Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Joy-Anna Duggar is Courting!

Joy-Anna Duggar just made a huge announcement. She is in a courtship! Who's the lucky guy? His name is Austin, and he and Joy have known each other for 15 years. We don't have access to a computer this week, so we can't post the couple's announcement video, but you can get the scoop on People.com by clicking here.

Our recap of tonight's wedding episode will be a few days late, due to our blogging break, but we promise to have it up as soon as we can. Thanks for understanding. :)

69 comments:

  1. Aww...how sweet! Good luck you two. Hope all works out for you. You make a cute couple. Make it a long courtship, no need to rush into anything.

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  2. Congrats joy and Austin. You two are very young just don't rush things you two have a whole live ahead of you so, enjoy every moment of it good luck and God bless you bless guys!!!!!💕

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  3. What about Jana!!!! Prince Charming is taking too long!!!!!

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    1. What about her? She's stated many times in interviews, that she's in absolutely no hurry whatsoever.

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  4. That is so sad. She is just too young and she hasn't
    even done anything with her life yet.

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    1. I met my husband at 19 he was 22. Married at 20 and he was 23. Been married for 20 years. Love of my life and best friends. When you know you know. No sense in waiting around especially if you have been saving yourselves for marriage. Apart from accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior best thing in my life. I don't see this as sad at all.

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    2. A courtships doesn't always lead to marriage. One of their other sons was in a courtship about a year ago, and that ended.

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  5. Very happy for Joy and good to know she has known Austin for so many years.
    I hope they take this time to make certain a real bond and like values exist.
    I'm glad she is able to start her own life but hopefully she isn't just running from the one she has. She seemed disappointed not continuing her education but expressed her responsibilities to help care for her siblings.

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    1. I just don't understand; is marriage the only option the girls have in life? And it's not Joy's responsibility to raise her brothers and sisters. It's their mother's. I wouldn't blame Jana one bit for waiting to get married if that is her only option in life. But I'm grateful to live in a country where we are free to raise our families as we wish.

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  6. My eyes got wide when I saw this!

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  7. Eeek! Congratulations. How old is Austin?

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  8. Joy Anna, Congrats to you and Austin! It's great when you've known him so long. I knew of mine also, we met at a wedding (His brother married my sister)!

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  9. Congratulations Joy so happy for you wishing you lifetime of happiness looking forward to more announcements cant wait this is so exciting love you gorgeous

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  10. This certainly comes as a surprise to me! I know it's not my life, but I kind of felt both happy and sad for Joy. Happy because she is dating with a purpose aka courting. Sad because I was hoping she'd go to college, and be able to financially support herself one day.

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  11. And Jana is 26 years old and not in a courtship, but then again neither are the older brothers. Jana has said that guys have been interested in her, but she's not interested in them because she doesn't want to settle for the first one that comes along. She's not settling for just any guy. She's said that she wants someone that gets their hands dirty, probably a carpenter type, or home-builder, etc. Or maybe she doesn't want a lot of children (they don't use birth control) so she is purposely waiting until later in life to marry, so there won't be as many fertile years in which to conceive. Or maybe she just wants to be single, which is cool too.

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    1. They don't believe in birth control as a lot of people don't, because it puts a barrier up to life. However, she's stated many times, she is in no hurry, which is her choice.

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    2. It's not like meeting your soulmate is a choice. You don't just look at a guy and decide he's the one. Sometimes finding that one person can take a really long time. Sometimes you don't find them at all. I'm 28 and still waiting. And at times I do lose hope that he'll ever arrive.

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  12. This post is going to get a lot of comments watch!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS Joy!!!! I'm so happy for you and wish you lots of happiness. Lots of prayers!! God Bless You!!

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  14. Ooohhhh :-( Im sad. She's so young. I hope she doesn't rush into things.

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    1. Courtship doesn't always lead to marriage Dawn. One of her brothers was in a very brief courtship last year I believe, and that ended.

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    2. Yes and because of that I don't think the Duggars will announce courtships until they know it will head to marriage. I wouldn't be surprised if Joy Has been courting already for a few months.

