'19 Kids and Counting:' A Duggar Sibling Begins Courtship on Day Jill Duggar's Baby Was Born

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The 19 Kids and Counting family has another child who has moved one step closer to walking down that proverbial aisle. The Duggar family has a hard and fast rule about dating. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar don't allow their kids to do it. Instead, they enter into a courtship, with the intent of the relationship set on eventual marriage.

So which member of the 19 Kids and Counting family is courting now?

It's 18-year-old Josiah Duggar. He and 17-year-old Marjorie Jackson began courting officially on April 6th. That's the same day Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard welcomed baby Israel David Dillard into the 19 Kids and Counting family.

Josiah and Marjorie met and became good friends while he took Spanish lessons from her mom. As is expected with all of the Duggar siblings, Josiah is dating a very devout Christian.

"It's been going very well," Josiah said during a recent interview with People magazine. "I met Marjorie a few years ago, when I was taking Spanish lessons at her house and I was very impressed with the way she was with her siblings and her love for the Lord."

Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson went on a mission trip to El Salvador in December. Josiah also works for the construction company owned by Marjorie's dad.

"She really caught my eye," Josiah says of Marjorie on that mission trip. "That is really where I noticed her."

Marjorie, who is one of five daughters, says she has liked the 19 Kids and Counting family member for quite some time.

"I met him at Spanish class a few years back," she told People. "For me it was an immediate thing, I have always admired him and his family."

How much longer do you expect it might be before Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson announce their engagement? That's typically how it goes in the 19 Kids and Counting family. Courtship is designed to prove compatibility--for marriage.

Will Josiah Duggar's engagement be the next big event in the 19 Kids and Counting family? Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's baby was the big excitement for the past few months, and many expect to hear any time that Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are expecting their first baby.

Which Duggar family member do you expect will make the next big headlines?

You can see a special message from Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson that will air on this week's episode of 19 Kids and Counting. Tune in Tuesday night to TLC at 9:00 PM ET, to see what the newly courting teens have to say.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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