Counting On Season 7 Preview: The Duggars Need EXTRA Chaperones!

Well, it’s almost that time of year.

A new season of Counting On is nearly upon us, and it seems longtime viewers may be in for some surprises:

Now, that may seem impossible as not a day goes by without the family revealing some sort of courtship, marriage, or pregnancy news on social media.

But like the Kardashians before them, the Duggars are savvy enough to keep some details of their lives under wraps so that fans still need to tune into their reality show to get the full story.

Case in point – who would’ve guessed we would ever hear the Duggars admitting to their need for additional chaperones?

As fans of the family are no doubt aware, Duggar courtship rules forbid just about all forms of physical contact before marriage.

But it seems the dating guidelines aren’t always so easy to enforce. 

Joseph Duggar and Kandra Caldwell got married back in September, but the early episodes of CO S7 find them in the final weeks of their engagement.

And it seems they’re not finding it easy to keep their hands to themselves.

“I would say when you’re engaged you almost need more chaperones because you’re getting closer,” Kendra tells the camera.

“The desires are getting stronger.”

It’s interesting that the Duggars would choose to acknowledge the harsh nature of their dating directives, as they’ve been a source of controversy in recent months, due in large part to the “shotgun wedding” rumors surrounding Joy-Anna Duggar.

Speaking of Joy-Anna, she appears in the trailer and reminds fans of just how difficult the ultra-strict Duggar courtship rules can be on a young couple.

“During our relationship, all the way up to our wedding day, we have never been alone together,” Joy-Anna explains.

“So it was really amazing being on our honeymoon and just being by ourselves.”

And all this candor isn’t the only thing that’s different about season 7.

As many fans have pointed out, the promotional materials released contain some noteworthy absences.

Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are nowhere to be seen, but that’s not unexpected, as Derick was fired by TLC after making inappropriate comments about fellow network star Jazz Jennings on social media.

What is surprising is that OG Duggars Jim Bob and Michelle appear to be MIA.

Viewers have speculated that the show is returning to its roots by focusing on Jim Bob and Michelle’s eldest children, rather than on Jim Bob and Michelle themselves.

Perhaps Jessa Duggar best summarizes what fans can expect from the long-anticipated seventh season of Counting On:

“We’ve had a lot of exciting things happen in our family in the last few months, and you never know what’s around the corner,” she says.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the once uber-predictable Duggars have actually been throwing fans some curveballs lately.

But if it all sounds a bit overwhelming, fear not:

There’s still some boring BS about Jeremy Vuolo moving books into his office, or something.

That should be enough to slow you heart rate back down.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for the show’s February 26 premiere.


Counting On 2018 Preview: What Can We Expect From the Duggars This Year?

As always, the rumors and speculation surrounding the Duggars in the lead-up to the return of Counting On are off the proverbial chain.

Will Josiah's second try at courtship last? Will Jessa and Ben adopt or get pregnant? Will Josh (or Jill) ever be seen on camera again?

Will Joy-Anna finally put the shotgun wedding rumors to rest by virtue of having her baby nine months or more after she tied the knot?

These questions and more will be answered in the upcoming season of Counting On, starting Monday, February 26 on the TLC network.

Here's a look at some storylines we expect to see on the always-controversial reality hit, along with some we certainly hope to.

1. Center of Attention

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The network’s first promotional image for the new season speaks volumes in terms of who’s featured and who’s absent. Derick Dillard is persona non grata, and it looks like wife Jill will be MIA with him. With just weeks to go before welcoming her first child, it looks like Joy-Anna will get the bulk of the screen time.

2. Joy’s Bundle of Joy

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Joy is set to give birth any day now. (The Duggars have kept her due date a secret, a move that’s made fans suspect she got pregnant out of wedlock.) While viewers might have to wait until next season to see her child enter the world, the bulk of her pregnancy will likely be featured in the upcoming string of new episodes.

3. Jana Courting

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From Tim Tebow to Lawson Bates and Jonathan Hartono, and from Jacob Wilson to Caleb Williams, eldest daughter Jana has been linked to many available men over the years. Yet none of these courtship rumors have ever come to fruition. Will this be the year for the fair Cinderella Duggar? Or will we be treated to more gripping footage of Jana working in the garden and slaving away taking care of Anna and Josh’s brood?

4. A Bun in Jinger’s Oven

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Joy’s not the only one with a baby on the way! Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child sometime in 2018. The Counting On production schedule usually puts the show 2-3 months behind, so expect to see her share her big news late in the season.

