There might not be a better way to ring in the new year than with new baby news! Josie Bates Balka and husband Kelton have announced they are pregnant with their second child. After a trying 2020, the joy of their upcoming family addition is heightened.

Josie shared the following with Us Magazine:

“I know 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and it was especially difficult for our little family after suffering a heartbreaking miscarriage in August. Like so many, we had a bout with COVID, and then after recovering, we found out the news that our little one had lost its tiny heartbeat. It seemed to be a tumultuous and trying year for all, but our faith that God is ultimately our source of comfort and joy, gave us hope that brighter days were ahead. We are so excited to share that we have a new baby on the way that is due June 2021.

We are so filled with gratitude, and we couldn’t feel more blessed and more in love with the thought of being parents again! Though there are still fears, concerns, and uncertainties, we are taking extra precautions and praying diligently for the safety of our new little one. So far, we are all healthy, and Baby is developing perfectly. We are overjoyed to start this new year with such happy news and are beyond thrilled to become a family of four in early summer!”

Josie’s older brother Zach Bates and older sister Alyssa Bates Webster are also growing their families in 2021. Zach and Whitney are expecting their fourth child while Alyssa and John are due in February.

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