Moving on to the Next Wedding: Josiah and Lauren

It was announced this morning.  They're engaged. 

52 comments:

Mommy in PA said...

Of course. They have to hurry up and get married since his first courtship didn't work out and they won't risk that a second time around. She will be pregnant before Christmas.

Emma said...

Hands up whos surprised (what no one?) The latest baby was born just over a week ago so they were due an engagement announcement. So whats next pregnancy announcement (Jessa), another courtship (not Jana) or will we need to wait until Kendra pops the next sprog? Maybe the new couple can race up the aisle before June (I wouldn't put it past them), this is just getting silly, they have become a parody of themselves.

Ridiculous said...

I'm glad I was sitting down when I read about Josiah & Lauren's engagement. I was beginning to think it would never happen, they have been courting for sooooo long, (enter sarcasm here)Guess Jim Bob had to come up with a way to keep the numbers up for " Counting On." Baby after baby is beginning to wane in the viewers interest, so on to another wedding. Even in very large families, how many of the kids marry one right after another, after another?

Not a Mocker said...

How long have they been courting? I mean I'm not one to talk much (my husband and I had only been dating 8 months when he proposed, but we are both late 20s and have life experience)
I mean Jill and Jessa (Jessa in particular I think) were courting for ages compared to how fast Joy, and whoever just got married, and now Josiah went from strangers to engaged.

Ellie On a Roll said...

Congrats. However, Lauren must be clueless being "surprised " by everything that happens. Once they're married 4 weeks, she'll be "surprised " again by being pregnant. Seriously naive.

Marites H. said...

I'm not convinced at all that this is another lifelong boy/girl best friend combination. If they were friends all this time, wouldn't we have had a peek at this girl's family at Big Sandy or some other event over the course of the 19K&C show? Any little clip like "thanks for the Christmas card. Thanks for the birthday card. That was so sweet of you to remember so-and-so's birthday. The kids have sure grown since the last time we visited in your home., etc..."Nada. Nothing. Seriously naïve Lauren was thrust out of obscurity onto the auction block to marry the next available balding, employed Duggar bachelor. They're practically strangers now, but I'd bet that Josiah & Lauren will be expectant parents by Christmas.

sandi said...

How long before JB starts putting supersonic jets on each side of the future bride's wedding dresses? They're all going to be nose to nose with the minister,before any of them really know each other,even worse than it is now.Got to keep up those ratings

nickle pickle said...

how long did they even know each other? they were only courting not even six weeks? next week they will be married? next, we will hear that poor Jo Hannah is off and courting at 16 and engaged a week later? seem Jim bod is desperate? What father in his right mind would want his daughter to marry so young? These people must have gone to that marriage for fundies place that was in the news a few years back? Jim bod must push these kids before they know what is happening to them? I just really wonder how they will support themselves. I truly wonder how Josh supports his family.

Mickey2942 said...

Good job, must plan a courtship for ratings! John David? Jana? Why are they skipped?

Better make sure there are a few gender reveal parties planned, home births...That movie, about the reality star, whose life was planned around the series...Welcome to "Counting On".

It is so tragic. It is literally unbelievable.

Aimee said...

I don't think Jim Bob is pushing them for ratings as much as they know this is the only way out of the house! Marriage is the first time they EVER get to be out alone, have social media, go on dates, enjoy time with friends, take trips without the family, etc. Jim Bob and Michelle have created a household where marriage is the only way to get to do the things most 16 year olds can do! It is no surprise to me at all that 20 something year olds want and need freedom and room to grow. I do hope they have matched themselves well and that they truly enjoy the people they have chosen to marry. The rushed weddings/babies are a hefty price to pay for some freedom from the family.

Emma said...

Marites H : These young people do not know each other. The Swansons are up to their ears in the IBLP/Gothard crap, infact Mr Swanson is listed as a speaker this year, which is no coincidence, now that his daughter is marrying fundie royalty. The two families are aquaintances, nothing more and as the boys and girls are always segregated and watched there is no way the young lovebirds 'knew' each other. Also the Swansons lived out of state, only returning to Arkansas recently to accommodate this courtship. This whole thing has been planned by the two fathers, one to marry his daughter off to a famous family (and get a little fame himself), and the other to keep the gravy train on track. The kids just go along with it and say the right things because that is just what they do in these circles.

