Jill Duggar, one of the 19 Duggar kids, is getting ready to tie the knot, having announced this week that she and boyfriend Derrick Dillard are engaged! You know what that means: they can finally hold hands!!
“I am so happy,” says Jill. “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.”
Jill and her younger sister Jessa, 21 – who is in a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, of Hot Spring, Ark. – have shared the differences between dating and courting with millions of viewers. The girls, along with their sisters Jana, 24, and Jinger, 20, also explain those differences in their new book Growing Up Duggar, released earlier this year. Once the couple became engaged, they agreed that they would hold hands – a physical contact they decided to hold off until engagement. They will share their first kiss on their wedding day.
“I feel like I’m dreaming,” Derick tells PEOPLE of his engagement to Jill. “It was great to grab her hand for the first time.”
Well, that sounds… special, I suppose. I’d say it’s slightly concerning to marry someone you haven’t even kissed before, but I suppose to each her own. Hopefully Derrick is ready just in case 22-year-old Jill wants to recreate her large family all over again!
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