Counting On star Josiah Duggar is finally courting once again. The 21-year-old reality star just revealed that he is courting a girl named Lauren Swanson. Who is Lauren Swanson and how did she meet Josiah?
According to the source, Swanson has known the Duggar family since she was a little girl. Swanson even had a cameo on the family’s original TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting. Josiah and Swanson have been friends a long time, and their friendship eventually grew into something more romantic.
This week, Josiah revealed in a Counting On webisode that he asked Swanson if she wanted to court during a dinner at his family’s house.
“I came behind her at a meal while she was hanging out with some of my siblings and surprised her. I asked her if she’d like to move to the next level, from friendship to courtship,” Josiah explained.
Swanson admitted that she was surprised to see Josiah at the dinner, which she described as a “girl’s night out.” She immediately told him yes and Josiah couldn’t be more excited about their new courtship. Josiah revealed that Swanson comes from a family with similar beliefs as his own and that the two will consider marriage as their courtship develops.
In the meantime, the young couple is going to focus on getting to know each other more and determine whether they are right for the long term.
Josiah’s family, led by patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, follow a strict set of courtship rules. These rules limit physical contact during the courtship and allow Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, to monitor pretty much every aspect of the relationship.
For example, Josiah and Swanson will have to take a chaperone with them on dates and can only text each other in a group text with their parents.
Despite these strict courtship parameters, the Duggars took Swanson with them during their recent trip to Australia.
Josiah and Swanson snapped a few pics together when the family visited a beach in New Zealand. Josiah shared the images on Instagram this past week, including a shot of him and Swanson walking along the beach and posing for a quick selfie together. Per the courtship rules, they did not hold hands during their romantic outing.
This isn’t the first time Josiah has courted. The Counting On star previously courted Marjorie Jackson in 2015. The two were in a relationship for only four months before they parted ways.
Shortly after the split, Josiah explained how he and Marjorie were praying about which direction their relationship should go. Although it sounded like he was willing to take the next step, she felt like the timing wasn’t right and decided to end things.
Josiah Duggar’s new courtship with Lauren Swanson will likely be included in the upcoming season of Counting On, which should premiere later this year.