Joseph and Kendra are Officially a Couple

The courting was announced. 

61 comments:

Auggie said...

Someone on this blog called it. Kendra seems to use the same Duggar speak. She's excited about entering this season of her life. Apparently there are rumours about her sister and another Duggar. Hopefully those guys will get out and leave Jana with less work!!!

Julie said...

Is it acceptable for courting/engaged couples to chaperone each other? Just wondering. That would be so much better than getting engaged in front of your 9 and 11 year old sisters.

Angela said...

Well now we have a male Duggar in a courtship!!

Very Interesting!!

What are her parents thinking?

Joseph seems to be nice and not too Duggary if you know what I mean.

Vilente said...

Just watched the announcement video. Wow, she seems a young 18 saying she can't wait for side hugs & using the telephone. How risque that will be!! Hope she realized that within 18 months, she will be birthing a Duggar baby, hopefully not at home like they forced Anna to do. Wonder if her parents quizzed Joseph about how he will support Kendra, does he have medical insurance, a job and plans for the future.

They're Crazy said...

Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong but didn't we just hear from Joseph's own mouth that he wasn't interested in courting at this time? This may not be verbatim but certainly the general idea. It was around the time they announced Joy was courting. This entire family is insane.

My Opinion said...

Just weeks ago, when Joy was courting/engaged, Joseph was saying in a talking head segment that he had no intention of becoming involved in at courtship anytime soon. Then in the announcement thy say they have been best friend for 6 months & she already has a promise ring. All these lies will continue for as long as viewers continue to tune in. I sincerely hope some of these marriages will turn of to be happy& probably a couple will. However a number of these Duggars will live very loveless & unhappy marriages thanks to Jim Bob. He is wheeling & dealing in his children's lives for a few pieces of gold. Doesn't he ever get to the part in the Bible where Jesus threw the men out of the temple due to the pieces of gold?

Ashleigh said...

From what I have gathered so far her family are close friends of the Duggar I think jimbob learned his lesson when it comes to Jeremy he Jeremy is a man not a wimp to be bossed around my only real question is this is Joseph her Lord and Master or jimbob.

Paris Mueller said...

And, what does Joseph do for a living, again?

Aunt Bea said...

Just my opinion based on this promo video from Joe and Kendra, but they both seem like 14 year olds who have their first date to the 8th grade dance....not a 'couple' who will get married. Why do they rush these inexperienced children so?

Paula Reed said...

She certainly has that worshiping look down pat. Along with the shirt-over-shirt wardrobe and the too-much makeup. And, she already has a baby-voice, too. She should fit right in.

Ruby said...

"Side hugs", "season of life", "so excited to do ministry stuff together", matching shirts, staring at each other while the other speaks--ugh. Those two are Jim Bob and Michelle mini-me's.

coleen said...

People interview: http://people.com/tv/joseph-duggar-officially-courting-kendra-caldwell/

the TLC video: http://www.tlc.com/tlcme/joseph-duggar-is-courting-meet-his-special-someone/

I agree with Ashleigh. I think there will be more control over future courtships.
And Joseph's girl sounds like a Duggar sister!

Jennifer said...

I noticed Joy said "go horse riding" as their date, of course chaperoned by 2 of her siblings.I know I'm being picky but isn't it "horseback riding"? Both Joy and Kendra appear to be like middle school girls with their first boyfriends. How cruel to rush them into marriages and babies so early. Why? Also, what does Joseph do for a living that will allow him to support a wife, a home, medical coverage and of course, as many children as God will give them?

Cheryl Vetter said...

I am not familiar with Kendra at all, but if she is as Duggar-like as these posts suggest, then I would imagine her family to be similar. Did Joseph have to fill out paper work like JimBob did for this daughters future husbands? How did he answer the questions about supporting and providing for his family? I think the boys are all 'good' boys, but with no concrete future income source, what family would want to give their daughter away into this? Again, Joseph is a nice, sweet boy.... but what can he offer? Will all 19 kids and spouses live on the compound supported by daddy dearest?

Honestly said...

Probably Jim Bob, unfortunately. I don't think Joseph was raised to be a man. I only see a manly spark in Jeremiah at this point. Not sure why, but I get a vibe of confidence I don't see in the other boys in him.

Even though, Jeremy's profession is not that impressive imo, I love the tension I feel between him and Jim Bob. Glad Jinger found a guy she loves to marry at least. She seemed so much more relaxed, freed and honest on her honeymoon! Also, so glad there is finally a male on the show with some style!

LIz J said...

