Tuesday, October 19, 2021

A New Mrs. Bates

It has been just over nine months since we first posted about Nathan's girlfriend, Esther Keyes. Viewers watched her meet the family on an episode of Bringing Up Bates that aired in April, and the pair was engaged on May 22nd. We shared the video clip from UPtv a month later. 

Now, Nathan and Esther are just a few days away from their wedding! Nathan will be the second Bates son to enter into marriage, which means that Gil and Kelly Bates will have two daughters-in-law and six (soon to be seven) sons-in-law.

Esther meets the Bates family

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, October 16, 2021

A Wedding and a Birthday

Nathan Bates and Esther Keyes will be husband and wife in less than one week! The Bates clan and many others will be on their way to Esther's home state of Pennsylvania to watch the couple exchange their vows next weekend. Esther also celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday. 

Nathan's proposal to Esther

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Friday, October 15, 2021

Erin on a Podcast

Erin Paine

Erin Paine was a recent guest on the podcast No Higher Calling. She joined host Brettnay Brazzell to share how she saturates her home, marriage, and motherhood with the Word of God. Erin also introduced the ABC Memory Cards that she created to help children memorize Scripture, which can be purchased on her website. To listen to the Podcast, search "No Higher Calling" in your podcasts app, or visit the link below.

No Higher Calling Episode 46: Saturating Our Homes with God's Word with Erin Bates Paine

Photo courtesy of chadanderin.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Kelly Likes it SWEET

Kelly Bates and Gil Bates
Key West, Florida

Gil Bates: "My wife, this is her thing: Sweet. I mean...make it really sweet."

Kelly Bates: "Nobody does sweet like Tennessee."

This video might just tell you something about Kelly Jo that you didn't know. She likes her drinks sweet. And when she says sweet, she means it. Wholeheartedly. While in Key West, Florida, for Katie and Travis' engagement trip, the future bride and groom and their parents visit Cuban Coffee Queen. Kelly wants to make sure that the barista knows just how sweet she wants her drink.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Bates Fall Travels

The Bates have been making the most of fall break. A small group convened down in Florida at Alyssa and John's house for a short celebration of Katie's birthday, as well as a trip to the dress shop to pick up her wedding dress. That was followed by a 48-hour girls getaway in Miami for Alyssa and Katie. While there, they did some bridal shopping and hung out with a friend.

Meanwhile, Josie and Kelton Balka took Willow and Hazel to the beach for a little vacation. And now, Carlin and Evan Stewart are in Missouri for their annual trip with Evan's family.

Katie Bates and Alyssa Webster

Photo courtesy of @websterforever

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Smith Family Photo

With the arrival of Charlotte in June, the Smiths became a family of five. Until Kade turns three next month, Tori and Bobby will be the busy parents of three children ages two and under. Tori and Bobby might just be following in Gil and Kelly's footsteps, although their little ones aren't quite as close in age as Zach, Michael, and Erin. We just love this shot by Taryn Yager.

Bobby Smith, Tori Smith, Kolter Smith, Charlotte Smith, Kade Smith

Photo courtesy of @bobby_torilayne_smith; tarynyagerphotography.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Balkas Celebrate 3 Years

In addition to Katie's birthday, the Bates have another milestone to celebrate today. Happy 3rd wedding anniversary to Josie and Kelton Balka!

Josie Bates and Kelton Balka

Josie and Kelton Balka
Honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Katie Turns 21

Happy birthday to Katie Bates! Not only is it her 21st, but it's also her last birthday as a Bates, as she will become Katie Clark when she marries Travis on December 3rd. Today is also Josie and Kelton's 3rd wedding anniversary.

Katie Bates and Travis Clark

Lawson Bates and Katie Bates
Early season of Bringing Up Bates

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Wedding Shower for Katie

When you are a member of the Bates family, attending showers is a regular activity. It seems like someone is always having a baby or preparing for a wedding. Yesterday, the ladies gathered to celebrate Katie's upcoming marriage to Travis Clark (on December 3rd). They hosted the shower at the Bates Sisters Boutique.

Kelly Bates, Whitney Bates, Addallee Bates, Katie Bates, Carlin Stewart,
Tori Smith, Charlotte Smith, Ellie Bates

 Photo courtesy of @kgbates2000

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Carlin's Due Date

One month ago, Carlin and Evan Stewart announced that they are expecting another baby. A bunch of you asked when the due date is, and we have the answer for you. Baby Stewart #2 is due April 9th, 2022, which means that Carlin is almost 13 weeks along. Because of her blood clotting disorders, this pregnant mama has already had a lot of doctors appointments, but praise God that her little one is doing well. 

