'19 Kids and Counting' star Jessa Duggar engaged to Ben Seewald after 11-month courtship

By Gina DiFalco,

Jessa Duggar, one of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s daughters from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, is engaged to Ben Seewald.

The couple confirmed the news in a statement, saying they feel “blessed” to be getting married.

"We are so blessed to be engaged! God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun! We are thrilled to see what the future holds — especially the wedding bells!" they told Us Weekly.

Duggar, 21, and Seewald, 19, started their “courtship” 11 months ago. As per the guidelines, they have not kissed and plan on saving that for their wedding day. When they go out on dates, they have a chaperone, and as far as physical contact, they have only “side hugged” once in a while.

On the show, Duggar said of her now-fiance, "When I'm with him, around him, I think he brings out the best in me.”

Earlier this summer, Jessa’s sister, Jill Duggar, married Derrick Dillard. They exchanged vows at Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas on June 21.

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