5. Speaking of the Vuolos…

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Of course, fans are already wondering if we’ll be seeing much of Jinger at all this season. She and husband Jeremy Vuolo live in Laredo, Texas, and between his work as a minister and her pregnancy, they may not have the opportunity to travel to Arkansas to spend time with her family very often.

6. A Kid For Kendra

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Joseph Duggar and his wife, Kendra Caldwell, are soon to welcome their first child, as well. In the past, Counting On has struggled to find an entire season’s worth of storylines. We don’t think that will be an issue this time around, especially since…

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Duggars Slammed For Forgetting Birthdays: Do They Even Know Their Kids?!

Having 19 kids presents a number of challenges.

The coupon clipping alone is enough to prematurely turn your hands into gnarled oak roots.

So fans of Duggar clan would likely be sympathetic to the occasional missed recital or forgotten birthday … if only Jim Bob and Michelle would cop to being anything less than perfect parents.

These days, the couple has the added challenge of trying to keep track of the comings and goings of an ever-growing brood of grandchildren.

Again, if they just threw up their hands and admitted that they’re less than perfect, the Duggars would probably receive a lot of sympathy from fans who have firsthand experience with their plight.

But that would mean messing with the narrative they’ve been selling for the past decade and admitting that everything they do isn’t guided by the divine hand of providence.

So what the Duggars do instead is try to cover their tracks and pretend like all of their kids are equal in their eyes, when we all know there are clear favorites.

These days, it seems that the more marketably Duggars (Jill, Jessa, Jinger, etc.) are tops in their parents eyes, while the younger siblings frequently get short shrift.

Last month, the Jim Bob and Michelle were accused of forgetting Jordyn Duggar’s birthday and attempting to make up for their memory lapse with a hastily thrown together party.

Now, the couple is being accused of repeating their mistake with son Joseph Duggar, who turned 23 earlier this week.

Joseph is expecting his first child these days, and with the amount of importance Jim Bob and Michelle place on breeding, you would think that would put him in their good graces.

But it seems his big day slipped their minds, and instead of calling, the couple sent their son a belated birthday message featuring what they describe as a Jay Leno look-alike:

The Duggars were duly roasted for their lame message, with many fans pointing out that they Joseph’s birthday obviously slipped their minds”

“You always give such generic wishes, like you don’t really know your kids,” one fan wrote. “Oh wait…”

“In all seriousness, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that birthdays are all so canned and repetitious,” another commented.

“They celebrate one once every two to three weeks basically. Like, of course, they all will meld together if you let them, and why wouldn’t 19 individuals do the same thing in your mind. Again, just proof that parents can’t be spread between 19 kids and have a relationship with each one on a deep and personal level.”

“One of the oddest birthday messages ever,” others chimed in.

“Whose birthday was it anyway? All they did was brag about their vacation and the weather and meeting a Jay Leno look alike.”

We’re surprised by a lot of things here.

For starters, the Duggars know who Jay Leno is?

We thought they condemned all forms of worldly entertainment.

Jay must get a pass because he loves denim and cars. 

And c’mon, this guy doesn’t even look that much like Leno.

If you hired him for a party you’d want your money back, but then again, if you’re the type of person who hires a Leno look-alike for your party, maybe you deserve to get ripped off.

What were we supposed to be ouraged about again?

Oh, right … the forgotten birthday. For shame!

Watch Counting On online for more of Jim Bob and Michelle’s attempts to bury their mistakes.


Lauren Swanson: Who Is Josiah Duggar’s New Girlfriend?

Earlier this week, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson revealed that they’re officially courting, much to the delight of fans of Josiah’s family.

Rumors of Josiah and Lauren’s courtship had been circulating for several months, and she even joined the Duggars on their recent tour of Australia and New Zealand.

But it wasn’t until Tuesday that the couple made it official with an announcement on the Duggars’ official Facebook page.

Josiah went into detail about his “courtship proposal,” telling fans:

“I came up behind her at a meal while she was hanging out with some of my siblings and surprised her, and surprised her.”

He added that while Lauren and her family are relatively new to Arkansas, she and Josiah were friends for quite some time before they decided to take their relationship “to the next level.”

“We’ve been friends for a while and got to spend a lot of time together,” Josiah said.

Lauren didn’t do much talking in her introductory video, and fans were left with a lot of questions–namely, who is she, exactly?

Well, the Duggars have promised that viewers will get to see a lot of Lauren on the upcoming season of Counting On, but here’s what we already know:

Like unmarried women in the Duggar family, Lauren avoids social media, which is just one of the indications that she adheres to a similarly strict code of conduct.

