Fans of “Bringing Up Bates” love Zach and Whitney together and were thrilled when the couple recently welcomed baby girl Kaci Lynn to the family to join big brother Bradley. It was just Whitney's birthday and it looks like Zach was determined to make it a special one.

Zach Bates came up with a fun surprise for his wife

Whitney Bates shared a post via Instagram that showed her in a Jeep with Zach, big smiles on both of their faces. She explained that her husband had rented the Jeep to take her and the kids off to the Smoky Mountains so they could all spend some quality time together away from the day-to-day distractions of regular life.

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As if the surprise of the Jeep rental and mountain getaway wasn't enough of a surprise, the “Bringing Up Bates” star managed to sneak Whitney's phone away from her during the trip so he could post a very sweet message to his wife via Instagram. Zach called Whitney the love of his life and he said that she is a wonderful mother, the perfect wife, and the best friend he could ever have. He joked about how the sweet message was posted a bit late because he couldn't manage to sneak the phone away from her on her actual birthday.

The Bates family has had a lot to celebrate

The Bates family first hit the Reality TV scene due to their relationship with the Duggar family of “19 Kids and Counting,” and they had a short series of their own on TLC several years ago. Now they are on UPtv with “Bringing Up Bates,” which is now in its fourth season. 

Viewers have been having a blast watching the family expand, much as the Duggar family has been lately, as Kaci Lynn is just one of several new grandbabies joining the Bates family this year.

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Erin and Chad Paine recently welcomed baby Brooklyn, and Alyssa and John Webster just announced that they have another baby girl on the way as well.

"Bringing Up Bates" has built up a strong and loyal fanbase, and Zach's birthday surprise for Whitney shares a big reason why the family has become so popular. Viewers love watching the love and commitment these family members have for one another and hope that the series will continue on for many more seasons.