'19 Kids and Counting:' Jessa Duggar Shares Exciting News

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The 19 Kids and Counting family is still reeling with excitement over the birth of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's baby, Israel David Duggar--and in the midst of that excitement, Jessa Duggar shared some very exciting news.

Fans of 19 Kids and Counting have wondered ever since Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald tied the knot back in November, when they might announce that they, too, are expecting a little one.

That's not what Jessa Duggar announced this time, however.

Sorry, fans.

Jessa's announcement was still an exciting one. She shared via Instagram that 18-year-old brother Josiah--whom the family refers to as Si--is now officially courting. She included a photo of Si and his pretty girlfriend, Marjorie Jackson, as part of the announcement.

"Another Duggar is courting! Congrats to my bro Si and his girlfriend Marjorie! @SiDuggar," she captioned the photo.

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Does this mean Josiah Duggar--Si--will be the next member of the 19 Kids and Counting family to tie the knot? Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are used to having weddings in the family. In addition to Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's November nuptials, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard got hitched just last June.

So what is this courtship that Si and Marjorie have entered? Jim Bob Duggar explained what it is all about on an episode of 19 Kids and Counting some months ago.

"As far as our kids dating, we believe a lot of times if you're alone with the person, it can create desires that can kind of get stirred up, and you don't have any accountability, and [that] can kind of lead to some hanky-panky," the 19 Kids and Counting patriarch explained. "Courtship is really getting to know each other for the purpose of possibly getting engaged and getting married."

Congratulations to Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson on their courtship.

Do you hope, however, that the next time Jessa Duggar makes a big announcement that it's about a baby?

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.