It may feel like it was just yesterday that Counting On star Josiah Duggar announced he was courting Lauren Swanson because, in true Duggar style, once they had their eyes on each other, their romance blossomed quickly. Now that the couple will be saying “I do” any day now, it seems like the perfect time to look back and see how things started between the future bride and groom.
According to Romper, Duggar and Swanson’s love story starts a bit different than most Duggars, and that is because he courted someone else before Swanson. Back in 2015, the 21-year-old started a courtship with Marjorie Jackson, but after four months the couple called it quits, and that put him on the path toward a new relationship.
Nearly three years later, Duggar was more than ready to move on, and when Swanson traveled with the Duggars to Australia and New Zealand this past January, she apparently got Josiah’s attention. But, Swanson didn’t just appear out of nowhere. The Duggars and Swansons had been friends for years (they even appeared in a 2010 episode of 19 Kids & Counting), and after a long friendship, something sparked between the two during their trip abroad.
By January 23rd they had announced their courtship, and they told fans it was a “truly exciting time,” and they were looking forward to getting to know each other better and starting a new chapter in their lives.
It was just six short weeks before Duggar and Swanson took their relationship to the next level. On March 5th, they announced their engagement, and his family was more than thrilled to share the news.
I feel like the most blessed guy on earth ?… Lauren said YES! God definitely opened our eyes in his perfect timing to show us how we complete each other. The more time I spend with Lauren the more I realize how I can't live without her. There's no one else I'd rather spend my days and grow old with! #engaged #weddingplanningbegins
On the family website, Jim Bob and Michelle wrote, “We are so excited to announce that Josiah and Lauren are officially engaged!! We have prayed for many years that the Lord would bring the right spouses to each of our children. We have known Lauren and her family for a very long time and have seen how she has grown in her knowledge and understanding of the Lord.”
Since they got together, Josiah has consistently posted pics of the couple on his Instagram, and not long after they got engaged, the two snapped a pic of themselves dressed in their Sunday best for Easter church services.
Then in May, they went shopping for their wedding registry, and he was more than happy to share the experience with fans. In a caption he posted with pics of the shopping trip, Duggar wrote that she enjoys shopping, and he enjoys being with her.
Even though the couple has kept their wedding details a secret, their Bed, Bath, & Beyond registry has the date of December 31, 2018.
In the meantime, the two are spending time with their family and going on date nights. This past weekend, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson enjoyed a summer date with a picnic at the lake and snapped a photo that they shared on Instagram.
Season eight of Counting On premieres next month on TLC.