Tuesday, June 26, 2018

John is in a Courtship!

John-David Duggar courting Abbie Burnett

"We fell in love very quickly."
-John-David Duggar

THIS JUST IN. John-David Duggar is in a courtship! Her name is Abbie Burnett. She is a 26-year-old nurse who lives in Oklahoma.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

245 comments:

  1. Congratulations to John and Abbie!

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  2. Aww, how sweet - this is a side of John David we have never seen. Playful and more talkative. Looks like he truly found his soul mate!

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    1. I agree. I like seeing this side. Good for him

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  3. How wonderful!! John David is the happiest I remember him being! Lucky guy. Abbie is so cute, plus has a profession!! Congrats to both!!

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  4. I'm shocked. I honestly thought John David didn't like girls and hence would never pursue any. He looks genuinely happy! Awesome news. Congrats to them!

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    1. I think it's more that JD is the kind of man who likes WOMEN not girls. He has always seemed mature for his age and more independent than his brothers; he already has his own house bought and paid for, for example.

      So probably, when he was younger, girls he met around his age didn't impress him because they were just too immature for him.

      So I'm not surprised he not only waited until he was 28 but fell for a 26 year old woman with a career, not an 18 year old girl just graduated from homeschooling.

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    2. I think at his age he would pursue women and not girls.

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  5. Congratulations John David. I am very happy for you and Abbie. :)

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  6. Video isn’t avaliable in the 🇬🇧

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    1. Check for it to be on YouTube eventually.

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  7. Not available in UK 😢

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    1. A lot cant be seen in Oz either and tlc won't let us watch on their website either. @tlc NOT fair!

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  8. Exciting - congratulations John and Abbie!

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  9. So very happy for this young couple. They seem complimentary of one-another, and she is just adorable, John. WOOHOO! Congratulations. Joining y'all in prayer.

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  10. I'm absolutely in shock. Read John in a Courtship, watch the video. Congratulations John and Abbie, I',m still in shock. Blessings...Jane

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  11. Now that IS surprising. Will he be allowed to date her without chaperones?

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    1. They're not dating, they're courting. Since (if info from Anon at 308PM is accurate) Abbie is also from an IBLP family I'm sure they'll be chaperoned. Yes, they are much older than most of the Duggar courtships we've seen before, but that doesn't make a difference. Jeremy was also 28 when he met Jinger and they followed the Duggar rules re chaperoning. (Though he did put his arm around her a lot, which I don't recall other Duggar suitors daring to do before engagement).

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    2. Don’t count on it. I think chaperones are a given, unfortunately.

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    3. Anon @ 2:05 At ages 28 and 26 I would hope they can date without chaperones, they are both adults and should be trusted to be with each other without a little brother or sister in tow.

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    4. Why would he date with out chaperones just because he is the oldest non married

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    5. Sure hope so. I think a man who is almost 30 should be trusted to act respectfully

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    6. Jennifer5. Because he and Abbie are adults. Once 18 and older chaperones are demeaning. Either adults can trust THEMSELVES or they can’t.

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  12. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW JOHN-DAVID, I AM SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR U, U ARE MY FIRST FAVE MALE DUGGAR, I HAVE BEEN PRAYING ONE DAY U WILL MEET THE BEST, AND U FOUND HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOE IS THE 2ND!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!👍😄

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    1. I have been wanting, John-David to get married since 2007, because I have alway thought John-David, was a stand up kind of a guy, and I am thrilled he found someone!!!!!!

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  13. Hi would it be possible for you to post the video as I am in the UK and cannot see it. Thanks for posting other ‘international videes’ !

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  14. This is an exciting post. So, so happy to hear this good news. John-David always seems like he would be such a good catch...he has a great sense of humor, seems honest, intelligent and wears his heart on his sleeve. Congratulations.

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  15. John David seems very smitten!! Congrats!!! Next is Jana fingers crossed!!

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  16. Is Abbie from the family that we all met years ago through the show, where all three sisters were home schooled and all went on to become nurses?

