If you’re as obsessed with Counting On as we are, then you’re already very familiar with Jessa Duggar‘s husband, Ben Seewald. But if you’re just jumping on the bandwagon now, we have everything you need to know about the 24-year-old father of Spurgeon Seewald, 3, Henry Seewald, 2, and Ivy Seewald, who was born on May 26, 2019.
He’s a devoted husband to Jessa.
Ben has been head-over-heels for Jessa since they publicly began courting in 2013. Six years and two children later, he’s still determined to keep the romance alive. He gushes over his wifey every chance he gets, like on Mother’s Day when he wrote “Spurgeon and Henry are too young to say much, but I want to take this opportunity to appreciate their Mother, my sweet wife Jessa! I love you sweetheart!” He also often posts pics from the intimate date nights they share on Instagram.
He broke a lot of the super-serious courting rules.
Ben has always been a little forward by Duggar standards. For example, Jessa admitted in their book Growing Up Duggar that “the day Ben and I started courting, we began our tradition of calling each other on the phone every night. These calls were not ‘chaperoned.’ They were private just between the two of us.” That’s usually a big no-no! On top of that, we saw them hold hands and do a full-on front hug on the show. These kids are wild!
He’s had some drama with her family.
Believe it or not, but Ben and Jessa were actually not the same religion. The Duggars are Quiverfulls while Ben practices Calvinism. Allegedly, Jessa’s dad, Jim Bob Duggar, hates this difference, but allowed Jessa and the kids to follow suit because he wants to maintain the happy-family image. Ben also spoke out in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement, which his in-laws reportedly weren’t thrilled about either.
He introduced Jinger Duggar to her husband Jeremy Vuolo.
Jessa and Ben actually met Jeremy Vuolo while on a trip to San Antonio, Texas. Ben became fast friends with Jeremy, explaining on Counting On, “Once we started talking, I thought, ‘Okay, I really need to stay in touch with this guy somehow.'” Jessa noticed his sense of style and immediately told Jinger about him. That’s how it all began!
He gave his kids some very creative names.
Spurgeon Elliot and Henry Wilberforce may sound totally random, but there’s a method to the madness. Their first child was actually named after two religious leaders, Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon and Christian missionary Jim Elliot. Meanwhile, Henry’s middle name comes from the historical William Wilberforce, and English politician, philanthropist, and leader of the movement to end the horrifying slave trade. When naming Ivy Jane, it seems that the parents finally bucked tradition and went for something a little more, well, traditional.