Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Josiah's Engagement

Dwain and Lana Swanson, Lauren Swanson and Josiah Duggar, 
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

A short while ago, Josiah Duggar, 21, proposed to Lauren Swanson, 18, at the Swanson family home in Georgia. The spot where he got down on one knee was the same spot where Lauren's father proposed to her mother years ago. The new couple announced their engagement on March 5th. Below are a few photos.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson engagement

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson engagement





Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson engagement


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Photos are courtesy DCL; the full album can be found on the TLC website.

175 comments:

  1. Another one of those full frontal "side" hugs. I wish they'd stop saying that all they do when courting is a side hug.

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    1. They are engaged at that point not courting. And each couple make those decisions. It's not written in stone

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    2. Seems the kids got smart and just ignore the ridiculous "rules" now.

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    3. Each couple sets their own guidelines for courting and once engaged.

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    4. Yea, engaged now. It's different

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    5. They have been showing more and more front hugs. But they have not stopped talking about how all they do is side hugs.

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    6. Is it just me or is the repetition of the weddings getting old. I really don't want to see another visit to that same bridal store and the family friend planning the theme/wedding, then the honeymoon to a foreign country. Please TLC, focus on where they are living, working, studying, something different of substance!!!

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    7. What are everyone's thoughts on where Josiah will live? James and Jason now own a house per the property records. Will they live there? Also, Austin doesn't own any properties other than his home now. Does anyone think he will work at the camp with his parents (and Joy?) now that he is married? He hasn't flipped a house since he got engaged over a year ago. Are they just living on magazine interview payments and tlc paychecks?

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    8. They can hug like that but they can't kiss? Oh kay.

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    9. why is it any of our business what they do?i love the show no matter want happens.love the family and their wonderful loved ones.keep up the great work of keeping us entertained.

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  2. Very sweet looking proposal. And it looks like Josiah popped the question with a beautiful ring!!!!!

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  3. That looks like more than a "side hug" in the center photo and they appear to be holding hands in the bottom pic. Have the "rules" changed for the Duggars?

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    1. These were their engagement pictures, they can hold hands and frontal hug at that point.

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    2. Once they are engaged they often hug a bit more closely (and more often and longer) and hold hands. There is nothing written in stone for engagement, each couple, who are adults make their own choices.

      Do you watch the show? You would know this if you did.

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    3. Each Duggar young adult makes their owns boundaries for courtship and engagement. While some are very similar, some are different as well.
      -Rachel

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    4. I assume the hand holding pic is from after the proposal and the Duggars have always "allowed" for hand holding after engagement. As for the hugs; I'd consider them a 3/4 hug not a real "frontal hug".

      Now it seems the majority of posters here don't actually believe the Duggars when they state that each couple are setting their own rules. But I think that might actually be true, at least when it comes to subtle things like that.

      I guess we'll see if Josiah and Lauren are going to be as strict with each other as Joe and Kendra, who were very sweet but did come across as extreme in their precautions even compared to the other Duggars, Or at least Joe did, such as when he refused to put his hand on her hip during a professional photo shoot. They had their share of "3/4 hugs" too but they were mostly initiated by Kendra, not Joe.

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    5. Each couple dictate their own rules. They all, so far, say no holding hands before engagement. Which makes the pics ok, they're engaged. Either way it's what they have set forth for them as a couple.

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    6. They hold hands after engagement

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    7. Once they are engaged, they can hold hands. This is the rules that all the other kids have followed.

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    8. they have often said that once courting, each couple sets their own rules & boundaries so yes, the rules changed from couple to couple based on their own 'comfort zones'

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    9. Their engaged. They can hold hands now. Plus all of them gave front hugs after they popped the question and they all have said basically it was a mistake. Oops!!!!!

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    10. Once they are engaged they hold hands. As f or the hugs each couple sets their own limits and they even have commented before that sometimes it just happens but they try not to also probably more of a pose for the picture anyways.

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    11. they hold hands once there Engaged and that,s a side hug a full on hug is face to face

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    12. Each couple set their own rules, and those rules can be different depending on what stage their relationship is at. S. from Holland.

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    13. They're always holding hands when engaged, but anyway that's what often happens: stricter rules for older siblings, whonpave the way for the younger ones.

