Josiah's Courtship

AKA What the special announcement really is.

People article.

132 comments:

Modesty Cape Designer said...

I had such high hopes for Josiah fleeing the compound. I wonder if Jim Bob had a hand in this. Also, Jim Bob has a construction company????

Tanya T said...

How old is he? I read about the courtship on Instagram, on a Duggar family fan page. I wonder if he will get an article in People magazine like his Sisters did?

Beth Anne said...

I'm a bit stunned by this. 17 and 18 years old??? I mean, I really, really like Josiah and feel like he is a little mismatched for the family, much to JimBob's dismay. I only hope beyond all hopes that Josiah is truly initiating this courtship based on his own feelings and volition, rather than being pushed by anyone else. All the Duggar kids deserve the right to lead authentic lives.

Marjorie is a cute girl, but that photo of the 2 of them could land the cover of "Awkward family photos." Just, wow...

Beth Anne said...

And JimBob's "construction company" is like Jinger's "photography business" or Jana's "concert pianist" career....overinflated and not fact-checked, at all, by any of these rag publications.

Mom in TX said...

Perfect timing...the wedding has aired and the baby has been born. Time for another announcement to keep them relevant.

Beth said...

Tanya, there's already a people article on it w/all the details, the admin posted it in the original post for this thread, just click on the link

Modesty Cape Designer said...

How old is he? I read about the courtship on Instagram, on a Duggar family fan page. I wonder if he will get an article in People magazine like his Sisters did?

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Josiah is 18, his betrothed is 17. People announced the courtship. The Duggars keep the pr machine humming. http://www.people.com/article/josiah-duggar-courting-marjorie-jackson

I wonder if there will be a wedding countdown for Josiah.

pumpkin_pie said...

He is 18, he will turn 19 this summer.

The girl is 17.

I hope they have a long courtship and really get to know one another before leaping into marriage.

Gidget Gadget said...

He is 18 and the girl he is courting is 17.

Julie said...

Dear Josiah- you are too young for marriage BUT you are the perfect ago to plan an escape. Play the game. Make BIG BUCKS from TLC on your episodes, grab that girl who is hopefully in on your plan, and RUN!!!

Jill L said...

Oh Josiah....Smh You both are WAY too young.

If this were my daughter I would have said no, you are too young. What are her parents thinking?

Jak&Jil said...

How ridiculous is this being 18 and 17, and in a courtship. The picture of them could be a candidate for Awkward Family Photos. Why is she holding a heavy glass vase of flowers and standing like she is at ballet class? It is all just so silly.

mom in texas said...

Whoa. Totally did not see this one coming. Josiah is young but not much younger than Ben was when he married Jessa. I hope these two kids wait and really discern if marriage is for them and not rush into one to save their family the embarrassment of a broken courtship. They look like they are posing for a "promposal" photo. Good luck to them but I really hope they wait.

Beth said...

as others have said, hopefully he will have a very long courtship before engagement, I'm hopeful this young courtship is really him just playing his parent's 'game' so he can actually spend more time w/her (as they would think it's improper to do so if not courting) and not in a hurry to rush to the alter

hello said...

I find it sad that all the Duggar kids are expected to marry the first person that they court. I also find it sad that they state they make their own rules for courtship, when in reality it is Jboob and Michelle's rules. It has got to be scary to always have chaperones and to have every phone call, text and skype session monitored and then only be alone after you are married. I have no doubt he will get engaged and be married within months. Michelle will also be talking about more grandkids as soon as they get engaged, if not before.

Wednesday said...

See this is where this lifestyle opens up to exploitation. These girls will be encouraged to marry younger and younger because there is no point in pretending that they will have careers as their only purpose is to ultimately have as many kids as possible. Many of these large families are poor and uneducated and will see their daughters as expensive to keep or as slaves to the other kids/house.

nightmomma said...

The courtship was just announced today and already they are planning a wedding?! I know no date has been set but it's ONLY BEEN A WEEK!! Plus they are young, take some time to get to know one another (front hug, go on actual dates without family memebers present) and see if this person is truly what you want for a life long partner.

I am glad though that Josiah is getting some attention!!

Judy said...

Why do they make the announcement that they are making the announcement and then make the announcement before then? ZOINKS.

Judy said...

At 18 and 17, this is very sad. If you begin a courtship in that family, you're as good as married. When does this poor girl turn 18? So disturbing.

And they've only been courting a total of one week!

Tammy C said...

Sad they aren't allowed to date or really just be friends without the added pressure of thinking this is the one I have to marry.

Best comments are Run Josiah!

sandi said...

Would love to se Josiah and his new girl run,but they are very young and I think they are going to need the tlc paychecks.

Special Ed Lady said...

He looks so stressed in the picture. They both do not look real happy.

Katherine said...

Oh, good...I was worried TLC would run out of episode ideas for next season.

Leigh Ann said...

