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Jessa Duggar, Jill Duggar and their respective partners have gone uncharacteristically quiet (or at least quieter) on social media, and it's likely not an accident.

Jessa, Jill, Ben and Derick

Typically staples of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well, Jessa Duggar, Jill Duggar, Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard have dialed it back in mid-October.

Could this indicate that the recent backlash over several of Jessa's recent postings have caused them all to scale back - possibly at father Jim Bob's urging?

Jessa hasn’t posted on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook since October 5, when she shared a link questioning if radiometric dating proves that the Earth is old.

That’s a long break for a usually daily social media user, who also sparked major criticism with her passionate comments on abortion and the Holocaust.

Jessa’s fiance has also stayed off social media since October 4, although Ben Seewald's father made more headlines for a blog post likening her critics to Hitler.

The married and less controversial Jill and Derick Dillard have also backed off significantly, posting only one benign snapshot apiece this month to date.

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On TLC's 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 12 Tuesday night, Duggar family fans saw the countdown to Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's wedding in full swing.

We know how THAT turned out, if you know what we're saying!

NOTE: We're saying they got married and she's pregnant.

Just because we all know the happy ending doesn't make 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 12 any less fun to watch, of course, as we go behind the scenes.

With the wedding right around the corner, Jill's parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are hosting weekly counseling sessions with the soon to be newlyweds.

Not that they need them. These kids have good heads on their shoulders and are clearly all in when it comes to the Duggar family dating rules and such.

Meanwhile, Jill’s siblings, from the lovely Jana Duggar all the way down to the littlest ones, are starting to realize that she's leaving the nest, and it's bittersweet.

In this week's counseling session, the pair talks finances, and Derick - a hard worker who knows how to save, and be frugal - is cut from the same cloth.

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Ben Seewald's father, Michael, is weighing in on some of the criticism Jessa Duggar recently endured, calling out the critics of his soon-to-be-daughter-in-law.

Specifically, he's calling the critics of 21-year-old Jessa "Hitler's Doppelgangers."

Jessa and Ben Seewald Photograph

Yes, he said that. So how'd we get to this point, you ask? Here's a refresher:

After visiting Washington, D.C., Jessa commented on the Holocaust on abortion in an Instagram essay that resulted in some pretty significant backlash.

The Duggars, as you know if you watch 19 Kids and Counting online, or read any celebrity news sites lately, are unabashedly religious and pro-life.

Jessa also believes Earth is 6,000 years old, but that's neither here nor there.

Well, she's marrying a young man in Ben Seewald that shares her convictions, as does his family. Michael Seewald proved this by going OFF on her detractors ...

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For 19 Kids and Counting's Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, it’s the final countdown (ba-da-DAH-da!) as their wedding date of November 1 is fast approaching.

Yes, it's now less than four weeks away, and to help get fans into the mood, TLC has given us a sneak peek at the cute couple's wedding ... invitations!

Jessa Duggar Wedding Invitation
This beautiful wedding invitation beckons you to the nuptials of Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald. If only we could go.

We've seen some cute Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald engagement photos since he put a ring on it, and they decided to use one for the invite, too.

Hey, when you're soooo in love, you might as well flaunt it, even if it's non-traditional. The Duggars, as we all know, march to the beat of their own drums.

The Arkansas couple is wasting little time getting down to business since they started courting last year. Ben proposed on the couple's 11-monthiversary.

That was this August! It'll be less than three months as an engaged woman by the time she dons her wedding dress and walks down the aisle.

When she does, it's unclear if big sister Jana Duggar will be her maid of honor, as she was at Jill Duggar's wedding this year, or if she'll have several.

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19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 8 saw the Duggar girls go glam, in preparation for Jill's big wedding, which on the show is just six weeks away.

What did this endeavor entail for members of the enormous Arkansas family?

For Jill Duggar, it meant selecting five bridesmaids and one very special Maid of Honor. No, it wasn't Jessa Duggar ... but their older sister, Jana Duggar!

Their first stop was a hair salon, to try out some different hairstyles and makeup in preparation for the big day. Did we mention it's just six weeks out?!

Jill is far from a bridezilla, of course, in keeping with her humble and modest roots, and Derick Dillard reveals he likes her her best natural and curly.