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  17. Oh my goodness - what a joyful surprise !! So happy for them both ! Can't wait to see this all unfold ! They look like a perfect match. She is just beautiful, & they seem very comfortable together ! This couple seems like they are going to have quite an adventure. Could not be happier. Maybe a wedding before the end of year !!

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  18. Congrats 2 John David & Abbie, Blessings 2 U both on ur Courtship !!

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  19. Congratulations so happy for you both x

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  20. I am so excited for him! He seems like such a catch.

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  21. She looks like his twin Jana Duggar...

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    1. I don’t see it. She looks sweet though

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    2. Well they are both females but sorry, can’t agree. If I remember rightly people said Kendra looked like Joe’s sisters too

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    3. I thought that too when I first saw the pic.

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  22. 'We fell in love very quickly', don't all the Duggars, they will probably be married by september?!

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    1. Engaged by Aug, Married in Oct.

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    2. If the rest of the family is any indication I doubt they'd get engaged AND married in 3 months... I could reasonably believe they'd get engaged by September-November though and married by December or January.

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    3. They will have a 3 month engagement then marriage.

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    4. Maybe a December wedding.

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    5. I think they might get engaged at Josiah's wedding like Joseph did on Joy's. Then a Fall wedding. Baby next Summer.

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  23. So Awesome! Congratulations to both of you.

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  24. Why can't we watch this in the UK?

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  25. Is it the rapture already? "Bachelor to the rapture."

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    1. I know, I thought the same thing. 🤔

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    2. LOL! Thought the same thing. Just another Duggar fib!

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    3. Phew!!! Thought I might have missed it!

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    4. I recall that comment, but it was pretty obviously a JOKE from John David about his then-single status, not meant to be a serious vow to never marry.

      Accusing John David of lying because he told a joke is pretty harsh. He may not even have met Abbie yet when he said that, or maybe he had but didn't think she returned his interest.

      Oh well I never expected the response to be 100% positive anyway.

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    5. That was the best line! It was less of a fib and more of a way to get around the producer's continual relationship questions. It would be a lie if he was already courting Abbie though.
      I'm just happy JD is going to see the promised land.

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  26. Good to hear and she has a real job. A fall wedding seems likely.

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  27. Well. That was a surprise. He looks giddy and happier then I’ve seen him before. Hope Jana likes her.

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  28. Yea! Makes me happy to hear this. I have enjoyed watching the older Duggars court and marry.

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  29. Very good news; Congratulations! Abbie is lovely; match made in Heaven! Blessed wishes! ❤

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  30. This brought tears to my eyes, just because of how happy John looks! He is oozing joy. I could not be happier for them.

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  31. Aw they’re so happy together. Just love Abbie’s hair and how she styles those natural curls. ☺️

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  32. Words cannot express how excited I am for them both. I am so happy John David found his true love. He will make one awesome husband.

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  33. Bless yalls heart...I'm so excited..and John David she's beautiful...

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  34. I can’t believe how genuinely happy I am to hear this news! The joy on John-David’s face is undeniable (and like nothing I’ve seen from him before). Many blessings to the couple!

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  35. Is she a friend of the family or did John meet her on his own?

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  36. Congratulations!!

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  37. Unusual for a potential Duggar wife to have a career. I thought the idea of the females working outside the home was discouraged. Hope she is able to continue to work if she loves her job

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    1. I thought the same thing. This seems like a bit of a new frontier for them. I wonder, though, if she'll move to AR, and then they'll probably have babies right away, too, so the timing of all of it would probably spell the end of her career anyway. It'd be interesting if she decided to go back, though. No shortage of baby sitters around :)

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  38. Wonderful news! Best wishes and God bless!

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  39. So happy for them, they look so cute together...

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  40. So happy for John-David!! They are cute together!!

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  41. I used to keep up with their family a while back in their website, they are part of the ilpb (?) with Bill gothard the duggars follow, i think there are 10 in the family. They seem very sweet!

