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

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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

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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; 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

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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.

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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

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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 

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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