Evan Stewart and Carlin Stewart

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Boutique Fall Releases

The Bates Sisters Boutique is really growing! They continue to bolster their inventory with new dresses, skirts, shirts, sweaters, and accessories. If you're on the hunt for some new fall clothes, be sure to visit their website. Below are a few of their latest arrivals. And as always, their fearless fotog, Taryn Yager, is using her talents to make their outfits shine.

Tiffany Espensen in the Cropped Taupe Cardigan

Katie Bates in the White Distressed Sweater
Kelly Bates in the Adele

 Photos courtesy of batessistersboutique.com; tarynyagerphotography.com

Friday, September 24, 2021

Ellie's Marriage Advice

Kelly Bates and Josie Bates

This one is an oldie but a goodie. We're throwing it all the way back to 2018. In this video, the Bates ladies and their closest friends gather for a wedding shower for Josie. Kelly asks the guests to contribute a piece of marriage advice, and Ellie's response has the everyone laughing hard.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Whitney Turns 28

Happy birthday to Whitney Bates! Not only is she a mom of four young children, including three-month-old Jadon, but she also works hard at the Bates Sisters Boutique. And she and Zach are in the midst of a major renovation project at their new house.

Whitney Bates

Whitney Bates, Jadon Bates, Zach Bates, Khloe Bates, 
Bradley Bates, Kaci Bates

Photos courtesy of UPtv; @zachnwhitbates

Friday, September 17, 2021

Keilens in Arizona

Michael and Brandon Keilen celebrated six years of marriage in August. In honor of this milestone, they took an anniversary trip to Arizona. They spent time in Sedona and at the Grand Canyon, and they were also able to meet their new Keilen nephew in Phoenix.

Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen

Photo courtesy of keilencorner.com

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Judson and Brandon's Birthday

It has been just over two weeks since the Bates have celebrated a birthday, which is a pretty long stretch of time for this family. But yesterday, two Bates family members turned another year older. Happy 32nd birthday to Brandon Keilen, and happy 11th birthday to Judson Bates! Fun fact: Brandon met Michael before Judson was born. 

Brandon Keilen, Michael Keilen, Judson Bates, Jeb Bates, Callie Bates

Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Bates Season 11 Premiere Date

Judson Bates and Jeb Bates

The UPtv network just announced the premiere date for Bringing Up Bates season 11. The Bates will return with new episodes on Thursday, February 10th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT!

By that point, Nathan Bates and Esther Keyes will be married, as will Katie Bates and Travis Clark, so there will be plenty of wedding footage to watch.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Izzy Is Back!

This weekend has been a happy one for the Stewarts. Earlier this summer, Carlin and Evan sent their dog, Izzy, away for a six-week doggy boot camp. She arrived home and was reunited with her best friend, Layla. 

Evan Stewart, Layla Stewart, Carlin Stewart

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Katie and Travis' Future Home

Only three months to go until Katie Bates marries Travis Clark! Trips to New Jersey have been filled with renovation projects and home design shopping. Travis purchased a ranch-style house for his bride-to-be and, with tons of help from family, has been fixing it up. He had to completely gut the inside and is now working on transforming the outside. Isn't it gorgeous? 

Meanwhile, in Tennessee, Zach and Whitney Bates are working on a major home renovation of their own.

Katie and Travis' Future Home

Photo courtesy of @kgbates2000

Friday, September 3, 2021

Zach and Whitney's Big Move

Whitney Bates, Jadon Bates, Zach Bates, Khloe Bates, Bradley Bates, Kaci Bates

Do you remember the post we made back in December 2017, with the news that Zach and Whitney Bates had purchased their first house? A few months later, fans watched them do a complete renovation on Bringing Up Bates

Now almost four years later, Zach and Whitney are moving on. After closing on a house that sits on 17.5 acres, they have spent the past several weeks on this fixer upper project, with lots of help from family members. 

Photo courtesy of @zachnwhitbates

Monday, August 30, 2021

Stewarts Expecting Baby #2

Carlin and Evan Stewart just made a big announcement. They are expecting their second child! The doting parents of Layla Stewart, who turns two in January, unveiled the news today. You can read all the details on the UPtv website. They haven't yet told fans the exact due date, just that the baby is set to arrive in 2022. This reveal comes six days after Erin and Chad Paine shared that Erin is pregnant with their fifth little one.