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    14. They each set their own rules so it doesn’t matter what they are doing as long as it is to that couples standards. Jess for instance, didn’t hold hands until engaged, did you say the same on their pictures?

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    15. The "rules" haven't changed, since the "rule" is that each couple chooses the "rules" for their relationship.The "rules" for Josiah and Lauren are whatever they choose. The "rules" for Joe and Kendra were whatever they chose. The "rules" for Joy and Austin were whatever they chose. JB and M have always said that each couple needs to set their "rules" themselves.

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    16. I wish they would stop saying how they limit themselves to side hugs (and only a certain number of those per day) when it's clear they don't. They have all broken their own rules, starting with Jill and that famous airport hug. What's the point of setting rules if you're not going to follow them? I thought the rules were there to maintain personal discipline. Guess that's not so.

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    17. 9:19- I think it's a safe bet that those "rules" have to be run by the parents for approval. If one couple should happen to decide they would kiss before the wedding, it would likely not be given a pass.

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    18. Bingo, 5:13. "Each couple sets their own rules" that their parents expect and get to have the final say about.

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    19. If each couple set their own rules, there would be differences in the rules the various couples followed. I agree with @5:13. The couples are free to come up with stricter rules but it is doubtful they would be allowed to come up with less strict rules than the standard ones.

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  4. Looks like Jim Bob didn't get the plaid shirt memo.

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  5. Does anyone know why there's a framed photo sitting on a table by that huge rock which is outdoors?

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    1. He put it there, it’s a picture of them

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    2. Those are round bales.

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    3. Those are hay bales, not rocks

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    4. Those are hay rolls, not a rock. It is set up for his proposal.

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    5. That’s not a rock. It’s a stack of hay bales. I would suppose he wanted something to look homey as the setting was on the exact spot Lauren’s dad had proposed to her mom

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    6. I think its her parents engagement photo

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    7. Those are bales of hay, not a rock.
      The scene appears to be set up just for the proposal. The picture looks like a picture of the couple.

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    8. That's great parents and it's because Josiah proposed in the exact spot her proposed to her mother.

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    9. Maybe it was taken when they started courting.

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    10. That's were Lauren father propsal to Lauren Mother that picture is Lauren's parents.

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    11. The framed photo is sitting on a little table in front of stacks of hay bales that he's got decorated up for the proposal. Look at the pictures!

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    12. I believe it is a picture of her parents. They got engaged at that same spot.

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    13. at least hes trying to be Romantic if you don,t like the Duggers why be nasty and comment they have never done you no harm

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    14. It's a picture of her parents...and the "huge rock" is actually 5 bales of hay

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    15. Looks like a picture of her parents since that is where they got engaged....Not sure, but that's not a "huge rock", they are round bales

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    16. If you zoom in on the picture the picture in the frame is actually of the couple and not her paents.

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  6. That's awesome, another teenage girl getting married.

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    1. Better than another unplanned teen pregnancy with drugs and a "Baby Daddy" involved. Not to mention food stamps, poverty and drive bys

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    2. 11:24, the Duggar girls and the girls the guys typically marry aren’t like your average teen girls. And 18 and 19 are still considered adults, even though they have teen in their name.

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    3. Teen bride and teen mom with a "baby daddy" and drugs, food stamps, and drive bys are not the only two options. A much more common, likely, and appealing option for a young woman would be the path I was able to take: college, friends, independence, career, my own home(s), travel the world, volunteer, save, invest, date, make choices, and eventually choose to marry a wonderful man, as an adult rather than a lust-stricken teen desperate to go on my first date.

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    4. Anonymous @ 1:00 I agree I would much rather them commit in a marriage than any of the things you stated. Thank you

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    5. Anon 1pm do you do anything to help solve these problems? Or do you just sit back and judge?

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    6. 1:00- Your 'either, or' analogy is false. Marriage is no solution to anything at such a young age. Countless young people manage to avoid pregnancy, drugs, food stamps, poverty and any other calamity for which you think they are doomed unless they get married. They also manage to get educated or trained for a good job, become financially secure and are productive members of society- all before heading to the altar. I did and so have my own kids.

