Just six months after Kendra and Joseph Duggar tied the knot, another sibling announced his engagement: Josiah Duggar. Now, the eighth child of Jim Bob and Michelle is happily married to Lauren Swanson — here’s everything we know about his soulmate!
You saw Lauren on 19 Kids and Counting.
TODAY reported Lauren, 19, popped up on an episode of 19 Kids and Counting way back in 2010. (It was destiny!) Turns out, she had been Josiah’s friend for years and was “totally shocked” when he asked her to start up a courtship, as she revealed on a recent Duggar video message.
Plus, the newlywed is familiar with large families: She has seven younger siblings herself.
She’s hella stylish.
The Duggars are known for wearing dowdy garments, but not Laur. The teen rocks heels and stylish pieces on the reg. Not to mention, she’s also got a great eye when it comes to interior design. So much so, that Jill Duggar enlisted her help!
Though she was homeschooled just like her husband, 22, and all of his siblings, she also pursued her degree at Georgia Military College and studied nursing (which means she probably gets along well with John David Duggar‘s nurse wife, Abbie Grace Burnett!). Both she and her younger sister Lily did a two-year dual enrollment program there that let them earn college credits and take high school classes simultaneously.
Thanks to the program, they didn’t just get their high school diplomas, but also associate’s degrees.
She and Josiah only announced their courtship in January.
“We are overjoyed to begin this new phase of our lives together,” Josiah told People as the lovebirds announced their courtship in January 2018. “Through the years our families’ friendship has allowed us to get to know one another as friends. I can definitely say I have found a great friend … even better than I could have hoped for or imagined. I so appreciate Lauren’s Christlike character and tender heart toward others. She brings sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her.”
The Duggars broke the news of their engagement.
“We are so excited to announce that Josiah and Lauren are officially engaged!” they wrote. “We have prayed for many years that the Lord would bring the right spouses to each of our children. We have known Lauren and her family for a very long time and have seen how she has grown in her knowledge and understanding of the Lord. She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate young lady, full of zeal for Christ. We are very thankful for her.”
Josiah proposed to her in a special location.
“The place where I proposed to Lauren is the exact spot where her parents were engaged,” Josiah said in a statement to Us Weekly. “There’s a lot of family history on this property, making it a special place for Lauren.”
And Lauren seemed to think his proposal was pretty much perfect. “I’m really excited to be getting married to Josiah,” she said. “Everything about the engagement was such a special moment for me. I’m especially looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him!”
Their June wedding was a big surprise.
The couple said “I do” on June 30 after just five months of courtship, a whole seven months earlier than fans expected. “What a joy it is to be husband and wife!” they said in a joint statement at the time. “Our wedding day was absolutely perfect!”
The couple suffered a miscarriage, four months after walking down the aisle.
“A couple months ago, we found out that we were expecting, but suddenly thereafter, we lost our baby,” Lauren revealed in a TLC clip, shared on Monday, February 11. Josiah added, “It really was a hard time for our family going through this right after we got married. And all the dreams of getting to see our little one and hold it in our hands dashed before our eyes.”
The pair wanted to tell their story because “nobody really talks about it,” she continued. “We just wanted to let y’all know that you’re not alone.”
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