Monday, August 25, 2014

More Photos of Jill and Derick Dillard

Two months after their wedding, newlyweds Jill and Derick Dillard revealed that they are expecting their first child. The two are known for their quick transition from single to courting, courting to engaged, engaged to newlywed, and now newlywed to expectant parents.

Jill and Derick were matched by Jim Bob Duggar, who supported Derick as a prayer partner while Derick was doing humanitarian work in Nepal for two years. 

Jill and Derick's first chaperoned Skype conversation took place on August 17th, 2013, and lasted five hours. Jill wanted to learn as much as she could about Derick before becoming emotionally attached, so she went through a three-page list of questions about his character, morals, values, and future plans.

Jill (Duggar) Dillard and husband Derick Dillard

For the next three months, Jill and Derick got to know each other through texting, more Skype conversations, and by writing letters.


In November 2013, Jim Bob accompanied Jill on a two-week trip to Nepal to meet her suitor. At the end of the first week, Derick gave Jill a heart necklace and asked her to begin an official courtship. Jill gave an enthusiastic response: "Yeah, that would be awesome. Totally!"


After returning to Arkansas, Jill endured 60 long days apart from Derick. When Derick finally finished his two-year stay in Nepal, the entire Duggar family gathered at the airport to welcome him home. Little did Jill know that Derick had stopped in Israel on the way home and picked out an engagement ring.


Jill and Derick spent January through March 2014 getting to know each other on a deeper level by going on chaperoned dates and spending time with both the Duggars and the Dillards. While Jill was away on the Growing Up Duggar book tour, Derick planned the engagement. On March 29th, while on a walk in the park, Derick got down on one knee and asked Jill to marry him. And she said: "Yes, totally!"


The couple invited 3,000 guests to their June 21st wedding. Approximately 1,500 attended. Just a few weeks after returning from her honeymoon, Jill took one of her mom's pregnancy tests and was shocked to discover that the results were positive. She and Derick excitedly shared the news with both their families and then announced it to the world via PEOPLE Magazine on August 20th, exactly one year and three days after their first Skype conversation. Baby Dilly is due in March 2015.

The PEOPLE article also shared the details of Jessa Duggar's recent engagement to Ben Seewald.



Photo Credits: PEOPLE Magazine

60 Comments (Click Here to Add Yours):

Neuhausl said...

Such a wonderful couple, I hope to meet them one day. I have watched the family on television since they started and now watch episodes on youtube. My husband and I have seven beautiful children and we homeschool all of them. May the Lord continue to use your family as inspiration to all of us. Congratulations to Jill and Derick, I know you will make wonderful parents.

Anonymous said...

I knew all this already from reading the blog but it is nice to see it all full in print! :) Congratulations to Jill and Derrick once again, may God bless you through all the years to come! I keep you and the Duggar and Dillard families in my prayers.

Your comrade from Australia....

Jesse said...

Wow CONGRATS to ya'll. I hope your blessed and happy once your baby arrives. I got one question... Are ya'll planning on having as many children as Michelle

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!! So when Ben told Derick to have a race with him and see who got to the altar first... Derick had already gotten a HUGE head start!!! Lol!!

Priscilla said...

You guys look great!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised by the direction People mag is going. But very happy for the new Dillards, Jill enjoys this lifestyle and I hope she has many children.

Sonya said...

Thank you for all of the great updates! What happy news! So - the photos are so beautiful. I LOVE Jill's outfit. Do you happen to know where she purchased it? Or what some of her favorite stores are? I love her style! Thanks for any ideas!

Lisa said...

The 5th photo would make another great cover photo at the top of the page.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photos. So sweet! The thing about them doing fast transitions!LOL!! The wait must have seemed like forever but worth it. I love how Jill wanted to know much about Derick before getting to close

Margaret Tudor said...

Talk about a whirlwind romance! What a love story between Jill and Derick! :)

Stephanie said...

Any new cover photo in the works? The children are getting much bigger and the family is growing:)

Anonymous said...

i am curious did they know each and every guest who came to there wedding on a personal basis? mary byler hambden twp ohio like them mennonite

Anonymous said...

Those are the sweetest pictures!!!

Quick poll for fellow readers, just for fun!! How many kids do you think Jill and Derick will have, total, once they're all finished?? More than 19?? :)

Anonymous said...

sorry people magazine but they do not deserve to be on the cover other people had more than they do. and they duggars have so much changed over the years. now they are making money off of this magazine..sorry Jill and Derrick but this is really in poor taste.