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    7. Wow@1:00!! I have known several girls, Christian girls, ( now women)who had unplanned pregnancies. Not one was a drug addict, recieved food stamps, sunk to poverty, or was involved in a drive-by. Nope..all were raised in Christian homes, and believed in the goodness of God. They have instead of sinking to your judgy level of ruin have instead married, finished college degrees, raised their children to know the Lord, and are actually productive citizens.

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    8. Exactly! Beautiful couple ! Way to follow God's word!

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    9. That’s quite a stereotype you have written Anonymous 1pm. Are you saying that Christians do not live in poverty or use food stamps? I must say, do some volunteer work please and open your eyes.

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    10. so agree with you and i was 18 when i got married

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    11. And then you turned off the television...

      I hope for goodness you will never claim social security or have student loans.

      Food stamps are a government assistance program just like the few I mentioned above. You'd be surprised by those who are actually claiming them versus the stereotypical group you see on tv.

      Furthermore, there are many single parents or unwed parents who are not into drugs, violence and welfare. If you are going to judge a group, it is best to do full research including working with that group,first. You'd be surprised.

      Anyhow, best wishes to this couple.

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    12. When my husband was in the military, we almost qualified for food stamps. I remember going to the office on base to see about getting them or WIC. We owned a car and had a tiny bank account, which was just enough to disqualify us. But others my husband worked with in our same pay grade did qualify. It was a struggle for all of us to scrape by. I remember the week we were down to our last $5. We tightened our belts and prayed no calamities happened. This is how badly the enlisted in the military were treated in the 1970's.

      Never ever put down those on food stamps or other assistance. You don't know what they're going through. They may be in uniform, serving their country!

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    13. I commend these young adults for waiting until marriage to come together as one. I cannot quite understand why some people feel so strongly about these young women going to college and being independent on their own before getting married. I find that these ladies are telling us what their desire for life is. It revolves around their faith to stay home and raise their children. I also find feminism and the feminist movement to all degrees (dress, work, the freedom to choose and not be "oppressed") is in direct opposition of the Word of God. Just for reference of my life, I went to college and have worked outside of the home since marriage while raising my children. It is not my choice. College was what I was raised to do, and now working outside the home is my husband's choice for me. After having my first child, I searched the Word for everything it said about being a wife and mother. Then I had to accept that I am a generation upon generation bearing the fruit of the feminist movement set before me. I had to accept the weight of submission to my husband. And I continue to pray for my husband's leadership over our family, that maybe one day it will align with God's will. In the meantime, I am in my place as a woman. Good for the Duggar's and others who choose to live life in line with the Word and not with the world. I believe that families that are living the Word are the best testimony to the Christian life.

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    14. 2:16 And not everybody has the same desires as you to go to college, start a career, travel the world, and marry a wonderful man after they do all these things. I also took the same path you did, but had I been given the choice, I would MUCH rather have taken the path Josiah has taken. In 50-60 years, when they’re on their death bed, they’re probably not going to be wishing they’d started that business. What does matter is family.

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    15. If I'm guessing correctly, 1:00 wasn't intending to be unkind to those who are on food stamps, have unplanned pregnancies, and are in poverty. And in all seriousness, if you can work, have a strong family, and provide for your own (in whatever way you do it, whether by a TV show, or through other means), it's a lot more responsible than those who don't think ahead as Josiah and Lauren have.

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    16. They are more mature than some teens I know. They know when they're ready and more importantly, their parents know too

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    17. 6:08- Do you know the couple personally? If not, it's a stretch making a claim that they are more mature than anyone else, just by watching them on TV.

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    18. They’re not more mature. The only mature couple is, Jeremy and Jinger.

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    19. Anon @ 6.08 So by your statement Josiah at the age of twenty one and Lauren at the age of eighteen are more mature than both Jana and John David at the age of twenty eight, I'm sorry but no?! It also just shows that there is something 'off' about the eldest twins still being unmarried and at home, I really think Jana stayed to protect her sisters with the whole Josh scandal and JD stayed to protect her.

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  7. Congrats to the beautiful couple!

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  8. Very romantic! So sweet!

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  9. Awww!! Best wishes and Gods blessings on them. So excited for them!

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  10. Can't wait to see next season. Congrats to the couple.

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  11. They are so young! They should wait a few years.

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    1. Why? If they’re ready to get married let them.

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    2. That's what I thought too.

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    3. They are grown adult and can marry when they want. Some people find their loves young. Not everybody waits until almost 30 to get married.

