The Bates Family

Singing in Colorado

by Kelly on April 16, 2014

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Lawson received an offer too good to resist when some people offered to make a music video of one of the original songs on his CD. The featured song, “The End Down Here,” gives a glimpse of Heaven and the hope Christians have when this life on earth is over.  (

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So last week, Lawson and Nathan flew to Denver, Colorado, for the 8 day adventure and film project. We are grateful to Corey Cheney with Provident Media Group ( for undertaking this task!  We’re also very thankful for the Johnson family who are hosting the boys during their stay, and to Timothy, Mark, and Nathan Johnson for their help.

It’s been an incredible experience for the boys, as they are wrapping up their visit with only 2 days left. Nathan promised he’s going to take me back one day to see these gorgeous views! Until then, I’ll have to enjoy the music video which will be released in a few weeks! Smilephoto (2)photo (3)photophoto 4photo (4)photo 3IMG_4806 (1)IMG_4713IMG_1632 (1)IMG_7324photo (8)photo (9)photo (12)photo 2 (1)photo (10)


Everyday Life

by Kelly on April 14, 2014

I had some requests for random shots of our everyday life, so I’ll try to include some in the next few posts. Chad and Erin usually come over to help give haircuts, which is a HUGE help! Here’s some photos of two of those visits!

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Belated Valentine’s Day Post

by Kelly on April 7, 2014


Our annual “I Love You” Day celebration was FULL of surprises!

We exchanged names for gifts, laughed, hugged, and had a wonderful family time together. Both newlyweds joined us, as well as John Webster and Brandon Keilen!

IMG_7633Unknown to Michael, we picked Brandon up from the airport and dropped him off to hide at Zach’s house. Michael came to Zach’s to watch a DVD Brandon had sent for her Valentine’s Day. The DVD is a slideshow of their relationship, filled with sentimental memories, and it ends with a song Brandon wrote and sang to Michael. In the middle of the DVD, while the song was playing, Brandon snuck up behind Michael and began singing along with the DVD! What a sweet surprise!

We were blessed with another surprise on this special day of celebrating: news that Zach and Whitney are expecting! Our hearts are filled with rejoicing! Erin’s and Whitney’s due dates were a week apart, but our first little grandbaby has gone to be with the Lord, as Erin experienced an unexpected loss. We continue to pray for both couples and are grateful for the many who have sent their condolences to Chad and Erin. We are amazed at the kindness others have shown and we are grateful to each of you! ( We ask for your prayers for Zach & Whitney also!




In Heaven

by Kelly on March 20, 2014


Saying goodbye is always hard. The past several weeks have been long ones marked with many tears for Erin & Chad, who were excitingly waiting the arrival of their first baby in October! At their first doctor appointment, the ultrasound only showed  an empty sac. The sac was growing and pregnancy symptoms were strong, so we all prayed for a miracle. After several ultrasounds and blood tests, however, it was confirmed their baby had stopped developing early on. Although, our hearts were broken, we know that God’s mercy endures forever! Sometimes through pain, we see God’s handiwork even more clearly. It’s during those times of sorrow, that we often sense God’s love and care in special ways.The reminder that our first little grandbaby is already in Heaven is evidence of His grace! The sweet messages and prayers of many friends have encouraged our hearts! We ask for your continued prayers for Erin and Chad…

Little Angel

When we first heard you were on the way,

It became the most exciting day.

We were instantly filled with unspeakable joy,

And we wandered if you were a girl or boy.

Our time with you was cut too short

As we heard the doctor’s grave report.images

Many tears began to flow,

Because we knew you’d never grow.

For now we’ve had to say goodbye,

Before we could hug you or swing you high.

But you should know you’ll always be,

A part of our hearts and our family.

We know God’s will is the very best,

To the weary soul, He promises rest.

In spite of any hurt or pain,

God’s mercy and grace will sustain.

We’ll look to God for strength and love,

Until we shall meet in Heaven above!

We’ll praise Him for all that He has done,

For giving a gift: a daughter or son!

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Upcoming Concert

by Kelly on March 16, 2014



Zach Bates for Anderson County Mayor will be hosting a concert & campaign rally on Thurs., March 20.


The concert will feature grammy award winning artists: fiddler Andy Leftwich and guitarist Cody Kilby (members of the Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Band)


The concert is FREE and is open to the public

Thursday, March 20,  7pm

Army National Guard Armory Bldg.

189 JD Yarnell Industrial Pkwy, Clinton, TN

Andy Leftwich & Cody Kilby will host a Special Pre- concert Reception before the rally 5:30-6:45 with all proceeds going to Zach Bates for Mayor. Special reception tickets are available at the door for $50 individual or $75 per family. (Please RSVP the number attending the pre- concert reception on webpage under contact us) Refreshments available for the pre-rally reception.



Duggars campaign for Zach

by Kelly on March 3, 2014


Press Release For immediate Release 03.04.2014

Duggar family of TV Show “19 Kids and Counting” to hold rally for Zach Bates for Anderson County Mayor Campaign


Thursday, March 6th, at 7pm, Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar and 17 of their 19 children will hold a campaign rally for county commissioner Zach Bates who is running for Anderson County Mayor.

The Duggar children will play and sing. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will speak. The campaign rally will be held at the Army National Guard Armory, 189 JD Yarnell Industrial Pkwy, Clinton, TN 37716.

“Please come out to the Armory and meet Zach Bates and help support his run for Anderson County Mayor. Zach is a man of integrity who will continue to stand for lower taxes and less government waste. Zach grew up in a large family and knows how to stretch a dollar. Zach will continue to be a voice for families, senior citizens and small business growth and development.”

–Michelle Duggar, Mother of 19 Kids & Counting

The Duggars will also do a Special Reception and book signing before the rally 5:00-6:45 with all proceeds going to Zach Bates for Mayor. Special reception and book signing tickets available for $50 individual, $75 per family: Meet the Duggars, and receive autographed book & photo with your camera, and light refreshments).

Tickets available at the door, but please RSVP the number of adults and children attending the reception to

“The campaign rally at 7pm is free, open to the public.