Seventeen and 18 is exactly the right age to be in a relationship, it's perfectly normal. The problem is that you have to either plan on getting married or call the whole thing off. If they could just date and have fun and see if each other is "the one" or not like other young adults, it would be just fine. Maybe they can take it slow but they are encouraged to get married quickly and besides, having someone tag along everywhere you go and listen in on every word is going to get old and you're going to want to put an end to that as quickly as possible. I wonder if Josiah has good enough skills that he could get a job with a real construction company somewhere. Or even start his own business. That's a good trade to be in -- well, as long as the real estate market is good -- but he needs to get away from working for daddy and make his own way.

Over It 2 said...

the girl is 17! What century are we living in again?
Ugh, I'm all for people getting an education, traveling, enjoying being and finding themselves before getting married and it seems the Duggars are all about marrying them off as fast as they can. But not the useful Jana, she can never leave.

Carol said...

Didn't see that coming! It will interesting to see how many show up for this one. Josiah is barely on the show so I don't see a thousand people showing up for another duggar wedding. I hope her parents dont get steamrolled by the Duggar machine when it comes to wedding planning. And I also can't wait to see the house JB provides for this pair.

Pam said...

I saw a pic. of Josiah and his new girlfriend. She is a cute girl. Just like Anna, she resembles the Duggar girls with the long hair. Nothing wrong with going out (even though there has to be a chaperone, ugh), but I hope they don't announce an engagement in a couple months.

cat said...

That picture of the two of them looks weird, her feet are pointed out, almost looks like she is squatting down, maybe she is taller than him? Im curious who made that dress...

Sharla said...

No "speculation" comments allowed. We aren't going to even hint at gender issues.

Bobbi said...

OMG Please No Sierra the pseudo wedding planner playing POOF in the sofa at the Duggars house.

Erin said...

Construction company....why of course he has one. The Duggar crew which consisted of his children attempted to build that house and TLC finally did it for them. His construction crew worked on the conversion of the taco restaurant to used car dealership, plus remodeling Jill and



Elizabeth said...

Does Josiah have a job?

funtally said...

I cannot imagine marrying the first person I ever dated! Or "courted" in Duggarland. That's crazy! Yes I know people who have married their high school sweetheart, but they also had dated for a while, without chaperones, had opportunities to be ALONE and share their private thoughts and dreams, talked on the phone, etc. I cannot even imagine marrying someone that you had never been alone with!

KAYkay said...

Oh my! Is it wrong to say I burst out laughing when I saw the pic and her feet? Sorry, still giggling. Someone should have told that poor girl to change up her feet. I think there is probably a stool behind her that she is half way sitting on and just resting her feet in a weird way.

I really do hope they wait a while to marry and start having babies.

Disgusted said...

It doesn't matter to me that Josiah is dating, but the thought that he will have no choice but to marry this girl makes me sick. I can't stand the way Jim Bob & Michelle try to convince everyone that this is just exactly what the kids want. They want to court, have chaperones, people listening to every conversation, never a minute alone just to talk. Nothing was more glaring to me than when Jill & Derick were going to place a phone call to his mom, only a couple of hours before the wedding itself & Jim Bob asked:"do you have a good chaperone." Jill answered, "Joy," & Jim Bob said, "good." If these young adults(Jill & Derick) wanted chaperones themselves why is Jim Bob asking if they have a good chaperone? If they want a chaperone it's up to them & none of Jim Bob's business. It's enough to make a sane person lose their mind. I hate that they lie under the guise of being devout Christians. I'll take an honest atheist anyday!

got2bdrc said...

"Courting" at 18 and 17--far too young, unless they plan to court for 5 or 6 years. Josiah, don't rush into anything. Marjorie, think carefully about whether you really want to be married to the whole Duggar family.

Jackson family--do you really want to be coupled to this clan for the rest of your lives? Because once you're linked, there will be no escape!

Phoenix said...

Wow! I never thought that Josh and Anna would have the most "normal dating" experience of them all! On the plus side, one less boy for Joy and Jana to clean up after.

Heart in Florida said...

How is it that Josiah is ready to financially take on a wife and children asap? Isn't that a requirement for the guy to already own a home, have a real kind of job and take on a wife and kids? Jim Bob said that was very important, and bended the rules for thedashingbengermanseewald, but how does Josiah qualify as being ready to marry? That girl looks like she's still worried about high school entrance exams.(way too young also).

Kay said...

I have to say I'm actually quite impressed. She looks like she has a decent head on her shoulders for a fundie, and her mom even wears pants!

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Allison said...

Josiah is now on Twitter.... is this the requirement to get a social media account? Be in a courtship so you can spread the word? I don't get it...

Romantic at Heart said...

Michaela Bates and her sweetheart are several years older than these 2 and have been courting for at least 2 years. I hope they aren't rushing into something they will regret later. Josiah is a gentle soul, not the typical domineering alpha male. I hope Marjorie is understanding and well-suited to his personality.

Erin said...

Other sites are reporting that she published a book in 2013, is an actress and is taking college classes in graphic design.

Her parents are really nice looking.

GF Baker said...

Not sure if the Duggars do this, but Gothard taught that if you had any sexual thoughts or actions, you were to give a weekly accounting of those thoughts and urges to their dad. He would hear all of the details and then hand out punishment or 'advice' on how to get past this.


I don't know if that enters into the early courtship.

