Friday, August 31, 2018

Goodbye August 2018!

It's time to say goodbye to August 2018! Here's a brief recap of what happen this past month.

1. The Bates celebrated Josie, Brooklyn, Callie, Nathan and Evan's birthdays! Be sure to check out our August birthdays to see their birthday posts.

2. The Bates celebrated Brandon and Michaella's third wedding anniversary. They also celebrated Evan and Carlin's one year courtship anniversary! 

3. Josie announced that the wedding will be taking place on October 5, 2018! 

4. Bringing Up Bates continue to air new episodes of Bringing Up Bates!  

Well that is it for the August recap. Be sure to see all of our August blogs by clicking here to read our recaps, Birthdays, anniversaries and special announcements.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Recap: Asking Permission and a big decision

Before Kelton and Josie talked to Gil and Kelly about their future plans, they have a double date with Zach and Whitney. The couple gets along well with Zach and Whitney. Kelton reveals that they value the friendship and counsel that Zach and Whitney share.

Zach sits down to business and asked them when they are planning on getting engaged. Kelton reveals that Zach is on point with everything so it's refreshing and kind of funny to them. Kelton shares that he is preparing to have a large talk but first he and Josie want to have a chat with the parents together. The couple feels that they have come to the conclusion that God wants them to get married.  They came to Zach and Whitney to get guidance of the time frame.

Josie is in hope to have a dream fall wedding. She wants to get married this year which is in five months.

Gil is not sure that he can handle another wedding so soon. Kelly reveals that he needs to prepare because it's a domino effect. Gil responds that he doesn't play dominoes. He admits the weddings things are going pretty good for the girls but the boys are having a harder time.

 Kelly admitted that both Carlin and Josie have been looking for wedding dresses online. Gil wants to get rid of the internet and Josie starts to laugh. Gil wants his daughter to be happy and admits that he will help her do whatever to make her dream happen.

A few of the boys head over to the church building. Their congregation has grown and now they need to make adjustments to it. The plan is to tear down half of the sanctuary and build a new one that seats almost three hundred people. Lawson suggest that they keep the current building and add the new sanctuary but Gil chooses to follow the existing plan. The project will be done by The Bates, church members and a group from Alabama called Carpenters for Christ.

Bobby and Tori are heading for their first ultrasound with Dr. Vick. The couple is eight weeks into their first pregnancy and due on November 24. Bobby reveals it's insane as you sit in the ultrasound room for the first time and see your child on the screen for the first time.

During the Ultrasound, Dr. Vick says that it looks good. Tori reveals that everything has been great expect for the morning sickness. Tori's progesterone was low but he is able to bring it up with medicine and prescribes something to help with morning sickness.

New Bringing Up Bates tonight!

It's finally Thursday night and that means that it's time for a new Bringing Up Bates episode.
Be sure to check out our Preview Tuesday episode! Be sure to check out our recap later tonight!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Preview: Asking Permission and a big decision

Josie and Kelton are eager to move forward with the next phase of their relationship. But before the young couple speaks to Gil and Kelly Jo about the “M” word, they meet up with Zach and Whitney for advice. Meanwhile, Tori and Bobby have their sights set on Nashville, but prior to moving to a new city, they visit Dr. Vick and experience their very first ultrasound! And now that the Bates’ church has added more members to their congregation, they’ve outgrown their space. But is Gil game for an expansion?

All about Zoey: Five months old

Zoey Joy is now five months old! We can't believe that she is just one month away from her six month milestone.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

All about Lexi: Nineteen months old

It's hard to believe that in five months, John and Alyssa will have a two year old little girl. This past month, they introduce some learning activities to Lexi.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Grandbaby #9: Three months to go

Bobby and Tori just have three more months until their little boy arrives into the world. As many of you know, he could arrive in mid-November to early December.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Paine children with dad, aunt and uncles

We have some new photos of the Bobby, Chad, Brandon and Michaella with Carson, Brooklyn and Everly.
Bobby and Everly

Chad and Everly

The Paine children with Brandon and Michaella

Evan turns 23!

Happy 23rd Birthday Evan! 
For those that don't know, Carlin and Evan have been in a courtship since August 5, 2017.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Recap: Milestones and new chapters

