Love is definitely in the air in the Duggar family's household!
Joseph Duggar and his girlfriend Kendra Caldwell are officially engaged! The 22-year-old popped the question on Friday, May 26 at his younger sister Joy-Anna Duggar’s wedding to her fiancé Austin Forsyth.
“We are so excited to be engaged and look forward to a lifetime together. We are so grateful for how the Lord brought us together, and we look forward to this special time of engagement and to some day serving Christ as man and wife,” Joe and Kendra said in a statement posted to the Duggar family’s official website.
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The young couple announced their courtship — which the Duggar family defines as dating with the intention to marry — back in March. In the video announcement, Joe revealed that he met his soon-to-be bride at the church that Kendra attends with her family.
They have been getting to know each other for six months before they decided to take the next step in their relationship — and fans will get to see their love blossom on the family’s TLC series Counting On.
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It looks like the 18-year-old has earned the approval from the rest of Joe’s family, and his mom and dad shared a sweet congratulatory message for the couple — giving them their blessing.
“There is a lot of love in the air today! We are so pleased to announce that Joe and Kendra are now engaged to be married! Our sweet Joe is on the verge of starting his own family,” Michelle and Jim Bob wrote.
“We are so happy for them both. Above all, we are so thankful for their love and commitment to Christ. We are so excited about another Duggar wedding in the near future!" they continued. "We know wonderful days are ahead for Joe and Kendra and we are looking forward to every moment! Our entire family rejoices!”
Scroll through the gallery below for a full guide to all of the Duggar children's marriages, engagements, and courtships!
Relationship Status: Single
Although she's the oldest daughter, Jana is still single — a fact that has prompted fans to call her the "Cinderella" of the family. Rumors started spreading that she was being courted by Lawson Bates, but those rumors were shot down by Lawson's mother.
Fans have jumped to some pretty wild speculations for why the oldest Duggar daughter hasn't been lucky in love, from accusations of lesbianism to even conspiracy theories about being "held prisoner" by her family. But the real truth? She just hasn't met the right guy yet.
“There have been different guys who have come along and asked, but they haven’t been, I don’t know, the right one,” she revealed on an episode of Jill and Jessa: Counting On. "It’s like this weird in-between stage. I’m not a younger one, but I’m not an older, married one with kids.”