Friday, May 26, 2017

A Duggar Son is Engaged!


The exciting news just keeps coming. Joseph Duggar is engaged to Kendra Caldwell! He proposed at Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth's wedding reception today, after asking permission from the bride and groom. Joseph and Kendra announced their courtship in March, just a few days after Joy and Austin revealed their engagement.

Photo courtesy TLC

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  1. I'm so excite for you hope the lord blesses❤️

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  2. Joseph and Kendra keep stealing the spotlight from Joy and Austin. I think that's horrible to announce your engagement at a sibling's wedding. Joseph should've waited a month to propose.

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    1. That's your opinion but we don't know what they think about it. I'm sure Joseph asked Joy and Austin's permission first to do it there.

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    2. Anon 11:48, do you think sweet Joy would say no even if she wanted to. I agree, it was wrong to do on your sisters wedding day

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    3. Permission or not its a terrible thing to do. Just wait for your own moment in the spotlight and let the happy couple enjoy theirs.

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    4. Congratulations but really shouldn't have stolen the spotlight at another's wedding! I don't care if he did ask permission. They are such a polite family, they wouldn't have said no.

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    5. The article on tlcMe stated that Austin and Joy graciously agreed to Joeseph's request to propose to Kendra at their wedding reception.

      It has barely been 24 hours since the proposal, it is unknown at this time just how public or private that proposal was. Only guests can confirm that, but it is not their place to share. These things will be revealed in their time.

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    6. Why do any of you negative Nancy's care? Stop criticizing the Duggar's lifestyle and values and start Keeping Up with the Kardashian's... who shamelessly have none.. and we wonder why our homes and communities are broken...

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    7. He asked permission from Joy and Austin although if it was me I wouldn't have stolen their day.
      Joy also had her celebration on Mary's birthday which I am sure was blessed first but kinda sad

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    8. I think it makes it special that he proposed at his sister's wedding.

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    9. We will find out from TLC because they will have surely filmed it... if Joy and Austin thought it was ok then I guess it's fine, but generally it is really in poor taste

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    10. Instead of viewing Joseph's engagement as taking away from Joy and Austin, why not view it as one more thing to celebrate on an already very happy day?

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    11. 10:40 AM - I agree with you. The whole "stealing the spotlight" issue is petty. Who cares? I sure wouldn't have given two hoots if someone got engaged at my wedding.

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    12. Joy and Austin graciously agreed....they have been brought up this way so they never would say no even if Joy really didn't want it to happen.

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    13. I can't help thinking, maybe the producers of TLC, comes up with the ideas to make the show interesting. Just like when John David forgot the wedding ring at Josh's and jumped off the stage!:)

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    14. Anonymous,

      Did you see that he got permission from the bride and groom?

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  3. Congratulations Joy and Austin on your wedding! Also congratulations to Joseph and Kendra on their engagement.

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  4. We are very proud to have you in the mist. Thank for all of you lives with us.
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    1. There are some fantastic place names in Canada. We have family in Ontario and they holiday at a place called Skootamatta lake. Really want to visit your great country someday.

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    2. What kind of -mist- I don't know that I've
      heard that saying....? ! ?

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    3. Maybe they mean MIDST, not mist

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    4. It should be "midst". In the "midst" of...

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    5. Probably an auto confuse text change for midst. To understand these comments you need to think about typos and the auto correct (confusing auto changes to words we type, that we don't realize or check back through our typing to catch....if we can!)

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  5. Joy Anna should have had a day without one of her siblings making a bid for attention. Stay classy Joe

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    1. I agree, but why all of a sudden are the Duggars lining up to get married.??

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  6. It is great if the Spirit moved Joseph and not just emotionalism in the moment. It would be most certain she would say yes. Otherwise that could be a bit strange. Did he have his engagement ring ready? This saved him a lot of trouble creating a special moment and atmosphere as is their tradition now. So maybe what we are seeing is a practical and efficient guy not an emotional one. It does seem that Joseph failed to respect his boundaries I agree. He was a guest at his sister's wedding, her big day, not Kendra's engagement party. How would you have liked to share the spotlight spontaneously Ellie?

