This season of 19 Kids and Counting has focused a lot on Jill Duggar and her now-husband Derick Dillard as they prepare for their wedding, and moving away from the brood.
Jill is the first daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle’s to get married, since Jana, who at 24 is one year older than Jill, is still single.
“I myself have really grown to really like and love Derick, but actually giving my little baby daughter away to him … I just can’t believe it,” Jim Bob told fans in a TLC video.
Jill and Derick bought furniture for the Stonybrooke house, which Bob and Michelle have fixed up over the past two years and will allow Jill and Derick to live in temporarily.
“We only hold hands right now, and within the span of a day, we are going to be living in the same home and being a married couple,” Derick noted. The Duggar family has strict rules against sexual activity before marriage.
“There’s definitely enough room to start a family,” Derick said as he and Jill were given a tour of the home by Jim Bob and Michelle.
Jill has previously said that she and Derick expect to have many children, noting at one point that they would leave it “up to God” as to how many children they have.
Jessa Duggar, who will be married soon to Ben Seewald, said that she doesn’t plan on getting such a large house. It’s widely believed that Jessa will wait a while to get pregnant.
“Good thing we’re going to have a tiny house. It’s going to be one floor,” Jessa said. “I envision our first house being very small, less work to do that way and easier to clean. That’s what I envision.”
“Just a nice simple first house,” Ben agreed.
Jim Bob and Michelle were meeting with Derick and Jill weekly for premarital counseling in the lead-up to the wedding.
“I believe it is our responsibility to equip our children to be prepared for that next step in life of marriage,” Michelle said.
They went through Getting Ready for Marriage workbook, covering different topics each week.
“There’s family relationships, how would you handle stress and then the intimate side of marriage,” Michelle explained.
In the episode, they went over finances. Jim Bob grilled Derick, asking if his family bought used vehicles, to which Derick said yes.
“What do you think about debt?” Jim Bob asked. “Say your engine blew up on your car and you’re running low on cash, what would you do?”
“Probably have an emergency fund,” Derick answered. “What if that was depleted?” Jim Bob pressed. “I wouldn’t go into debt,” Derick said.