The 19 Kids & Counting star Jill Duggar is engaged to Derick Dillard. The 22-year-old announced she was in a courtship with the Arkansas accountant in late March. The couple met thanks to dad, Jim Bob. “I had gotten an email from Derick a few years ago and gave him my phone number so he could share the work he was doing in Nepal,” he said.
After meeting each other for the first time, Duggar and Dillard were instantly smitten with one another. The 22-year-old appreciated Dillard’s faith, and attitude toward life. “I was really impressed with his character…,” Duggar said. “I was surprised how much we have the same vision and life goals.”
The Duggar family believe in courtship opposed to dating. No physical contact is allowed until after marriage. All dates are closely monitored by parents, Jim Bob and Michelle. In a recent interview, Mama Duggar mentioned courting is not all about fun and games. “You are really considering if this person could be your life partner – you pray about it and see what happens,” she said.
Jill Duggar is the second person in her family to get engaged. Josh Duggar married Anna in 2008. The couple have three children together. The third child of Jim Bob and Michelle, Jessa, has also entered a courtship. The 20-year-old is in the courting process with 18-year-old Ben Seewald. The pair met in church. With the permission of the parents, they communicate through text messaging often. “It has been interesting to watch their interactions because of her personality type,” Mama Duggar said about Jessa. “They share very similar beliefs. It has been fun to watch them and both of our phones are going off back and forth….”
Since their engagement, Jill Duggar and Dillard have allowed themselves to hold hand with each other. Their first kiss will be shared on their wedding day. The girls of the Duggar family recently wrote a book about their views on courtship and dating. Growing up Duggar was released earlier this year.
The big family will be adding Dillard as a son-in-law in the next few months. Everyone is excited, including parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, who gave the happy couple their blessing. “They’re a match made in heaven and Michelle and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” the father said.
The couple’s courtship journey and engagement will be shown on the new season of 19 Kids & Counting. “I feel like I’m dreaming,” Dillard said. The accountant also mentioned how great it felt to hold his fiancee’s hand after proposing.
Currently, Jill Duggar is studying to be a midwife. The engagement did not come as much of a surprise to the 22-year-old. During a date where her chaperon’s began to lag behind, Duggar became suspicious after music began to play. “By the second verse, I knew the song was about Derick and me.” she said. Jill Duggar’s engagement to Dillard comes equipped with a .63-carat diamond and white-gold ring he designed himself. I am so happy,” the bride-to-be said. “Our story is very unique….”
Opinion By April Littleton