Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have officially confirmed that they are courting. The news came via a video the couple posted this week on the Duggar family website. The Counting On star has been friends with Swanson for years, and he recently decided it was time to take their friendship to the next level. Will there be wedding bells soon for the young couple?
According to US Weekly, Swanson gushed in the video, “We are officially courting now!” as she stood next to Duggar.
The 21-year-old then revealed to fans how he asked Swanson if she wanted to start courting.
“I came up behind her at a meal while she was hanging out with some of my siblings and surprised her,” he recalled. “[I] sat down and asked her, ‘You wanna move to the next level, from friendship to courtship?’”
Duggar went on to say that it was exciting to her Swanson say yes, and the 19-year-old added that she was shocked and had no clue Duggar was going to ask.
Swanson and Duggar have been friends for a long time, but he just recently started to spend time with her family. He says that their families are similar and have the same goals, and when he realized that, he knew he wanted to move from friendship to courtship.
The couple says they are currently spending time together and getting to know each other, but they are still “putting God first and ourselves second.”
Just hours after they announced they were together, Duggar posted pics on Instagram of the two of them on a beach in New Zealand. He captioned the pic by writing that he was enjoying the beauty of the country, and the landscape was nice, too.
The couple is accompanying the Duggar family on their trip through Australia and New Zealand for speaking engagements.
Fans may remember that this is Duggar’s second shot at love. He previously courted Marjorie Jackson for four months back in the summer of 2015. The two never officially announced their split, but he later told People magazine that they enjoyed being together, but ultimately their timing wasn’t right.
But now, for Duggar, it seems he has found the right one in Swanson. She is the oldest of eight kids, and her family once appeared on 19 Kids & Counting. He said that both are overjoyed to start this phase of their lives and they are excited to take the big step of establishing a relationship.
Courting is dating with the intention of marriage, so if things go the way they usually do for a Duggar, it means fans should hear a wedding announcement sooner rather than later. All of Duggar’s married siblings got engaged within months of announcing a courtship, and there is no reason to think things will be any different for Duggar and Swanson.
Stay up to date on Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson’s wedding plans when new episodes of Counting On premiere next month on TLC.