Evan Stewart, Layla Stewart, Carlin Stewart

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Bates #5 Turns 28

Happy 28th birthday to Nathan Bates! His full name is Kenneth Nathaniel Bates, which is fun fact that some of you might not know. He and Esther Keyes are looking forward to their wedding on October 22nd and just had a beautiful wedding shower at the Bates' church this Friday. They also picked out their wedding bands. Nathan recently returned from Haiti with MEDIC Corps and is now responding to Hurricane Ida in Louisiana. 

Nathan Bates and Esther Keyes

Photo courtesy of @natebates93

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Paine Party of 7

Did you hear the happy news about Erin's pregnancy? We just had to share this sweet family photo by Taryn Yager. The new baby is sure going to have a lot of excited little ones to love on him or her! The link below will take you to the announcement page on UPtv, where you will find additional snapshots.

Paine Pregnancy Announcement: UPtv

Holland Paine, Erin Paine, Chad Paine, Everly Paine, 
Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine

Photo courtesy tarynyagerphotography.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Miracle Baby Paine on the Way

Holland Paine, Chad Paine, Erin Paine,
Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Carson Paine

Erin and Chad Paine are expecting something that was completely unexpected. Erin is due with Baby #5 in January 2022! Back in February, the mom of four told fans about the surgeries she had had to remove one ovary and most of the second. At that point, she and Chad thought it would not be possible to become pregnant again. 

For that reason, we know you will be rejoining along with Erin and Chad at the news of this little one. The happy couple just uploaded a YouTube video sharing their story (link below).

Erin and Chad Paine Announce Baby #5

Photo courtesy of chadanderin.com

Josie and Hazel

It's hard to believe that Hazel Balka, Josie and Kelton's second daughter, is already 10 weeks old. We think she still looks so much like older sister Willow Balka, don't you?

Josie Balka and Hazel Balka

Photo courtesy of @josie_balka

Evan Turns 26

Happy 26th birthday to Evan Stewart! Did you know that Evan's middle name is Patrick? He is the fifth in a line of six children, and he and Carlin are almost three years apart in age. 

Carlin Stewart and Evan Stewart

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98/@evanstewart16

Friday, August 20, 2021

MEDIC Corps on CBS News

Our readers have been asking for updates from the MEDIC Corps team, which includes Lawson and Nathan, that is currently in Haiti. Members from their crew were recently spotted in a video from CBS News, alongside the U.S. Coast Guard and workers from other organizations (link to Facebook video below). Their gray MEDIC Corps shirts have red and white lettering.

MEDIC Corps has been helping transport patients to medical care, as well as distributing supplies to victims of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake. In case you missed it, Nathan also spoke briefly during an NPR segment.

MEDIC Corps on CBS News

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Nathan Bates on NPR

Nathan Bates and Lawson Bates

As we shared earlier this week, Nathan, Lawson, and Trace are currently doing relief work in Haiti with the organization MEDIC Corps. Nathan was interviewed by NPR correspondent Jason Beaubien on "All things Considered." The short segment can be found on the NPR website (link below).

Nathan Bates on NPR

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Double Dipping Bates

Erin Paine, Ellie Bates, Addee Bates, Callie Bates, Carson Paine

"I'm really finicky about cooking. I like it to be really nice, neat, and you know, sanitary."

-Erin Paine 

We're throwing it back almost four years with this lighthearted video. While baking with Carson and her youngest sisters, Erin reveals two Bates family members who are guilty of double dipping. One is a young child, and the other is very much an adult. Any guesses?

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, August 16, 2021

3 Bates in Haiti

Lawson Bates, Nathan Bates, Trace Bates

Three of the Bates sons--Lawson, Nathan, and Trace--are currently in Haiti doing relief work, on the heels of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. They are working as part of a team, which also includes John-David Duggar, from the organization MEDIC Corps. The death toll in Haiti is already up over 1,200, and a tropical depression is expected to cause further destruction in the next 24 hours. 

We know that these guys would appreciate prayer as they work to help the Haitian people. 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Keilens Celebrate 6 Years

Happy 6th wedding anniversary to Michael and Brandon Keilen!

Brandon Keilen and Michael (Bates) Keilen

Brandon Keilen, Michael Keilen, Gil Bates, Kelly Bates

Michael and her bridesmaids

Photos courtesy of keilencorner.com; UPtv

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Nathan's Wedding Date

Nathan Bates proposes to Esther Keyes

Last month, Katie Bates and Travis Clark made their wedding date public. They will tie the knot on December 3rd. Nathan Bates and Esther Keyes decided to follow suit and also announce the day that they will become husband and wife. Their ceremony and reception will take place on October 22nd. 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Girls' Trip to Arizona

Kelly Bates recently used airline points to take a girls' trip with her three youngest daughters. Addallee (15), Ellie (14), and Callie (12) will soon be the only three out of 10 Bates daughters who are not yet married, once Katie Bates ties the knot on December 3rd. Gil and Kelly are all about spending quality time with their children, and with two weddings coming up that are requiring attention from Mama Bates, it is sweet to see her take the time to make memories with her younger girls.