This would be a good age to get to know a person of the opposite sex, but way too early to be near marriage. Neither of them have the ability to support a family that would soon follow.

Bobbi said...

At such a young age Majorie Jackson is quite an accomplished & ambitious young woman. I am sure Dim Bulb will work to intimidate any thoughts of a career from her mind. Jim Bob believes women are less than & need to always be subservient. I cannot stand this jerk Jim Bob. I so wish TLC Would Remove Dim Bulb & Mooshell from 19 Kids & just focus on the Duggar kids.

Bobbi said...

One more addition. Pleased to learn Majorie's Mom wears Psnts. Deal with that one Jim Bob & it's not your business.

Rosie Banks said...

I married my bf and we met at 17+18. Nowt wrong if thats what u want. Im not entirely sure but she and her family strike me as less than the ideal candidate jjmboob would choose? So maybe josiah has more control than we give credit?
We will never know.

pretty girl said...

how does jim bod all the sudden own a construcion company. what kind of house is he building. I know he owns real estate but construction company. another fake to say his kids work for him.

j-anon said...

For people allegedly worried about giving pieces of their hearts away, the Duggars are certainly keen on pushing their children into serious relationships and exploiting it in the media. Going on a date doesn't have to involve sex and it's weird that they think going to Denny's or a movie is somehow more potentially devastating than being in a relationship where your parents send a press release. I hope Josiah is happy and that his relationship works out, but also hope it's not a way to make him even more dependant on Jim Bob.

Heart in Florida said...

What is wrong with her parents? How can they possibly think their young daughter is ready to marry within 6 months to any guy? They both are children...so, her mother wears pants, so does Cathy Byrum, that's not anything but to the Duggars. I'll believe this girl's resume' when I see it's a real one,, not the Duggar invented expertise on education and training to do something real..she's still too young to have all of those legitimate accomplishments, IMO. How can her parents agree to this is beyond me.

Aimee said...

Although it is confusing to me, it is courtship not age that seems to be the measure of adulthood. Now that Josiah has been done with school for a year and working he is probably VERY ready to begin a relationship. Courtship with each of the Duggar children has lead to marriage so far but does not have too. Zach Bates boldly put his first courtship on tv, called it off, and married another gal later when he was older. I am hoping that Josiah feels he can do the same if he needs more time or a different girl later on. 17 and 18 is young to be planning a wedding but I pray they are planning on a long courtship. Since some media outlets are describing her as a young lady who has written a book and acts/is musical she may also not be in a huge hurry to marry.

Ally said...

Regarding Allison's comment about Joshia having a Twitter page. I'm wondering the same, he is now on Instagram too!

Jill L said...

This is going to be interesting to see a boy in courtship. JB and Michele seemed to be out of the loop with Josh. I remember hearing that the girl's parents are responsible for most of the chaperone stuff.

We won't have to suffer watching them plan a hot dog and ice cream wedding either. Let's hope her parents have some class.

Marjorie's dad will be the one asking the questions about jobs, housing, etc. seeing how it's his daughter that's being given away and will need Joshiah to provide.

KK said...

Yea I noticed the instagram thing too. If you court or get engaged you are allowed social media? Why the sudden shift? I can only assume (as many others have said even the camera crew talks about how "media saavy" the Duggars are!) it's for more exposure / media / MONEY. Really nothing wrong w a 17 and 18 year old courting ie DATING but the emphasis on getting serious is the issue I suppose.

Windowless Warehouse Room said...

Looks like Marjorie's Mom is on Facebook, selling Juice Plus supplements.

Susie said...

If you marry early you will get out of the Tinker Toy house, you will get your own house and some privacy, you will be encouraged to have sex at will and you can watch TV, go to the movies, have friends that you choose. It does not surprise me that Josiah is eager to court.

Kay said...

Heart in Florida: I don't know how about her other accomplishments, but the book at least looks somewhat legitimate.

http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Book-Youve-Never-Read/dp/1467595020/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385736870&sr=8-1&keywords=the+greatest+book+you%27ve+never+read

Beth said...

very good points Susie, it seems to encourage them to find the first person who comes along that subscribes to their lifestyle, doesn't necessarily lead to a long, happy marriage (emphasis on the happy because I'm sure they'd stay for the long haul even if completely miserable)

Allison said...

This new article from People make it sound like Josiah has also done some work for Marjorie's dad... I wonder if People got confused in the reporting? Her dad is also a graphic designer, and that seems more in line with what Josiah has been interested in.

http://www.people.com/article/josiah-duggar-courtship-marjorie-jackson-duggar-family-approval?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag

Jill L said...

Heart in Florida here's some Intel on Marjorie:

Link to her book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Book-Youve-Never-Read/dp/1467595020/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385736870&sr=8-1&keywords=the+greatest+book+you%27ve+never+read

And her website: http://www.nwabeautifulgirls.org/#!speakers/ccj0

For 17 she has her act together, in fact maybe she could to better.

tanya t said...

He does have an Instagram account. Under : Si Duggar. I wonder if JimBob and Michelle highly encouraged this courtship to Josiah in line and less rebellious as some claim that he is?

Springtime said...

