The Duggars have a new addition to their family home in Tontitown, Arkansas – and he’s somebody you know: Ben Seewald, Jessa Duggar's new fiancé!
So, how does that work?
"He moved up here a few weeks ago," Jim Bob, 49, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "It has been really good. He has been able to spend a lot more time with Jessa and our family. We have a guesthouse in front of our house, with a shower and everything, separate from the main house."
Side hugs have given way to hand-holding now that Jessa, 21, hasaccepted Seewald’s marriage proposal and the two are now planning their wedding. But, as seen in this exclusive clip from the season premiere of TLC’s hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, things could get interesting now that Seewald, 19, is at the Duggar home.
"I’m very excited that Ben is moving in today," Jessa says in the clip. "I think it will be awesome to get to spend more time with Ben and see him on a daily basis instead of once or twice a month."
Jim Bob says he hired Seewald to do work for him while he continues his college courses online.
"Ben was living four hours away in Hot Springs with his parents," Jim Bob says. "After Michelle and I were talking about it, we have so many projects to do that we need help for – everything from construction projects to keeping the grass mowed to putting roof on a building, paperwork and things like that – and we asked him if he would be interested in moving up here so that Jessa and his relationship could be really accelerated. He was all for it and his parents were happy about it."
Still, does it make all the chaperones jobs a little bit harder?
"They always have a chaperone," Jim Bob explains. "It has just worked out great. It is a little more labor intensive for Dad – we did set a curfew. By midnight, every night, we need to make sure everybody is back in their place. Jessa and Ben have set up their own courtship standards. They did not hold hands until they got engaged. After they got engaged, they started holding hands. Just like Jill and Derick, they will be saving their first kiss for their wedding day.
Jill and Derick Dillard, who recently spoke to PEOPLE exclusively about their pregnancy news, also weigh in on Seewald’s new digs.
"You’re human, and the physical side is there for a reason," Derick says in the clip. "Naturally, it is going to be difficult if you try to refrain that."
Jessa’s mom, Michelle, 47, agrees.
"Any time you are in love and are together, you realize you want to show your love and affection," she says in the clip. "But when you have purposed to keep those protections in your life, you have to remember and have that accountability."
19 Kids and Counting returns Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.
Engagement photos 💍
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Looks like the engagement pictures are coming. 💜💍💎
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From what i can see Kelly and Michelle had the same dress. ( Michelle wore to Jill’s and Kelly wore to Alyssa and Zachs)
That is a pretty loaded question. I think from Alyssa’s desire to not have such a large family natural family planning would be the way in which they would decide on their family.
I think that there will be either a lot of pregnancy announcements all at once – Jill Erin Alyssa or they will space them out.
I wish them all the best on there future roles as Mums.
Not long to go
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He is 17 years of age. His birthday is the First of February 1997
California part 2 cont.
California part 2
Since we were traveling west for a speaking engagement, we left a few days early to visit some of the famous landmarks! What an incredibly beautiful state! You could easily take a month to tour these sights, but we had to do a quick drive-thru version. We landed in Reno, Nevada, then drove to Yosemite National Park. Next, we headed for the massive trees in Sequoyah National Park. We stayed in Sacramento for a homeschool conference, then toured San Francisco with the Dauer family. We drove the famous Highway One along the coast to Monterey Bay and then on to Big Sur. Our last stop was a quick look at Lake Tahoe and the gorgeous Emerald Bay.
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Generally the announcement is at 12 weeks as there is a chance of the loss of the baby. I believe a baby is celebrated from the size of a peanut to the size of it almost being born so I think congratulations is in order for them.
After a whirlwind courtship, engagement and wedding, Jill Duggar (now Jill Dillard) has even more new happy news to deliver.
"We’re having a baby!" Jill tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We are so excited."
Jill, 23, and husband Derick, 25, who tied the knot on June 21 in Springdale, Arkansas, shared their first kiss in front of more than 1,000 family and friends and then celebrated with them at a reception.
The couple’s wedding will be featured on TLC’s hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, during its new season that begins Sept. 2 (9 p.m. ET).
After taking several pregnancy tests that came back negative, Jill was persuaded by her sisters to take one of her mom Michelle’s tests while she and Derick were visiting her parents’ home. This test gave her a very different result – it was positive!
"It was surreal," says Derick. "We were shocked. Both of us are so excited."
The happy couple, who are due in March, have been having fun sharing their news with their family.
"About 30 days after Jill and Derick got married they gathered everyone in the living room and shared the news," Jim Bob, 49, tells PEOPLE. "Everyone was clapping and cheering, and we were in shock, too."
For much more on the couple’s pregnancy and plans for a supersize family of their own – and exclusive details on her sister Jessa’s romantic engagement to Ben Seewald – pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
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I’m receiving this loud and clear so you’ve done the right job :)
I wish like many other they would do another season or even a 5 part series on what they are up to now.
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