Monday, February 26, 2024

Meet Miles Balka

Josie and Kelton Balka’s son is still in the hospital having blue light therapy, but his numbers are improving, and he is down to one light. The proud parents just announced their baby’s name: Miles Kelton Balka. He was born February 21st and weighed 7 lbs 10 oz. 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Clarks are Moving

 Josie and Kelton Balka just delivered their baby boy on Wednesday and are still in the hospital while their son has blue light therapy. Meanwhile, Katie and Travis Clark just shared a big announcement of their own. They are moving from New Jersey to Tennessee! 

Friday, February 23, 2024

It’s a BOY!

One of the Bates couples just had a baby and waited until the birth to find out the gender. It’s a boy! Can you guess who the parents are? Hint: They already have two girls. Josie and Kelton Balka delivered their son this week and were elated at the surprise. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Monday, February 12, 2024

Bates 'I Love You Day' 2024

If you are a long-time fan of the Bates family, you've likely heard about their annual gathering for Valentine's Day, which they call 'I Love You Day.' Every year, Kelly Bates plans a big costume party for the entire family and a separate dinner for all the couples. For the past several years, they have chosen a theme and have awarded prizes for the best costumes. 

This year, the theme was Little House on the Prairie. The festivities took place this weekend, and Carlin and Evan Stewart have already shared footage of both the costume party and couples dinner on YouTube.

2022: Bible characters

2021: Noah's ark/animals 

2020: Roaring '20s

2019: Chivalry/medieval

2018: Growing Old Together

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Keilen's New YouTube Channel

Michael and Brandon Keilen started a YouTube channel! They uploaded a video about how they met, and they hope to share new videos every week.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Websters' Christmas with Kelly

It has been a while since we've posted an update on Alyssa and John Webster and their family of seven. They were unable to attend Bates family Christmas in Tennessee, so Kelly traveled down to Florida to bring Christmas to them. She spent time with the Websters, the Paines, and Jackson and Emerson Bates. Alyssa and John uploaded a video to YouTube, as did Erin and Chad Paine. Kelly's time with the Paines celebrating Christmas ended up being a double blessing, as she was able to help out after Erin had broken her arm.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Bates Family Ski Trip 2024

The Bates family just returned from their annual ski trip out West. They spent time on the slopes of Colorado and made plenty of memories together. Poor 14-year-old Callie broke her arm while snowboarding, but according to Kelly she was a trooper and didn’t even complain. Trace and Lydia Bates posted a 25-minute YouTube video of their trip out there with three-month-old Ryker. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Bates New Year's Q&As

We hope your 2024 is off to a good start. To ring in the new year, two of the Bates couples have filmed Q&A videos. In theirs, Trace and Lydia Bates talk about Lydia's dream vehicle, their plans for moving to a bigger house, Lydia's photography business, and more. In Erin and Chad Paine's video, the topics include filming, Chad's work, how to de-stress, and others. The Paines also give a one word description of each Bates sibling.

Trace and Lydia Bates: New Year Q&A

Erin and Chad Paine: First Q&A of 2024