Why is Marjorie standing there holding a vase with flowers in it? Usually it would b a bouquet. Did someone think at the last minute for the photo; "oh flowers would be nice." so they picked up a vase full of flowers that were nearby. Otherwise they could just be on a table beside them while the picture was being taken. Also this is an age to date not court, at least not in the sense that the Duggars see courting, as just barely a step away from marrying. I dated my husband when I was 17 but also dated other boys & he dated other girls. In our twenties we married. We learned a lot more about what we wanted from life in those years between our teens & our twenties. I know sometimes it does work out as my brother-in-law married at 16 & they were happily married for 50 years. I do think that's the exception though. I also realize that just because you wait until your twenties or even thirties it doesn't necessarily mean a happy marriage. I just can't help but hurt for these kids. We don't really know anything except what the Duggar PR machine puts out there & they are very TV savvy. Can you imagine how irate Jim Bob will be if the girl's dad starts to ask: "How will you support my daughter, will you go into debt, what if your car breaks down?" Poor Josiah will be shaking in his boots. Apparently it's the dad's privilege to ask those questions especially of a teen. Of course we never saw Jim Bob do that with Ben, just college educated working man Derick.

Bobbi said...

According to the creep Gothard & the way one should live regarding marriage, one Marry's for life. If a spouse should pass away, the living spouse cannot get into another relationship & marry. The same scenario applies in a divorce situation. Even though Pubically Gothard is proven to be a liar, dishonest, creepy & reprehensible, the Duggars continue to follow Gothard's way to live life. It's disgusting & the fact that JB & M Cannot Evolve from the Gothard cult speaks volumes. Perhaps it's just blind ignorance?

Syndee said...

It's disgusting & the fact that JB & M Cannot Evolve from the Gothard cult speaks volumes. Perhaps it's just blind ignorance

Nope, power. I'm sure it's deliberate. Why should HE leave the cult? He's got all the power, money, attention. You know, it's just the kids that suffer...

Bobni said...

Syndee, excellent point. It is about power, Jim Bob's power & inflated ego. However TV programs never last forever. A famous US General once quoted... & Jim Bob should realize, "All Glory Is Fleeting". This applies to the temporary "power' of JB.

Amanda said...

I just watched the clip where Marjorie announces the courtship. She seems to have a lot of personality and I'm guessing she's involved with drama or musical theater somehow. She should end up being an interesting addition to the show!

Bobbi said...

On Tues evening 4/14 didn't watch 19 Kids. What was the big announcement?

Bobbi said...

Amanda, yes Marjorie is interesting & refreshing. Jim Bob & Michelle will have zero respect for & ignore Marjorie's parents. Jim Bob as always is his pattern, will work to remove/ruin Marjorie's joy & exuberance as he has done with Jana, Joy-Anna, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn & soon, Josie.

Sharla said...

LOL You posted in the thread. :)


It was Josiah's courtship of course.

Bobbi said...

Just watched a video of Josh Duggar providing advice to Josiah on dating & courtship. Josh said.. "Obviously I have my good looks not sure what you ( Josiah) have"? Here we go again, Josh just as Jim Bob Puff themselves into something that's absurd, aka insecurity. Josh is NOT good looking & the more weight he gains the less he looks attractive if he was in the first place. Also, Josh's hairline is receding. I think Josiah is a nice looking young man. Marjorie. & Josiah are a cute couple.

cat said...

Just saw the announcement with Marjorie, she seems so un Duggar like, it will be interesting to watch and see if she truly likes him or found a way to get on tv, an article did say she was interested in theater

flowerchild said...

Marjorie seems like a sweetie and her & Josiah truly interested in one another. Perhaps it will be a long courtship. I'm looking at it like a highschool boyfriend girlfriend thing at this moment. I hope jb is kind to Josiah he always seems mean to him.

Rudy Tecat said...

Let's not get too excited about the future Mrs. Duggar. There is a considerable amount of difference in prestige between a "published author" and a "self published author". I could print out all of my DWOP postings, take them down to Kinkos, and become a self-published author, if I wanted to. Young Miss Jackson is a "self-published author".

Dar said...

The video is cute. She is definitely not shy. Hope it works out well for them. I don't think Meechelle will like it if Marjorie steals too much of the limelight. She has enough trouble coping with the attention her daughters get and their personalities have just about been smothered by JimBob and her. Marjorie' s personality is a little like Amy.

The video with Josh giving advice is a little sickening. Sitting there with his unshaven face and his getting-to-be very overweight body talking about his good looks. I am sure it was meant to be a joke, but, like JimBob, Josh does not really have a sense of humour. They try to be funny at the expense of someone else.

Watching those few minutes, I felt a little sorry for Josiah. He really seems to be trying to adhere to the "party line". It makes one wonder what career path these young people would follow if they had had forward-thinking parents. Marjorie seems a little more down to earth. She is going to have to be strong if her personality is going to survive in that environment.

Kaykay said...

Sorry but I think Marjorie is just jumping to be on TV

Martha Washington said...

Is Marjorie's mother the family friend who visited the Duggar compound a few seasons back? She sang a hymn in Spanish while accompanied by one or more of the D daughters on piano. Maybe it was "How Great Thou Art" or something like that.