The boys are marrying girls like their sisters....first Josh to Anna and now this Kendra girl who seems so sheltered, so excited about a side hug. How can this child go from side hugs to honeymoon sex on her wedding day? It's all weird. The excitement Joy shows about holding hands with Austin is sad. People hold hands all the time. It is not sexual, like hugging is not always sexual. These perverted parents even side hug their own children. Of course, Jimbob has no problem dry humping old Michelle in the presence of his children & strangers at a miniature golf place. Hypocrite parents have emotionally messed up their children. I think Jana doesn't really want to be a wife and have those painful home births she has been forced to witness. She's probably in her own little world, each day safe and the same, remaining pure .

Captain Crunch said...

So they can start pumping out little Gothard clones to fortify the cult.

Aimee said...

Oh that poor girl! She seems nice enough and sweet enough but good heavens! What kind of parents would agree for her to enter such a serious relationship after seeing how quickly the Duggars have moved the rest through courting/engagement/marriage/babies?! At they very least, they should have said "no" to allowing it all to be filmed. Everyone tries to be on their best behavior at the beginning of a relationship plus on camera - they will be complete strangers when they marry next fall.

CherylV said...

Aimee, I think you mean, "they will be complete strangers when they marry THIS fall" :)

Hello said...

I am sure Kendra and her family are just like the Duggars. I also wonder if Joseph had to fill out the 50 page test, or if Jboob didn't think it was necessary because after all she will be marrying into the wonderful Duggar family. I would like to know how he is going to be able to support a wife and all the kids they will be expected to have. Seems like Jboo. Is trying to get as many kids as he can married off while TLC will pay for the weddings with hundreds of guests and a honeymoon.
I do agree that all the kids that start courting act like young teenagers with their first crush, even though they know that that will be the person they are expected to marry. It's a shame the kids don't have the opportunity to get to know someone without someone listening to every conversation and having a chaperone with them everywhere they go. The first time they will be alone is on their wedding night in a bed. With the limited advice they get from their parents it has to be terrifying. Jboob says it is like leggos. Mullet tells the girls that anyone can make their husband a sandwich, but they are the only one who can give him hey hey hey time.

Just Me said...

RE:Auggie's comment about the boys getting out & leaving Jana with less work. That may be true for a brief period of time but if they live close who's going to help out with all the little Duggars to come? It won't be Michelle as she didn't take care of her own kids. Jessa already has 2 & will not have time or be inclined to help. Jill will be off somewhere doing missionary work & pleading for help. Jinger will be in Texas. In my book that leaves Jana to work harder & take up the slack, & help out any brothers, sisters-in-laws & sisters. After all she has a heart to serve & help her family members, according to Michelle.

Chela said...

So I did hear correctly--she's excited about side-hugs. It is just sickening how they are trying to keep the show going!

dinda said...

The poor child might not even know the facts of life if she's excited about side hugs.

Ginger said...

Amiee, anyone who lets their daughter get involved with the Duggar boys is looking for the attention & publicity that comes along with the deal. They don't care if it' filmed & they don't care if it's scripted. They want in with the Dugars & it's not for the happiness of their daughter. We are already hearing about what good friends the two families are. You don't think Joseph is going to go off on his own & get a job & home to live in do you? That will all be left up to Jim Bob. They will remain under Jim Bob's patriarchy. Jim Bob is the supreme authority & everyone knows it. I feel badly for all of the kids, as it's only getting worse

Auggie said...

I believe in the video, exposing Gothard, the Duggars were described as the 'Poster Family'. I'm sure to Gothardites, the Duggars are like rock stars. Sadly, having your child marry one would be, I'm sure seen as, a step closer to heaven.

Natasha said...

I did a little cyber digging, and if the Duggars, Caldwells, and Forsyths are all attending the church Kendra's father pastors, it has to be a very tight fit to get them all in the building. They must be the only people in the church because that place is quite small. Here is a link to the church website http://www.visitlighthousebaptistchurch.com/our-pastor/. I did a google maps search which will show you street view of the building. Of note, it's about 25 minutes from the Duggar compound. The Forsyth family camp https://www.fortrock.org/ which already has Joy in photos on their homepage is an hour away. These people must really like that church. Based on the size of the church, I can understand why their is intermarriage. There likely isn't much choice.

Pam said...

The photos taken off the interior of the church show a reasonably sized small church.

Ruby said...

Another super awkward video of Michelle with the messy mop of hair and rumpled old blouse with poor sad Jana wishing one of the couples happiness. Actually, it is just a way to stay in the public eye when there is clearly nothing to talk about. Michelle is such an attention hog. Why isn't she taking care of her house and her many children still at home and in need of consistent and quality education but instead they have a distant, distracted and tired mother making irrelevant and useless congratulatory videos to folks who live in the same house, yet she has to wish them well to the whole world. So moronic.

Maria H said...

