“Joy is 19, so she’s the youngest one of all of us girls so far to be in a courtship — and now on the edge of an engagement,” says Joy-Anna’s sister Jessa (Duggar) Seewald, 24. “I think it’s sort of young, but she’s very mature for her age and they’ve known each other for a long time. So I think she and Austin are ready for this next step whenever it comes about.”
Forsyth — who went on to tie the knot with Joy-Anna on May 26 — admits the experience is “a little nerve-racking.”
“It’s a good thing you stopped by today, because I’ve been wanting to talk to you about something,” he says. “Well, you know this is my fifth house and [I have a] commitment with my dad about selling it before I can get married. I really know that the Lord has brought Joy and I’s path together, and I’ve seen him working firsthand — I wanted to ask for your blessing for her hand in marriage.”
Jim Bob, 51, remains silent — except for a quiet “wow.”
“It’s a lot to ask of a man, to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage,” says Forsyth. “And it’s a huge responsibility for me to take on — I don’t take it lightly.”
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Jim Bob then launches into his response.
“Austin, that’s a big step,” he says. “I think it was about a year ago that you came and asked me for permission to get to know Joy on a closer friendship level. I can’t believe it’s been a year.”
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And according to Jim Bob’s other son-in-laws, it’s not unusual for the Duggar patriarch to take his time with his answer.
“He’ll look down and say: ‘Well…,’ ” adds Ben Seewald with a laugh. “I don’t know if he’s just having a little fun with the moment or if he’s just genuinely thinking through it. He never just says: ‘Sure!’ ”
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