Leslie said...

"Is Marjorie's mother the family friend who visited the Duggar compound a few seasons back? She sang a hymn in Spanish while accompanied by one or more of the D daughters on piano. Maybe it was 'How Great Thou Art' or something like that."

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Nope. As I recall, that was a family that was visiting from out of town. Marjorie's mother is the Spanish teacher that was featured in a episode or two. I believe Jill started taking lessons from her first, and I remember there being an episode where she put labels with the Spanish words for things all over the house. The middle boys were absolutely butchering the language as they went around trying to read the labels! Then she took several of them (Josiah, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, and Jason come to mind...) along to one of the lessons, and then out to eat at a Mexican restaurant where they attempted to order in Spanish. Again, the language was butchered!

Leslie said...

Oh! And I forgot to add in my other post...

I subscribe to People magazine (I know, I know! But I started long before they went gaga over the Duggars!), and they make the week's cover story available online to subscribers on Wednesdays. Of course, this week's is all about Jill, Derick, and the baby. But they also put a little blurb about Josiah's courship in there. Everything up 'til now has been saying that he works for Jim Bob's construction company. But that blurb now claims it's a real estate company! Good Lord! These people and that magazine can't even keep their own spin straight!

Confused in Germany said...

Well, if I got it right, it is her family, who will mainly provide the chaperones, so it might be a bit more relaxed.
Also: maybe her family will insist that he will stay nearer her family. Since JB&M do not seem to be too keen on him, that should not be absolutely impossible.
Maybe a courtship a little like Ben and Jessa, where Josia stays near the Jacksons, enters their business, if they have one or learns something useful to work at and then they may get to know each other over a year or so.

I do not know, if they fit and yes, it was an awkward photo. On the other hand: I am quite sure, that in that situation and at that age, I would have looked awkward as well. So, I think we could all agree. JMHO though.

Linda said...

My first impression of miss Marjorie is that she certainly seems at home in the limelight. With her interest in acting, courting Josiah could certainly come in handy since she would be getting her face out there. Wonder how far she will get, though, given the fact that the Duggar machine doesn't want the kiddies to world in anything worldly??

Rudy Tecat said...

I guess being a Duggar trumps having a job or career or future these days. At least DairwickDillard has a job, but Jessa, Jill, BenSeewald, Josiah and Marjorie are officially unemployed (and, probably unemployable). The Bates Girls at least are married or courtshippering guys on career paths.

Sue Hutton said...

I watched the big courting announcement and I'm sorry everyone, Marjorie irritated me and she was only on camera for a few moments....waaaay over the top as if she were trying out for a part in a school play. You can tell she is a 17 year old young lady.
I hope for the best for this young couple, but I don't think Michelle and Jim Bob will welcome her as a dil (she has too much spunk for their taste).

Hannah W said...

Something seemed off about her to me. In the video, it seemed like she thought the viewers should already know who she is. Also strikes me as odd, that they would allow someone with career aspirations like she seems to have. That being said, I wish them the best but hope they wait a few years.

puddin said...

I think Josiah and his girlfriend are young to marry..but just the right age to date and get to know each other..but the dang duggar rules are so restrictive.. marrying the 1st person that comes along is just not right *IMHO*. The dirty digs that Jimboob makes to Josiah makes me sick & for Boob to do this is NOT christian...but then with all the sex talk and baby talk that him and meechelle go on about they r not really very christian like. For Josh to add his flakey two cents to Josiah..what a crummy brother..the use of being funny to put his brother down is sick and twisted and not christian like.. HEY JOSH YOU R FAT AND BALDING...why dont u teach your bro something positive...oh and shave that fat face of yours. **GOOD LUCK TO JOSIAH** dont take being put down by your family..the ones who are suppose to LOVE and support you. *RUN IF U CAN*

Jennifer said...

I took that as a joke!! I.e. josh was making fun of himself, if you take a step back. You can tell by the way he is saying it. That he is messing around.

Jak&Jil said...


After seeing Marjorie on last night's episode, I thought she acted like someone on a Disney Junior series. Way too young and immature for me. Cannot imagine her being a married woman and mom in the next year and a half.

Martha Washington said...

Wow Leslie, you're good to figure out who Marjorie's mother is (and is not). Thanks for clarifying.

As a Spanish teacher and native speaker, maybe she can be a good influence on JBob. It would be nice to have him stop being an embarrassment every time he goes abroad. Of course, for that to happen he would need a desire to learn. No one can teach that man anything. He's got it all figured out.

70'schild said...

Jennifer, Josh meant it as he always puffs himself up. Soon he will grow to the size of the Pillsbury Dough Boy. As Jim Bob is Josh always make jokes at the expense of others.

Cici said...

When Ben & Jessa got engaged, they Frontal Hugged! I thought cool & ha ha Jim Bob & Michelle!

Bobbi said...

Jim Bob is an embarrassment abroad & here in the USA. Jim Bob has zero figured out & he's a wannabe dictator. Michelle & he live in the People's Republic of Duggar. Basically NO freedom for their kids.

