Jessa Duggar & Suitor Saving Kisses for Marriage

by | September 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM | 19 Kids and Counting

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald (Facebook)


Believe it or not, Jessa Duggar, the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” is officially in a courtship.

In an interview with People, the famed family confirmed that the 20-year old from Tontitown, Ark. is off the market, and in a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, who lives in nearby Hot Springs, Ark. The couple met in church and kept in touch by text and phone, with her parents kept in the conversation.

“Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry,” said Jim Bob. “With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship.”

Apparently, Ben is the first man to pass the family muster and make it this far in a relationship with Jessa. However, don’t expect a makeout session anytime soon as Jessa is saving her first kiss for marriage.

“They want to wait on the physical relationship until later,” said Michelle. “If there is an engagement that comes about, they will work together on their goals and standards for that.”

Jessa, along with three of her sisters – Jana, Jill and Jinger – recently wrapped up a book called “Growing Up Duggar,” which will be released next year and will detail “their thoughts about boys and what goes into deciding who and when to marry.”