Bobby and Tori just have two weeks until they move to Nashville. Tori heads over to her sister's house for a cooking lesson. Tori reveals that she really needs cooking lessons from her sister because she struggles at cooking.
For those that didn't know that when Erin married Chad in November 2013, she did not know how to cook but has turned it around and can make chicken breasts marinated in balsamic vinegar and garlic. The meal turns out great but Tori is still not sure about her cooking abilities. The boys arrive to enjoy the meal. Erin reveals that she and Tori have been close as sisters and is having a hard time with her leaving.
Gil takes the boys to work on their newest tree job assignment. Lawson reveals that when Gil first started the business it was a humble beginning. Gil was using the chainsaw while the boys were putting the wood in the Dodge pickup trick. With the older ones getting busy each day, Jackson finds himself learning how to use spikes to climb the tree. Jackson has a lot harder time to make it to the top but makes it up there.
Trace, Josie and Tori are graduating from Crown College. Trace never saw himself going to college. Trace completed the foundation of Christian life. Josie revealed that college had changed her brother and help him to come out of his box.
Josie has finished her degree in cosmetology which was a two year program. Kelly said that her daughter got a lot of hours and Kelton couldn't be more proud of her daughter.
Tori had finished her four year biblical studies in education. Tori had a little bit of hard time during the last semester. Tori revealed that she has been dying to graduate her whole life.
Kelly reveals that everyone is different and that some of her children have wanted to purse college while others haven't. Kelly reveals that she is proud of all of her children.
After the ceremony, they head back to the main house to celebrate with family and extended family members. The next few days, they work on packing Bobby and Tori to move them to Nashville. Tori reveals that she wants to treasure and cherish any moments that she has with her siblings. Nathan reveals that the changes are just getting better since life has been going by too quick.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Josie and Kelton's love story!

As we announced a few weeks ago, Josie and Kelton are getting married on October 5th which means that their wedding is coming very soon! We are so excited for it to be here.
We would love to share a little bit of their love story and encourage you to read the rest of their story by catching out their wedding website.
"The first time I ever saw Josie was at my sister's piano recital where Josie was also playing. I remember being floored by Josie’s beauty and spunky personality from the first time I met her, but we were nothing more than acquaintances for the next year." ~ Kelton Balka.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Preview: Milestones and New Chapters

Tori desperately needs cooking lessons, so Erin volunteers to give her a few pointers; it's time for the middle boys to get schooled on the Bates Family Tree business, learning to cut and climb trees.

Monday, August 20, 2018

New photo of Brandon and Michaella

Brandon and Michaella recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary on Wednesday, August 15th and shared a new photo of the husband and wife.
The photo was taken by Taryn Yager who has started taking photos of the family when Carson was born.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Kelton and Josie's two months engaged

Kelton and Josie have been engaged for two months now. They recently announced that they are getting married on October 5th which means that the wedding is in about a little over seven weeks which means that next month will be our last engaged update for the couple.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Most asked question: Carlin and Evan's courtship

We recently asked Carlin when did Evan asked his courtship proposal, she answered and said August 5th but they go by their first meet anniversary which is September 17th.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Bobby and Tori: Eight months of marriage

Bobby and Tori are just four months away from celebrating their first year of marriage. 

On Bringing Up Bates, they recently announced their first pregnancy to their family and viewers. Bobby and Tori are due to welcome their first child in about fourteen weeks.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Recap: Chaperoning Dos and Don'ts

Gil and Kelly decide that it's time to host a chaperoning class for the younger ones since they are getting younger and younger. Kelly knows that most of the little guys thinks that it means that they are getting a free meal.

Gil and Kelly asked Zach and Whitney to show the courting couple how to act on a date and Zach turns the tables on his parents jokely by asking what they do on dates. Zach says that they would love to learn from them.

Even through the family believes in having chaperones, they are encourage to allow the couples to have a chance to talk in private as long as it's a public place. If they are in a restaurant they might be able to get a private table.

Katie and Josie heads to Kelton's house to eat with his side of family. Josie reveals that she and Kelton are planning to cook together since she is not a good cook yet. Kelton's youngest sister, Kerstin, shows off the bunnies she receive for her birthday. At the end of the date, they head to get ice cream at Cruze Farm Dairy.

Bobby and Tori are getting closer to their move and only have one month to find a home. They are planning to move to Hendersonville which is outside of Nashville to meet with the senior pastor, Greg Mutsch, that just hired Bobby at Bible Baptist. After the meeting they go on  apartment tours to find one that they both like. Tori reveals that if it doesn't smell bad then she is happy.

During their time in Hendersonville, they are planning to have a double date with Carlin and Evan at a bowling alley. Tori can see this as their future. Lawson stops by to join in on the fun however when they go take a picture, Lawson accuses them of discriminating because he doesn't have a girl. He is totally kidding about it.

Zach and Bradley are building a dog house for Boomer. Lawson reveals that his brother is great at building and Carlin adds that Zach needs to make it big enough that he can fit it too.

New Bringing Up Bates Tonight

It's Thursday and that means there is a brand new Bringing Up Bates episode tonight! Be sure to view our Preview Tuesday to see what this week's episode is about.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Zach and Whitney: Baby #3

Last week, we sadly announced that Zach and Whitney were expecting their third child and it ended in a miscarriage. The couple took to their Instagram account to give an update.
Many sweet people have been asking for an update and wanting to know if we’re planning to grow our family. The answer is we truly would love to! Our children are our greatest joys in life, and the love that they bring to our home is something that we live for.