Captain Crunch said...

I got the feeling that she was very sure of herself and was definitely used to public speaking. Or maybe shes just stoked because shes with a Duggar and that automatically qualifies her for TV...

cat said...

I have a feeling the announcement Tuesday is that Anna is pregnant. They showed a clip where Jimbob said something about having 4 grandchildren and josh making a comment about another baby

Always said...

Re: Gothard's rules about only being married to one person. If they die you remain single. Does that only apply to the woman in the marriage? Is the husband supposed to remain single the rest of his life or do the rules only apply to women?
As far as chaperones go I remember clearly that a lot of the Duggar girls were chaperones for Anna & Josh, although we saw most of their courting in AR. If they had shown a lot in FL we probably would have seen the Kellers more often.

Always said...

Re:Jennifer's comment about Josh. Josh is exactly like his dad. He may say something as if it's a joke but there is always some truth in it. Jim Bob tries to make a joke out of what he say's but there is always a grain of truth about what he's saying. Josh think's he's God's 2nd gift to the world with Jim Bob being Gods first gift to the world.

Ruth Anne said...

Looking at the details of her book, it seems to be self published. many authors have gone the vanity press route but I for one would be more impressed had it been picked up by an actual publishing house. As far as heading towards marriage at their age? That is just plain nuts and if they were my son or daughter I would encouragie them to get an education, establish themselves as self sustaining adults and get to know each other. Why would anyone nationally declare a "courtship" after a week??

Heart in Florida said...

I have to say that the comment about Marjorie's video being like a "Disney channel audition" by a bubbly teen is spot on and accurate. I couldn't pin point it myself, but thanks, YOU DID..just too young to be thinking and planning for marriage right now. She's a kid. Probably nice, yes, but a kid.

Helen Crump said...

Well, since marrying a Duggar means the girl has babies asap and as often as possible, this teenager will be saying goodbye to any and all aspirations of acting whatsoever. She will be developing a lifelong relationship with her stove and washing machine, not to mention the diaper industry. She should be fully aware of this.

Syndee said...

I just watched that video where Marjorie announces the courtship. Man, you can tell who's going to be the man in that relationship.

Whoever said she seems like she's auditioning for a Disney show seems right on. She seems like she's in the pre-crazy-eyes mode, and it won't take much influence from her future MIL to become full fledged crazy eyes. It's got to be something in that cult that makes them have those facial expressions. You just want to tell her or Sierra, take a chill pill

Sharyn said...

I think Miss Marjorie is a good match, personality-wise for Josiah. She's bubbly and personable. It will be refreshing to see them interact with her family, who seem normal and un-Gothardlike. Yes, the picture is awkward but they're just getting to know one another.

Bobbi said...

Is there a parallel between the Gothardlike way of life & the Stepford Wives because I was racking my brain to figure out this cult & a light went on hmmm "Stepford Wives". The Stepford wives were robots who were obedient & never questioned their husbands. They were always cooking, cleaning, laundry & there to always please their husbands upon demand. Although I don't recall the mention of pregnancy or child rearing. Apart from that, I think Michelle & Anna are somewhat Stepford wives. Probably & soon, Jill as well. However, I don't see Jessa becoming a Stepford wife perhaps Ben a Stepford husband? Just a thought I had to share.

simba said...

Bobbi, I like your comparison of the Duggars and Stepford wives, I think your right! I see Josh being very controlling, possibly verbal abusive to Anna, ive noticed the way he looks at her, i never really paid attention to it, but he looks like he may have a temper.

Sharla said...

Now Fishwrapper is picking up on the Duggars' lack of being normal:
http://www.fishwrapper.com/post/2015/04/16/josiah-duggar-marjorie-jackson-courting-relationship-awkward-video/

coleen said...

Here's the link to Marjorie's old blog - https://marjoriejackson.wordpress.com/

According to Amazon, her book was self-published, but now that she is on a popular tv show she might get an agent and picked up by a publishing house.

Rob said...

So I just saw the Josh,Josiah sit down interrogation on what "courting" is. Dating but with a purpose. Oh really, like all those direct purposeful questions can't be done any other way. Listen to me Josiah, now is NOT the time to be taking advise from big (and gosh has he gotten BIG) bro. It's your life you need to be concerned about and finding out who YOU are first. You are 18 dude. Do you realize how truly YOUNG that is? There are thousands upon thousands of adventures and experiences you should be seeking now. A "courtship" is so really restricting you at this age. It's giving you a tunnel vision obscurring so many other life experiences that you need to be an adult. I really think you need someone other than your dad, bro or family to have as a resource. You need experiences away from the Tontitown/Springdale/Fayetteville area. You need to grow up. Blunt but true. You are still really just a kid. Just because the law may say 18 is an adult doesn't mean you have attained all the skills and experiences to actually be one. One of the key elements of attaining adulthood is living on your own paying bills and other obligations. Something we see in your family you really aren't encouraged to persue. But you need it Josiah. YOU really need it. I'm speaking as a guy who admits he did marry too soon and lack of those experiences hindered his growth into manhood. So my final statement, Get some real individual life experience before you walk this relationship road.