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    1. I wonder if Kendras father had Joe fill out a fifty page questionaire like Jimbob had the girls husbands complete?

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    2. Maybe but who knows? I say the appropriate response from the audience is just a hearty congratulations to the happy couples!

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    3. As a rule popping the question at someone's wedding might not be a common practise. In this case the situation is unique. Joy was a close sibling Joe so seeing her new life and more about his new life as an adult Duggar like this is great fun. Rejoice!

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  7. Congratulations to both couples.

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  8. Pretty sneak of him to do that at a wedding

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  9. Congratulations!

    More work for you Ellie. Time to update the photos above.;-)

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  10. It says in the article that he asked their permission. So I am assuming Joy Anna and Austin were ok with it. Also we don't know if this was a public affair. He could have taken her somewhere private and secluded to ask. With a chaperone of course. Either way, congrats to both.

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  11. It is interesting to see how different families handle this sort of thing. It is kind of Joy, Austin and Kendra to share their very special day with another couple.


    With us, is extremely poor etiquette and disrespectful to the couple to make any special announcement on someone else's day even if it is something as common as a graduation paety. It is also uncomfortable to the guests.

    However, I have heard of double weddings and marriage proposals at funerals. I dunno. Everyone does it differently.

    Wishing them the best.

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  12. Joe could have waited one more day to propose to someone he's been 'seeing' for only 2 months.

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  13. It was Joy Annas day ...he should have waited and made it a special day for his bride to be!!

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    1. I guess it depends on how you look at it, but I thought he made it special. Not everything needs to be a big Pinterest inspired, soap opera fairytale proposal. I mean goodness, when I got engaged we talked about getting married then we picked out the ring he put it on my finger and it was official. Been together 15 yrs and married 9, happily ever after๐Ÿ’ž, you bet!!! A big engagement and wedding doesn't ensure you'll have a great marriage believe me. Although I do enjoy watching the Duggars and hearing new updates. Congrats to all the couples!

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    2. Obviously engagements do not need to be elaborate. Look at Joys engagement. Very simple. I am thankful that my engagement was private and simple. Poor Kendra can't even recognize the engagement as her and Joseph's day. I think it should have been planned on a separate day so that it could have just been for them to celebrate, with each other and close family/friends. Thank goodness Kendra said yes in front of all those people...that's why proposals should be private.

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    3. They could have waited until the day after and said they had got caught up in all the wedding romance. That would have been more considerate to the newly weds.

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  14. Pretty exciting all the engagements, marriages and babies! I wonder when the duggar family will officially be doubled! Counting the engagement and the 2 babies in the womb the duggar family is at 36 now! 6 more and they'll be doubled their 21!

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  15. I would love my bother to get engaged at my wedding.What a wonderful and memorable wedding. It is not your day the bride and groom but a time to honor God and come together with family and friends.Go Joseph and Kendra~!!!

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    1. I totally agree. I'm so excited for both couples!! God bless you all

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    2. Actually it is the bride and groom's day. They put a lot into planning the shared ceremony of their marriage. So for someone else to use their circumstance for another reason is getting into what they organized and planned and prepared etc. So that stuff all has pretty much made it their day if they invested all that effort and arranged everything. They obviously expect their marriage union to be made by God at that time, so that is really their day in God to become one as a man and wife. That is the focus. Other things can happen but the couple created the focus.

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    3. I guess it depends. If someone just did it at my reception and didn't ask me about it first, I would have thought it was pretty rude. But if it were a family member and they did ask, I probably would have said yes. It would just make for even more for us to celebrate.

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    4. I agree!!!!

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    5. Hope you commenters open your hearts up to love! If Joe got permission to express his love and ask Kendra to marry there what other boundary or border are you making up? If they are in love and Joy and Austin say go for it ask who are you to establish a boundary? Sorry this is a non arguement the people it matters to made their choices and we just get the news as a privilege to us out in VIEWER land!

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  16. It says in the post he asked Joy and Austin for permission. My goodness people please read.

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    1. That is still a bold thing to do. How could the bride and groom refuse, even if they wanted to?