At our vow renewal, Bradley and Kaci Lynn were so excited to be able to announce to family and friends that we were expecting our 3rd child and mommy had a baby in her belly!! ...but we soon found that God had a different plan for us.

We began our baby checkups and were very excited, but during one of our ultrasounds we discovered our baby had stopped growing. The tears started to flow and the kids could sense something was wrong. We were devastated and our hearts were shattered. Already, that little baby had changed our home, and our hearts. It’s amazing how you can love someone you’ve not met yet with all your soul and being. Our world was shaken and I suddenly had a new awareness of some of the pain so many others have experienced that have gone through similar losses. In spite of the questions and grief I had, I looked down and saw Kaci Lynn’s hand in mine. I can’t explain the love God showed me, and the peace I felt in the midst of such sadness.

Although my heart was hurting, I couldn’t help but thank God for my family and I feel so blessed to know that our third precious baby is now in his hands. I still have our positive pregnancy test on the dresser and I don’t know when or if I will ever move it. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think about what it would be like to have that sweet baby in our home. However, we know that God has a plan and his plans are perfect in every way, in every season of life, no matter if we understand them or not.

So many people have already been so thoughtful and encouraging to Zach and I and have touched our hearts with their own stories. We both really want to thank you for all your love, encouragement and prayers you have sent our way. God bless you all for your kindness!❤️

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds, Psalm 147:3

Preview: Chaperoning Do's & Don'ts

Now that the older girls are coupling up, Gil and Kelly Jo decide to give the younger kids a lesson on being perfect chaperones; the clock is ticking for Tori and Bobby's big move to Nashville, Tenn., and they go apartment hunting in the city.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Best man and matron of honor 

We recently announced that Kelton and Josie's wedding will take place on October 5th! The couple has chosen Alyssa (Bates) Webster and Bobby Smith as best man and matron of honor.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Grandbabies: Weight and length

We thought that it would be wonderful to share who was the biggest in weight and length and who was the smallest. Please note that Brooklyn's length was never released to the public.
Kaci Bates: 21.5 inches long
Allie Webster: 20 inches long
Lexi Webster: 20 inches long
Bradley Bates: 19 inches long
Zoey Webster: 19 inches long
Carson Paine: 19 inches long
Everly Paine: 18 inches long
Brooklyn Paine: Unknown

Bradley Gilvin Bates: 7lbs, 10oz
Kaci Lynn Bates: 7 lbs, 8 oz
Allie Jane Webster: 6 lbs, 11 oz
Brooklyn Elise Paine: 6 lbs, 6 oz
Lexi Mae Webster: 6 lbs, 2 oz
Zoey Joy Webster: 6 lbs
Charles "Carson" Stephen Paine IV: 6 lbs
Everly Hope Paine: 5 lbs, 4 oz

Friday, August 10, 2018

Josie and Kelton's wedding update

We are so excited to share that Josie and Kelton are planning to get married in October 5th which means the wedding is 56 days away.

They have also announced their wedding party. Which are:

Alyssa Webster - Maid of Honor
Katie Bates - Bridesmaid
Whitney Bates - Bridesmaid
Carlin Bates - Bridesmaid
Ariana Balka - Bridesmaid
Makayla Landrum - Bridesmaid
Bobby Smith - Best Man
Jayman Yant - Groomsman
John Whitney - Groomsman
Evan Stuart - Groomsman
Grant Balka - Groomsman
Trace Bates - Groomsman

All about Brooklyn: 24 month update

Brooklyn Elise is now two years old and that means that it's time to say goodbye to the monthly updates of "All about Brooklyn".

In the past year, Brooklyn welcomed a new little cousin (Zoey Joy) and a new little sister (Everly Hope) into the world. She also learned that she will have a new baby cousin coming in about three months.

She has a new uncle (Bobby) and is expecting another uncle (Kelton) in about two to three months.

Be sure to wish her a very happy birthday on her birthday post.

Baby Bates #3

During last night's live chat, The family announced that Zach and Whitney were expecting their third child. The pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Zach and Whitney. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Recap: Labor Paines

Erin gets really uncomfortable during her last week of pregnancy. She gets anxious because she is always worried about how the birth experience will be. Be sure to read our recap from Carson's birth and Brooklyn's birth.

Erin heads to the nail salon with her sisters (Tori, Carlin, Katie and Whitney) to relax before the big event. Chad arrives at the nail salon to visit the girls. He loves to learn about the progress and the comfy chairs.