70'schild said...

Simba, yes Josh is a hot head. Do you recall at Josh & Anna's wedding reception when cousin Amy was playfully teasing Josh & he threw wedding cake on to her pretty dress. The look of hatetred on Josh's face to Amy was nasty. It was then I realized Josh has a bad temper, believes he's entitled, lies about law school, insults his siblings, believes he's the smartest & best looking guy on the planet. I have zero respect for this unethical & fake person. I cannot believe that Josh is seriously considering running for Congress. That's just scary. Poor Anna married to this elitist jerk.

Allison said...

There's a Facebook fan page for Marjorie's book and it has a pic of Marjorie at Barnes and Noble and she's wearing... jeans. Hmmm. I wonder how long that'll last in Duggarland...

70'schild said...

It seems with every Duggar courtship the kids are getting younger. What's next Joy-Anna or Johanna in a courtship. This Duggar mess is really & truly beginning to parallel that of the FLDS & that's dangerous & frightening. PLEASE TLC WAKE UP & SMELL THE COFFEE the Duggars need to be removed from your network!

Helen Crump said...

They're making a big deal that Marjorie wears pants...so did Zach Bates' wife...now she isn't wearing them..the same thing will happen to Marjorie. It will be in their engagement agreement, wait and see. She has to agree completely to their lifestyle, that Michelle went on record saying was only 'her personal conviction", yeah, right...it's a rule in that family; otherwise she would have bought her young daughters pants from the get go. She said skirts/dresses is all they know..

Bree said...

Majorie wears pants. I just saw an article and they showed a picture of her in jeans. Looks like she's not the fundie JB and Michelle have raised their daughters to be.

Canned Foods Kenny said...

I can't believe Josiah hadn't heard the Duggar/Gothard definithion of "courtship" before. We all have, and we only see tiny fractions of their lives on TV -- Josiah has lived it. Another example of staged reality.

Christian Romance Writer said...

FYI, it is difficult for a first-time writer to be accepted by a publishing company. Self-publishing is a lot more respectable now than it was a few decades ago. It's a bit like applying for your first job. Employers want to hire people with experience, but you can't get work experience without having a job. Marjorie seems bubbly and fun-loving. I hope that spirit isn't repressed by the Duggars and that she & Josiah take their time getting to know each other. I started watching the clip of Josh & Josiah but couldn't stomach to finish watching Pilsbury Doughboy doling out advice. My mom who has only watched a few episodes over the years was shocked and didn't recognize that it was Josh speaking. He looks at least twice his actual age and (as Jill would say) TOTALLY out-of-shape.

sandi said...

Marjorie is cute and spunky,and I think she seems to be a perfect fit for Josiah,as far as I can tell.I think Josiah is spunky but it's being repressed in that household.I think his real personality may come out once he's out of there.
They are very young though,so I hope they wait a while till marriage.I don't think Marjorie should start popping out babies mindlessly at 17 or even 18 years old.JMO

Andrea said...

What I find particularly disturbing about Ben and Marjorie are that they are the oldest children of large families. It's like their parents can't afford to feed, cloth and educate them so they have literally sold their son and daughter to the Duggars. How crazy is that? Am I wrong?

Captain Crunch said...

Jessa and BengermanBenSeewald are aspiring to be the next religious power couple...like Jim and Tammy Faye...or Jimmy Swaggart and his mistress...or Jessica Hahn and Sam Kinnison...

simba said...

I think in Marjorie's case, they are looking for the big check she will earn to pay for her college, Theater and Arts school costs alot of money. With Ben, Im still on the fence about him. I do hope they talked to him about becoming a father at 19, his mom was less than thrilled when Michelle's eyes bulged out saying at this time next year, you could ve a grandma!

Helen Crump said...

Why would anyone who knows these families and their belief system think that Marjorie, or ANY other female, blood or in-law would be allowed to continue any education or work at all after marriage? I believe we have had enough examples of female married members of the Duggar AND Bates families to make a good guess...NO, it would not be approved of. They will have children very much sooner rather than later...Just not going to happen. Marjorie's enthusiasm reminds me of Sierra's performances...bubbly, etc. but she will be shut down after marriage to Josiah soon enough. Any pants on the horizon, NO..

IUHOOSIER said...

Simba, yes I know. I don't believe Guinn wants to become a grandma too soon. Michelle's limited brain capacity is focused only on Babies, Babies. The woman is adle & lives in la la land & she's disgusting.

Bobbi said...

Always, excellent point. I would surmise the never marry again rule after a spouse passes or a divorce applies not only to a woman but to a man as well. I could be incorrect because as we all know & have learned, the Gothard cult definitely favors men & not women.

Soap Slide Sidney said...

Congratulations, Marjorie. You have passed the audition. Anna and DerrickDillard and BenSewald will fill you in on your responsibilities and the shooting schedule. Here is your script, and an outline of the story arc. We'll write up a two year contract for you with four option years. Have your parents look it over and sign it and get it notarized. We suggest you hire an agent, too; we highly recommend Jim Bob Duggar as your agent. Your new name is MarjorieJackson (one word, please) and you will be courting Josiah. Any questions?

stella said...