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    4. No. Lauren might go to college and decide she wants a career other than motherhood if they wait a few years.

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    5. For what? Two years of wishing you could get on with it?

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    6. Lauren has no incentive to go to college. I can't see it happening for her, or any of the other wives.

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    7. My daughter is 28 and her fiance is 26 1/2, and people still tell them they're too young to get married. People will always have opinions. You just have to listen to your own heart

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    8. You can be married and go to college. Maybe she would rather stay home and have babies. Nothing wrong with that.

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    9. Met and married my husband in my late 20s. We've been inseparable since we met eight years ago, and I'd give much to have had an extra ten years with him by having met him at 18!!! 😊

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    10. Please explain to me how being 18 or 19, living at home your whole life, never going to school anywhere but at home or with anyone but your brothers & sisters, never working, and never meeting people outside your ilk makes you mature, well-rounded, and ready for marriage and parenthood? No wonder they marry family friends. If you can base a marriage on naivety, they are perfect matches.

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  12. What a precious way to propose. God bless this wonderful couple.

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  13. What a loving, thoughtful and precious way to propose. God bless this wonderful and sweet couple.

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  14. Why do people get down on one knee to propose? I didn't do that when I asked my husband to marry me.

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    1. Men are suppose to bend down on one knee to propose to women. Women aren't suppose to asked men to married them.

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    2. I have often wondered why the guy gets down on one knee to ask the girl to marry him. I'm guessing it's a very old tradition.

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    3. 1:24, I think it’s just a tradition

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    4. Women certainly can ask men to marry them. There's no law against it. It's supposed to be a mutual decision, isn't it?

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    5. Judging from our history lessons, I think it's a medieval custom held over from knighthood, with the man essentially pledging his life to the lady, to be in her service, to defend her at all cost, to provide for her every need, to be worthy of her.

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    6. Maybe the OP is male?

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  15. Congratulations. Wishing you many years of happiness and joy.

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  16. They both seem like lovely young people, but I think their parents' choice to pressure them into the lifelong commitment of marriage (immediately followed by children) at this point in life is abusive.

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    1. It isn’t their parents choice. They are adults who make the decision for themselves. They get advice from their parents but make their own decision.

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    2. Huh?!? First of all, their PARENTS aren't requiring it. Secondly, they're ADULTS, they can get out of it even if their parents were requiring it.

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    3. This show depends on courtships and weddings to keep going. Each season goes a wedding, the courtship, wedding prep and a repeat of the wedding. Inbetween there will be a pregnancy announcement and a birth, its all this show has, take away the weddings and it would just be the Duggar version of A baby story.

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  17. So happy for them! A lot of people their age are having babies when they aren't married, or at least doing what you do to make a baby. Why can't people just be happy for them that they want to have a pure relationship that honors God. They are NOT too young to be getting married!

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  18. So happy for them. Nothing wrong with young love, GOD has a plan.

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  19. These pictures are so sweet!
    -Rachel

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  20. Congratulations Lauren and Josiah!I wonder where the happy couple will live after they get married.

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    1. Most likely in the Duggar family compound. Although Lauren's father owns a lawn care business. Josiah could work for him, he has lots of experience mowing.

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    2. I hope they move and live in Georgia.....
      Start a totally new life.......it would be good for him...

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  21. How sweet that he proposed in the same spot!

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  22. No matter how old someone is someone else will say they are too young. Anyone who had a problem with only side hugs being allowed, would not think twice if their child were to give their significant other a normal or kiss while just dating. May I just say let them be who they are and write their own story. They are individuals who don’t have to follow in any steps of their siblings. Congrats to the happy couple on their engagement.

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  23. Josiah has always showed his sense of humor ( an important trait/quality). May this couple have happy long life together.

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  24. I notice that in almost every picture where Jim Bob & Michelle are together, JB always has his hand on Michelle’s arm. It just seems to be a possessive gesture on his part.

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    1. I agree with you

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    2. Or maybe he just loves his wife, and it's a convenient way to stand.

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    3. Because he adores his wife.

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    4. Also agreeing with Anonymous @ 6:03. It would be different if he were regularly photographed or videotaped putting an arm around her or tenderly holding her hand. Instead he's regularly shown holding her her arm. Body language-wise, it reads as a possessive gesture, not an affectionate gesture. It actually looks awkward...even more so after 19 children and a propensity to kiss onstage at their childrens' weddings.

