The Duggars aren't the only big Christian family with a reality show. There's also the Bates family, which has 19 kids. Their lives are documented on "Bringing Up Bates."
Just like the Duggars, the Bates kids are getting married. One of the stars of the show Carlin Bates just announced that she's engaged to her boyfriend of two years.
PEOPLE confirms that Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart are engaged. Carlin told them all about it in an exclusive interview.
“To say ‘yes’ to the man of my dreams is an opportunity that is a once in a lifetime dream come true!” Carlin said.
Stewart asked Bates to spend the rest of her life with him while vacationing at Portland Head Lighthouse. The proposal came during a romantic trip to Portland, Maine.
“I’m overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness that Evan put into this surprise destination engagement,” she says. “It was a magical place with the one person that completes me in every way! I’m overjoyed to be his fiancé!”
Steward started the romantic weekend by surprising Carlin in Nashville. She and her parents were there visiting her brother Lawson Bates to watch him record a new song. Then the whole group headed off to Portland, Maine, with Stewart’s parents as well.
On morning of the engagement, the couple ate a donut breakfast with their families before enjoying a bike ride through Eastern Promenade Park. After their picnic lunch, they returned to the hotel.
At the hotel, Stewart surprised Carlin with a limo to the lighthouse. At the proposal spot, he read her a handwritten love poem and danced with her to a nearby symphony musician.
After the dance—as both sets of parents looked on in the distance—Stewart got down on one knee and asked Carlin to be his wife.
The couple began dating in September 2016. Carlin wrote about the beginning of their relationship for an anniversary post on Instagram.
“I ran into you when I least expected it. I had no clue what God had planned for my life, but you were there just when I needed you,” Carlin wrote on Instagram to celebrate Stewart’s birthday in August. “I’ve never met anyone like you, and I never will. You are my favorite ray of sunshine that I never want to see fade.”
Congratulations to the beautiful couple on their engagement! May God bless their marriage! In other news, fans are mourning a beloved NFL star who passed away on Monday.