It’s been less than four months since we first learned that Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are courting, but the couple has been moving extremely fast, even by Duggar standards.
In fact, for the past several weeks, we’ve been hearing rumors that Joy-Anna and Austin are engaged, and that the buildup to their wedding will be a prominent storyline in the next season of Counting On.
Now, it’s beginning to look more and more as though the Duggars are preparing to take fans on yet another journey to the altar.
And naturally, every step of the way will be documented by a TLC camera crew.
Earlier this week, TLC released a trailer for an upcoming episode, in which we see Austin ask Jim Bob Duggar’s permission to court his daughter.
It’s tough to tell from that portion of the exchange if the meeting was a success, but we can’t imagine the Duggars would have allowed Austin’s sit-down with Jim Bob to air if he had been rejected as a courtship candidate.
Adding to the speculation that the two young lovebirds are headed for the altar is Joy-Anna’s latest interview with People magazine, in which she opened up about the possibility of saying "I do" in the near future:
“I’m not sure when the next step will come,” Joy recently told People.
“You would have to ask Austin what he’s thinking and my dad, but I’m excited to see what God has in store for us in the next year.”
Sounds like the words of a young woman who is fairly certain about her romantic future.
At 19, Joy-Anna would be the youngest bride in her generation of Duggars, but based on remarks from her family, it seems she has no qualms about taking the leap:
“For Austin and Joy it probably won’t be super long just because they’ve known each other for forever,” Jessa Seewald said.
“I feel like there’s kind of a get-to-know you phase because it is in a different way, it’s romantic, but at the same time, we know so much Austin and his family and we know that he’s a great guy.”
The conversation between Jim Bob and Austin was recorded several months ago, and the fact that the Duggars are still promoting it as one of the upcoming highlights is a sure sign that we’ll see Austin pop the question this season:
“A new season of Counting On starts this summer," the Duggars wrote on their official blog this week.
"And better yet, the network just revealed that it will feature the conversation that Austin Forsyth recently had with Jim Bob Duggar to ask for his blessing to propose to Joy-Anna Duggar. Stay tuned for more details.”
Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for the latest engagement.