Willow said...

I agree with everyone about all of this, of course, but just for FYI, the Duggars have known the Swansons for awhile. Lauren has been in pics on social media (various ones) for quite awhile (group pics with friends, etc).

Give me a break said...

I think TLC has made the big mistake of taking all the "controversy and intrigue " out of "Counting On". Derek, Jill, Josh, Anna, Sierra, and let's not forget cousin Amy. Sadly, they were the ones making the show interesting. Now we're stuck with tie shopping, home hair trims, and arranging books in an office.

What we really want to see is:
1. A sofa conversation with Anna really telling us what's going on.
2. Interviews with the parents of the in-law children and their real feeling about the Duggars.
3. Jill's second birth story.
4. Anything re: Samuel and his progress and health.
5. Jana giving us a real tour of the tin shed house and what her responsibilities really are.
6. No questions withheld interview with Michelle alone, without Jimbob pinching her elbow/arm.
7. Legitimate prenatal visits with ob's for the young mom's to be.
8. Derek explaining his situation and giving us a real tour of his life.
9. An update with Sierra and Amy. I'd rather see that than ANYTHING that Jessa is doing.
10. John David giving us a tour of the airplanes, hanger and telling us what he's really doing.
11. Anything Jana just talking about what she's doing for herself. A whole episode could be just about Jana. That would be RATINGS GOLD!!! (and no Jessa bullying Jana. So sick of Jessa).
12. A tour of Tontitown and interacting with the locals. We never see any authentic interactions.
13. Have a local beautician cut a foot off all the girls hair and style it. Ratings Gold once again.

Aunt Bea said...

I agree that these two do not really know each other. When and if their families got together, there was always a crowd of people involved. They also segregate the girls from the boys during these social activities for the most part. Heck they're not allowed to be by themselves when 'getting to know you, special friend, courtship or engaged'. How can anyone know who they are agreeing to marry? They don't. The Duggars and in-laws said it themselves the other night on TV....that after they married, THEN the barriers came down and they can 'be themselves'..don't you think a person should 'be themselves' BEFORE a decision to marry comes into the picture? What if you don't like what you discover after the wedding? I'd like to ask them that question.

Willow said...

I agree with you Emma. Running in the same circles for a few years, in fundie world, is not exactly the same as really knowing each other, maybe not even casually. I also feel there is so much parental direction in most of these marriages. I think Jessa and Jinger are probably the only ones not heavily influenced by JB. I don't think JB was much in favor of Ben. Remember Jessa telling JB that she WAS going to marry Ben. They were sitting in the bus in the Bates' front yard. It appeared Jessa put up a fight for Ben. I hope Jana has that much gumption if she ever finds the one she wants.

aketa said...

Willow........How would Jana ever find anyone living as she does. Her every move is monitored and she cannot even have social media or take a drive by herself as she approaches 30 years old? I feel she has been dumbed down emotionally to the point where she does not even think of a future, just go day to day in the compound with a full schedule of chores and sometimes a TLC sponsored project to suggest she has talents. Even her family trips are full of caring for others with the packing, childcare, etc. I remember in an interview she was asked where she sees herself in 5 years and she was stuck, had not answer.

NWArkie said...

What we really want to see is:
1. The Duggars disappearing from TV altogether.
2. There is no #2.

laura said...

Aketa sadly that interview was years ago at this point.
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It is possible she does not think of the future. When you have been fully submerged in her type of life for as long as she has, thoughts of freedom or individuality may have been erased.
I see 2 types on this blog- him bob won't mwrry her off because home base will need a slave and grandkids will always need a babysitter
And- Jana is choosing not to marry.
I am in the 1st group.
She is still stuck. She still has no answer. She never will.

Willow said...

To "Give Me a Break" - I love your 13 points. Yes, the answers we always want but will never get. So frustrating.

Also, my newest thoughts about Jana are that she may be afraid to fall for someone for fear she would end up with another Josh!

Willow said...

