Election thoughts

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Today is Election Day, and we hope people are willing to vote. To not vote is still making a choice, so do your part and go to the polls! This has been a controversial and hate slinging campaign. Both candidates have made poor choices in the past. Both candidates have treated others wrongfully in the past. Unfortunately, the media doesn’t …

Special Giveaway!!

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We hope you can come out to Lawson’s concert this Saturday in Knoxville to benefit East Tennessee’s Children Hospital. We are so excited for him. There is a special giveaway to win one of 10 autographed copies of Lawson’s new album #WhatCountryMeansToMe if you order your ticket to tomorrow’s concert and tag three friends on Facebook. Our family will be at his …

Michael’s Engagement Part 2

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Behind the scenes…Not only did Brandon face many challenges in pulling off proposing to Michael in DC without her discovering his surprise, but we also had many potential problems that could arise that would throw a kink in the plans. Brandon had asked us if we could be in DC in a hidden spot, along with his parents, to help …

Michael’s Engagement Part 1

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I’m going to try to play catch up on old family pics and special memories, beginning with Michael’s engagement (April 2015). Since Brandon’s sister lives in Washington DC, he knows how beautiful the area is, and he really wanted to propose to Michael during the cherry blossom season (which usually peaks for only one week). He had been planning in …

Instrumental Hymns

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Our friend Andy Leftwich has just released a new hymns CD, it is FANTASTIC! If you are looking for quality Christian music to play in your home, car, or even give to a friend, we highly recommend this album! 🙂 You can order or download it now at AndyLeftwich.com May God bless you all, ~The Bates Family

We’re Back!!! – New Single!

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We’re so sorry that we haven’t posted sooner. Life has been very busy…but we hope to get back into posting more consistent. Lawson wrote a song for Michael’s wedding titled “I Will Always“. He just released it yesterday and it has made it to #47 on the iTunes charts! We are so excited and proud of him! Check out his new song …

Comfort & Joy

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I am super thrilled to finally share the exciting news! After months of hard work, hours of practice, and much dedication, my sweet Erin has completed her third CD, a Christmas Album, titled “Comfort & Joy”. Creating this CD was extra noteworthy in so many ways. Christmas is full of wonderful memories for both Erin and I, and working on …

Carson Arrives!

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If you have been following our family’s story on UP TV, you’ll recall the miscarriages and medical hardships that Erin and Chad have faced recently. We are so thrilled and so thankful to God that she was able to carry Carson safely throughout the pregnancy and deliver a healthy happy boy! Our hearts are also full of gratitude for the …

True Inspiration

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I was honored to sing in Rocky Top with my five-year-old friend AJ, as a surprise for Peyton Manning at his Charity Golf tournament yesterday! In 2014 AJ was diagnosed with multiple inoperable brain tumors. He is a fighter and a true inspiration and he needs all of our prayers! Proceeds from the tournament went to support East TN children’s hospital and the …

Allie Jane Arrives!

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John and Alyssa Webster delivered  a healthy baby girl Allie Jane Webster   6lbs. 11oz. & 21in. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm Photography by Macy Heim www.maceyheimphotography.com We couldn’t be more blessed or more happy!!