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    2. I don't care if he asked permission first or not. It's a tacky thing to request of a bride and groom, to take the spotlight off of them and put it on yourself after the wedding. And what about Kendra? Maybe she wanted an engagement day and an experience that was all her own. Joseph didn't seem to take that into consideration at all.

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    3. The key being it was after the wedding, life goes on, so why not, there are a lot of children in that family. It's hopping like poppin corn there all the time. Sharing the limelight for another engagement is not really offensive, but stinky fish in the newly weds car was gross (past memory).

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    4. We live in such a "me" and "I" culture. Can't people wrap their minds around selflessness?!?! Joy and Austin were not only gracious, but they were selfless. Please always assume the best of people. I am sure Joy and Austin were thrilled to give others the limelight--they are truly humble. And all of us should practice this humility--especially in our comments here.

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    5. I did read it, and even asking was not ok as it put the bride and groom in an akward spot, as they probably did not feel like they could say no. Someones wedding day is their special day, let your sister have that at least. What about Kendra no special engagement planned just for her. It doesn't need to be a great fanfare type thing even just going to a special location and popping the question. Poor Kendra comes across as so young and innocent i'm sure she thought it was so romantic, in years to come she might view it differently.

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    6. No, it was NOT tacky.

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  17. Even if Joseph ask Joy, beforehand.....
    What's she gonna say.....
    just one big happy family ๐Ÿ˜Š
    He may have just started a new tradition ❗️❣

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    1. I sincerely hope they havn't started a new tradition. The other tradition at Duggar weddings is one of the husbands stepping out of the congregation in the church, grabbing their wife and kissing her in a dramatic dip (who could forget Derick at Jinger and Jeremys wedding) its totally attention seeking and very rude. Let the bride and groom have their special day, your day will come.

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    2. I actually think the wedding tradition with the spouse walking out of the church is super cute. Super, super cute.

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    3. Oh please, their spouses grabbing and dipping them on the way out of the church only takes a few seconds. It certainly isn't some big attention grabbing moment. How exciting is it to watch people leave the church at the end of the ceremony? It doesn't hurt for them to do something different. It doesn't take away from the ceremony at all since it is over at that point.

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    4. Anon @ 9:27 I have to disagree with you on this one. When the bride and groom walk down the aisle together it is the first time the go together as man and wife, and it is a lovely moment. At Jingers wedding Derick made a total spectacle of himself by having to run round to the aisle grab and dip Jill, then walk her out leaving the poor grooms man standing not knowing what to do. It smacks of a dominance ritual also, this is my woman sort of thin. Very tacky at any wedding in my opinion.

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  18. Congratulations to both couples!!

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  19. congratulations. May you be blessed. I know by faith Joseph can be a good leader in the home and Joy can be a delightful help-meet. I enjoy the writing of no-greater-joy ministry. A Jewish friend of mine even recommends it, and understands the family dramas and false accusations that Josh went through.

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  20. Why not let Joy and Austin have their big wedding moment without it being taken over by Joseph?? Waiting a few more days to allow each to have their own special day would have been more respectable.

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  21. Of course he asked permission, read the article. He had thought it out.
    Perfect timing to add another plug in for the show. At least there will be new footage.

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  22. Hi Lily and Ellie!

    It's been mentioned on the Bates family page, but I want to mention it here. Why not ask the one who makes the headers to do the same pattern as Ellie made for the Bates. I actually think that the pictures are bigger when you put one picture per married child and single picture for the other siblings.

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  23. Awesome Congratulations Joseph and Kendra!!!

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  24. Except for Jana and John-David who do not seem to be in any hurry.. who is next to get married? Got to have weddings to film, right? Josiah?

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  25. When my husband and I got engaged, we were alone and completely focused on each other. It was the most emotionally connected I've ever felt to anyone. That engagement moment can come only once in a lifetime.

    I doubt Kendra had that same experience, with a bride & groom, 1000 guests, and TV cameras everywhere. How unfortunate that Joseph didn't consider how much more emotional the moment can be for the woman if she's the center of all his attention at the moment of the proposal. I sure hope it didn't involve Take 2 or Take 3 for the cameras. Can't this family do anything personal in blessed, peaceful, normal privacy???

