Monday, November 29, 2021

Whitney Loses Her Father

We shared a few days ago that Whitney Bates' father, JC Perkins, was in the hospital and in need of prayer. Tragically, he passed away over the weekend. Please continue to pray for Whitney and her mom, Lynn, and their family.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Prayers for Whitney's Dad

Zach and Whitney Bates with Whitney's parents
Vow renewal

Due to complications from a procedure he had last week, Whitney Bates' dad is in the ICU suffering from septic shock. His body is not responding well to treatment. Zach and Whitney have said that they would appreciate prayer, as Whitney's father needs a miracle at this point. 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Holland Turns 2

We hope our American readers had a very happy Thanksgiving!

Happy 2nd birthday to Holland Paine! Holland is Erin and Chad Paine's fourth child, and she will soon be a big sister. Little sister Finley Marie Paine is due in January 2022. 

Erin Paine and Holland Paine

Holland Paine

Photos courtesy of; @chad_erinpaine

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Erin Leaves the Boutique

Chad Paine, Erin Paine, Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Carlin Stewart

The Bates Sisters Boutique website, which opened for business in April 2019, was founded by Erin Paine, Whitney Bates, and Carlin Stewart. Now, two-and-a-half years later, Erin and Chad Paine have just announced that God is leading them to focus on other business and ministry ventures, so Erin is leaving the boutique. Kelly Bates will be jumping into some of the roles that Erin once filled. 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Baby Stewart #2 Gender Reveal

Carlin Stewart, Layla Stewart, Evan Stewart

Carlin Stewart is 20 weeks pregnant with her second child, due April 9th, 2022. Members of the Bates and Stewart families gathered at the Bates Sisters Boutique yesterday for the gender reveal party. Carlin and Evan threw darts at black balloons until they hit the one filled with colored powder, and they just uploaded a video. Post your guess as a comment, and then head over to their YouTube channel to watch the clip (link below). 

Gender Reveal for Carlin and Evan Stewart's 2nd Baby

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Friday, November 19, 2021

Bates Cook-Off Throwback

"What's the eye test? He calls Mom over and says, 'Mom, put your eye on this, see if it's ready."

-Zach Bates

In this throwback Bates web exclusive video, which was released almost three years ago, the family gathers for a cooking competition. Zach Bates, Erin Paine, and Lawson Bates are the contestants, and the other members of the clan are the judges (video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Camping with the Bates

Carlin Stewart, Layla Stewart, Evan Stewart

Would you consider yourself to be someone who likes to camp? Some of the Bates would say yes. For Josie and Kelton Balka, it has become a family tradition that they have enjoyed multiple times since being married. This fall, they took Willow and Hazel camping in September and again last weekend. 

Carlin and Evan Stewart went camping this weekend, and also last October. Looking back, we have seen other Bates family members pitch their tents quite a few times, including during the season five episode "The Fabulous Backwoods Bates Boys." Some of the kids camped out in the backyard in "Nashville Nights and Country Campouts." After providing food and helping with the logistics, Kelly was quoted saying, "As parents, we're over the camping days, but we do it for our kids."

 Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Nail Art With Zach Bates

Kaci Bates and Zach Bates

"I've always, in the back of my mind, made a mental note-to-self that as we have more kids, to try to carve out that time that I can spend one-on-one. You always want to make sure that they know that there's lots of love to go around."

-Chad Paine

In honor of Khloe Bates' second birthday, which was three days ago, we're throwing it back to October 2019, when Zach, Whitney, Bradley, and Kaci were patiently awaiting her arrival. In this video, Zach spends some quality time with Kaci and engages in a girly activity that his younger siblings don't expect him to be very good at.

For those who haven't heard, the new season of Bringing Up Bates is slated to return on February 10th, 2022.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Celebrating Alyssa and Kade

Today is the fifth and final "double Bates birthday" of the year. That's right, the Bates have five shared birthdays annually. That means that about 20 percent of the Bates family members have a birthday buddy. Talk about low odds! So who are they celebrating today? Alyssa Webster is turning 27, and Kade Smith is turning three. Happy birthday to Alyssa and Kade!

John Webster and Alyssa Webster

Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Alyssa Webster

Alyssa and John Webster

Alyssa Webster

Tori Smith, Kolter Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith

Kade Smith

Kade Smith

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Khloe Turns 2

Happy 2nd birthday to Khloe Bates! Khloe is Zach and Whitney Bates' 3rd child and Gil and Kelly Bates' 11th grandchild.

Whitney Bates and Khloe Bates

Khloe Bates

Photos courtesy of @zachnwhitbates

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Katie's Bachelorette Trip

A couple days ago, several of the Bates women flew into Orlando for Katie's bachelorette trip. Kelly and all but one of Katie's bridesmaids are staying in a house with a pool while they celebrate the bride-to-be. Katie's bridesmaids are Josie, Carlin, Alyssa, Whitney, Addallee, Kayla (Travis' sister), and Caitlin (a friend). Everyone but Kayla was able to make it. 

The ladies have enjoyed lots of girl time, including massages, facials, a fancy meal at the Cheesecake factory, and pottery making. 

Whitney Bates, Carlin Stewart, Addallee Bates, Katie Bates,
Josie Balka, Alyssa Webster, Caitlin Kaetzer

Photo courtesy of @kgbates2000

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Paines Celebrate 8 Years

Today is Erin and Chad Paine's anniversary. Erin was the first of Gil and Kelly Bates' children to get married, and she and Chad are approaching one decade of marriage. Happy eight years to the Paines! 

Chad Paine and Erin Paine, 2016

Chad and Erin Paine, 2021

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