Third daughter daughter Jessa, 20, recently entered a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, of Hot Spring, Ark., and second daughter, Jill, 22, is now in a courting relationship with Derick Dillard, 25, reports People.
19 Kids & Counting star Jill told People:’ I was really impressed with his character and I was surprised how much we have the same vision and life goals. He’s a great guy.’ Jill, who with her sisters Jessa, Jinger and Jana, wrote a book about relationships. Her father Jim Bob, introduced her (remotely) to Dillard, who was doing missionary work in Nepal.
Jim Bob: ‘I had gotten an email from Derick a few years ago and gave him my phone number so he could share the work he was doing in Nepal. I was impressed with him as I got to know him over the years. He sounded like an amazing young man. I felt like from the beginning, they had similar personalities and goals. I thought they would hit it off.”‘
Several text messages and very long Skype conversations later, and Jill agreed. The couple began officially courting in November. The focus of courting is to get to know someone as a potential spouse. While courting, the couple is chaperoned when they are alone together and usually agree to limited physical contact.
Jill: ‘We got to know each other in the first few months pretty quickly. I was in love with someone I had never met in person, but we really knew each other well.’ Derick, who is an accountant, revealed: ‘We have a large pool of chaperones. You have to come in armed with good jokes and I usually have Skittles as well. It has been such a huge blessing to get to see her a few times a week.’