Kelly and Erin head to Norris Dam with Carson and Brooklyn. They are hoping to jump start labor for her. Kelly is looking forward to having another grandbaby so soon after Zoey Joy's arrival.
Around 9pm, Erin started to have strong contractions and gets nervous. Carlin heads Chad and Erin's house to film the birth. Carlin is excited to be part of the birth and leave for the hospital about fourty minutes later. While in route to the hospital, the labor starts to pick up, Chad knows that they are going to be in trouble when Erin gets into a kneeling position. Erin wants her husband to run the red light however Chad doesn't want to. He ends up speeding down the highway and his wife tells him to slow down. They finally get to the hospital and Erin is relieved. Gil, Kelly, Michaella and Katie arrive to the hospital room but no one can get a hold of Tori who wanted to be at the birth. Katie even tried to pound on the front door but no one answer the door.

Around three thirty in the morning, Gil notices that it could be time to push. The nurses come in however Dr. Vic has stepped away but returns in time. Everly Hope has arrived and Chad reveals there is no words to describe when you see the baby. There are tears of joys. Gil returns to the room and joins in. Katie has ended up falling asleep during the birth.

Gil reveals that it has been the best adventure of their life in the past three days. They have welcomed two new granddaughters into the world. Both Alyssa and Erin are healthy. The couple is looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do next.

Carson and Brooklyn arrive at the hospital to meet their new baby sister. Brooklyn calls her a baby doll. The rest of the family arrives to hold the new baby girl. Erin reveals that this makes her want to have a fourth child however Chad's face says no. He jokes that they are done interviewing and gets up. We will have to wait and see about Baby Paine #4.

Meet Everly Hope TONIGHT!

Tonight marks a new episode of Bringing Up Bates and that means that it's time to meet Chad and Erin's youngest child, Everly Hope.
Tonight we will have our recap of the very special birth episode.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Preview: Labor Paines

Now that Alyssa's given birth to her third child, Erin's up next; before her big due date, the Bates sisters treat her to a pedicure; later, Erin's strong contractions have Chad rushing to the hospital.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

New photo of the Paine family

Now that the Paine family is growing up so fast. Chad and Erin will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary come this November! 

Carson just celebrated his third birthday in May and Brooklyn will turn two tomorrow! Everly is a little over four months old.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Thirteen new photos of Josie and Kelton!

In honor of Josie's birthday, The Bates family and Josie shared new photos of Josie and Kelton! In about sixteen days, Josie and Kelton will celebrate their second month of engagement.

The photos from Gil and Kelly are the ones that Josie Bates got surprised as Kelton Balka asked her to marry him in June 2018. The couple is planning a wedding which take place later this year.

Photos shared by Josie Bates:

Photos shared by Gil and Kelly Bates:

Josie turns 19!

Happy 19th birthday Josie! 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Evan and Carlin's one year anniversary

Sometime this month, Carlin and Evan will celebrate their one year anniversary since starting their courtship but come this September the couple will celebrate their two year anniversary since becoming "get to know you" stage of their courtship.
 Be sure to stay tune for more updates on the couple as they are working towards engagement.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Recap: A bundle of Joy and a Rodeo show

With the countdown to Alyssa's due date on the way, Kelly heads down to Florida. Alyssa has been having steady contractions all week long. Kelly decides to take Alyssa to get her nails done. Alyssa reveal that her mother takes a lot of stress off of her.

Alyssa asks for some advice about surviving with three children. Kelly says that she had to remind herself of all the blessings that she had and had to laugh at the silly things and not stressed over.

The next morning, Kelly receives a call that Zoey is here. John reveals that whenever Alyssa has said that she is going into labor, he says that they needs to go. He doesn't want to risk having the baby at home. Alyssa adds that her husband would freak out if the baby at home.

Within ninety minutes, Alyssa has the baby at the birthing center and invites her mother just before getting released to go home. Kelly says that she has held a lot of babies but it puts her in tears when she sees the baby and it's healthy. She says that it's new and fresh and wonderful and special.

The couple heads home to introduce Zoey to Allie and Lexi. Allie is happy to meet her baby sister. Gil arrives to meet his newest grandchild (there is still one more on the way) and video chat with the other kids at home. Gil and Kelly head to enjoy a takeout steak dinner with the new parents.

Lawson and Trace head to Indiana to take participate in the rodeo with Shadow Montag. The boys enjoy showing off during practice. Gil reveals that it's normal for them to have a competitive spirit. Lawson opens the show with the national anthem. When it comes time for the boys to do their tricks, they are nervous, but the crowd loves their routines. After the show, they sign autographs.

Callie turns 9!

Happy 9th birthday Callie 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August monthly preview

* Callie
* Josie
* Brooklyn
* Evan
* Nathan

 Pregnancy Updates: 
* Tori Smith

All about Grandbabies:
* Brooklyn
* Lexi
* Zoey
* Everly

* Brandon and Michaella
* Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
* Josie Bates and Kelton Balka

Bringing Up Bates:
* Preview
* Recap
* September monthly preview

Other Blogs:
* September birthdays