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For Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, life has officially come full circle.

On 19 Kids and Counting Season 8 Episode 4, Jill Duggar went shopping for wedding rings with fiance Derick Dillard, and Michelle knew the place well.

She and Jim Bob went to that same place, 30-some years ago.

Jill and Derick got married at the same church where her parents tied the knot in Arkansas, so it's bringing back all sorts of memories for the older couple.

Bittersweet is a good word for how Jim Bob feels, as he's having a hard time letting go of his daughter. Emotionally, anyway. He does love Derick.

No matter how much he approves and how supportive it is, it's hard for a tight-knit family like this to come to terms with Jill leaving the nest. But it's life.

Make no mistake, for all the Duggar dating rules and things none of us can relate to about their lives, Jim Bob's instinct is to make his kids happy.

Never was this more obvious than when he lobbied to have Jessa Duggar's boyfriend Ben Seewald, who lived four hours away, move closer to them.

Like, a lot closer to them. Think ON THE COMPOUND!

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19 Kids and Counting star Jessa Duggar and her fiance Ben Seewald are engaged and wasting little time before they exchange vows. They will wed November 1!

The couple's courtship is playing out on TV right now - watch 19 Kids and Counting online to see the most recent two installments - and it's sweet as can be.

TLC has also released two new photos of the duo's engagement. Take a look!

  • Jessa Duggar, Ben Seewald Engagement
  • Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald Engagement

The photos come after we got a close-up look at Jessa Duggar's engagement ring, a .75 carat diamond with an 18 karat gold band, via her Instagram.

Duggar, 21, got engaged to Ben Seewald, 19, after 11 months of dating.

Or courting, as the lovebirds would obviously correct you and term it.

Either way, "We are so blessed to be engaged!" the couple gushed.

"God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun! We are thrilled to see what the future holds - especially the wedding bells!"

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On 19 Kids and Counting Season 8 Episode 2 and 3, the Duggar daughters' dating lives were examined. Or to use the proper terminology, their courting lives.

One of the Duggar family dating/courting rules is that couples be chaperoned, which means Jessa's siblings tag along on dates with her and Ben Seewald.

We saw the downside of this on 19 Kids and Counting Season 8 Episode 2, and not merely because the kids will prevent any possible making out.

When they take his truck, there's not even a third seat! That's a tight squeeze, but you'll never forget the chaperone is there this way ... so mission accomplished?

It's not just Jessa and Ben, either. Before Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are married, they have to deal with this too. Even when her brother gets carsick!

Back to Ben and Jessa, they decided to go to a shooting range, where he was shown up by his date. That Jessa Duggar gun photo wasn't just for show!

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After getting engaged last month, 19 Kids and Counting star Jessa Duggar is showing off her engagement ring from Ben Seewald in a new Instagram video.

The 21-year-old, who's the fifth eldest of those 19 children, posted a close-up of her finger, turning her hand to various angles to show off the ring.

"My beautiful engagement ring!" she captioned the video.

".75 carat diamond, 18 karat gold band. Gorgeous!"

Recorded with the backdrop of her green, manicured nails, the princess-cut diamond is set on a unique thin, waved band. Suffice it to say, nice work Ben!

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald got engaged in August after 11 months together. "We are so blessed to be engaged!" the couple said in a statement.

"God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun! We are thrilled to see what the future holds - especially the wedding bells!"

Soon. The couple set a wedding date of November 1!

It's an exciting time for the expansive Duggar family, to say the least. Jessa will be the third Duggar to get married, and presumably have children.

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Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are getting read to tie the knot, and in a new 19 Kids & Counting video montage, we get a look at their road to engagement.

The couple has set a wedding date, and it's fast approaching: November 1, 2014.

They've taken their courtship seriously, so why put it off any longer than that?

Their relationship has been documented thoroughly over the past year on TLC, which you know if you watch 19 Kids and Counting online or on TV.

The network is about to give us even more of the back story there, too.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald will get the star treatment, as the prelude to their engagement will play out in a one-hour retrospective later this fall.

