Duggar blessings multiply: Jessa engaged, Jill pregnant – everyone is happy!

Duggar happiness multiplies - Jill is pregnant, Jessa engaged.
Duggar happiness multiplies - Jill is pregnant, Jessa engaged.

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2014 – Springdale, Arkansas is abuzz with the happy Duggar news. Jessa Duggar and fiancé Ben Seewald have announced their engagement while just two months following their wedding and North Carolina Outerbanks honeymoon, Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard are expecting.

READ ALSO: Marriage of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard highlights Duggar family values

Yep, she is already pregnant and starting the Duggar Grandchild #4 watch. The young newlyweds broke their news to People Magazine saying that just about a month following the wedding, they shared the news with family, including Mom Michelle and Dad Jim Bob Duggar who star with their family in the show 19 Kids and Counting.

As a side note, Jill borrowed one of Mom’s pregnancy tests to confirm her pregnancy. “We are so grateful to God for this new little blessing!” the couple said. “We appreciate all the well-wishes and are enjoying this new season of life as we look forward to parenthood!”

READ ALSO: Duggar-Dillard Baby Bump at 19 weeks – Birth plans revealed

This is not the first grandchild for Michelle and Jim Bob. Oldest son Joshua James Duggar married wife Anna in 2008 and has three children. As Mom and Dad Duggar have names all their children with a name that begins with J, the Joshua James Duggars have chosen M – Mackynzie (4), Michael (3) and Marcus (1). So far Jill and Derick have not chosen a first initial for their offspring. They are cutely calling the bundle of joy, which is due March 2015, Baby Dilly (and hopefully that won’t stick). Jill Duggar is child 4 out a 19, and the second oldest daughter, the first married daughter.

READ ALSO: Jill and Derick Dillard (Duggar) home from an “awesome” honeymoon to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Following in the Duggar family footsteps, Ben and Jessa will save their first kiss for their wedding, just as Jill and Derick did. And while for many that might seem weird, it really makes that moment awash in romance, something that Ben seems to have some talent at.

The couple, who both boast exceedingly good looks, became engaged after Ben sent Jessa on what is described as an elaborate treasure hunt that had Jessa making a hole-in–one in miniature golf, collecting a dozen roses from strangers in the park, and completing a quiz while riding a trolley – all of which led to the final destination, Throncrown Chaple. “I walked in, and he was standing there at the front,” Jessa told PEOPLE. “I could barely talk. I knew he was going to propose. I cried.”

READ ALSO: Introducing Mrs. Ben Seewald: Details of Jessa Duggar – Ben Seewald wedding with photos and video

Ben, who asked mom and dad Duggar’s permission first, got down on one knee to ask Jessa to marry him, presenting her with a .75-carat princess-cut diamond engagement ring. The Duggar family are the focus of the TLC reality television show, 19 Kids and Counting, which began on September 29, 2008 at 17 Kids and Counting.

Michelle Duggar, who will be 48 in September, has not ruled out having more children, leaving that possibilty in God’s hands.

The question of how do you raise and care for 19 children is probably the greatest focus of the series. It is a combination of home schooling, lessons in personal and sibling responsibility and a strong religious faith that works for the Duggar family. The TLC show has certainly helped.

According to Wikipedia, Jim Bob Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. He later became a real estate agent and investor. The Duggars’ income is derived from the rental proceeds of the commercial properties they own.

The construction of their 7,000 square-foot (650 square-meter) house was begun by the family in 2000 when they bought the lot and ordered the frame. Discovery Networks completed it, by finding local Arkansas construction workers to donate their skills and time. The home was finally ready for occupancy on January 20, 2006.

Some of the painting, decorating, furnishings, appliances, and other finishing touches—such as a stocked pantry—were provided by Discovery Networks and corporate sponsors as part of the one-hour television special entitled 16 Children and Moving In.

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  • Celeste Lawler

    These people disgust me. They should all be sterilized. Why don’t they do something productive with their lives? How about a college education & then a career?

    • AJ

      Agree , and getting a homeschooling certificate in being a midwife doesn’t count.

      • Celeste Lawler

        You’re absolutely correct. It doesn’t. They have GED’s. That’s what people who’ve dropped out of high school usually end up getting.

      • Celeste Lawler

        That’s absolutely correct. Since she completed her home-schooling by age 16, by age 23 she certainly could have obtained far more than being an assistant to a midwife. If only her father hadn’t denied her request to attend college to earn a degree in nursing. But how could she attend nursing school & have her accountability partner be with her? And, God forbid, she might have had to see the opposite sex in various states of undress if she were in a nursing program or career. As a then still single woman that wouldn’t have been permissible. Jackasses.

    • ali

      Seems like someone needs to get a life. They don’t criticize you, so why criticize them?

      • Cat

        The difference between Celeste and the Duggars is this: the Duggars are public figures by their choice. Celeste, to my knowledge, is not. The risk of being public figures is the fact that the rest of us unknowns may criticize their actions and life choices. Since the Duggars choices are of the extreme of the majority of the general public, I’m sure they’re well aware this will evoke criticism. You’re either in agreement with the Duggars or you’re not and everyone has the right to choose which side you’re in agreement with. As for me, I happen to agree with Celeste.

        • texassa

          You say that because someone is on television they are fair game for criticism, fine. Then you say that a random internet commenter making unnecessary (and unintelligent/uninformed) insults against someone is somehow exempt from criticism. Please.

      • Celeste Lawler

        I have a life. And I worked & supported myself until I retired. The Duggars don’t even know I exist so how would they criticize me personally? I’m not parading myself on a t.v. show like they are. They’ve opened themselves up to criticism by doing so.

