Joy-Anna Duggar is totally smitten!
On Tuesday, the 19-year-old daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar made the official announcement that she is in a courtship with longtime friend Austin.
“Hey y’all! I’m Joy Duggar and this is Austin,” she said in a video on the family’s website.
“I asked her to be in a courtship with me,” Austin added, blushing. So sweet!
“And I said yes!” Duggar said. “We’ve known each other for a long time.”
“Almost 15 years,” Austin said. “I picked this spot because last time we were here together was August 1, 2015.”
‘There was a whole group of us that came up,” Duggar revealed. “And we were just hanging out and it was really late at night, stars were just gorgeous. For me that’s really special, but then just being with him. And then now it’s even more special because it’s where we start our courtship.”
Austin also shared a sweet detail about the significance of the location.
“It’s a place that I’ve come many times to just get away and spend time with the Lord. I just knew that this was the place that I wanted to ask her,” he said.
“I was so surprised,” Duggar admitted. “I hadn’t been here in so long. I wasn’t expecting it. So happy!”
The Duggar family is known for an unconventional dating style called “courting.” While some young couples in the family make their own rules and boundaries for their relationship, the general guidelines include no kissing, full-frontal hugs, or unchaperoned dates until marriage.
Hand-holding is only allowed after an engagement.