Lauren’s father is a minister, and according to OK! magazine, he shares the Duggars’ views on what constitutes appropriate attire for women.

In other words, you won’t see Lauren wearing any above-the-knee skirts anytime soon.

“They’re really similar, our families, with a lot of the same goals,” Josiah told fans yesterday.

Needless to say, that’s putting it mildly.

At 18, Lauren is a few years younger than 21-year-old Josiah.

She also comes from a very large family, but unlike Josiah, she’s the oldest of her siblings.

Lauren’s mother is currently pregnant with her ninth child.

It’s hard to believe that in 2018 it’s possible to live such a private life, but that’s pretty much all we know about Lauren at the moment.

Of course, we’re sure information about the potential newest member of the Duggar clan won’t be in short supply for long.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for Lauren’s big debut.


Duggars Hide Joy-Anna’s Baby Bump, Put Josh on Display in Bizarre Christmas Photo

It’s no surprise that the Duggar family loves Christmas.

Of course, they don’t celebrate the holiday the way that most Americans do.

As with just about everything else they do, the Duggars keep the focus on their religious beliefs, eschewing customary traditions and designing their festivities as a “birthday party for Jesus.”

But while they’ve been vocal in their criticism of the consumerism that they feel distracts from the religious significance of the season, the Duggars allow for some traditional celebrations.

They exchange gifts, enjoy a big family meal, and pose for an annual Christmas photo.

Of course, that last part doesn’t necessarily take place during the Christmas season.

As you can see in the photo below, it looks as though the Duggars posed for their yearly pic in the warmer months.

Aside from the weather, there are other indications that the photo is not a very recent one.

Josh and Anna Duggar welcomed a fifth child back in September, and as many fans have pointed out, the baby is nowhere to be seen in this year’s Christmas photo.

Of course, most of the fans who posted Josh-related comments were less concerned about the absence of his youngest child and more angry with the fact that he was included in the photo at all.

In the immediate wake of the Josh Duggar sex scandals, the disgraced former lobbyist was seldom seen on his family’s social media pages.

These days, he makes frequent appearances on the Duggar’s official Facebook, and many are concerned that that’s a sign of what’s to come.

But not everyone who dissected the movie under a magnifying glass took issue with the inclusion of Josh.

No, some focused on Joy-Anna Duggar and the way she’s positioned in the shot.

As you’ve likely heard by now Joy-Anna is pregnant with her first child, and there’s some debate as to how far along she is.

Joy says she got pregnant on her honeymoon, but many believe she actually got knocked up prior to marrying Austin Forsyth back in May.

If that’s the case, it would mean that Joy and Austin violated the Duggar’s famous rules of courtship.

The family’s efforts to remove Joy from the public eye and hide her baby bump in photos has only fueled speculation that the 20-year-old newlywed is misleading fans.

And then there’s the matter of Derick Dillard.

Dillard was recently fired by TLC after launching a homophoboic tirade against fellow network star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.

Many feel that Derick should be removed not only from the show, but from all Duggar-related media.

Clearly, the Duggars themselves disagree.

Yes, these days the Duggars can’t even post a Christmas photo without sparking numerous debates on social media.

It’s all in a day’s work for the ultra-conservative clan.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Kendra Caldwell Net Worth: Is Joseph Duggar’s Wife Already Rich?!

It’s only been three months since Kendra Caldwell and Joseph Duggar got married, but the newest addition to the Counting On clan has already jumped on board with the family business.

We’re talking, of course, about making babies.

Currently, Kendra is pregnant with her and Joe’s first child, and the news has been greeted with great enthusiasm from the Duggars’ most devoted fans.

But just because she’ll be focusing primarily on the doting wife and mother role, that doesn’t mean Kendra won’t also be assisting father-in-law Jim Bob in his lucrative money-printing operation.

Yes, as we’ve discussed before, the Duggars make a lot of money, but they aren’t rich in the way that we expect from celebrities with long-running TV series.

There are numerous reasons for this, not the least of which is Jim Bob’s “high-class hoarding” habits, or the fact that the family has a small army to feed.

Jim Bob reportedly spends money as quickly as he makes it, and while many of his purchases may be frivolous (he reportedly loves picking up old furniture at auctions), he also drops a lot of cash on investing in his families’ future.

Massive purchases of real estate and cars that can be sold at a profit are not uncommon for the Duggars, and Jim Bob has launched several businesses which he hopes to pass on to his kids.