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    1. Not every proposal has to be like yours! Besides they are never alone with each other before marriage.

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    2. That is how YOU want it. Why should the whole world feel te same way as you? That's pretty selfish.

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    3. How was he suppose to propose to her alone?! They aren't allowed to be alone, remember? Propose in front of a 10 year old sibling? How romantic! Not.

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    4. @1:43 There is nothing "selfish" about wanting two people to get engaged privately. It's personal and profound, just like marriage should be. Even the strictest of Duggar courting rules should allow for one moment of privacy for this event.

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  26. Congratulations you two! I will be praying the wedding details come together perfectly!☺

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  27. Since Joy has been trained up to be polite and stay sweet what else could she say to her brother but YES. I don't think it was smart of Joe to propose just then. Today would have been a good day to do it and it should have been a bit more private for them, even with chaperones, and no hand holding.

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  28. Keep on the sunny side of life and do not turn everything here on Lily and Ellie's Duggar blog into food for the snarks! They have their own web pages and feast there!

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  29. WOW! so many exciting things for the Duggar fam. I hope Kendra and Joeseph reveal their wedding date...

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  30. For everyone complaining about the timing, it could have been worse. Joseph could have proposed AND Jinger could have announced she was pregnant. That would have been a TLC trifecta.

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  31. One of my bridesmaids got engaged at my wedding.

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  32. I have been to wedding with surprise proposals. Especially when it was the only time families could be present. It isn't classless unless he didn't plan it with the bride of the wedding.

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  33. Maybe they got engaged prior to the wedding and this is just when they choose to break the news. Maybe Joy and Austin don't care. This isn't a family where kids expect undivided attention. This is a family that shares most moments with others- including Duggar fans. Maybe it was done at the end of the day (remember duggar receptions are not "typical" with dinner and dancing) maybe its a plug for the show. Maybe they can do things how they want..

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  34. Anonymous 12:44- have you ever watched engagement videos? ????? Most of them are in front of tons of people. I was engaged in front of my family and and his. I'm one of 12 and he's 1 of 6. It was amazing and i loved having all of my loved ones there to share our moment. My sister announced she was expecting her first child the same night. It didnt steal my moment in any way. The whole evening wad amazing and i wouldn't trade it for anything. We've been married almost 17 years, my thoughts have never changed. . Shame on you got judging them based on what you think is right.

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  35. Wow. Serious marketing opportunity. So sad they're resorting to this type of thing in order to keep the show on the air.

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    1. Agree, 10:45. Time for the gravy train to pull into the station and park itself. It's time for some other deserving family to be recognized and get a TV show instead. I don't understand TLC's continued attraction to this gang, unless they signed them to a lifetime contract. It's getting repetitive.

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    2. I think it may be on its way out, which is why they are resorting to this type of thing. There are only so many courtships, engagements, weddings and babies you can watch before it all starts getting repetative, I think we are at that stage.

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    3. It is ridiculous to think everything that they do is for the show. They aren't getting engaged or married for ratings. Christians don't make decisions that way especially since we expect to be married for life. Those decisions are only made carefully with prayer and counsel.

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  36. Considering that People Magazine published the story and pictures the day after the wedding, the engagement was staged.

    I hope that Joseph and Kendra are actually ready to get married and this is not staged for TV.

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  37. That is a really quick courtship for both Joy Anna and Austin and Joseph and Kendra!

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  38. I ❤ weddings! Can't wait!

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  39. He proposed at their wedding? He couldn't wait one day or at least until after the reception!!! Come on that was their special day. I am sorry but that is bad timing.

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  40. I just don't think I would ever want my proposal to be at somebody else's wedding. How very awkward. Just as you're not supposed to upstage the bride at a wedding by wearing white as a guest, imagine someone proposing. It just upstages the couple. Joe should have waited. That said, I do congratulate him and Kendra. They look like a fine couple well suited to one another. The Duggars must be doing something right: Look at all the happy marriages in that family.

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  41. Congrats to joy and Austin! Also to Joe and Kendra! Can't wait to see what's next!

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  42. Congrats to Joe and Kendra may you both be blessed to an amazing future together . Wishing them both all the best on planning their wedding❣️

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