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  15. I'm sure there will be lots of comments on here about how sad it is that Jana isn't the one courting... But I just have to say that I truly believe that what God has planned for her is much, much, much greater than she or anyone else can ever imagine. She is completely trusting God and His timing and as a 22 year old female who has never had a boyfriend, I am so inspired by that. She is a good example to me to be patient and trust Him. And I pray that she will follow His plan for her.
    Huge congrats to Joy-Anna! They're cute together and I'm sure she is also following God's plan for her. Love this family and the good examples they set for us. :) God bless!

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    1. Let me say that Gods timing is always the best. I'm thankful to see more girls trusting the Lord with their love story! I myself have constantly learned to trust God and stayed single all through my last day of 21 and that was when a godly young man asked me to court him. We are engaged now but I never would have treasured that if I would have been dating.. blessings to you! Stay near and satisfied in the Lord always!

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    2. Anon@10:14
      I am a senior citizen, long happily married. I also went to college and had a career of my own before settling down with my husband and raising a family. I am fascinated by the notion some have of "completely trusting God and His timing, and follow His plan." Perhaps you think of finding the right spouse as destiny, but I think there are likely any number of paths we can follow, people we can meet and have things work out just fine.
      Don't get me wrong. I love my husband and children dearly and I've been very happy. However, I think it all worked out by time and chance. By the way, I hope you find the same happiness.
      But first, you have to be happy with yourself before you can be happy with someone else.

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    3. I Think Jana is 25, not 22.

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    4. No whoever made the comment is talking about herself not Jana. The original poster is 22.

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  16. Never ever would I have guessed joy she is still a teen! Hasn't gotten to really grow and experience adulthood yet! Too young to start thinking marriage possibilities! What's next, the Duggar age 17 or 18?? Hope not.

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  17. What! So surprised! What a cute couple! Happy for both of them!

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  18. So little joy- joy as her sisters call her, is courting. She mentioned she doesn't want to go to college. What will her future husband do to support them both? Its odd to me little joy is courting before her 26 year old big sister is! She is too young yet.

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  19. Sooooo unexpected!
    I never thought it would be her!

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  20. I am so happy for Joy-Anna but my heart just brakes for Jana. Another younger sister will probably be getting married before she does. If
    it was me I would be so upset.

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    1. It's probably bitter sweet for Jana...I'm sure there are tears when she lays her head on her pillow. It's a hard thing to watch all of your younger sisters leave and have lives, etc. Hoping Jim Bob allows Jana to start a business for herself...I mean she is 26. She should be able to move on with her life until someone comes along that she likes.

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  21. I must admit, I was not expecting to year that Joy was in a courtship. But they seem like a sweet couple and I'm glad they have been friends first for so long. It would have been nice to see one of the guys in a courtship.

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  22. Congratulations Joy and Austin on your courtship!

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  23. Why do the Duggar girls feel the need to court and get married at such a young age?? Plus how come the Duggar girls are always courting and never the Duggar boys?

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    1. They don't feel the need to get married as such a young age. They have placed this in God's hands, and have asked him to send them the man he wants for them. Josh courted Anna, so far he's the only boy. John-David says that he's also in no hurry. I'm not sure why this bothers people so much.

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  24. I hope Joy takes the time that she needs... I'm in a relationship since I was 17 (over 6 years) so I totally understand her. But courtship is way more serious than my relationship was when I was 18... She should enjoy her youth and find out what she wants in life, get a job and be independent before getting married and having children...
    She can deepen her faith, enjoy her youth and be independent without getting married right away...

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  25. So happy for you Joy. Praying for you both during this courtship and both of your futures xx God Bless.

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  26. He looks like Chad!!

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    1. I thought the same!!!!!!

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  27. I assumed it was going to be John-David or Joseph but I'm so happy for Joy. She seems so happy and he is pretty cute. Congrats to the new courting couple!!

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  28. That video is not much more than Jim Bob reminding you to watch their show!

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  29. Yahoo! I knew it was Joy. I just got to meet her at and ATI Family conference this past August. She is sooo Sweet!

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    1. Probably all of them are to me
      There friend bates did get married younger however josiah courting never worked out maybe or they'll have a longer courtship at least then Jing (im usually wrong on everything )

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  31. Josh and Anna were 19 when they courted, and 20 when they married. Ben Seewald was 19. In the Bates family, Alyssa was 19 when she started courting, and 19 1/2 when married. I think 19 is young too, but it doesn't seem unusual in these families.