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  42. Shut the front door John David! Congratulations!!😄

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  43. I've never seen John so happy. So glad for him and Abbie! :)

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  44. So happy for this couple....congrats!

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  45. so very happy for your relationship - I've been praying for John and Jana and prayers are answered just not in our time - good luck John

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  46. Oh my goodness!! Congradulations!!!!!

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  47. Wow! No wonder TLC changed the date to start up again!
    This is so exciting! Can’t wait to follow along this next season. The last season was great, but this may top that...Yay John and Abby!!

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    1. What do you mean ? When does it start ?? It was suppose to be on July 30th

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    2. TLC is showing Garrett's birth special (Joe and Kendra's son) before the official start of the season. It's similar to the one they did for Gideon. My dvr says it's 32 minutes long and going to be shown on July 7th at 7:30pm.

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  48. She seems so sweet! Excited to watch their journey!

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  49. Wow! Congratulations!

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  50. Since John-David doesn’t work I hope he moves to Oklahoma so she can continue with her career.

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    1. John David is a police officer

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    2. What?!? He DOES work-hard. And nursing is amazingly flexible. She can find a job almost anywhere she wants.

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    3. He’s an police officer

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    4. John David is a Arkansas constable, part-time Tontitown Police Officer, pilot, & pilot instructor.

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    5. All of the above-stated jobs and he owns heavy-equipment and does excavating, etc.

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    6. Please stop calling JD a police officer. He never went to any police academy. He has held an elected position as constable. There's a difference. The brave men & women who go through the rigors of an academy to become police officers deserve to be in a whole other class than that of an elected official.

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    7. Thanks Tickie_Ty for the information. I knew about the constable position as there was a 19KAC episode where Jim Bob went on a ride-along in his patrol car. However I did not know he had also been certified as a police officer.

      I doubt JD will move out of Arkansas. Most of the Duggars in long distance relationships had the woman move to where the man was. Though Ben was an exception, he moved to where Jessa was. But JD is much older than Ben and already has a residence fully paid for (forgot if it was a house or condo but it is his own property, not Jim Bob's).

      I also know John David's constable position is an elected one, if he was going to move out of Arkansas he'd have to resign that position, unless his term is about to end anyway.

      I know some nurses and I also know regulations about nursing vary widely between states, but I'd think an LPN license is likely easier to re-qualify for than an RN license.

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    8. John David is a part time volunteer police constable, very different to a qualified LEO.

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    9. Sometime ago they were talking about a John David cleaning out some area with his bulldozer, for what a bank was going to give him a house, something like this. I think John is a good catch -- he has an own plane, he flies, own house... Abbie can work part-time.

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    10. Doesn't work? Don't you watch the show? He has been shown doing dirt work for construction sites and I am sure I remember them saying that was his business. He is a pilot and for all we know he makes money on that. I know I read they have more than one plane so I think they may charter. Why can't some people understand that just because they don't work for another company doesn't mean they don't work. They own their own businesses and if I am wrong and he just works for his dads real estate company than that is perfectly fine. Many people across this great country work in family businesses and I can't for the life of me understand why some people want to belittle working in a family business. Jim Bobs business is so successful they hire family friends. I wish I had a business like that to provide jobs for family.

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  51. Glad for John and hope Jana finds her help mate soon

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  52. Wow! So happy for them. What an exciting time!

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  53. How exciting, John David is such a decent and caring guy and Abbie seems like a real nice girl. They make a sweet couple, sounds like their path to marriage will not be far off. They are both mature and she has a career, a nurse, good for them. It is so nice to see s Duggar boy, or should I say man, with strong morals and values, who waited and found just the right one for him. a true blessing, much happiness to them.

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  54. I wish all the Duggar kids would have waited that long to court and marry. She even has some education (she's a LPN, not a RN), how about that?

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  55. He looks so happy in the video! So glad for him. In a few second video, she comes across as very relaxed and nice.

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  56. This is exciting news! I"m so happy for John and Abbie! I hope that they get engaged and married quickly!