Has anyone noticed this new courtship isn't anywhere on the main family Instagram account. Everyone else is highlighted multiple times but with this crickets. Just appears to be very low on the radar and not much support from the parental unit. Just an observation.

Patrice said...

Why do I have the feeling this is just another family like Ben's, who have been watching the show, and would do anything to jump on the bandwagon? So, a young girl with her first crush ingratiates herself into the Duggar lunacy. Then the boy of her choice is probably flattered to get that attention. But instead of being able to just get to know each other like regular kids- movies, holding hands in the school hallways, a few kisses, out to dinner or walking around the mall, they have to immediately commit to marriage. I am sick of the "we don't date for fun, we date with a purpose!" line. Sorry Josiah, but dating is supposed to be lighthearted and fun, get to know the girl, get to know some other girls as well, and come back in about five years or more with a fiancee. SO ridiculous. If everyone had to commit to the first person they ever dated, or had a crush on, what the heck? The world would be even crazier than it is now! Every time I think I have seen the most insane Duggar action, something new comes along. I hope Marjorie's parents have the common sense to put a halt on any engagement right now. The Duggars and "common sense" do not belong in the same sentence. Run, Josiah, run! Experience life before you commit yours to a 17 year old girl who is not even old enough to be out of high school yet!

Erin said...

Marjorie was way too hammy. She is not a good actress at all.

A self published book, so she is an author....oh yeah she fits right in with the Duggars and all their pretense. I can't wait to see what kind of BS she adds to her "resume" now. Celebrity, was once in a courtship with one of the famous and influential Duggars.

I think it is all hokey. Let's see if they stop the courtship (like Zach Bates got to) and they each go on their merry way. She will be famous and Jim Bob will have proof that what people questioned about his son was wrong.

If this was allowed to end in marriage I have to agree with others that Marjorie would be the one wearing the pants in that family. We all know Jim Bob will never allow that.

BBQ Tuna Tom said...

18 is a little young to be able to juggle a wife and a job. So, it's good that he doesn't really have to work for the rest of his life.

Pretty Red Rose said...

Did anyone else read that Marjorie's uncle just died at 41 and he was involved with the mob? Wonder what Jim Bob thinks of that!!!

CatMom said...

Pretty Red Rose: Yes, I read that as well about Marjorie's uncle. I am not sure about the truth of the article, but I can just imagine the steam coming off of Jim Bob's head when he found out that Josiah might be involved with a "guilt by association" family mob connection! I do feel sorry for Marjorie and her family, though. I see a broken courtship in the not-too-distant future if the article is true.

Sharon said...

Link to the actual article:
http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/josiah-duggar-marjorie-jackson-courting-secret-grieving-troubled-uncle-tragic-death/

Mob sounds like a bit of exaggeration. A 17 year old charged with participating in organized crime isn't exactly New York mobbed up.

Smokey said...

I know Marjorie is just a teen but I find her acting grating like nails on a chalkboard. I feel bad for Siah. I think he deserves someone a little bit more laid back and carefree like himself. Please Siah don't marry her.

Anyway pretty convenient of TLC to announce his courtship when we have been wondering for months where he is. I think Marjorie will definitely wear the pants in that family if they get married. I hope if Siah does get married it is because he truly wants to. He could end up pretty miserable along with a bunch of kids he is likely to have.

KPate said...

It was interesting to me how Marjorie said something like, "I've always admired the Duggar Family" when asked about Josiah. Sweetie, this isn't about how you "admire" the Duggar Dynasty; this is about you and this one person- Josiah. It seems to me that people such as Marjorie, Ben and their families are so enthralled and thrilled with being a part of this "famous family" that the focus is more on that fact, rather than the individuals involved in the relationships. It is more than clear to me, for example, that Michael Seewald is beyond enamored to be associated with DuggarVille. That man looks obsessed with it...starting a blog as soon as Ben started courting Jessa, etc... acting like a famous man with that big ol' Joker smile. I'm sure Marjorie was more than happy to act like a Disney star in that announcement. I did not find it "cute" or "adorable" as some said; it was very awkward. Bless her heart, I was embarrassed for her.

no1 said...

As doomed as this courtship is, I can NOT stop looking at pictures of Marjorie! She looks like a carbon copy of me when I was her age. Even the hair style is the same (of course, I was her age 40 years ago). It's freaky. Please note, I have no family branches in that part of the country . . .

Wheez said...

Josiah and his girlfriend look a lot alike. Very glad to see she isn't wallowing all over his arm like some other duggar brides

val kyrie said...

Ben was only 18 when he married jessa. I think it's part of the control plan. Marry young & work for big daddy. I hope derik will stand up to Jim bob & be his own man. I respect him a lot.

Roo Do said...

With everything going on, I wonder how this all will pan out. Then again, if what Jim Bob says is accurate, about "worse things" going on in the Gothard cult, maybe her parents just shrugged their shoulders and gave their blessing? After all, it's probably still a mark of honor in those circles to be associated with the Duggars.

Sweet Chairity Madison said...

At 17 and 18 they should be going to prom instead of choosing spouses.