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  25. Josiah, your bride is gorgeous. Congratulations to you both. :)

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  26. Love the low key proposal! At least he
    was not taken up trying to outdo all the previous proposals.

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    1. Yes, good for Josiah.

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    2. How is it low key? These shots are obviously stills taken from a film of the occassion, there is nothing low key about having a TV production company stage and film your proposal!

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  27. Ellie I like the new header but the names are to small I can't read them.

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    1. Surely as a Duggar fan you can recognise whos who without the need for names?

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  28. I think Joseph and lauren will get married in late June.

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    1. I hope not since Joseph is already married! Lol.

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    2. I hope not. Joe is already married to Kendra.

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    3. This is what happens when you name all your kids starting with the same letter, too easy go confuse!

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  29. Her parents look way too young to become grandparents! Just like Kendra's parents, who are still in their thirties!! They might still have children themselves!

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    1. 4:55, Kendra’s parents are in their early 40s, they just look very young.

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    2. Early 40's is very young, especially to being grandparents.

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    3. 9:02, I know but I was saying they aren’t in their 30’s, which would be even younger.

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    4. Not necessarily I have a friend who became a grandma and she's 46.

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  30. Why the framed picture of the two of them outside near the bale of hay ?

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    1. Who knows? Why would anyone have bales of hay in their yard?

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    2. Farm maybe???

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    3. Probably the same as my house. We live on lots of land and part of that land is used for hay each year. It's not in their "yard" just sitting on their land.

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  31. I wish the Duggar parents would discuss why they promote marriage at such a young age.

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    1. Actually, that would be very good. I just want to see their view on it. Although, they might say that that is when Jesus has put on their heart that that person is the right one for them. It just seems that, except for Jana and John, the kids seem to be getting married earlier and earlier.

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    2. I haven't bought any of the Duggar books. I'm not saying they should, but if they would write another book, I DEFINITELY WILL BUY IT !!! Jane

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    3. I think it is very clear why they are supportive of marriage at a younger age. The Duggar's make their stance on saving themselves for marriage and a wife's role vs a husband's role clear. If the man is capable of providing a living for the family within a traditional marriage, why else would they need to wait to marry?

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    4. We already know-less chance of temptation and more kids.

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    5. Presumably John & Jana have avoided "temptation" without getting married at 18. 18-year-old brides makes me wonder if they would allow them to marry even younger if it was more socially acceptable.

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    6. Josh and Josiah (and Marjorie) were allowed to court way too young. It makes me wonder if they are encouraged to do that as a way to "righteously fulfill" that temptation. Let them court under supervision with those strict physical rules, and maybe it will keep their minds off doing other things? Like, here's a girlfriend, but don't touch, so stop wanting a girlfriend so much?

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  32. Looks like a Summer day! Is that what March looks like in Arkansas? No leaves on the trees yet where I live, and we are definitely not yet wearing short sleeves and sandals

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    1. The proposal supposedly took place in Georgia. Maybe it was warm enough for the grass to turn green there in March. Beats me why they had the bales of hay there though.

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  33. I don't think a haystack is very romantic, but these courtships, proposals and marriages all seem so scripted it works for them.

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    1. There’s lots of country weddings with a cowboy look and I think it looks nice.

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  34. Congratulations to Lauren and Josiah. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  35. Congratulations, looks like a June wedding to me. I wished I would have married young to have that long lasting relationship with one person. There is nothing wrong with that and we should encourage our children to be pure of heart and body. Just my opinion.

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    1. They will probably wait tell after Kendra and Jinger have their babies. So they might get married in September or October or next year.

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  36. Jinger and Jeremy do what pleases each other not the Duggar parents. I’m glad they live in another state and do their own thing. They are very independent.

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    1. Yes. I think Jeremy wanted some distance from Jim Bob and Michelle. I like how Jana and John David have resisted the parental pressure for marriage (and many children) at a young age. Their siblings have just done as the parents wanted and mindlessly say they want as many children as possible.

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  37. Are the people in the photo on the table in front of the hay bales their "chaperones"?