I noticed that on the church's webpage that they only accept the KJV bible. On Jeremy's FB, he quotes the more modern version.

Just Ridiculous said...

Re: My Opinion's comment about Joseph saying he had no intention of becoming involved in a courtship. I saw that too & it was only shown recently. I know how they move all their filming around, however this was after they showed Jinger's wedding, when they were going on about how wonderful it was that Joy was getting engaged. I don't know where that puts them time wise but Joseph absolutely did say he was not going to become involved in a courtship, it was something he wasn't at all interested in. Lucky girl Kendra, going to marry someone who wasn't even interested in courting. I guess that was until Jim Bob changed his mind for him.

Christine said...

I like Joseph. He strikes me a humble, hard-working kid who avoids the spotlight. I feel sorry for him being dragged into the spotlight now with his courtship. I'm getting the sense that JimBob picked Kendra for him because Joy was getting married off and they needed something to keep the show going.

It's interesting that the Duggar kids are having such short courtships. Jessa and Jill had relatively long courtships. Jinger went from meeting to marrying Jeremy within months. Now Joy's courtship was announced in December and she's probably marrying in April, based off the calendar at the Forsyth's camp. Why a change to such short courtships? Is JimBob worried that viewers will get bored if it takes a Duggar kid a year to go through engagement? Are the kids that desperate to get out of the Duggar compound? Maybe JimBob is worried that if the courting couple is courting for too long, the chance of something happening (maybe another Josh scandal) and them calling it quits, as Marjorie and Josiah did when one of the Josh scandals broke, increases.

Heart in Florida said...

This family announces courtships when in real time, the couple is engaged. They play with time here heavily. Yes, Joe did say, that he didn't feel called to courtship of anything like that at 'this' time...Joy was engaged at Christmas, so that segment with Joe was filmed late December 2016...Kendra's been hanging around at least since Jinger's wedding prep, so here we are in the first part of March and Joe's 'announcing' a courthip? I'd bet they're engaged already. Perhaps, YES, the April wedding at the Camp could be for Joe and Kendra.
I also believe that this family announces things when they aren't on the air so as not to lose interest in them, thus keeping their show 'on' for another season for us to see how this played out. Very clever....and yes, they're NOT a TV family...right.

Just Me said...

I thought the wedding at the camp was for Joy & Austin considering it's his families camp?

Wheez said...

Wonder if kendra had to fill out a questionnaire...and if so, what ridiculous Qs she was asked.

Heart in Florida said...

BTW, I like Joseph too. He seems like a sweet mild mannered guy. I'm sorry he has the parents he has. They have done him no favors either in life. I hope the guy is happy, really happy with his 'child bride', Kendra.

Heart in Florida said...

I also think that since these families are intermarrying; Caldwells, Duggars and Forsyths that Joe and Kendra's wedding could be at the Camp. Keep the money between the families, you know.

PeteysNan1 said...

I watched this video of the courting announcement and as soon as this girl opened her mouth i said to myself, hes marrying his mother because she sounds just like her...lol. Someone said they reminded them of two 14 year olds and i get the same impression. It's just never ending with these people. What will they do when they run out of kids to marry off to keep the show going!?!

Chela said...

Ah, once the kids are married off...Jboob will have all his grandkids to pawn off for the money. According to proDuggar sites, there are still plenty of fans.

Josie said...

It's like nails on a chalk board to me when I hear/read them saying "I'm marrying my best friend!!!" NO. YOU'RE. NOT! Seriousely, a best friend is a confidant, the person you tell things to that you can't talk to anyone else about. It is absolutely impossible to confide in someone you have NEVER been alone with!

I'm sure after marriage, they can develop something akin to a friendship, once they are alone together and can have meaningful conversations. But before that, they are merely acquaintances, people who run in similar circles.

And ou know what? It's OK to admit that you're not BFFs! I wouldn't even have such a huge problem with the way they do things if they were just honest about it. Just admit, it's an arranged marriage. If it's something you feel is right, why not defend it instead of lying about it?

Hallie said...

I doubt they have ever been allowed to have a best friend. Weren't Jessa and Jinger best sisters?

Stephanie said...

Way back in one of the first specials when Jimbob and his kids were building their house, he talked about the huge property and he did say something about a dream of theirs was to have the kids (or at least some) build their own homes on the property. Why haven't they done that? They have the money, they spend a ton of time together anyway. josh and Anna would have enough cash to build a decent house, Jess's is working on the TV show and getting magazine money, and they don't seem to be moving away. Joseph will have to make a home probably around the Duggar area. I wonder why after all these years none of the kids have even mentioned building on the property? I guess Jimbob backed out of that offer at some point.

Wondeing said...