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  57. Hurrah and Congratulations. Let's concentrate on this couple folks and not bring up " poor Jana"-

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    1. That is not very nice! Jana is not "poor" in any way! That was a horrible thing to say.

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    2. Lol...8:07 cool it with the dramatics. Original poster did not say anything horrible
      Only meant when is Jana's time to find her one true love going to be. No need to take the comment out of context.

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    3. Yes it was unkind to refer to Jana in that way.

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  58. Out of all the previous courtships I'm most excited for John David. I guess where his was one of the older ones and everyone else was getting married. I didn't want him to be lonely or get depressed about it. So I'm so excited for him. I can't wait to Watch the wedding. I'm glad he found someone.

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    1. I feel the same. I am most excited about this wedding also.

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    2. Just because someone is unmarried doesn't mean they are automatically lonely or depressed. My great-aunt never married and not because she never had any offers. She was a career woman during a time when it was not a common thing and was one of the happiest people I've ever known. Marriage and children was not something she cared to experience, because of the tough life her own mother had with trying to raise 8 children, back-breaking farmwork, and dealing with a domineering religious kook for a husband. She was perfectly content making her own money, living in her own little house, and doting on her nieces and nephews who would go home before bedtime!

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  59. That's awesome. Congratulations!

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  60. Yay for John and Abbie! I love that Abbie has a career outside the home too. I wonder if John will move to Oklahoma.

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  61. Oh my goodness!!! This is SOOOO exciting!!!

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  62. Uh oh....another ome leaving the state. Congratulations to both of you!

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  63. Wow!! Great news! I’m so excited for y’all. Thank you for posting. Made my day!! Best wishes for a long happy life together!

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  64. Even though I don't know John or Abbie this makes me so happy for them. What is it about the Duggars that makes us so interested in their lives? Also I hope they don't move to Oklahoma.

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  65. Am I the only one who wants to know all about Abbie? Does she come from a big family? Is she willing to move to Arkansas? Do we have to wait to hear about the courtship question? We need answers people!?!?! :)

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    1. Is he willing to move where she lives? After all, she probably has a good nursing job where she is living.

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    2. The Burnett's are another large IBLP family. That's how they became acquainted.

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  66. Congratulations you two. Wishing the best.

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  67. Does their YouTube channel have it yet I suddenly can’t see anything from the USA website even though I could last month

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  68. Congratulations John-David &Abbie!


    Abbie look like John's twin Jana in the face.

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    1. No she doesn’t...

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    2. Yes I instantly thought that too on first glance of photo.

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    3. ??? She doesn't look at all like Jana.

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    4. They look nothing alike

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    5. She looks nothing at all like Jana.

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    6. 5:26 it's all about opinions, sweetie!

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    7. Anyone who thinks that needs to go get their eyes checked.....

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  69. too happy for John! Now for Jana to fly the coop. No one deserves happiness more than her.

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    1. I hope she can find someone. It sounds like this relationship with Abby had been in the making for a while. Good for John David.

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    2. All the best for John. She sounds like a confident young womana.

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    3. According to the video, John David said they met 2 months ago. Doesn’t sound like the relationship has been in the works for a long time at all. He’s known of her family but that’s not the same as actually knowing her.

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  70. Congratulations, John David and Abbie! This is the happiest I've seen John David and can't wait to see their journey.
    I hope Jana and Abbie have had a chance to spend lots of time together. I remember Jana spoke about wanting to be great friends with her twin's wife. Also, pulling for Jana to find her special someone (if and when she is ready).

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  71. Congrats to John David and Abbie on your courtship, it is nice to see two brothers in courtships for a change

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  72. Congratulations! Blessed wishes! ❤

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  73. Congratulations! So happy for John!

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  74. Dear John-David Duggar & Abbie Burnett, congratulations you two. I am so happy for you. I can't wait to see your courtship/honeymoon/wedding possibly kids some day in the future on counting on. I really love the show. I can't wait to see everyone soon. Natasha B

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  75. Congrats and in your own ( and God’s) time. Wishing you both love, humor, kindness, some privacy and patience moving forward!

