklyn Paine, September 2016 

Erin Paine and Brooklyn Paine
Erin Paine and Brooklyn Paine (3 weeks old)

Photo courtesy of chadanderin.com

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Bates #10 Turns 20

Wishing Josie Balka a very happy 20th birthday!

Josie Bates
Josie Bates
Bates family vacation 2007
 
Josie and Kelton Balka 2019
 
Josie Balka, Willow Balka, Kelton Balka
Josie Balka, Willow Balka, Kelton Balka
July 2019

Photos courtesy of tarynyagerphotography.com, thebatesfamily.com, Josie and Kelton Balka

Friday, August 2, 2019

Willow's Newborn Shoot

Josie Balka, Kelton Balka, Willow Balka
Isn't she just darling? Josie and Kelton Balka did a newborn photo shoot with Taryn yager. Willow is two weeks old.

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

Photo courtesy of tarynyagerphotography.com, Josie and Kelton Balka

Bates #17 Turns 10

Wishing Callie Bates a very happy 10th birthday! Her full name is Callie-Anna Rose, and she is the youngest Bates daughter.











Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, brandonandmichaela.com, UPtv

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Erin's 5th CD


Erin Bates Paine has just released her 5th piano CD. This one is a compilation of some of her favorite hymns, including "Be Thou My Vision" and "Near the Cross." The physical CD can be purchased on Erin's website (link below), and the download is available on iTunes. We have also included purchase links for Erin's previous CDs, in case you would like to buy them for your music collection.

Hymns
Lullaby
Comfort & Joy
Down Home Gospel
Merciful and Mighty


CD cover courtesy chadanderin.com