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Jill Duggar engaged to Derick Dillard

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard

Jill Duggar revealed to People Magazine on Wednesday April 9 that she is engaged to boyfriend Derick Dillard.

Jill is the second daughter from the Duggar family to be courted for marriage. Jessa, 21 revealed her courtship to Ben Seewald on the hit TLC show '19 kids and counting.'

Jill, 22 shared her experience getting to know and eventually being courted by Dillard with ABC News.

"When my dad first introduced Derick and I, we spent hours texting, calling, and talking on Skype while 8,000 miles away from each other. And when we finally met in person in Nepal, we knew within days that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together," she told ABC News in a statement. "I love Derick's desire to follow God and to serve others. Derick is so romantic and the proposal was perfect. We are incredibly happy and can't wait to share our courtship and engagement on 19 Kids & Counting. Next up, wedding planning!"

Duggar family patriarch, Jim Bob expressed is approval of the courtship and progressing relationship of his daughter and Dillard.

"They're a match made in heaven and Michelle and I couldn't be more thrilled," he said. "We're so grateful to God and look forward to watching their love continue to grow as they prepare for their wedding and future life together. We're not losing a daughter, but rather gaining a son!"

Dillard shared his joy on taking the next step his relationship with Jill.

"I feel like I'm dreaming, it was great to grab her hand for the first time."

Dillard was introduced to Jill through Jim Bob as they met doing missionary work in Nepal.

Jill Duggar is studying to be a nurse midwife, and Dillard, 25 is an accountant.

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