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    1. Ben's wasn't born a duggar.he's a Seewald.

      Joy is still way to young. See said she new Austin for 15 years that means Joy was 4 years old when she meet Austin.

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    2. Ben was 24 when he was courting. Ben was born in 1989 get married at 25. Look at the birthday list above.

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    3. anonymous @ 10:12 - Ben was not 24 when he was courting nor was he born in 1989. He was to 19 when he was courting and he was born in 1995. if you are going to 'correct' someone, maybe try and have the info correct first!!

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    4. No. Check again!

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    5. Ben was 19, he is 21 now while jessa is 24

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    6. Ben was born May 1995. I think you were looking at Derick's (Jill's husband) birthday- he was born in 1989.

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    7. Ben was not 25 when they got married.

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    8. Ben isnt 25 yet. Hes younger than jessa

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    9. Ben wasn't born in 1989. He was born in 1995.

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  32. Joy,
    You are so young to think about marriage. There are many opportunities and experiences out there for you. Both of you should experience some of life before you are tied down with marriage and babies. If you are meant to be together, it will happen but please wait a few years.

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  33. What is Austin's last name and what are the names of all of Jinger's bridesmaids and lastly what happened to Jeremy's best friend Luis from the soccer team? He was not at their wedding. Thank you

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  34. This explains why her goal after graduating high school was helping at home. Sad how the only goals duggar women have is being a wife and mom. Great for some but with so many women you would think there would be one who wants something different in life and not just immediatley get married and start a family.

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  35. I don't understand why everyone is so critical. "Jana is too old", "Joy is too young". I went to public school and I know people on my class that dated in high school and got married right after graduation and had kids and I know people that still aren't dating or married and I'm about to turn thirty. Perfectly normal situation either way. As a mom of two little ones, I get many comments from strangers like "you've got your hands full" and these comments don't make me want to change my life (not that I can undo being a mom anyway, but I wouldn't change a thing!)...but the rare comment like "you are doing such a great job!" really brightens my day. I'm certainly glad they are trusting in His plan. Do you want to be a discouragement to people or an encouragement? Choose positivity.

    Jana- I am proud of you for trusting God with your dating life. I had a hard time when I was single and I didn't always trust in His plan and I regret that. You are such a testament!

    Joy- congratulations on your courtship! This is such an exciting time for you and I wish you many happy memories!

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  36. Not at all to me. I think it's better than all these promiscuous college kids and younger teens that end up with STD's and/or pregnant. It's not like they marry the father of their child either. And most continue to have children out of wedlock while single or just living with a guy. If you're going to do all that, it's just better to make the commitment to me.

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    1. Hear hear! I agree.

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    2. Terahdox, that is an exaggerated generalization. In reality, the vast majority of teens and college kids do not get pregnant. But if you want to talk statistics, strangely enough, Arkansas has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. Someone's not getting the message through there.

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  37. I met my husband when I was 19 and we are still happily married ten years later. Just because you get married young doesn't mean your life is over- I went to public school, I got a college degree (that I am not even using because I choose to be a stay at home mom!). I love having a family and I love having the support of my husband and I see it as a blessing that I met him early. If you find someone you love what is the point of waiting?

    On another note, the number of young teens having intercourse is much more shocking. Joy is an adult and I would be proud of her if she was my daughter. Why are we criticizing her?! You are awesome Joy-Congrats!

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    1. I would be thrilled to have a girl like Joy as a daughter. I agree.

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  38. My mother had just turned nineteen when she met my dad, and had me ten months later. They have always been very much in love. Years ago, it was considered quite normal for a woman to marry around age twenty and begin a family. Attending college was not the norm, and most mothers stayed home to raise their children. As years passed by, women began to pursue college degrees in droves, either putting off marriage and motherhood, or putting their children in one of the many daycares that began popping up everywhere. Now, most women can not imagine having joy in "just marrying and having children". They assume it's a droll brain sucking choice. How is it then that so many women years ago made this choice and found it an honor to take care of husband, children, and home? I think a college education is a wonderful thing, I have two degrees myself. However, when I think about what matters most to me, I don't think about the degrees, I think about my six children and husband--taking care of them is where I have joy. Best wishes Joy-Anna!!!!

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