Counting On star Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson this past June, and that meant the couple could leave behind Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s strict courting rules. Because the Duggars don’t allow their kids to have any physical contact with their significant others, Josiah and his bride shared their first kiss in front of hundreds of guests and millions of TV viewers just after the minister pronounced them husband and wife.
In addition to the no physical contact rule, courting couples aren’t allowed on social media, and they can’t be alone together. Instead, they are always accompanied by chaperones. But, Josiah did stand out when it comes to the social media rule. Somehow, he made his way to Instagram back in 2015 when he was courting Marjorie Jackson and didn’t close his account after the breakup.
So, unlike his siblings, Josiah already knew his way around Instagram when he got married, and he has been showing off his newlywed bliss with panoramic vacation photos. But, his pics of breathtaking scenery also show that his date nights with Swanson are kind of lame.
In Josiah’s latest posts, he shared that he and Lauren were on vacation in North Carolina with her family. That’s nice for them, but they have gone from chaperoned dates when they were courting to vacations with her family as newlyweds. Do they ever spend any alone time together?
They did enjoy a short honeymoon after they tied the knot, but other than that it seems they are always in the presence of family members. There is no question that the newlyweds are already feeling the pressure to begin a family, but that is difficult for a couple to do when they are never alone.
To be fair, Josiah and Swanson do appear to be having a blast spending time with her family. They shared pics of beautiful views during a hike in Brevard, and they added the caption, “Family + Fall + Mountains = Perfection.”
They also revealed that the location was one of their favorite spots for rest and relaxation, and they were all smiles in the pics while posing with loved ones. Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson even showed off a little PDA in one photo.
Season 8 of Counting On just ended on TLC earlier this month. But, new episodes should premiere on the network in 2019.