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Jill Duggar engaged: '19 Kids and Counting' star engaged to Derick Dillard

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Jill Duggar is engaged! The "19 Kids and Counting" star and her beau, Derick Dillard, have completed their courtship and have decided that they want to spend the rest of their lives together. On April 9, People Magazine confirmed the news, reporting that the two will be tying the knot in the "next couple of months."

"I am so happy. Our story is so very unique. The first time we talked, he was in Japan, we met in Nepal, he spent time in India and Israel and then came back to Arkansas where he met my family. We have a very international story even though we live so close," explained Jill, obviously very excited.

Now that Jill Duggar is engaged, she and Derick can hold hands -- something that they decided to wait on. What else did they wait on? Well pretty much everything. Jill and Derick won't even share their first kiss until their wedding day. It's definitely a different way of doing things but it's something that both Jill and Derick respect.

Other Duggar girls have been getting to know boys in the very same way: Courtship. Some may say that it is old-fashioned but there is also something so pure and innocent about it. Jill, 22, isn't the oldest sister in the Duggar family but she is the first girl to get engaged. She isn't, however, the first Duggar child to get married -- her oldest brother Joshua is married (to Anna) -- they too shared their first kiss on their wedding day.

Now that Jill Duggar is engaged, it will be interesting to see how soon she gets married and if she and Derick start a family right away.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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