Saturday, April 30, 2022

Another Graduation

This week, Kelly Bates traveled to New Jersey to celebrate with Katie and Travis. What were the newlyweds celebrating? Travis just graduated from Vision Baptist College, which is a ministry of the Solid Rock Baptist Church. According to Kelly, Travis studied music and media. Congratulations to Travis! He and Katie also just posted their official wedding video (link below)

Katie and Travis Clark Wedding Video

Travis Clark and Katie Clark

Photo courtesy of @kgbates2000

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

A Graduation and a House

It's a big week for the Stewarts! Zade turns one month old today, which is hard to believe. And after five years, Evan is graduating from electrician school. To top it all off, Carlin and Evan are about to close on their first home. The couple will celebrate three years of marriage on May 25th.

Throwback picture of Carlin and Evan, June 2019

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Monday, April 25, 2022

Zade Turns 1 Month

Little Zade Stewart, who was born March 27th, just hit his one-month milestone. We think he looks a lot like big sister Layla. Do you agree?

Zade Patrick Stewart

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98;

Monday, April 18, 2022

Chad Turns 35

Happy 35th birthday to Chad Paine! Chad became Gil and Kelly Bates' first child-in-law in November 2013. Now almost nine years later, there are nine (soon to be 11) in-laws. It is fitting that Chad is also the eldest of all the Bates siblings and in-laws.

Erin Paine, Chad Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Carson Paine
Christmas 2016

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Happy Easter 2022

Gil and Kelly Bates, Resurrection Sunday 2022

We hope all our readers across the world had a lovely Easter celebrating the risen Savior, who came to Earth to live a sinless life and sacrifice Himself on the cross in order to make us blameless before God. Making the decision to follow Christ means community with God here on Earth and eternal life with God in heaven after death. Below is a link to Gil's Resurrection Sunday sermon. 

Bible Baptist of East TN April 17, 2022

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

How Trace and Lydia Met

For those who haven't heard, Trace Bates is engaged to Lydia Romeike. Now that the Bates' show is off the air, viewers won't have the pleasure of meeting Lydia on TV, so she and Trace filmed a YouTube video to share how they became acquainted (link below). The pair was set up by Josie, and they only met last year. 

Video: How Trace and Lydia Met

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Visits with Katie

Josie Balka and Katie Clark

Most of the Bates siblings live in the Knoxville area, but a few are in other states, which means the family spends quite a bit of time traveling back and forth for visits. Katie flew to Tennessee to spend some time with her parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews. Then, Josie took Willow and Hazel to New Jersey to help Katie and Travis decorate their house (photo above shows what they accomplished). 

Now, Isaiah and Ellie are in Florida with the Websters. After Lawson marries Tiffany next month, the couple will reside in Nashville, which means more travels for the family.

Photo courtesy of @josie_balka

Friday, April 8, 2022

Q&A with Chad

Chad Paine and baby Brookly Paine, 2017

Erin and Chad Paine have received requests for Chad to answer questions sent in by fans, so they decided to film a Q & A. Sit down with the father of five in the front seat of his truck to hear him speak about his work, family, and wife (link below).

Q & A with Chad Paine

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Trace's Engagement Video

Did you hear the big news? Another Bates couple is engaged! Trace Bates and Lydia Romeike are officially in wedding planning mode. If you would like to watch their beautiful rooftop engagement, check out the link below. 

Trace Bates' Surprise Proposal