So at the moment, the family is not exactly cash poor, but not as well off as one might expect.

Another factor, of course, is that TV stardom simply isn’t as lucrative as it used to be.

According to an estimate from In Touch, an episode of Counting On costs about $ 250,000-$ 400,000 to produce.

Stars typically receive about one-tenth of the production budget, which means the Duggars are paid $ 25,000-$ 40,000 per episode.

Not bad for a week’s work, but it’s divided about 40 bajillion ways.

So what does all of this have to do with Kendra?

Well, like most Duggar men, Joe seems to have no interest in full-time employment.

And since Kendra is forbidden to work, that means cash from Counting On a small cut of the family businesses makes up the enirely of the young couple’s income.

According to some estimates, the total is in the low six-figure range.

That’s certainly not bad, especially for such a young couple in an area with such a low cost of living.

But it’s anyone’s guess as to how long the family’s main source of revenue will remain viable, especially with rumors of Counting On being canceled circulating non-stop.

Kendra’s father is a preacher, and she comes from a humble home.

So she’s not pampered, but she’s clearly planning to have a lot of kids, and we’re guessing she plans on raising them in relative comfort.

And we’re guessing she’s not planning on resorting to begging fans for money like Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard.

Looks like Joe may eventually be forced to do the unthinkable and get a job.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Kendra Caldwell: PREGNANT With Joseph Duggar’s Baby!

Big news out of Tontitown, Arkansas today, as the Duggar family has announced that their ever-growing clan is expanding once again!

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell announced today that they’re expecting their first child.

The couple shared the news with fans this morning via a statement to Us Weekly.

“During this season that we are celebrating the birth of Christ, we are so excited to share with you that we are expecting the gift of a child ourselves!” Joe and Kendra told the magazine.

“Wow, it’s so exciting!!! We’ve both always loved children and seen them as a real blessing from God. It’s so surreal to think of being parents and having our own little one. We cannot wait to see this new baby!”

In the grand Duggar tradition, the newlyweds have wasted little time in starting a family.

After meeting in church when they were both just kids, Joseph and Kendra got married in September of this year.

Joe proposed to Kendra in front of a massive crowd at his sister Joy-Anna’s wedding back in May.

Just five months later, they tied the knot at First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas in a ceremony officiated by Kendra’s pastor father.

There’s no word yet on Kendra’s due date, but it’s believed she’s roughly three months along.

Typically women in the Duggar family wait until the completion of their first trimester before announcing their pregnancies publicly, and it seems Kendra has followed suit.

Her pregnancy will likely be featured on the upcoming season of Counting On.

Viewers of the popular reality series have been eagerly congratulating Joe and Kendra on their exciting news via social media. 

“Another Duggar baby is on the way!” tweetd one ecstatic fan.

“Joe and Kendra are expecting just three months after tying the knot!” exclaimed another.

Yes, several of the family’s followers have commented on the speed with which Joe and Kendra conceived, but it doesn’t appear that there are any “shotgun wedding” rumors, as there were when Joy-Anna Duggar announced her pregnancy.

Our sincere congrats go out to Kendra and Joe on their forthcoming bundle of joy.

Something tells us it will be the first of many.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most fertile family.


Counting On Cancelled?! Duggars Hint TLC is Avoiding Their Questions

Is the Duggar family being ghosted by TLC?

Fans are wondering if Counting On has been cancelled after there’s been zero official word of the series being renewed for a seventh season.

It turns out that viewers aren’t the only ones in the dark — the Duggars don’t seem to have any idea, either.

Season six of Counting On ended in October.

We’ve had no word of renewal. We’ve also had no word of cancellation. 

Possible reasons for the series being renewed is that the show has a very devoted fanbase.

Not all of them are fans of the Duggars themselves, but they’re captivated by the fundamentalist lifestyle that the family lives and the drama within the massive family and its strict rules.

There’s also almost a guarantee of drama to come.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth got married earlier this year, but not quite so quickly that fans haven’t noticed Joy-Anna’s conspicuously huge baby bump.

Many believe that the Forsyth wedding was a shotgun wedding, and that Joy-Anna broke her family’s medieval courtship rules and that the family rushed her to the altar and is lying to the world to save face.

This would not be the first time. Remember, this is the same family that hid from the world that Josh Duggar had molested 5 young girls, including four of his own sisters.

So, yeah, covering up a “scandalous” premarital pregnancy wouldn’t exactly be a stretch.

With all of that drama and more to come, would TLC really cancel the Duggars?


