September 17, 2013 04:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Could we be looking at yet another batch of Duggar children in the near future? It’s still, perhaps, a bit too soon to say. What we do know is that Jessa Duggar is now dating, or rather, courting Ben Seewald, a fellow religious devotee. If 19 Kids and Counting parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar get their way, Ben and Jessa could the source of more grandchildren — of course, only after a sanctioned wedding ceremony!
We’ve been wondering when Jessa Duggar would follow her sister-in-law and start popping out babies. So far, her older sisters have proven somewhat reluctant about the whole procreation thing. But Jim Bob and Michelle may not have to worry about getting Jessa married off, for she appears to already have found her prince charming.
The lucky guy is Ben Seewald, an 18-year-old student Jessa met through church functions. Suffice to say, Jessa’s parents definitely approve. Jim Bob told People, “We are so excited for Ben and Jessa. They are enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another.” The reality dad clarifies that, while the two are spending plenty of time together, they are definitely not dating. “Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry. With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship.”
Fortunately, the age of technology has offered Jessa and Ben some modicum of privacy. The two asked for permission to text each other, a request that ultimately was granted. Michelle feels that texting is a great way to communicate, provided the couple focuses on appropriate topics of conversation. “It has been fun to watch them and both of our phones are going off back and forth, ping, ping, ping.”
What do you think about the courting standards Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have set for their daughter? Wise, or overly restrictive? Sound off in the comments section below!
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