Anonymous said...

August 17, 2013 was my wedding day! What a great day!

Anonymous said...

I think the picture before the magazine cover should be jill and derick's picture for the blog header

Anonymous said...

My daughter Ashley and I met both Jill and Derick on August 3, 2014 at our church Cornerstone Baptist Church in West Memphis, AR as they where traveling with the Bates Family. Jill and Derick are a wonderful couple and the same with the Bates family both are a very good inspiration in our Lord and christian beliefs.
Congrats to the new baby - Jill and Derick
God Bless,

Ruth and Ashley Harris
Marion, AR

Anonymous said...

Dilly? Why on earth are you calling the baby dilly? All I can think of is a dill pickel?

Anonymous said...

Its cool that your blog and magazines post news about the duggars but I kinda wish we could be surprised to see things play out on the show instead because its funner to think will she say yes? Lol I guess I just like surprises

Anonymous said...

I am SO excited that Jill and Derick are having a baby! I am so excited that Jessa and Ben are engaged. Are Jessa and Ben really getting married on a Wednesday? October 1.

Hannah Kirchhoff said...

Jill and Derrick are such a good testimony!! I am so happy their excepting! :)

Anonymous said...

I love the Duggar Family and we can't wait to see the next episode!!!!

Jennifer Rogers said...

Is the wedding Nov 1?

The Emery's said...

Could y'all please confirmthe November 1st for the wedding date. I saw it on another news site, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Just watchin flashbacks of 14 and pregnant, this whole week is flashbacks with The Duggars commentary, its so fun and sad at the same time, i miss them when they were little.I wish the nonfans who comment would watch and then they wwould know what we do.I remember seeing so many false statements about the family because people didnt know the correct facts, so it's not too late to start watching these past shows.

Anonymous said...

So happy for them, and such a blessed baby. How about Grayson for a boy, or girl (Gray Dillard), or Harris for either boy or girl. Different, but great names !!

God's blessings to all the Duggars and Dillards !

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Jill and Derick! Such an amazing family!

Anonymous said...

Haven't seen the Duggar featured on the cover of People magazine since Josie was a baby. I hope to see the magazine in stores soon and get it from the library. Right now I'm reading the Duggar girl's book from the library.

joy said...

Beautiful couple and I wish them well.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the young small family! I hope so badly to meet you one day if it's Gods will! Love greetings from Germany

Chris said...

Enjoy every moment that you have together and say I love you to each other every day as you never know when it will be the last time you get to say it. I say this because in October I will have been married 23years and today we found out that my husbands cancer has spread and in all likely hood he is not going to make it. I wish I had the strength of fait that you have in god but I don't and all I can think is if there is a god I must have done something really horrid at some point in my life to have my wonderful husband taken away from me and our children.

Anonymous said...

HI I have a few questions if you can answer them,? when is Jessa getting married? did you have a post on when her wedding date is? if so can you tell me which one that is? Also I love that you share so much of the family for us to read it is an encouragement to me. Next why do the girls always where dresses or skirts? can you please provide verses to back them if they are uses the bible for which they chose?
finial Q is why do they not listen to "worldly'' music like country or rock and what consists of worldly music? thanks aj PS sorry I didn't know where to post so I thought this would be ok

Anonymous said...

wow Jill is pregnant so soon. They are such a sweet couple. i have always admired Jill for the honest way she shares her thoughts and feelings. I really wish I could be that excited for Jessa. Ben is very young and seems somewhat unrealistic. I don't think he is emotionally ready for marriage. I wish them the best and hope they can over come any problems. Good luck to all the Duggars

Anonymous said...

The fact that JimBob found a match so beautifully compatible for his daughter is so totally touching.I have seen so many of my friends and relatives who have had horrible relationships and marriages and so many of them had no fathers or had fathers who cared little about the guy they were with.I dont care who you are, everyone if they had a choice would choose a loving, caring,mom and dad who was present and spirituality guiding in their lives, and that is exactly what JimBob and Michelle are, and most likely their kids will be great parents too. It's a proven fact on how one is raised, just ask the prison inmates how many of them had exemplary lives, 95% would say that their childhood was pretty terrible. Those Duggar kids are very grateful for their parents and it shows by the respect the give them back.Im glad they had all those kids and i hope their kids have a guzillion kids too, the more of them in society the better as they are not a lazy crimeridden menace to society they actually are positive contributors, and their actions prove that.GodBless those Duggars!! :-) :-) :-)

Anonymous said...