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  76. So much happiness. They both have the sweetest voices and demeanors. Looks like he has found his matching heart! We are praying for you!

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  77. Congratulations it is a new exciting chapter and in this new chapter is dates and dates are a lot of fun. I have been on a few with my husband to be.

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    1. Remember, Duggar dates include pesky children chaperones! Hoping these two, of age, can be “trusted” to be accountable on their own🤞

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    2. When you're old enough to have children the age of your chaperones, you're old enough to be trusted on your own.

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    3. I always had "pesky children chaperones" and loved it!! Not only that, but some of having chaperones isn't for the COUPLE, it can bebe f all the naysayers out there who want to suggest all sorts of rumors. Having chaperones *should* (though it doesn't always) dissolve any rumors people may have about their relationship before marriage.

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  78. So happy for you !

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  79. Congratulations John & Abbie...you both look so happy. God bless!

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  80. Congratulations. John and Abbie you both are very blessed to find each other....see ya soon on counting on

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  81. Engagement.....July, Wedding.....Sept.....Baby.....June 2019

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  82. Aw, I am SO HAPPY for him! The only person I'd be happier hearing this news about would be Jana, but that's only a tad beyond my happiness for John David. He seems like a great guy. I'm looking forward to learning more about his girlfriend.

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  83. Don’t they all know each other for years and then bam “fall in love very quickly”?

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  84. At last John David has found a lovely well educated young woman to date. I wish them well.

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  85. Hallelujah! Congratulations John and Abbie! May God bless you with a lifetime of happiness❤️

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  86. I agree with everyone who have noted how JD looks so happy and excited to be with Abbie. It seems all this time he was just waiting for the Right One and refusing to settle for anyone he couldn't give his whole heart to. This is a great example for his other siblings, and for the rest of us as well.

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    1. and also to get off of Jana's back about finding someone....God's timing.

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  87. She sounds very nice and self assured. I'm hoping for a fall wedding.

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    1. Me too! They are adults and hopefully will get to be on their own soon! Maybe the Duggar parents will have different "rules" for them since they are older.

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  88. This is such great news! I'm so happy for them!

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  89. Aw! So cute. Congratulations! Very happy for the both of you. God Bless! Abbie is pretty. To me she resembles Lauren..

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  90. Very good news - Blessings to John and Abbie - two mature adults. . . .HOPE they do not have to do the silly have someone with them on date. TRUST!

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  91. This is such exciting news!! I am so happy for John David and also for Abbie as she will have the best husband ever!

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  92. SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!

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  93. She's only an LPN, but at least it's something.

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    1. Wow. How negative of you. She has job skills and evidently works. That's a first for a Duggar wife to be.

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    2. That is wonderful! Good for Abbie :-)

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    3. "Only an LPN"? I know a very hard working woman who is "only an LPN" yet one of the smartest, dedicated, compassionate people I know. She has a son who is also interested in a healthcare related field. If this Abbie is anything like that lady, then JD is very blessed. I have nothing against RNs (know some too) but to disparage someone for being "only" an LPN is very ignorant. As if the value of a person depends on a degree or certification.

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    4. There is no need to put down someone's career. The medical field needs LPNs. Would you like it if someone examined your family members' careers and then belittled them?

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    5. Much of the front-line work in the medical field is done by nursing aides who have even less training than an LPN. You don't have to spend years in school and go into deep debt to get a more advanced degree in order to make a difference. Of course SOME people are called to be RNs, NPs, MDs etc...but not all.

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    6. Why are you belittling this young woman? There is a lot of bitterness showing in your statement.

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  94. My heart has melted ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  95. So genuinely happy happy for John and Abbie. It will be interesting to see how this courtship with two grown adults is different from the others who were barely out of their teens.

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  96. TLC really needs to let people pay to watch full episodes on their website when our cable provider wont play anymore. Right now you can't watch episodes unless you're in the USA :(

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  97. John seems to be a private person, so we may not see much of this relationship. Blessings to both of them.

