Welp, that was fast: before I even got my coffee today, John David Duggar and Abbie Grace Burnett announced their engagement after…wait, has it even been a month? Clearly, the couple isn’t just breaking courtship rules (ahem, that unsupervised Walmart trip) they’re breaking records: as of today, John David has had the shortest courtship of all his siblings. Yes, I stood in line at Starbucks and did the math. Despite the Duggar siblings’ reputation to run to the altar, John David has his siblings beat by a long shot.
Or, you know, maybe not. It’s been suspected for a while that the Duggars court longer than we think, and we know that John David and Abbie knew each other for “several years” before making it official. But if we’re judging by courtship announcements, then the two have definitely earned this title, which marks a sort of trend in shorter and shorter courtships. Like really, they’ve become more and more condensed in a chronological…or quasi-chronological basis. Because, chronologically speaking — or at least quasi-chronologically — the Duggars are putting a ring on it faster than we can count to 19. And in case you need a refresher, here’s the line up of Duggar courtships from longest to shortest.