Yup, their heads are in the right places, 1,000-person wedding and all.

That's not to say the Duggars don't look amazing with their hair and makeup done on 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 8. They really do.

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Earlier today, we learned about the Duggar family's dating rules and the many (many) things that are banned from their household for religious reasons.

It's easy to look at Michelle and Jim Bob's unusual way of living and feel pity for their 19 kids (and counting!), but it seems the Duggar kids don't have the sense that they're missing out on anything.

Sure, they've been denied simple, harmless pleasures like going to the beach and celebrating Halloween, but in the place of childhood fun they got... well, a whole bunch of wacky nonsense.

Ya know, like the kind you find on Jessa Duggar's Instagram page:

  • Jessa Duggar Creationism Post
  • Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald in DC

As you can see, Jessa and fiance Ben Seewald have been doing a bit of traveling lately.

They stopped in DC and visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, which is a museum in the same way that Disney World is a museum of mice who wear pants.

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Jill and Jessa Duggar grace the new cover of Us this week, and look amazing doing it, while dishing on their oft-discussed love lives inside the magazine.

Jill and Jessa Duggar Us Weekly Cover

When it comes to Jill and her husband Derick Dillard, or Jessa and her fiance Ben Seewald, fans who watch 19 Kids and Counting know how smitten they are.

Their love knows no boundaries, it seems ... well, except in the physical sense.

Strict parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have imposed a stringent policy when it comes to letting their girls see young men, but they do not rebel.

On the contrary, Jessa and Jill buy in to the family philosophy, and then some.

When it comes to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, they are all about the sex, as evidenced by their giant brood. But there is a time and place for it.

That time is after marriage, the couple believes, no ifs ands or buts about it.

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On TLC's 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 6, Jill Duggar went shopping for a wedding dress. Flanked by her mother and siblings, obviously.

This point in the planning process was a family affair (aren't they all?) and took place on a girls trip to D.C. to visit Josh Duggar and his wife Anna.

Jill chose her maid of honor (Jana Duggar), and bridesmaids (her older sisters, plus Anna Duggar) and went to find a dress at a place in Fredericksburg, Va.

After a day of scoping out potential choices, Jill found her dress, and there was no hemming and hawing before she said yes to this special garment.

Sometimes, as we saw on 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 6, you just knew. This was certainly the case when she met Derick Dillard!

Before you know it, she'll be walking down the aisle in that beautiful gown, as each episode of the reality TV series brings us closer to that milestone.

With Jill, Derick, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald becoming quasi-celebrities in their own right these days, we know the events that are to come.

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After saying accepting Ben Seewald's marriage proposal and getting engaged last month, Jessa Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting already has her wedding plans set.

For Saturday, November 1! Of this calendar year!

"I am super excited," Jessa says of her upcoming nuptials to her boyfriend/fiance of just over a year now. "Everybody has really been pitching in."

She does have a lot of hands to help, at least ...

Jessa and Ben Seewald Pic

Duggar family dating rules don't specifically state that you can't have a long engagement, but it seems like an unwritten one, 'cause they move right along!

As her older sister did just a few months ago, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald will share wedding vows and their very first kiss on their big day.

They have already sent out the invites, picked the colors and bridal party, and have the bridesmaids' dresses on hand. And Jessa's dress, of course.

"I put it on, looked in the mirror, and it hit me," Jessa says of that magical wedding detail, and at that moment, she knew, "I'm going to be a bride."

And very likely with child by New Year's.

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The newly-engaged Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are giving her older sister Jill Duggar and Jill's husband Derick Dillard a run for their cute Instagram money.

So to speak.

Jessa and Ben literally engaged in a social media game of "I love you more," bringing us close to the point of nausea, but darned if we don't love them for it.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald <3

The Duggar family dating rules - sorry, courting rules - may have more going for them than we thought. Sure, settling for side hugs can be a bummer.

Waiting until your wedding day to share your first kiss certainly has kept the love and anticipation alive for Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, however.

Ditto newlyweds Jill and Derick Dillard, who are of now expecting their first child together, and gush about each other just as much as ever these days.

Both couples are known for their sappy Instagram posts, but Jessa and Ben really upped the ante by arguing over who loves the other one more.

Seriously.

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