Saturday, January 23, 2021

Bates #2 Turns 31

Wishing Michael (Bates) Keilen a very happy 31st birthday! Coincidentally, Jana Duggar also turned 31 this month. Like Michael, Jana is the second-born in a family of 19 kids. The two have been friends since childhood, and Jana was a bridesmaids in Michael's wedding. Fun fact: Did you know that there's a story behind Michael's name? You can read all about it in our post from June 2015

 
Brandon Keilen and Michaela Keilen

Photo courtesy of UPtv

31 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Michaella! You are such a beautiful young woman and you and Brandon make such a cute couple!

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  2. She shares a birthday with my daughter! Hope she's having a great birthday.

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  3. Love Michaella, Hope she had a good birthday!

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  4. Happy 31st birthday Michaela! Hope your day is wonderful. Maybe this year will finally be the year God will bless you and Brandon with your first child in some way. I do recall the story of how you got your name. It was an interesting story. Haley P. from Colorado

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    1. You really don’t need t say that. It can be hurtful. Maybe this will be your year? Come on. Mind your business

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    2. You never know, a friend of mine said her mom was really bored the first ten years of her marriage as she couldn't get pregnant and as those years were the fifties she wasn't allowed to go to work, so she was convinced she had fertility problems but miracles happen, she had three children after those ten years could have had more as she was in her thirties but they couldn't afford any more.

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  5. I thought her name was Michaela? What happened?

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    1. Her real name is Michael, but I see most fans still call her Michaela because that's how she was introduced to us.

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    2. Click on the link for the story.

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    3. That’s a really odd comment after they posted a link to the story behind her name...

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    4. There is a link to the story in this blog post.

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    5. She added an a to make it more feminine.

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  6. Happiness and blessings to one of our favorite Bates throughout your birthday year.. God Bless.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAELLA
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  7. Happy Birthday I PRAY that when I look at your website that one day The Lord will BLESS an announcement that you are pregnant. I know all things are possible with GOD. Keep the faith MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.PRAYING FOR YOU

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    1. All things may be possible with God, but we don't always get what we hope or pray for. Sometimes you have to know when to move on. Sounds like Michael has done that by becoming a nurse. This relentless emphasis on her getting pregnant is really quite cruel, IMO.

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    2. anonymous@7:50 Just stop. No one who has or is experiencing infertility, for whatever reason, needs to hear that they just need to pray harder or have faith that God will bless them with a pregnancy. (I heard it a lot!) I'm here to tell you that life isn't always fair or works out according to plan, despite our faithfulness. Stuff happens and sometimes it's not good. We adjust, we take a different path, etc.

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  8. Happy birthday to sweet Michael. I admire her so much and she is just beautiful and graceful. Have a blessed year this year. Can't wait to see you on the show.

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  9. Happy Birthday and wishing you much happiness in the year ahead.
    You are a lovely lady Michaela

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  10. Happy Birthday Michaela. I hope you get pregnant with Brandon's children, but if you still can't despite the best treatments or luck, I hope you both adopt newborn babies given up for adoption since there are a lot of newborn babies that were given up for adoption and need loving parents like you. God wants the best for you.

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    1. What about the many older children who need loving parents?

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    2. There are not many newborns available for adoption as you claim. Waiting lists are long. On the other hand, there are many older children and children with disabilities waiting for permanent families.

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    3. @9:58 You make it sound like adoption is some kind of consolation prize and only if it involves a newborn. If the Keilens want to be parents, it shouldn't matter how that happens. If biology is so importatnt to a couple, it's likely best they don't adopt.

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  11. Michael,

    Your faith in Christ and love for others is such an inspiration to me, and Spurs me on to walk with him and love ppl well. You are constantly loving and serving others. I hope your day is so sweet and special!!! Lots of love from Texas ❤️❤️❤️

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  12. Happy birthday Michael, I pray daily that the Lord might bless you and Brandon with a baby. You are a beautiful Christian woman inside and out🙏😊❤️

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  13. I am so happy to wish Michaella a very Happy Birthday!!
    May God Bless you in all that you do!
    Enjoy your Day!

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  14. Happy birthday, Michael! I like the name Michael for a girl. You could call her Mikey or Mike for a nickname.

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  15. For heaven's sake, there should be more to this woman than conception. Posters need to stop bringing the subject up. It's her birthday already; wish her well and quit bringing babies in to the picture. At least she is accomplishing real things with her nursing school and should be looking forward to successes in that area.

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    1. Yes, exactly. Hoping for an update with that, but they don't post very often. Maybe it IS because she has a nursing job that keeps her very busy. I can imagine she's offered lots of extra shifts, as nurses here are, because of the pandemic. Her last post was that they got a getaway in the Smoky Mountains, so I hope that was very therapeutic.

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    2. Agree! Some people have a weird sense that they're entitled to information about pregnant women, or couples trying to get pregnant. I guess this is one huge disadvantage to putting your family on reality TV. You set yourself up for having your privacy compromised.

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  16. Happy birthday Michael May you have a happy and blessed year.

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