Counting On Recap: A Honeymoon and a Courtship

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Monday night on TLC's Counting On, another Duggar family member in Arkansas thought it may be time to begin the courtship process.

With the guys starting to come of age, would it be one of the two new Duggar courtships we've heard rumors about in recent days?

You can Count On (sorry) our recap to break it down!

We begin Down Under, where Jeremy Vuolo couldn't stop thinking about going down under - if you know what we mean! - with Jinger.

"What are you second-most excited about on this trip?" Jeremy asked his blushing bride regarding their upcoming honeymoon together.

For Duggars, that's about as suggestive as it gets.

Well, at least until they took a cooking class together and Jeremy all but admitted that he thinks about boning Jinger around the clock.

Back at home in Arkansas, far away from the Vuolo's Australian honeymoon JBF hair sex odyssey, another courtship was just beginning.

Family friend Austin Forsyth had his eye on Joy-Anna Duggar for years and asked her father Jim Bob for his permission to court her.

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth

"I was wanting to ask you if we could take it to the next step and if I could start an official courtship with her," Austin asked the patriarch.

Jim Bob didn't say yes right away, though.

Rather, he asked him why, and what about Joy-Anna was so special, putting young Forsyth's commitment to courtship to the test early.

How did he respond to the challenge?

"Over the years, I've been watching, and I really admire her heart for the Lord and her character," Austin told Jim Bob Duggar.

"She's such a diligent worker. She gets all the younger siblings working. She's a good delegator ... and, of course, her beauty."

Diligent worker?

Joy-Anna and Austin

Jim Bob then grilled Austin about how his work has been going, which if you watch Counting On online, you know is a big issue for him.

Jeremy Vuolo encountered some difficulty with that question, but ultimately he got the nod from JBD, and Austin did as well last night.

"I really believe that you're a great guy, and I think that we'd all be honored for you all to start an official courtship," he informed Austin.

He then offered to help Austin out with any plan he put together for asking Joy the big question ... of whether she would like to court.

"I think Joy is going to be very surprised because she is not expecting a courtship to take place at this point," Jim Bob told the cameras.

"I think they'd make a good match."

Joy-Anna, Austin, Jim Bob and Michelle

Jim Bob's bizarre involvement in his kids' love lives aside, we're happy for Austin and Joy-Anna and really hope this one works out.

We don't believe the rumors that Austin got Joy-Anna pregnant already, but what is clear is that the two are smitten with each other.

Back in Australia, with no such courtship restraints or chaperones shackling her to the ground anymore, Jinger swooned over her man:

"After we got married, I think both of us were just excited to be alone. It was just something that we had been looking forward to for so long."

These two are total hornballs. It's great.

When they took a cooking class, and Jeremy referenced things getting "hot" in the kitchen, let's just say was not talking about the food.

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Back home, Austin came up with a plan to get Joy up to a scenic lookout point to pop the eternal question of whether she'd date him.

"You know, Ms. Joy Anna, I don’t think it's any coincidence or accident the way the Lord has brought our friendship together," he said.

"You and I have both seen his hand guiding and directing."

"I would be honored if you would be more than just friends, if you would go the next step and enter a courtship with me," Austin asked.

Joy, genuinely surprised, said, "I would love to."

She later added that she "could not believe it," but Joy and Austin celebrated with a side hug and a promotional video for TLC.

Hey, once you open the door for contact, it can be hard to "maintain your purity," so better stick to side hugs for the time being.

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