Kelly Bates, Ellie Bates, Callie Bates, Addee Bates

Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Season 11?

Jeb Bates, Kelly Bates, Gil Bates

We know you have been looking forward to the premiere of Bringing Up Bates season 11 since new episodes wrapped up in June. There is nothing to share on that front, but we will let you know as soon as the season start date is announced. Until then, season 10 will be available for weekly streaming on UP Faith and Family, beginning next Friday (August 20th). 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Josie’s ER Visit

Kelton Balka and Josie Balka 

This week, Josie Balka ended up in the ER in the middle of the night. What began as a headache and nausea quickly worsened and resulted in her having difficulty communicating. After running tests and receiving fluids and medicine, Josie was feeling a lot better and was able to return home to her babies. She and Kelton say that the cause of the symptoms was likely food poisoning and dehydration. We know that the Bates and Balkas would appreciate prayer for Josie as she heals. 

Photo courtesy of @josie_balka

Friday, August 6, 2021

'The Way I See You' Music Video

Tiffany Espensen and Lawson Bates

The full music video for Lawson Bates' newest single, "The Way I See You," was just released. You may not be surprised to hear that Lawson's co-star in the video storyline is his girlfriend, Tiffany Espensen. The two have been dating for about one year. The acting role is fitting for Tiffany, who has quite a bit of experience in Hollywood. (You can read more about that in our first post about Tiffany.

The couple filmed the music video at the famous Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. You can watch it on the UPtv website.

Photo courtesy lawsonbates.com

Brooklyn Turns 5

It's barely a week into August, and the Bates have already celebrated three birthdays. Today's birthday is the last for 18 days, and then there are two more before the beginning of September. Wishing Brooklyn Paine a blessed 5th birthday!

Brooklyn Paine

Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Everly Paine, Holland Paine

Photos courtesy of chadanderin.com

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Bates #10 Turns 22

Two, four, six....

This month, the Bates have birthdays to celebrate on the 2nd, 4th, and 6th. Callie Bates is 12, Josie Balka is 22, and Brooklyn Paine is five. Happy birthday to Josie!

Kelton Balka and Josie (Bates) Balka

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Monday, August 2, 2021

Bates #17 Turns 12

Happy 12th birthday to Callie Bates! 

Addee Bates and Callie Bates 

Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Engagement Memories with Chad and Erin

Erin and Chad Paine

"It was probably one of my sweetest memories because at that point, we had not really held hands. So we got up in the carriage, and he took my hand, and we held hands. And I just thought I was going to explode."

-Erin Paine

Erin and Chad Paine are approaching eight years of marriage in November. In this throwback video, they relive their engagement day with a visit to Whitestone Inn in Kingston, Tennessee. Chad proposed there on August 5th, 2013, which means that the couple's engagement anniversary is just four days away.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Lawson Celebrates His Bday in Hawaii

Happy 29th birthday to Lawson Bates! This year, he happens to be on a vacation in Maui, Hawaii, with his girlfriend, Tiffany Espensen, and Tiffany's parents and older brother. Hope y'all have a wonderful trip.

Nathan Bates and Lawson Bates

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Webster Girl Squad

It has been a while since we've shared a new photo of Alyssa and John Webster's girl squad. Allie turned six in April, Lexi is four-and-a-half, Zoey turned three in March, and Maci is five months. We just can't get over their matching dresses!

Zoey Webster, Maci Webster, Alyssa Webster, Lexi Webster, Allie Webster

Photo courtesy of @websterforever

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

New Music from Travis' Family

Clark family (Katie's future in-laws)

Many of you know that Travis Clark's family has a music group. They have released a number of CDs over the years and just put out a new one, God Is Faithful. Among others, the CD includes the original song that Travis performed for Katie during their engagement, "Will You Marry Me." You can listen to previews of each song on the Clarks' website. The CD can also be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streaming platforms.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Monday, July 19, 2021

Willow Turns 2

Happy 2nd birthday to Willow Balka! She is the 10th Bates grandchild, and her mama, Josie, is the 10th Bates child. Just a month ago, Willow became an older sister to Hazel.

Willow Balka, Kelton Balka, Josie Balka, Hazel Balka

Photo courtesy of @josie_balka