Counting On has never done as well with ratings as 19 Kids and Counting did.

Some former viewers may have lost interest in the Duggars, or simply been frightened off by their fringe lifestyle and the reality that 19 different children had to grow up that way, and never had a chance at a normal life.

But we think that what really hurt ratings and continues to haunt the family is, again, the Josh Duggar sex abuse scandal.

And it’s not like Josh is the only source of controversy within the family.

Recently, Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On after engaging in repeated bigoted messages about trans teen Jazz Jennings, a fellow TLC star who has her own show on the network.

In general, it’s bad form to criticize a show on your own network or a star on it unless they’ve done something atrocious. That kind of badmouthing doesn’t help anybody’s ratings and will upset higher ups at the network.

In Derick Dillard’s case, though, he was insulting Jazz Jennings, misgendering her at every opportunity and bashing her existence as a young trans woman and the show itself.

TLC had enough, and fired him for it. But with the husband of one of the main stars of Counting On now banned from the series, how do they go on?

If you think that the Duggars know … think again.

This week, on the Duggar family blog, the Duggars shared their total lack of news about the fate of their series:

Counting On has been off the air for six weeks now, and we know you all are eager to hear whether the Duggars will be returning for a new season.”


“We have been in contact with TLC, but at this time, there are no announcements to share.”

In contact but not told anything? We’ll discuss what that means.

“As soon as there is news to give, we will post it here.”

We’re sure that they will.

“In the meantime, we’re curious to hear what you like most about the show and what other TV programs you watch, if any?”

The Duggars, famously, eschew mainstream television. We don’t think that your recs of Stranger Things or The Good Place or whatever are what they’re looking for.

They say that they’ve “been in contact” with TLC, but still know nothing.

Which sounds like, at the very least, whichever producers they’re talking to don’t know the fate of the series.

Maybe TLC is trying to figure out if they can court a new sponsor or two or figure out a new timeslot for the show that will mesh well with their other programming.

Or maybe TLC is just biding their time until the right time — when they have big news to share, or during a holiday when everyone’s distracted — to announce that Counting On will not be getting a seventh season.

We don’t know. It’s odd to hear that the Duggars are as in the dark as the rest of us.


Counting On: Have the Duggars Been Canceled by TLC?!

Of all of the reality star families on television, few — if any — are more controversial than the Duggars.

They’re so controversial, in fact, that 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled years ago. Most of the Duggar clan can still be seen on Counting On.

But since the last season ended, there’s been no official word of renewal. Has TLC finally canceled Counting On?

The Duggars were always going to be controversial. When you exist on the political and religious fringes of society and view normal American culture as some sort of contaminant, people are going to raise their eyebrows.

When you have 19 children, whom you endeavor to keep isolated from most of society as you groom them to share your worldview, people are going to talk.

When you believe that women are effectively the property of their fathers until they are traded off to their husbands, when you don’t allow the wearing of pants by girls in your household, people are going to be alarmed.

But all of that is what made 19 Kids and Counting such a talked about series. The supervised “courtships” and side-hugs, Michelle Duggar’s hair, and the very concept of having 19 children made the Duggars an entertaining family for some.

Others watched, with concern and fascination, realizing that there are other families in the US whose children are forced to grow up this way — barely even knowing that their experiences are so extreme.

None of that is what got 19 Kids and Counting canceled, however.

Back in 2015, 19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC.


Because Josh Duggar had molested five little girls, including his own sisters. One of those sisters was only five years old.

And Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle had covered it up.

So, suddenly, Counting On became the vehicle for the Duggars to espouse their worldview — without Josh, of course. And, initially, without Jim Bob and Michelle.

But Counting On hasn’t exactly been scandal-free, either. We don’t just mean the “scandals” for the Duggar family, like Duggar daughters wearing pants or Joy-Anna Duggar’s very probably shotgun wedding or Jill Duggar’s nose piercing.

We mean actual scandals.

Like the one that got Derick Dillard fired from Counting On. Derick and Jill had been slammed multiple times for shadily begging fans for money to help with their already controversial “mission trips.”

But what got Derick Dillard fired by TLC was his ongoing, one-sided feud with fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

Jazz is a teenage star of her own series, I Am Jazz. What stuck in Derick Dillard’s craw was that Jazz is trans, and Derick believes that “transgender is a myth.”

Which is an odd thing to say about a teenage girl who literally exists. It’s also the kind of statement that leads to real-world violence against trans women.

Derick continued to attack Jazz over social media and to misgender her at every opportunity, until finally TLC had enough.

