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Another Duggar is being courted.
“19 Kids & Counting” star Jill Duggar, 22, is now being courted by Derick Dillard, 25. She is the second of the Duggar daughters to enter into a romantic relationship, as Jessa, 20, has been involved with Ben Seewald since last year.
“I was really impressed with his character and I was surprised how much we have the same vision and life goals,” Jill told People magazine. “He’s a great guy.”
Jill was introduced to Derick by her father, Jim Bob, who connected with the 25-year-old Rogers, Ark., native while he was doing missionary work in Nepal.
“I had gotten an email from Derick a few years ago and gave him my phone number so he could share the work he was doing in Nepal,” Jim Bob told the magazine. “I was impressed with him as I got to know him over the years. He sounded like an amazing young man. I felt like from the beginning, they had similar personalities and goals. I thought they would hit it off.”
After texting and Skyping with one another (while being supervised by her parents), the two finally met late last year and began courting in November. For Jill, the connection was instantaneous.
“We got to know each other in the first few months pretty quickly,” Jill explained. “I was in love with someone I had never met in person, but we really knew each other well.”
Though much of their relationship has been long-distance, he said he already feels like he fits in with her and her family.
“We have a large pool of chaperones,” he told the magazine. “You have to come in armed with good jokes and I usually have Skittles as well. It has been such a huge blessing to get to see her a few times a week.”
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