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Jessa Duggar on Her Courtship: 'Ben and I Want a Big Family'

Jessa Duggar on Her Courtship: 'Ben and I Want a Big Family'

Originally posted 04/12/2014 09:30AM

Now that her sister Jill is engaged and planning a wedding, Jessa Duggar, who is in a courtship with boyfriend Ben Seewald, is just enjoying her relationship.

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Jill Duggar Is Engaged!

Jill Duggar Engaged to Derick Dillard

Originally posted 04/09/2014 08:15AM

Make way for a Duggar-sized wedding.

The famously expansive Duggar clan, stars of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting, will be adding a new son-in-law to their crew in the next few months.

Jill Duggar, 22, who is studying to be a midwife, recently revealed her courtship with Derick Dillard, 25, an accountant in Rogers, Ark. Now, she tells PEOPLE exclusively, the two are engaged to be married.

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Another Duggar Daughter Is Being Courted!

Jill Duggar Being Courted by Derick Dillard

Originally posted 03/31/2014 11:45AM

There are even more people showing up at the home of the famously super-sized clan, the Duggars, these days.

Right on the heels of third daughter daughter Jessa, 20, entering a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, of Hot Spring, Ark., second daughter, Jill, 22, is now in a courting relationship with Derick Dillard, 25, of Rogers, Ark.

"I was really impressed with his character and I was surprised how much we have the same vision and life goals," Jill, whose family stars in TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "He's a great guy."

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Eldest Duggar Girls Share Relationship Secrets in New Book

Duggar Sisters Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger Pen Relationship Book

Originally posted 02/20/2014 01:25PM

"It's not always easy to get along with 18 siblings," four of the Duggar siblings write in their new book, Growing Up Duggar)

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Jessa Duggar Is 'Courting' (Don't Say Dating) Ben Seewald

Jessa Duggar Enters Courtship with Ben Seewald

Originally posted 09/16/2013 05:00PM

Could a Duggar daughter be preparing to start a family of her own?

Jessa Duggar, 20, the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Ark.,has entered into a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, who lives in nearby Hot Springs, Ark., PEOPLE confirms.

The couple's relationship will be featured on the family's TLC show, 19 Kids & Counting, which returns Tuesday at 9 p.m.

"We are so excited for Ben and Jessa," Jim Bob, 48, tells PEOPLE. "They are enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another."

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PHOTOS: Meet the Newest Duggar, Marcus!

Josh and Anna Duggar Introduce Son Marcus

Originally posted 06/07/2013 07:00PM

Meet Marcus Anthony Duggar!

Josh and Anna Duggar introduce their newest addition, born Sunday morning.

"We are so thankful that mom and baby are well! We are blessed to have our family close as we celebrate this gift from God," the couple told PEOPLE Friday.

Josh – the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children – and Anna are already parents to daughter Mackynzie, 3½, and son Michael, who turns 2 this month.

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Why Michelle Duggar Won't Be Caught in a Bikini

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Michelle Duggar Explains Why She Covered Up While Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

Originally posted 04/30/2013 04:05PM

When it comes to swimming, the Duggars have it covered.

On a recent marriage retreat to Puerto Rico filmed for their reality show, TLC's 19 Kids & Counting, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar decided to go snorkeling. But not in typical bathing suits. (Watch a clip below.)

"In society, sometimes there's this idea that we cover up at certain times and then we go to the beach and wear our underclothes," Michelle tells PEOPLE. "Bathing suits are pretty and colorful but it's not our thinking that it is okay to be naked some places and not other places."

The solution is to find something "I feel comfortable in," Michelle says. "I am not feeling exposed in the ways I am uncomfortable with." For the trip, which airs Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) on TLC, that meant covering up in swimwear by WholesomeWear.com.

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Josh & Anna Duggar Are Having a Boy!

Josh & Anna Duggar Are Having a Boy!

Originally posted 04/01/2013 08:00AM

The girls are about to be outnumbered in Josh and Anna Duggar's house!

The reality stars of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting, who recently announced their third baby is due in June, tell PEOPLE they are having a baby boy.

Along with the rest of the Duggar family, they decided to find out the baby's sex, and filmed the announcement for their show, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET).

"We didn't know the results," Josh, 25, tells PEOPLE. "But we gave them [from the doctor] to the sound guy, Jim, and he planned out this very unique reveal. It caught us off guard in a time and place we least expected."

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The Duggars Are Considering Adoption

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The Duggars Are Considering Adoption

Originally posted 03/26/2013 11:25AM

They have 19 children, two grandchildren and one more on the way, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar say that doesn't necessarily mean their family is complete.

"We are open to the idea of adoption," Michelle, 45, tells PEOPLE. "We are praying about it, and we will see what God has in store. Love for children has been placed on our hearts."

The ever-expanding crew – eldest son Josh, 25, and his wife, Anna, 24, just recently announced they are expecting their third child in June – were moved by a visit to an orphanage in China on their recent trip there.

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Jim Bob & Josh Duggar Compete in Weight-Loss Challenge

Jim Bob & Josh Duggar Compete in Weight-Loss Challenge

Originally posted 03/12/2013 01:30PM

The Duggar clan is shrinking – by over 50 pounds.

Jim Bob Duggar, 47, and his oldest son Josh, 25, of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting airing on Tuesday nights at 9, are in a fierce weight-loss challenge with each other.

"I got back from Asia and looked at myself on camera and realized something had to change," says Josh.

Married to Anna, 24, and looking forward to the addition of the couple's third child this summer, Josh says he was at 238 lbs. and not feeling healthy. In October, he started to cut back and make healthier choices – and began to see the weight drop.

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