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar just can't believe that two of their eldest daughters, Jill and Jessa Duggar, are growing up and starting families of their own.

With Jill Duggar pregnant with her first child, and Jessa engaged to Ben Seewald, the 19 Kids and Counting parents are going through a  transitional period.

Michelle Duggar, Jill Duggar, Ben Seewald

"Now that it's actually happening, there are all of these wonderful mixed emotions," Michelle wrote on her blog of watching her girls grow up and start families.

"It's so exciting, shocking, and surprising all at the same time."

"Jill and Derick, and Jessa and Ben, are becoming best friends and really getting to know each other in such a sweet way when the right one comes along."

"You get the joy of watching a loving relationship unfold."

Michelle couldn't be happier to see her kids in love, but there's an element of sadness, too. "It's good, not bad, yet change is sometimes hard," she said.

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The Duggar Family is back on 19 Kids and Counting Season 8 Episode 1, and as you probably know, there's a lot going on with the famous family of late.

TLC sure hit the ground running with a jam-packed season premiere, too, and you can watch 19 Kids and Counting online in full by following the link.

Now, on to our official recap from Duggarland!

Not only to we see Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard in the period leading up to their wedding, but we get our first look at how her parents acted during the process.

With three months to go until the big day, Jill and Derick work with an event planner. With 1,000 people coming and almost that many details, they need it!

Fortunately, Jill has an eager assistant in her younger sister, Jessa Duggar, who is getting more and more serious in her own courtship with Ben Seewald.

They don't see each other too much because he lives a way's away, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have a surprise for them, and for Jill and Derick.

The patriarch actually purchased a “fixer upper” home in Arkansas a few years ago that is now finally ready to be lived in by some soon-to-be newlyweds!

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19 Kids and Counting is back tonight on TLC, and as fans of the Duggar family know, they have a lot going on as the eighth season of the show kicks off. Namely:

  • Jill Duggar is getting married to fiance Derick Dillard!
  • Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald aren't far behind!

Check out a sneak peek of Jill and Derick with their wedding planner below. With only a few months to plan, will the Duggar daughter be in over her head?

Of course, we know that Jill Duggar not only got married Derick, she got pregnant with her first child by the time the Season 8 premiere made it to air.

The ever-growing family wastes little time down in Arkansas.

Moreover, Jessa and Ben are engaged now as well! Crazy.

Also on tonight's season premiere, the Dillards and the Seewalds come over for a Mother’s Day lunch and Jim Bob has a surprise question for one of the guests.

What is it? You'll have to watch to find out for yourself.

You can watch 19 Kids and Counting online at TV Fanatic after the episode airs, and check out lots more photos of the happy couple(s) after the jump:

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Earlier this month, we learned that Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald got engaged.

It was assumed that they would be subjected to the same Duggar courtship rules as Jessa's older married siblings, but now it looks as though Jim Bob and Michelle have lightened up a bit in their old age, as they're allowing Ben to live in their guest house.

They're still the Duggars, of course, so as Jim Bob explains in this clip from the September 2 episode of 19 Kids and Counting, Ben's time with the Duggars will be closely chaperoned with a curfew and side-hugs strictly enforced:

"By midnight every night, we need to make sure everyone is back in their place," Jim Bob says. "Jessa and Ben have set up their own courtship standards. Just like Jill and Derick, they will be saving their first kiss for their wedding day."

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Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's wedding date has been unveiled, and to the surprise of no one, the young couple will be tying the knot fairly quickly.

Jessa and Ben Picture

Their Bed, Bath & Beyond registry tells us all we need to know about the cute couple's upcoming nuptials, including when they will go down. The date is ...

November 1, 2014!

They will have been engaged for less than three months before the wedding but Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald got engaged after an 11-month courtship.

Not surprisingly, given the family's frugal mentality and down-home roots, Jessa is the anti-Bridezilla. She's planning a low-key affair, so why put the wedding off?

"I don't want to spend a whole bunch of money and buy a new set of decorations," she said this month. "We will save that money for the honeymoon."

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