On the 19 Kids & Counting episode that originally aired April 8, 2014, Jill Duggar asked her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, if she could meet Derick Dillard. Jill was communicating with Derick online. Derick, who lives in Arkansas, was in Nepal at the time. On April 9, eonline.com and people.com reported that Derick proposed to Jill on March 29.
Jill's sister, Jessa Duggar, is also in a serious relationship. On the first episode of the eighth season of 19 Kids and Counting, she started courting Ben Seewald. The couple is getting to know each other spiritually and emotionally, but not physically. Every time they are together, there is a chaperone with them.
In St. Paul, new episodes of 19 Kids & Counting can be seen Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on TLC. On the next episode, the Duggars will attend their family friend Erin Bates's wedding.
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