For two people who were definitely not going to be involved in the show :"Counting On." Both Jim Bob & Michelle have both have had their oar's in the water, with all the videos congratulating the latest Duggars on their accomplishment. It doesn't matter if it's a new baby, someone courting, someone engaged, wedding plans. They are right in there. It does seem that they are not telling us anymore about how this is not a TV show it's a ministry. We don't hear that much about how we should be living the Godly, Christian life they live. I must say either they, or their PR people need to be congratulated about the way they have swept Josh's scandal under the rug, even if it meant ruining the lives of other young Duggars. I can see the planning now. How can we interest the viewers in our family again? Well we can show that courting is still a good thing for a young couple, a short engagement is the way to go, then all the wedding preparations,& the babies that always follow.
Joy is a little young but she's not really doing anything else, so we could start her courting. Obviously there are young men & women who would like to be a part of our family. It is strange that although Joseph does work hard, he works with John David, a really hard worker, who already owns his own home but can't live in it because he's not married. Why isn't he the next Duggar "man" to stat a courtship & engagement?

Arkie said...

... a dream of theirs was to have the kids (or at least some) build their own homes on the property. Why haven't they done that?

Because it's way cheaper and easier to acquire old houses in the area and fix them up. JB's got free labor for all the grunt work, after all. Building a house, even in the Springdale area, is much more expensive than flipping an existing house. Plus, he can always sell off the house, or rent it out. Unlikely anyone would PAY to live next door to JB and Michelle. Well, maybe some of their rabid fans might...

dana Alton said...

Amazing John David cannot live in his own house until married. What if he doesn't get married. Will he eventually be a 50 year old man living in the dormitory with 70 year old Jimbob sending grandchildren out to chaperone him? At what age does this insanity end for the kid/dults? some people in the world do not get married......then what?

Aunt Bea said...

"Wondering": The audience likes being preached to even less. What does that tell you that the boring content of this dying TV program is even better than that. How many times can we be told why it's "better" to wear a skirt.

Willow said...

I wish Joe and Kendra would do a little social media so we could get to know them a little better. I do understand, however, if they prefer their privacy.

Also Me said...

I believe the reason we don't know more about Joe & Kendra is because Jim Bob & her father are running the show. They don't know what to say in an interview of any sort. At this point in time they don't know anything about each others hopes, dreams, wishes, etc. for their lives. They are watched so closely, & everything is monitored by Jim Bob & probably her father too. They can't let us learn anything about themselves because they are barely friends. They won't know anything about each other until after the wedding.

Danielle Pate said...

Some unreliable sources say Kendra is pregnant

Sharla said...

You or your sources missed the April Fool at the end of the story.

Mickey2942 said...

I wonder when Jana and John David will have to go "Courting", odd that a younger brother is married off first.

Willow said...

Mickey2942: I think Jana and John David are the hardest workers and Jim Bob needs them too much to let them go now. Of course we will probably never know for sure, but that is the way it seems to me. As always, lol, it boggles the mind.

Marites H. said...

Maybe this couple will "rent" John-David's house, which would probably mean giving money to JB & Michelle, not John-David. Even at 27 (I think) John-David is not permitted to move out of his parents' home without getting a broodmare/doormat Stepford wife assigned to him first.

Duggarsbegone said...

You are correct. None of the kids are permitted to move out until they marry. What is wrong with this family?

Willow said...

I predict that at least ONE of the Duggar children (probably one of the girls) will be required to move their own family into the compound house to take care of Jim Bob and Michelle as they age.

Sabrina W said...

Willow......Jana is being saved for the purpose. She will be 50 years old, caring for aging parents.

laura said...

Sabrina, just imagine how much .Ore time Jana will have without all the kids there, oh wait, there will be dozens of grandchildren by that time, and how much more demanding and inconsiderate mullet and dim blab will be as geriatrics. Jana will NEVER have freedom or a life. What is happening to her is SO WRONG.

Opie said...

I predict that this courtship will end without an engagement.

Frannie D. said...

I'm not seeing much about Joe & Kendra's courtship. They seemed boring, she like a little girl spouting off a few standard Duggar sort of sentences in the "wonderful" announcement.
What are they doing, dragging along little accountability partners to Chikfillet &ice cream dates?

g said...

I don't see any photos of them doing those wild and crazy things.....drinking an ice cream soda with 2 straws while being watched by their accountability siblings or an exciting "double date" with Jimbob & Michelle, kissing each other in front of the pure couple.

everythingieverwanted said...

I wonder if the reason we're not seeing many pictures etc. of Joseph and Kendra is because that's the way they want it. I get the distinct impression that there are some of the older kids that don't want their lives plastered all over television and the tabloids. He possibly could be one of them.

Lizzie said...

Maybe Kendra or her family don't think it's a good idea to be too public.