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19 Kids & Counting's Jill Duggar Courting Derick Dillard

19 Kids & Counting's Jill Duggar Courting Derick Dillard

04/01/2014

Jill Duggar, one of the 19 kids in TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting, has found love with 25-year-old Derick Dillard.

Jill Duggar Courting Derick Dillard

Duggar, 22, was set up with Dillard through her father Jim Bob Duggar, who’d connected with Dillard while the eligible bachelor was doing missionary work in Nepal. Over the past few years, Jim Bob got to know Dillard and came to think he’d be a good match for his daughter.

"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 People. "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 getting a cyber introduction, Jill Duggar and Dillard, who is also from Arkansas, embarked on an online courtship, which involved supervised Skype conversations and texting. When Dillard came back to Arkansas in November, he began formally courting the Duggar daughter.

"I was really impressed with his character and I was surprised how much we have the same vision and life goals. He’s a great guy." Jill told the magazine. “We got to know each other in the first few months pretty quickly. I was in love with someone I had never met in person, but we really knew each other well."

Courting In The Duggar Family

Although they now get to hang out in person, according to the courting rules in the Duggar family, they aren’t permitted any alone time. They’re also held to an agreement that limits physical contact. Jessa Duggar, 20, who’s been in a long-term courtship with Ben Seawald, 18, co-wrote Growing Up Duggar with Jill, Jinger and Jana. In the book, the Duggar girls outline their philosophy that the purpose of a courtship is to determine compatibility for marriage.

Both Jill and Jessa Duggar’s courtships will play a major part in 19 Kids & Counting’s upcoming season, which premieres Tuesday, April 1. As in season’s past, the TLC show will follow the close-knit fundamentalist Independent Baptist family as they go about their daily lives.

– Chelsea Regan

For More 19 Kids & Counting News:

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> Michelle Duggar Of '19 Kids And Counting' Says She Is Hoping To Become Pregnant With 20th Child

> Jessa Duggar And Ben Seewald Dating: Jim Bob & Michelle Allow Them To 'Side Hug'

Read more: Jill Duggar, 19 Kids & Counting, Derick Dillard

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