The question remains: will Derick Dillard’s firing lead to the cancellation of the entire series?

The Josh Duggar scandal hasn’t actually gone away, except (apparently) in the minds of the Duggars.

Counting On has had six seasons. But we don’t know if there will be a seventh.

Inquisitr reports that TLC posted that Counting On had been renewed … only to immediately delete the post.

That’s a clue … but of renewal for season seven, or of cancellation?

It may be that TLC intended to release the renewal announcement, and accidentally posted it early. That happens sometimes when you’re scheduling a post for a future date.

It may also be the case that TLC had scheduled a renewal post a while back … and then forgotten to cancel it when they changed their minds.

The Duggars have posted on their own family blog that they don’t yet know if they’re getting renewed.

Which means that no one outside of TLC knows.

The fact that TLC hasn’t openly declared whether the Duggars are getting the axe or a renewal is probably a sign that TLC may still be weighing their options.

They’ve already looked at ratings, so there must be other factors that they’re considering. Perhaps things of which the public isn’t even aware.

Our guess is that higher-ups are either still mulling it over … or they’ve decided to cancel Counting On and are waiting for the right time to drop the news.

Perhaps back-to-back with another announcement? Or perhaps over the holidays?

We’ll let you know as soon as we find out, but things are looking grim for fans of the Duggars.


Jana Duggar: Are the Duggars Preparing for Her to Get Married?

Jana Duggar isn’t quite the black sheep of the Duggar family, but she’s 27 years old and still not married. That makes her unique among the Duggars’ adult daughters.

But some wonder if that’s about to change, and not just because she appears to be in a courtship with Caleb Williams.

The Duggars keep posting photos of her and referring to her as “precious.” Are Jim Bob and Michelle preparing for their eldest daughter to finally leave the nest?

Thanks to some eagle-eyed cyber-sleuth fans of the Duggars who can look past a photo of oranges and recognize furnishing at a glance, it’s all but confirmed that Jana Duggar and Caleb Williams are in a courtship.

Now, Caleb is one of four different men with whom Jana has been linked in 2017.

(And by “linked,” we mean that people have considered the possibility that Jana and these men have had platonic conversations while being supervised)

Caleb Williams has been spending one-on-one time with Jim Bob Duggar, leading many to believe that he’s trying to earn Jana’s father’s approval.

At least, many people struggle to think of why anyone with a choice in the matter would be spending time around the Duggar family patriarch unless they are courting one of his daughters with the possible intention of marrying her.

But there’s more to these questions about Jana’s possible impending matrimony than just that she seems to be cozying up to Caleb.

The Duggars recently posted this throwback photo of Jana with Josie.

The picture of the family’s eldest and youngest daughter in a restaurant is from a few years ago (Josie is now 7 years old!).

The caption, on the Duggars’ official Facebook page, reads:

“A couple years ago with sweet sisters! These girls are precious to me!”

Followed, of course, by a bubblegum pink heart emoji.

On its own, it’s just a throwback pic of two bookends of the Duggar daughters.

But since the Duggars have been posting other photos of Jana in particular (among their ever-growing brood of children and grandchildren), we have to ask if there’s more to this.

When we think of Jim Bob and Michelle, we think of a lot, and none of it involves being sentimental or caring.

But, in their own very disturbed way, they are very attached to their children.

Maybe this is their way of showing that they’re feeling sentimental about Jana quite possibly preparing to, finally, get married.

(In real life, nobody has to get married and 27 is a perfectly reasonable time to be single. In the topsy-turvy world of the Duggarverse, Jana’s practically an old maid)

After all, Jana has been a staple of the household for nearly three decades. Having a family member “suddenly” depart after what’s bound to be a short engagement can be quite an adjustment.

Of course, if Jana and Caleb are courting and considering marriage, then she’s singing a different tune than she was earlier this year.

Previously, Jana Duggar told TLC’s cameras:

“There have been different guys come along and ask, but they haven’t been the right one.”

That’s a normal experience for most people.

“It’s just one of those things. I’m not just out to get married to the first one who comes along.”

That’s a good way to operate. We’d point out, as many fans have, that her adult sisters haven’t seemed to be nearly so picky.

To many fans, it appears that Jana’s siblings did indeed get married to the first ones who came along.

There’s nothing wrong with making your choices carefully, but we wonder what — if anything — makes Caleb Williams stand out above all of the rest.

We’d ask Jana but, of course, since she isn’t married, she’s not allowed to be on social media.

She was born in 1990, folks.