The Duggar family can’t stop growing! While they've welcomed a bunch of baby boys and girls the last few years, now the younger Duggar kids are marrying off — for example, back in September, Joseph Duggar tied the knot with Kendra Caldwell, who is pregnant with the couple's first child.
A frequent guest star on Counting On, Kendra comes into the brood as a family friend of her now-husband's parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. Kendra became a quick fan favorite, but she also stirred up drama with rumors that she dated Joe's brother Jedidiah before him.
Meanwhile, the Duggars have taken some heat of their own for allegedly pushing their strict religious rules onto their new daughter-in-law. However you see it, it’s clear Kendra is on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days, so it’s time we learn a little more about the latest Duggar wife.
She hails from Fayetteville, AR
Just like the Duggars, Kendra is an Arkansas native. She grew up in Fayetteville, just about 10 miles away from her future husband’s hometown of Tontitown.
She had a religious upbringing
Kendra’s parents, Paul and Christina Caldwell, are people of strict faith. In fact, her father is a pastor at the Lighthouse Baptist Church, where the Duggars frequently attend. Fans may recall meeting Paul on the episode of Counting On where Joe asked for his permission to propose. The patriarch, still in his late 30s, caused a stir amongst fans with his handsome looks.
Her family has experienced controversy
Pastor Caldwell came under fire in 2014, when his church distributed flyers reportedly questioning if God loves LGBT people. Around that time, he also announced he would run for the Arkansas state representative seat, with plans to reduce taxes and “protect the lives of the unborn.” Josh Duggar promoted his campaign on Twitter at the time.
— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) February 10, 2014
She has a bunch of siblings
Kendra is one of seven children. Her siblings are: Lauren, Micah, Nathan, Timothy, Olivia, and Jesiah. Sister Lauren has regularly appeared alongside her on the TLC show.
She’s off of social media
She met Joe through family
As mentioned above, the married couple first met at her father’s church, through their parents. They knew one another for six months before announcing their courtship in March. He then proposed at sister Joy-Anna’s wedding in June, and the two tied the knot on Sept. 8, 2017.
She's a mama-to-be.
Kendra and Joseph announced in December that they are expecting their first child together — a baby boy. Their new addition is expected to arrive on June 17, 2018 — which also happens to be Father's Day.