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.
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!”
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.
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.”
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.