They said “I do” in October, and now they’re expecting their first baby.
“Bringing Up Bates” couple Josie (Bates) Balka, 19, and her husband Kelton, 23, announced the news on Wednesday.
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“We can hardly believe it, but Kelton and I are excited to announce that we are having a baby!” said Josie to InTouch. “We are already so in love with our little one and so very thankful to God for His blessing on our life as we start our little family.”
Josie is due in July 2019.
Josie and Kelton got married on Oct. 5, 2018, at East Tennessee’s Cove Lake State Park. “Bringing Up Bates” will air a one-hour special episode on their wedding at 9 p.m. Thursday on UPtv.
The couple got engaged in June 2018 during a surprise trip to Utah, one of Josie’s dream destinations.
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They entered into a courtship together in January 2018. For the Bates family, courtship is a step above dating. Kelly Jo Bates describes it as serious dating but with a focus on God and purity.
Josie and Kelton are part of the Bates mega-family of East Tennessee, which includes Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, their 19 children, six sons- and daughters-in law and nine grandchildren.
Their lives are documented “Bringing Up Bates,” which airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays on UPtv.
Josie’s pregnancy announcement comes just a few months after her sister Tori (Bates) Smith delivered her first child.
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Tori and her husband Bobby Smith had their newborn son Robert Ellis Smith IV, who they are calling Kade, on Nov. 9, 2018, at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital.
Josie’s sisters Erin (Bates) Paine and Alyssa (Bates) Webster also welcomed new additions to their families in 2018.
Alyssa delivered Zoey Joy on March 28, 2018, and Erin delivered Everly Hope on March 30, 2018.
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Published 1:20 PM EST Feb 13, 2019