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    1. Clearly, judging from the "we are dating" commercial for their TV show at the top of this page, they are not keeping things private.

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    2. I agree but I am private to and do not blame them.

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  98. So happy for you both and for the Lord leading you both together! Praise the Lord

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  99. omg john david is absolutely beaming!! i couldnt be more excited for him!! i'm predicting a baby in 2019 from them

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    1. Give them a break! Allow them time to court, engage, marry and enjoy one another before pressuring them for children. All in God’s time.

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  100. Wow this is a whole new side of John David. He looks like a teenager! He must be thrilled. I do hope she is as happy and we get to know her during the next season.

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  101. Wow I have never seen John happier!!!!Abbie is a lovely girl. Congrats you two💗

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  102. God is faithful. ❤

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  103. That is the happiest I have ever seen John! So happy for him!

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  104. Very happy for them both. John-David has always seemed like a very, very nice young man and I am thankful he has found someone who also seems quite sweet. Praise God!

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  105. Let’s hope these 2 adults are shown respect in their relationship and not burden with small children as accountability partners. I would think people of their maturity level can be trusted to make the right choices

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  106. Question Why do they look at each other when they are speaking and not at the audience they are speaking to?

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  107. Can’t see it abroad

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  108. If you go back years to when Jana had the crunchy curl home perm, then yes, they (Jana & Abbie) do resemble each other.

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  109. I hope she truly has the lord first in her life, as the Duggars do. Her pursuit of worldly education and a career would possibly indicate otherwise.

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    1. Are you saying Christian doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc. don’t put the Lord first simply because they have an education and a career. Or is it just because she is a woman with an education and a career? JB Duggar was a politician and owns rental properties and other businesses....but you believe he puts the Lord first. One might wonder how anyone with 19 children has time to put the Lord first? I believe anyone, in any profession with any number if commitments can still put the Lord first.

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    2. Being a nurse is not worldly.
      God has used plenty of lady nurses to do good in this world.

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    3. Being an LPN is serving others when they are most vulnerable. That is what Christ calls us to do, care for others. Unmarried adult women normally work. It's a good thing to contribute to society. Having a career does not impede one's faith.

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    4. Being a Christian doesn't mean you have to refrain from education to train to excellence in a specific field so you can be most effective dovetailed with your faith. Loving Jesus first means you're compelled by His love to serve others and go into the world and show His love. Abbie has boldly done that by being a nurse which requires training so she can nurse to excellence - to actually care & save lives. Why is t seen as worldly ?? I think nursing is a wonderful calling and yes God can still be first in your life.

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    5. Are you serious? Getting an education so you can earn a living is not "worldly".

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    6. Really? Education means you don't have the Lord first in your life? That seems extremely harsh. I'm sorry for whatever happened to make you so bitter.

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    7. Oh, grow up!! What's wrong with studying & getting a job? Worldly? Please... When you get sick & need to be hospitalised, you better make sure that a "worldly" nurse or doctor is looking after you...with your judgemental comment it seems that you do not have the Lord first in your life..

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  110. Aww I’m so happy for them!!! He always seemed like a nice (and genuine) guy strong in his faith. Good for you John!

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  111. I think her career indicates a person who cares and wants to help and serve others in their time of need just like Jesus did when He was on Earth. Why wouldn't God want His people to work and take care of themselves and family? I am glad for both of them and their courtship. Just cause a person works doesn't mean they can't have a relationship with God.

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  112. Are you kidding me?! You question her relationship to God because she’s educated and employed? Wow, there just are no words for such a ridiculous statement.

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  113. They are already professing their love for one another at the very start of their courtship. Sounds like they are ready already for the engagement. Can't wait to see them married as he is a fan favorite!

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  114. I'm very happy for John and Abbie, but at the same time, I can't help but remember how head-over-heels in love I was the first time. Just giddy in love. But it lasted 6 months, lol! Sounds like these two have been together 2 months now. I think all these congratulations are a tad premature.

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