Jessa Duggar's New Fiancé Ben Seewald Now Living at the Family Home (VIDEO)
Even before the couple became engaged, Ben Seewald moved into a guest home on the Duggar property
The Duggars have a new addition to their family home in Tontitown, Arkansas – and he’s somebody you know: Ben Seewald, Jessa Duggar‘s new fiancé!
So, how does that work?
“He moved up here a few weeks ago,” Jim Bob, 49, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It has been really good. He has been able to spend a lot more time with Jessa and our family. We have a guesthouse in front of our house, with a shower and everything, separate from the main house.”
Side hugs have given way to hand-holding now that Jessa, 21, has accepted Seewald’s marriage proposal and the two are now planning their wedding. But, as seen in this exclusive clip from the season premiere of TLC’s hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, things could get interesting now that Seewald, 19, is at the Duggar home.
“I’m very excited that Ben is moving in today,” Jessa says in the clip. “I think it will be awesome to get to spend more time with Ben and see him on a daily basis instead of once or twice a month.”
Jim Bob says he hired Seewald to do work for him while he continues his college courses online.
“Ben was living four hours away in Hot Springs with his parents,” Jim Bob says. “After Michelle and I were talking about it, we have so many projects to do that we need help for – everything from construction projects to keeping the grass mowed to putting roof on a building, paperwork and things like that – and we asked him if he would be interested in moving up here so that Jessa and his relationship could be really accelerated. He was all for it and his parents were happy about it.”
Still, does it make all the chaperones jobs a little bit harder?
“They always have a chaperone,” Jim Bob explains. “It has just worked out great. It is a little more labor intensive for Dad – we did set a curfew. By midnight, every night, we need to make sure everybody is back in their place. Jessa and Ben have set up their own courtship standards. They did not hold hands until they got engaged. After they got engaged, they started holding hands. Just like Jill and Derick, they will be saving their first kiss for their wedding day.
‘You Want to Show Love and Affection’
Jill and Derick Dillard, who recently spoke to PEOPLE exclusively about their pregnancy news, also weigh in on Seewald’s new digs.
“You’re human, and the physical side is there for a reason,” Derick says in the clip. “Naturally, it is going to be difficult if you try to refrain from that.”
Jessa’s mom, Michelle, 47, agrees.
“Any time you are in love and are together, you realize you want to show your love and affection,” she says in the clip. “But when you have purposed to keep those protections in your life, you have to remember and have that accountability.”
19 Kids and Counting returns Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.