Right on the heels of news that Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth married after all comes another cause for celebration in Arkansas:
Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell got engaged!
The 22-year-old and his 18-year-old fiancee announced their courtship just a few months ago, and just made things even more official.
When he proposed … at Joy-Anna Duggar’s wedding!
People magazine was the first publication to confirm that he popped the question right after his little sister, 19, walked down the aisle.
The pair, who met through their church, confirmed it.
“We are super excited. It’s great to not be courting anymore, now we’re engaged!” Joseph Duggar and his beaming bride-to-be shared.
“I’m so happy and so shocked. There’s so many words I want to say, but just shocked,” says Kendra, while Joseph revealed:
“I was definitely nervous going into it, but I wasn’t afraid that she was going to say no, because she has said, ‘I’m just waiting on you!'”
Not a lot of marriage proposals get turned down in Duggar Nation, it’s true. A courtship, after all, is basically a precursor to an engagement.
When news of Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell courting first surfaced in March, few expected they would not get engaged soon.
We just weren’t expecting quite this soon!
“We are so excited to share the news with others that we are courting,” Joseph said then. “Our families are close friends through church.”
“This has allowed Kendra and me to get to know each other. She’s the best!” Duggar added, and obviously, the feeling was quite mutual.
“I’m looking forward to getting to spend more time with Joseph as we take this exciting step toward a new season in life,” Kendra added.
“It’s a really wonderful moment!”
Counting On Season 4, featuring Joy-Anna and Austin’s wedding, and Joseph asking Kendra’s dad’s permission to court, begins June 12.
Not much of a spoiler to say that the scene teased in the Counting On Season 4 trailer ends up with a positive result for Joe in the end.
As for talk that Joseph got Kendra Caldwell pregnant before marriage and that’s why this is being fast-tracked even by Duggar standards?
It makes for great gossip … but that’s likely all it is. The Duggars stick to their guns when it comes to their dating and courtship rules.
Much as we’d all love a great rebellion story along those lines, we’ll have to be content with mini-scandals like Jinger wearing shorts.
Probably for the best.
At this stage, we still know relatively little about the next Duggar in-law, but as you might expect, she comes from a similar background.
Kendra and her sister Lauren both captured the attention of Counting On fans during Jinger Duggar’s wedding episode last season.
The sisters, along with Joy-Anna’s now-husband Austin Forsyth, all helped assemble a large “V” made out of roses for that wedding.
When that installment aired on TLC, the prevailing wisdom among the fans who watch Counting On online was exactly this scenario:
Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell were secretly courting, or getting to know each other in anticipation of that very strong possibility.
As for part two of the dual-Caldwell courting rumor?
Either Jedidiah or Jeremiah Duggar is rumored to be interested in Lauren, though it remains unclear at press time if that’s legitimate.
Regardless … congrats Joseph and Kendra!!