Derick & Jill Duggar Dillard: Inside Their Whirlwind Romance

One year after starting a courtship, the couple prepares to welcome their first child! Look back at their fast lane to love

  • HOLDING 'COURT' photo | Jill Duggar


Updated: Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 06:00 AM EDT By: Alicia Dennis & Kate Hogan


Love is in the air as the Duggars announce that their second daughter Jill, then 22, entered a courtship in November 2013 with 25-year-old Derick Dillard. "I was really impressed with his character," Jill tells PEOPLE. "He's a great guy." Her father, Jim Bob, introduced the two after meeting Dillard via email; the lovebirds got to know each other over Skype and text before she traveled to Nepal, where he was doing missionary work, to meet him – with dad in tow. "I was in love with someone I had never met in person, but we really knew each other well," Jill says of those early months. "I think it could be that I just met my future husband."