It’s official, folks.
Yet another Duggar is courting.
We learned today that 22-year-old Joseph Duggar is courting Kendra Caldwell, and Joe’s famous family is understandably psyched.
After all, no male Duggar courtship has ended in marriage since Josh Duggar met his future wife Anna, and, well … we all know how that turned out.
Joseph and Kendra shared the news with fans in a statement issued to People magazine.
“We are so excited to share the news with others that we are courting," the couple said.
"Our families are close friends through church and this has allowed Kendra and me to get to know each other. She’s the best!”
Caldwell added individually:
“I’m looking forward to getting to spend more time with Joseph as we take this exciting step toward a new season in life.
"It’s a really wonderful moment!”
Fortunately, it seems the feeling is mutual.
Several members of the Duggar clan publicly congratulated Joseph and Kendra today, beginning with Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald:
“Congrats Joe and Kendra,” Ben told the camera.
“We are super excited for you all. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had one of the brothers in a courtship,” added Jessa.
“So maybe some of the other guys will follow your lead now.”
Not to be outdone, newlyweds Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo also offered their congrats to Joe and Kendra via YouTube:
"Kendra, you’re a sweet girl," Jeremy says.
"It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, and we’re excited about what the future has in store."
Sounds like the Duggar clan is pretty excited about the courtship, and with good reason.
The last time a male Duggar sibling entered a relationship was when Josiah Duggar courted Marjorie Jackson back in 2015.
The romance ended abruptly for reasons that remain mysterious.
Sure, Joy-Anna Duggar is courting, and that should provide plenty of storyline material for next season, but it seems like another Duggar woman is courting every time you turn around.
If Joseph’s courtship turns out to be successful, it could revive fan interest and turn the show’s slumping ratings around.
That may sound cynical, but the family business is the familt business.
And no one understands that better than the Duggars.