Jessa Duggar, 21, entered a courtship with Ben Seewald, 19, in September of last year and there are rumors that they are now engaged.
Jim Bob On Courting
“Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry,” Jim Bob explained. “With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship.”
John Rotan, a camera man for TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, responsed to a comment on Raising Servants of Christ, that Ben and Jessa aren’t allowed to talk about their relationship, but viewers should “stay tuned to the show… Jessa and Ben celebrated Christmas in a very special way.”
Although the comment is unverified, Christmas seemed to be when Ben and Jessa’s dynamic changed. Since then, Ben’s explicitly declared his love for Jessa — like in this post from early January: “I thank God for bringing Jessa and I together and for the amazing way He has blessed our relationship in 2013. I love you Jessa Lauren!”
In the beginning of their courtship, Ben and Jessa were always pictured in a group setting or with a chaperone.
Now, photos of Ben and Jessa appear to be more intimate. Ben even shared pictures from a self-described “Date Night.”
This development is significant because Jim Bob described the courtship period a time where the pair gets “to know each other in a group setting.” Only once a couple is engaged are they allowed to define their own “goals and standards.”
Ben recently shared seemingly professional photos of him and Jessa. The images definitely give off the engagement session vibe. Interestingly, Jessa’s left hand is either out of sight or intentionally hidden in all of the pictures Ben shared online.
The new season of 19 Kids and Counting will reportedly begin on TLC in March. We’ll likely get the official engagement confirmation around that point.