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  38. The picture on the table is them....
    Look at his duggar hairline ❗️

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  39. I wonder what's going to happen for Jana, who will be too old to have a 19 year old husband or anyone who hasn't (hopefully) been out in the world for awhile. John David can still find a dewy-eyed 18 year old, but I can't picture Jana marrying anyone 10 years younger, which now limits the eligible men for her, especially when they seem to be marrying young. She probably won't find a divorced man her own age, either. How many 30 year old bachelors are there in their group of friends? Probably a lot less than there are 19 or 20 year old ones.

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    1. Well there's always Tim Tebow. He said he wasn't dating Jana before, but who knows what will happen if his baseball career doesn't work out.

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    2. I think you're making a lot of assumptions about Jana's marital prospects, just based on the most recent Duggar courtships.

      But there's obviously no "women cannot marry younger men" rule as Ben is younger than Jessa. While the recent Duggar brides have been teens, Jill, Jessa and Jinger were all past 20 when they married.

      Michaela Bates, Jana's best friend who is the same age as Jana at 28, married at age 25 and her husband Brandon was also 25, and neither had any prior courtships before that, either.

      And while raised by parents from a much more mainstream form of evangelical Christianity, Jeremy was actually very close to 30 when he married Jinger.

      So I really doubt that Jana is considered an "old maid" or to have missed her chance at marriage and now doomed to live with her parents for the rest of her life. While she may not want to marry a 20 year old, I'm sure there are still a lot of eligible men out there who are around 25 or so.

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    3. Yes, how are they going to find Jana a single guy at an appropriate age, if they're all getting married so young? Who do they know who waited past 18 or 20? I predict that if Jana does find a guy, he's going to come out of left field, like Jeremy did.

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    4. I could see Jana marrying a widower, who already had a child or two.

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  40. Are the Duggar girls allowed to leave home to live independent lives if they wanted to, or do they have to be married in order to leave?

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    1. They are not prisoners; adults can choose for themselves. Living with family is just WAY more enjoyable than being alone. Living alone also means spending a bunch of your income on that instead of where you want to use it.

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    2. 1:15- Being an adult means learning to be responsible and provide for yourself. That's tough to accomplish if you're living at home and depending on your parents indefinitely.

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  41. Jeremy was not a teenager and he had been in the world for a while, so I think Jana will be fine.

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  42. I have always "pictured" Jana marrying a professional man - perhaps a doctor, fireman, policeman. She may very well decide marriage and children are not for her . . . . she has been a mothertype to many siblings and has already done the full scope of motherly things. ENOUGH already!
    AND it is difficult to forget the front row seat she has had for Anna's heartbreak.

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    1. Professional men tend marry the same-women with educations. They would not be attracted to a girl with only a ged. After all, there are unmarried female doctors,nurses,economists,lawyers..who are more accomplished as Jana to pick from. I know my son,who is the same age as Jana, and his friends would not give her a second look,no matter how sweet she is. Firemen and policemen, I would wonder about them too. They would want a spouse with marketable skills, who could get out there and help support the family. If Jana wants a life for herself,she should get out there and work. She is 28 after all.

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    2. Where is she going to find a professional man who isn't already married?

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    3. Jana has said she doesn’t want a man who sits in an office but who gets out and gets dirty. And my husband is a police officer and he loves the fact that I stay home and tend to the house and children. Many of his coworkers wish the same of their wives but they are accustomed to two incomes at this point. With a stressful job like that, it helps decrease the stress at home for us.

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  43. There’s lots of single professional men available. I know of several single professional men in their 30’s & 40’s available. Good men. Some of you think all men over 21 is taken and gone. Let me tell you as a 73 year old woman they’re not! Don’t worry about Anna, she knows what she’s doing and she’s very wise and smart! She’s not going to jump into anything!!

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  44. Maybe Jana doesn't want to get married.

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  45. I’m 73 and I read some of these ridiculous statements. There is nothing odd about Jana and John David, not being married. They are the ones that have enough common sense to live their life like they want not like what their dominating parents want. They don’t want to get married yet, they don’t want kids running in all directions yet, they may be the type that they don’t want any children at all and that is fine you don’t have to be married to be happy, you don’t have to have children to be happy. All you need out of life is The Lord, you need to love yourself and be happy with yourself. The rest will take care of itself. Whatever will be will be. Kasa Rah Sa Rah😊

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