She announced almost six months ago that she had begun seeing fellow churchgoer Ben Seewald."[They're] enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another," Jessa's dad, Jim Bob Duggar, said at the time, adding, "Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry.With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship."In the new book, Jessa clarifies that she and Ben limit their physical contact to only "side hugging" to say hello and goodbye.
The conservative TV family's four oldest girls, Jana, 24, Jill, 22, Jessa, 21, and Jinger, 20, are revealing secrets of their personal lives and relationships in their new book ), "It's easy to put yourself into physical and moral danger and give into those emotions or sensual thoughts that promise pleasant, but only temporary, fulfillment," adding that they avoid men to ensure they don't sin."By censoring our thoughts through the filter of God's word, we will be able to recant any wrong thoughts or temptations that try to sneak in," they say.
Despite placing a strict control on their desires, the girls say they "have a natural physical desire toward men" and "thank God for making us ‘normal.'"Jessa is currently the only one of the four who's courting a man.
They practice chaperoned courtship, in which a couple acquaints itself only in a group setting.
On May 22, 2015, TLC suspended the series when the Duggars' eldest son, Josh, publicly apologized for having "acted inexcusably" following reports that he molested five girls, including some of his sisters, by fondling them.
When she was rushed to the hospital for gallstones, doctors discovered that she was pre-eclamptic and performed an emergency delivery.
Josie Duggar was premature at only 1 pound 6 ounces (0.62 kg) at birth. I know that my mommy years are probably numbered, and I don't know how many more children God will see fit to give me. [I]t is something we've been praying about because we do love children.
When they married, she was 17 and he was 19; neither attended college.
Together, they first launched a used-car business, then towing and real estate businesses, and both are licensed real estate agents.
One of the frames was not drilled correctly, so the Duggars received a third frame which was used to make the girls' room and the industrial kitchen.
Discovery Networks completed it, finding local Arkansas construction workers to donate their skills and time. 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 Michelle Duggar gave birth via emergency Caesarean section to Josie Brooklyn Duggar on December 10, 2009, six months into her pregnancy.
According to Michelle, "They help with their little phonics lessons and games during the day and help them practice their music lessons.