      • Celeste Lawler

        I have a life. I have a college degree. And I had a career by which I supported myself. Now I’m retired & have a pension & other sources of income by which I STILL support myself. Since they don’t even know I exist I imagine they don’t criticize me. But they do oppose people who have the same beliefs, opinions & values that I have.

      • Celeste Lawler

        I have a life; which is more than we can say for the Duggar children; adult children included. And since I don’t have a t.v. show, they don’t even know I exist. But they DO criticize my believes. The oldest son works for a political hate group. He opposes many human rights in which I strongly believe & whole-heartedly support.

    • texassa

      I don’t agree with their religious and political ideals, but to say they need to “do something productive with their lives” isn’t very smart. From all accounts they volunteer in their community and lead many productive endeavors. Not all careers require college education. In fact, when the legislature is considering college loan forgiveness, it would seem that people pursuing college education could wind up being quite counterproductive to the country’s economy.

      • Incredulous

        By all accounts, their community has had it with them. Utterly had it.

    • Kate Middleman

      Exactly- I love how they talk about “science” and the “truths of the world” with their truly no-grade education. Their “studies” are a joke and they learn no more than what their parents know and allow them to learn. Crazy town.

  • Cat

    I hate to sound picky, but this article contains mistakes and seems to have not been well edited. Josh married to Anna in 1988? Jill’s age being stated as 43? “Throncrown Chaple”? I don’t live in Arkansas, but shouldn’t it be spelled as Thronecrown Chapel? I know maybe I’m nitpicking, but these are careless errors “an award winning writer”, as stated in the about the author paragraph, shouldn’t allow to be published.

    Congrats to both of the happy couples, though, on the exciting news of a pregnancy and an engagement!

    • Victoria

      I totally agree! I was about to write the same thing. Also the first kiss on their wedding day is a Duggar tradition not a Dillard tradition. I don’t think it’s nit picking that we expect a reporter to get her facts straight.

      • Thorncrown Chapel
        Thorncrown Chapel
        Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is available for daily visitation,weddings, and Sunday Services.

        Other items are correct

  • petiethecat

    Does this site not edit or fact check articles? This article is rife with factual errors. Jill Duggar is not 43 years old. If it was meant to be Michelle she is not 43 either. Josh did not marry Anna in 1988 as he would have been about just born that year. Terribly unprofessional not to fact check

  • Incredulous

    Happy is the only emotion anyone in this cult is allowed to have. Read a blog called No Longer Quvering (yes, the I is omitted on purpose). They outline the outright abusive tactics this family uses to “train” children (following Michael Pearl–whose teachings have been implicated in the deaths of at least two children), starting from infancy through “blanket training”. The infant is placed on their blanket. If they crawl off of it, they are smacked, and put back on. This is repeated until they are broken and don’t dare get off it again–leaving mom to do chores. This is how Jill will train her child, and this is how Anna trains hers. In this way, any creativity or will the child has is crushed from a very young age. In addition, showing anything but happiness is like slapping Jesus in the face with ingratitude. Such a sad, sad situation.

    • Kate Middleman

      Also why they always say “Yes and…” because everything has to be positive even when times are tough. So nuts. It’s not realy parenting. Any being (human or not) who is abused in this way will become subserviant to their abuser. The Duggar cheeriness is akin to Stockholm syndrome. They are not good parents. Parenting my one child is harder than they way they “parent” their 19 children because I listen to him, give him credit for his ideas and have to adapt the way I do things to ensure that I’m helping him to grow and learn in a way best suited to his personality. I see parenting as a very sacred thing not something to outsource to others: My husband and I created our child and I believe it’s our duty to make sure he becomes the person HE is meant to be not the person we insist he be. He is polite, respectful and loving but he is free to be this way not abused into it.

  • marysue

    While I consider myself Christian, I don’t adhere to such stringent tactics or beliefs. The thing that bugs me about the Duggars is that they’ve made their lifestyle a public announcement and that this is the way everyone should live. What they and others in that Quiverful movement need to realize is that a lot of us are not in a position to have such large families and shouldn’t be criticized for it. Birth control is necessary in a lot of cases. I have friends that would dearly love to be parents but due to health concerns cannot get pregnant (in one case it would be a death sentence) so birth control is a must. (These problems developed after marriage so no one can give the comeback that they shouldn’t have gotten married). I’m one for balance and going the middle road. If someone wants a big family so be it. It is them that has to raise the kids and pay the bills but you don’t need to make a public show of it. I have a friend who raised six on her own and certainly didn’t need TV to get the job done. The other thing that does bug me (already mentioned) is the fact that the girls will most likely just get married and have a big bunch of kids. That being said yes, I do consider children a blessing and the family does a ton of charity and missionary work which is commendable and gives the kids a lot of opportunity but I believe that women should have a few years to themselves ie. career or time to pursue personal interests before settling down into marriage and kids. The reason? Just so they know what is out there and can make full and proper decisions for themselves without Mom and Dad being in control. I have four adult sons, none married yet but even though a lot of their beliefs are now different from mine I see it as a blessing and part of who they are as individuals and are becoming not a violation of “my rules”.

  • Kate Middleman

    Exceedingly good looks? He looks and acts like a total weiner dog.

  • tjloo

    Ive met this family in 2007 or 2008 in Branson Missouri and the kids are very well behaved and Jim and Michelle were very laid back and easy going!!! You can tell they are great parents!!! The only thing i dont agree about with this family is Jessa and Ben living on the same property before they are married. I do think that Ben and Jessa have already experienced a kiss or 2 just by the way they act. Also when Jessa talks to Ben its always done in a flirtatious way and being church goers i cant believe she acts this way also that the family allows them to be on the same property not being married. Jim and Michelle not good :- :- :- :- :- :- :-