Even though the Duggars are celebrated for their traditional lifestyle, Jill Duggar and her fiancé Derick Dillard truly have a modern relationship—they even met on Skype before speaking face-to-face for the first time.
And last night’s episode of 19 Kids and Counting shows just how special that moment was!
The 25-year-old accountant was doing missionary work in Nepal when he reached out to Jill’s father, Jim-Bob, who instantly thought he’d be a good match for his daughter.
They spoke on Skype—even during their first date she admits she “interrogated” him with questions about his life, goal and ambitions in an effort to see if he was a good match—and eventually met for the first time in Nepal.
While there, he officially asked her to be in a courtship—and they shared their first side hug!
“We actually talked about it first, before we met. We were like, ‘A side hug is a good medium between super closeness and too distant,’’ the 22-year-old explained on last night’s episode.
“The phone conversation was a little awkward, actually, yeah. Because we were like, ‘So, um, we both want to talk about this. We’re both going to meet each other in person. But, like, we need to talk about it or else it’s going to be super weird.’ Yeah, it was a little bit awkward, but I think it made it a lot less awkward than it would’ve been.”
A few months after that first meeting in November, Derick got down on one knee and popped the question.
Of course, Jill said yes and they held each others’ hands for the first time—which had long been their plan for celebrating their eventual engagement.
But don’t expect to see more physical interactions from these two any time soon!
“We’re just really trying to keep our relationship focused not on the physical but really more on communication and continuing to learn more about each other,” she told ABC News last month.
“We’re saving our first kiss and things beyond that for our wedding.”