On a more positive note, and since this is the thread for Josiah and Lauren, I think they are a cute couple and I hope they are happy together. I always had a soft spot for Josiah for some reason.

Enough Already said...

Well, if Dillweed throws Jimboob under the bus for keeping all the Duggar Family TLC money, the show will most likely be over.

nana Gia said...

If the show is over, how will these Duggar boys, including Ben, support their families? Will they keep having more babies?

Hailey said...

Please not that googly-eyed, over the top Sierra Jo Dominguez. She creeps me out.

Hailey said...

And if Derek and Jim Bob get on a spat Derek may decide to show JB who is boss by his wife no longer following JB's strict rules. She might even wear pants or get a nose piercing... Oh wait, someone allowed that to happen. I'm sure she didn't come up with it.

Hopefully Derek will suggest she cot that ugly hair into something more stylish. This isn't the early 1900s.

Willow said...

You guys, this may be why TLC has kept the show going: They are waiting for the next scandal, which they either know will happen, or expect will happen. It kind of sounds like Derick is mad at Jim Bob as well as TLC. Tell us Derick.

Granada said...

Derick will be laughing all the way to the bank soon after he writes the tell all Duggar book. Then he can be involved with the "Duggars, the Real Story" film and all those talk show appearances which will bring the money rolling in. He can be even more in the public eye, just like he wants to be, by just writing the book.

Mickey2942 said...

I have lived across the way from a guy, for 4 years, I say "Hi" to him, nod, but I don't "Know Him", and could not imagine someone saying that we have been "friends for years", "getting together often", and now, we are getting engaged. Not.

There is a huge difference between an acquaintance and a "friend". And definitely a huge leap from Acquaintance to Spouse.

Most of the time, I agree you can put two random young people, who share the same culture, values, background together, and it will work out. But, it is not the same as finding the right person on your own.

laura said...

Mickey the duggars are big fans of embellishment even though they might not have heard of the word or could define or spell it.

Heart in Florida said...

Josiah and Lauren are even more uninteresting than Joe and Kendra....Joy and Austin were a sleeping pill too. Courtships aren't going to save this dying show. I think Jim Bob is realizing that now. There is only ONE courtship that COULD prolong the show, and that would be Jana's.

Mickey2942 said...

True, Laura, After all, each Duggar is a "concert violinist ", and Jessa is a completely competent, well trained midwife. Jill and Derrick were "Christian Missionaries" in Central America. And Josh, was working for Family Research Center, as an up and coming political figure. It is a good thing JB is not Pinocchio!

Altheia said...

The Duggar world is starting to crumble down thanks to Derrick. They almost recovered from Josh scandal but now Derrick is giving them problems by going against TLC. No one cares about the upcoming weddings of the boring, do nothing younger couples with zero personalities.That's what happens to kids who are not allowed to think, explore or have ambition. They end up like boring robots and who wants to look at that.

roddma said...

I think I would give the Duggar kids more credit about the birds and the bees. Surely the daughters knew more than Loretta Lynn seemed to. They are taught abstinence until marriage and look at all the family around. At the least they should know how pregnancy happens.Also remember the husband saying "It's what married people do, Loretta"?

sandi said...

Roddma,I would like to think so,but Anna didn't get 'the talk' until right before her wedding.Hopefully,the Duggar girls get more info,even if it's just Michelle talking in her baby voice

Jen Tru said...

I wonder if somehow when he was about to marry Jill or somewhere in there if he was made to sign a non disclosure agreement? I don't think they can make the kids do that but adding someone to the family they might be able to...

Ellie On a Roll said...

The wedding registry is on Amazon for Josiah and Lauren. Very tastefully selected items. Best registry yet from a Duggar wedding. No cereal, tacky gift cards to upteen restraunts and stores. You go, Lauren. ��

Tori said...

