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The Duggar family's conservative values and penchant for courting, rather than dating, when it comes to children coming of age and finding mates are well established.

You won't believe some of the specific things they don't allow, however.

Dates Without Chaperones
The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their "accountability" and "keep things from going in the wrong direction," per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave "moral danger." When the parents aren't available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

"In today's day and time, it's a little bit strange to be in our early 20s and still have not had sex," the newly engaged Jessa Duggar admitted in a recent interview.

"But," she adds, "it's how our parents did it."

That it is, and it's admirably old-fashioned.

Whether you subscribe to their methodology or not, one has to hand it to the Duggar family for setting moral standards for themselves and sticking to them.

People could learn a lot from their devotion to the core values in their lives. Some of the strict rules they've established to enforce this policy, however?

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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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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 Michelle Duggar turned 48 years old Saturday. Naturally, she was showered with love from her adoring brood. And it's a big brood.

  • Michelle and Jill Duggar
  • Josh and Michelle Duggar

The family matriarch received some nice birthday pampering courtesy of her daughter Jill Duggar, currently expecting her first child with husband Derick Dillard.

The newlywed, whose romance continues to play out on TV (as you know if you watch 19 Kids and Counting) posted a picture of her and her mom getting pedicures.

The 23-year-old wrote, "Happy Birthday Mama! You're my hero and the most amazing mother in the world! Love you! #michelleduggar #jillmdillard #birthday"

Derick Dillard also shared a photo of Michelle and Jill from his wedding day (above, left), captioned amusingly, "Happy birthday to my favorite mother-in-law!"

Her first born child of those 19 kids and counting, Josh Duggar, sent along a selfie (above, right) and the message, "Happy birthday to the best mom ever! #19kids"

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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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In a new sneak peek from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, Jill Duggar and now-husband Derick Dillard scope out possible venues for their big wedding.

Emphasis on big. Nothing about the Duggar family is small, people!

As they narrowed down locations for their June 21 nuptials in Springdale, Ark., they first needed to find one with the capacity to hold 1,000 individuals.

A thousand. And you thought your wedding was overwhelming!

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were joined by Jill's mother, Michelle Duggar, for the outing, where they even looked at the place she married Jim Bob.

"I'm very familiar with Cross Church. My parents were actually married there and then they renewed their vows there," Jill explained to the cameras.

Jill joked about the "Duggar sized" stage the church offered, while the duo held hands and walked around the location, which seats up to 1,500 guests.

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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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Michelle Duggar Quotes

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

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