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19 More Kids?:
Recently Engaged '19
Kids and Counting'
Star Jill Duggar and
Fiancé Derick Dillard
Want “As Many Kids as
God Will Give Us”

Duggar Family Blog

We hope you can count higher than 19—because the Duggar family is about to expand drastically!

Earlier this week, 19 Kids and Counting star Jill Duggar announced her beau Derick Dillard popped the question late last month—and they are already thinking about starting a family together!

And unsurprisingly, they want a lot of children!

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“Both of us want as many kids as God will give us and we’ve talked about adoption,” Jill told ABC News. “My parents kept popping them out so we’ll see how [our] fertility is!”

While they are already talking about a large family, the 22-year-old explained the physical side of the relationship won’t begin until after they say “I do!”

Jill and Derick

“We’re just really trying to keep our relationship focused not on the physical but really just more on communication and continuing to learn more about each other,” she explained. “We’re saving our first kiss and things beyond that for our wedding.”

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They have experienced a little physical contact and tame PDA. Long before Ben got down on one knee, he and Jill had decided they’d hold hands once they were engaged. And last month, he got to take his fiancée’s hand—complete with the white-gold, .63-carat diamond ring he custom-designed.

“I feel like I’m dreaming. It was great to grab her hand for the first time,” he gushed to People.

Jill Dugar Ring

Jill & Derick Engaged

The bride-to-be’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle praised the couple for creating and embracing their own rules when it comes to intimacy, and added this is also the case for 21-year-old Jessa, who is currently courting Ben Sewald.

“Both couples have decided to have high standards in order to keep themselves pure and also set an example for their younger siblings,” the Duggar patriarch told ABC.

Derick & Jill, Jessa & Ben

Not only are they positive role models for their many, many younger siblings—but they’re also offering a positive example for anyone, mom Michelle suggested.

“What’s so neat is Jessa and Ben and Jill and Derick have set their own courtship standards and now engagement standards, and they’ve said they want to bring them out in the open and be accountable,” she said.

Jessa & Ben

“I think it’s good for couples out there, young, old, whatever, you can set those standards and really focus on getting to know each other and wait for the physical aspect.”