Derick won't write a tell all book. Jimbob will pay whatever bills are outstanding to shut him up. He went quiet on twitter after his outbursts about being volunteers and not being paid, and is now back to posting mostly random bible verses, he has probably been told to shut up but he wont stay silent for long. When he and Jill moved into their new house Derick made some comment about the rent being cheaper, I took this to mean he was paying JB to live in the McMansion, if that is the case maybe he wasn't being reimbursed in kind (house, car etc) for his time on the show as many have speculated. He also tweeted recently that he was working his ass off doing a 9 to 5 to make ends meet (didn't say doing what) so what exactly does he do? I really do wonder if Derick hasn't gotten what he was promised, but he is in such a position now that he can't make things too public for the sake of Jill and his kids, if he did they might be totally shunned by the family, and I don't think Jill could cope with that.

Smokey said...

I guess it is Josiah's turn to take one for the team (got to keep that TLC check rolling along).

Willow said...

So far I like Lauren's demeanor. She appears to be calm and content. She is obviously very young, but so far I like her. I hope she and Josiah are a true love match (they appear to be). I hope they have them on the show some this season.

Aunt Bea said...

No one is very interested in Josiah and Lauren. Just another 'season' of life for those two. All of them are exactly the same....no individuality, no real choices. They are like jello molds and one mold is being offered.
The ONLY courtship/wedding that will attract any real interest left is Jana's. That will most likely not ever happen.

sandi said...

I think JB would let Jana go if the ratings start to tank.I think he would panic.Then Jana would be zipped down the aisle in no time.Whether she wanted to or not.
I think there are plenty of fundie families who would love to make a name for themselves by allowing their daughter to go live with the Duggars as free help,in exchange for room and Board.Jmo

Willow said...

So true Sandi. I agree about Jana and I also agree about the "nanny/helpers". Tabitha Paine stayed mostly in the background, in pictures mostly, as did the Query girls. Laura D., however, LOVES the limelight. Seems like she kind of took Sierra's place. I dislike Laura even more than I dislike Sierra, for some reason.

Applesauce cake said...

I think Sierra will weenie her way back in at the first opportunity. She tries to make herself a local celebrity around town.

123 said...

How is it that both Josiah and Lauren have resting b faces? Is that a thing? Do resting b faces attract one another?

Willow said...

Dear 123 ... What are you talking about? What is a resting b face?

Pam said...

Resting bit*h face

asian noodle said...

anyone want to take a guess when these two will marry. Guess is sometime in the summer?

Mickey2942 said...

Probably, so that the film crew has something to film, aside from toddler haircuts. And no doubt, make sure to get her knocked up as soon as possible for gender reveal parties and baby showers. Keep the cameras rolling! Education, getting to know each other as a couple, working, trivial! Have a baby! Home birth! Ratings!

Willow said...

I'm guessing summer also. I wonder if they will wait for Kendra and Jinger to have their babies or not. This is bound to be a concern in the future going forward. There will be too many Duggar in-laws to worry about.

Beyond Ridiculousl said...

re; Just what Jill will be able to cope with from Derick. As far I'm concerned Jill needs to make up her mind that Derick is hers for the rest of her life, regardless of how much he has changed, i.e. no job, dragging her off to foreign countries to serve as a missionary. This is the man she picked. Remember the scene where she says "I think I'm in love with someone I've never met, can we go to Nepal?" Then she on a plane with Jim Bob & the rest is history. It just goes to show you what happens when these young people, have absolutely no idea whatsoever about the person they are marrying. No real dates where you get to know the person..just your chaperone dates, rushed into engagements, marriages, babies. So this is your life Jill Duggar Dillard. Learn to live with it, & make sure you say thank you to your dad & TLC.

Willow said...

Did you all see the picture of Josiah and Lauren at the Silos? Josiah looked cute in his shorts, imo. Good job Duggar kids, "little by little".

So Foolish said...

I think it's ridiculous for a couple so young to get engaged so quickly after they just started courting. I could understand a couple in their thirties getting engaged, as they have had a number of life experiences, hopefully advanced education in some form, including jobs & possibly savings accounts, but for someone as young as Josiah & a teen such as Lauren, it's just crazy. I suppose I'm looking at this marriage like my own, where we were on our own, both of us having stable jobs, as well as knowing how to save & buy a home, but I guess that doesn't apply when daddy is in complete charge of your life.

hamlet said...

I am taking a bet that these two will marry next weekend. royal wedding good time to get their name out there. and also centered around when she can get prego.