From the Bahamas, we congratulate both couples for their godly standards that should be emulated by young and old. God bless!

Anonymous said...

SO excited about this baby!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you both. May the lord continue to work in both your life. its great seeing young couples living for the lord. I know you will make great parents.

Alhelí said...

This is my favorite love story! I'm so happy for both of them and I'm also very greatful to have heard and seen this couple get united by the will of God. He does great things for those who wait on Him.
May God bless them as a couple and as a soon to become family (:

Anonymous said...

Wow, how wonderful to have such a change of pace on the People cover.Its so refreshing to have do gooders instead of Kardashian types.Finally wholesome godlovin folks make it on there for a change, I LIKE it. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the newly married couple and on dilly too. Wow. Fast is right. Go for it.

Anonymous said...

How is it, that with a real full time job, Derick has time to travel with the Bates family? How long is it until he quits his job and makes the TV show his career officially? Many things just don't add up lately.

Katie R. said...

Hmmm...probably 16-18! Somewhere around there. :-)
~Katie @ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

Becca D. said...

Is Jill having morning sickness ?

Anonymous said...

Hello, just curious - did Jill finish her midwifery-training?

Anonymous said...

Jill you look so pretty on that cover and Derrick looks handsome as well. A big thumbs up from me to People Magazine for having you guys on the cover. You two are such a wholesome family, you inspire so many. Thank you. It is your time to shine and glow( pregnancy glow) so enjoy it!
I hope you a blessed marriage and darling children. You two are so cute together.

joy said...

How come my comment are never posted?

Anonymous said...

Wishing Derrick & Jill all the best. Congratulations on your growing family. God bless all three of you.

Anonymous said...

@Chris.
I am so sorry you are going thru a rough time. Please know that God is not punishing you. He loves you and your husband beyond comprehension. He may be using this time so you can learn to lean on Him and each other more closely. But PLEASE do not push Him aside because you think He is punishing you! Use this time to serve your husband. Demonstrate to your children selfless love. Gather a support network around you and dont forget to take some time out for just you and the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless!

ally said...

Okay . I have to say it.Jill looks more pregnant than she should be. Unless she genetically she shows really early? Usually with your 1 st baby it does not show till past 12-14 weeks. I know she got married at the very end of june . These picture are no older than 2 weeks right ? So that makes her 9 weeks pregnant 10 at the most . I'm just confused here. I too got pregnant the 1 st night with my son. So that does not surprise me at all , with my daugther 1st try too. Is just makes me wonder . I love the Duggars and although we don't see eye to eye I appreciate their core values. So I want to believe is just genetically predisposed to show early ?

Anonymous said...

No, there is no wedding date yet. Although i suspect November 1.
They wear dresses or skirts to be distinctly different to men. But also the bible says that women should not dress like men and vice versa.
They dont listen to rock music partly because of the beat and the way it draws you in. But also becuse music should be calming and edifying to Christ. You can find more info on it via the IBLP.ORG website.
Look up Dueteronomy 22v5 regarding dress. While its not a command for the church. It still holds some value for christians today. There is nothing wrong with pants. But you should look distinctly different from a guy. (Eg.long hair,jewellery, girly colours.) Hope this helps. :-)

Lily and Ellie said...

@Stephanie

Hi Stephanie,

We will get to work on a new cover photo once we receive updated portraits. :)

~Lily and Ellie

Lily and Ellie said...

@Jennifer Rogers

Hi Readers,

The Duggars have chosen not to officially announce the wedding date yet, so we are unable to confirm it. Ben and Jessa are in the thick of planning and are looking forward to sharing their special day with fans on TLC. :)

~Lily and Ellie

Lily and Ellie said...

@Becca D.

Hi Becca,

Jill has been having severe morning sickness. :(

~Lily and Ellie

Anonymous said...

I will pray for you and your family, please dont give up on Jesus, he does love you and yours.I'm sending my prayers your way.

Anonymous said...

Yes ,it is genetically predisposed to show early. I had the same body type as Jill and i showed at one month and was in full maternity at six weeks, some women show very early, my mom and aunts showed very early also, everyone thought i was having twins ot that i was farther along. So yeah it is very possible, ask a medical professional they will back me up.

Anonymous said...

Seems like the Duggars have become movie stars.

Lily and Ellie said...

@joy

Hi Joy,

Your comments have all been posted. We moderate all comments that we receive on the blog, so that's why they don't always show up immediately. :)

~Lily and Ellie

Anonymous said...

Agreed!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jill and Derick! We're so excited for you both!

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