From Weddings and Babies to More Babies! Jill and Jessa Duggar's Most Memorable Moments
For Jill and Derick Dillard, distance was just a number: They got engaged after an international courtship – they first spoke when Derick was in Japan, they met in Nepal and Derick then travelled to India and Israel before coming back home to Arkansas to pop the question. Meanwhile, Jessa said "yes" to now-husband Ben Seewald after a whirlwind scavenger hunt proposal that included mini-golf, red roses, a trolley ride and a glass chapel. The similarity between the two sisters' stories? They held off on sharing that first kiss until their wedding day.
Both of the sisters said "I do" in full Duggar splendor, which meant more than 1,000 guests watching the ceremonies – including, of course, both Jessa and Jill's many siblings. Both sisters served as bridesmaids in each other's weddings (June 21, 2014, for Jill and Nov. 1, 2014, for Jessa) and celebrated with lots of dessert (ice cream sundaes for Jessa and cupcakes for Jill) afterward.
THE PREGNANCY REVEALS
Jill and Derick's son, Israel, arrived in April, less than a year after his parents' wedding. Jessa's son Spurgeon, who was due on his parents' one year anniversary, was born a few days later in November. The common thread between the new arrivals? Both daughters planned on a home birth, but due to unforeseen circumstances, ended up going to a hospital.
THE MISSION TRIP
Just a few months after welcoming Israel into their family, Jill and Derick decided to give back in a big way. The family of three headed down to South America for an extended mission trip. Before their departure, Derick said: "We look forward to this adventure and the joy of serving Him in this new way."
THE NEW JOB
They may be far from their home, but Jill is still achieving long-worked-for goals. In September 2015, Derick announced that there were "exciting things happening in our family!," prompting suspicion that Israel would soon be getting a sibling. The news, however, was all Jill's: She officially became a midwife, a skill she had been perfecting during their Central American mission trip.