Who Will Be The Next Duggar to Marry? The Family Weighs In
The 19 Kids & Counting Duggar family's oldest kids still living at home talk about relationships
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Now that Jessa Duggar – who celebrated her 22nd birthday this week – has married Ben Seewald, who in Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s crew of kids still living at home might be next?
The stars of TLC’s hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting have shared their unique take on courting with guidelines for relationships – including no hand holding until becoming engaged and no kiss until marriage.
“I do not choose who my children marry,” Jim Bob, 50, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Over the years, I have suggested guys to my daughters or we have had a lot of guys that approach us and are interested in this girl or that girl, but each of our girls have chosen their spouse on their own.”
Who might be next to choose courting and a walk down the aisle?
John David, 24
He and his twin Jana are the oldest Duggar kids still living at home and so one might wonder if his time (or her time) for finding love is right around the corner.
“I am such an expert in love and marriage,” John jokes. “Maybe people will steal my advice since I know so much.”
At his sister Jill’s wedding rehearsal, John joked to the crowd that he was taking applications for a future spouse.
“It was a joke,” he says. “But I hear that we started receiving applications like crazy. I don’t know how many have come in and I haven’t looked at any, but I hear there are a lot.”
“Everybody is giving me advice about getting married,” he continues. “It isn’t a bad thing. I’m open to advice.”
“Jana is one of the prettiest girls in the world and one of the sweetest girls,” her father Jim Bob says. “There have been a lot of guys who have been interested in her, I have gone to hear about each one, and so far she hasn’t felt that is the way the Lord is leading.”
Jana, who helps keep things running smoothly throughout the Duggar home and assists in homeschooling assignments with some of her younger siblings, says she’s enjoying watching her siblings fall in love and get married.
“Ben and Jessa are so perfect for each other,” she says. “They are a couple that is really made for one another.”
Will she be next to court?
“We’ve always gotten different ones asking, ‘When is it going to be your turn? When is it your time?’ ” she says. “I just think for me I am just waiting and we’ll see. When God brings that one along it will be his timing.”
Jinger, who served as maid-of-honor at her sister Jessa’s wedding on Saturday, is known by fans of the show as an outspoken member of the Duggar clan who shed tears before (and during) the ceremony.
“I definitely cried once or twice, a couple of different evenings thinking about Jessa leaving,” she says. “It is a different season of life. Those special memories in the girls’ room, us up chatting late at night, is one thing I think about and start tearing up.”
Even though she’s not in a courtship now, it’s not been because of a lack of interest, says her dad, Jim Bob.
“Jinger is just a dynamic girl that a lot of guys have been interested in,” Jim Bob says. “But so far, she has not been interested in the guys.”
“I enjoy getting to work with Ben doing a lot of maintenance and lawn care for my dad,” Joseph says. “He’s great.”
The third-oldest Duggar son says he’s learning a lot watching his siblings court and get married.
“I definitely want to do the same route in courting and getting to know someone in the way my siblings have,” he says. “Doing it that way, I believe that is the way that God intended it. I don’t think God wants us to play around and go out with everyone, but to know for sure that is the one He has for you.”
“Sometimes, that takes time.”