News: Match Made in Heaven

News: Match Made in Heaven April 11, 2014

From Today Moms – ‘Match Made in Heaven’ Duggar Dad Introduced Daughter to Fiance

It’s wedding bells for the Duggar family, and daughter Jill has dad to thank.

As the clan — the stars of TLC’s hit reality show “19 Kids and Counting” — make courting the theme of the new season, the 22-year-old daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar has just revealed she is engaged — and that her dad introduced the happy couple.

Jim Bob told TODAY that he met Derick Dillard, 25, nearly two years ago while doing humanitarian work in Nepal. “I thought he and Jill had a lot in common and would hit it off,” he said. “Needless to say, they haven’t stopped talking since. They’re a match made in heaven and Michelle and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Jill Duggar told People magazine that their courtship is a “very international story” and that Derick was in Japan the first time they talked.

“When my dad first introduced Derick and I, we spent hours texting, calling, and talking on Skype while 8,000 miles away from each other,” Jill Duggar said. “And when we finally met in person in Nepal, we knew within days that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.”

The second-oldest Duggar daughter plans to marry Dillard, an accountant, in Rogers, Ark.

“I feel like I’m dreaming,” Dillard told People. “It was great to grab her hand for the first time.”

Jill isn’t the only Duggar daughter with a beau. Jessa, 20, has been involved with Ben Seewald, 18.

Being in a relationship with a Duggar involves plenty of rules, as TODAY learned when we recently caught up with the family. Dad Jim Bob and mom Michelle — the parents of 19 — make a distinction between dating, which doesn’t necessarily lead to marriage, and courtship, which has a good chance of ending at the altar and is carefully monitored.

The Duggar daughters always have a chaperone with them, while the brothers carefully watch their suitors. There’s no kissing or hand-holding, and if a beau wants to text a Duggar, the parents are included in every message.

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  • Nea

    and daughter Jill has dad to thank

    … for using her entire future to sell her book and his TV show. She also gets to thank him for making her, at 22, so sheltered and naive that she’s neither trusted to meet men enough to choose her own husband or spend one second alone with her own fiancee.

  • Saraquill

    …So texting a person on another continent leads to premarital sex on the spot if no one’s looking?

  • Well, if you’re going to pay roaming charges, you may as well get your money’s worth!

  • Trollface McGee

    This makes me nuts – two young, very sheltered people who are allowed to date in a very supervised, televised context where the pressure is huge on them to get engaged and tie the knot – what could go wrong?
    Meanwhile fans are going to go on and on about how this is a nice, clean, obedient family where the kids do their chores and talk nicely to adults, oh and they’re debt free, because that’s all that matters.

  • quietglow

    “…dating, which doesn’t necessarily lead to marriage, and courtship, which has a good chance of ending at the altar…”

    Is it just me, or do those mean about the same thing?

    As for the budding relationships, we’ve already seen this one before. But I’ll hope for the best.

  • Independent Thinker

    There seems to be in all of these articles written the fact the Derick Dillard is an accountant. Yet, no mention of what 18 year old Ben Seewald does for a living.

  • brbr2424

    My money is on him being a business owner – a landscape entrepreneur aka the kid who mows lawns.

  • Catherine

    My sister is a huge fan and doesn’t see what’s so wrong with their family since everyone seems so happy. Drives me nuts…I can’t even listen to people talk about it in a positive manner anymore.

  • Anne

    I find it so weird to see the average person defending them. I get that they enjoy watching the show, I do too (although apparently I’m much more critical than them), but do they REALLY not see the weirdness in no hand holding until engagement and monitored group texts? Why is nobody in the mainstream media questioning that these sheltered girls are being wed to the first boy they’ve held hands with? It’s all positivity, roses and sunshine. Religious persecution my butt.

    Hah. And yeah, debt free. They have a TV show… if they weren’t debt free I would be concerned.

  • Anne

    I think he owns a cash only windshield repair business (ever seen those forlorn guys under an awning in a mall parking lot?) and recently started working at a State Farm insurance company.