Jana Duggar: Is She REALLY Courting Lawson Bates?

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For almost two years now, followers of the Duggars have been eagerly anticipating official word that Jana Duggar is courting Lawson Bates.

The rumors first surfaced back in 2015, and the family's uncharacteristic silence on the subject led many fans to believe it was happening.

Jana Duggar on Counting On

Has Jana finally found herself some suitable husband material?

(We say "finally" by Duggar family standards; Jana's only 27, but three of her younger sisters are already married and a fourth is courting.)

Some fans believed that the Duggars inadvertently posted evidence of the new relationship to their Facebook page on Valentine's Day.

The alleged proof shows Jana receiving a bouquet of roses.

Fans say the flowers are from Lawson, but insist that the family is keeping this romance under wraps because they know how big it is.

Since Duggar obsessives have awaited news of a Jana courtship for so long, the family wants to make sure the relationship will stick.

Lawson Bates Wedding Ring

The courtship murmurs got louder after Lawson posted a pic poking fun at engagement photos on April Fools' Day, as shown above.

Sadly, it seems we have some bad news for all the Jana-Lawson 'shippers out there who have been pining for this relationship.

Not unlike the original batch of rumors of Jana and Lawson courting from two summers ago, these appear to be wishful thinking.

Addressing the questions about a possible courtship in a recent blog entry, Lawson's mother, Kathy Jo Bates had this to say:

“I think that probably Lawson and Jana would both be shocked by that news, although we have heard that rumor."

If a courtship exists, it's apparently news to Jana and Lawson.

Jana Duggar on Valentine's Day

Another reason to be skeptical is a recent interview that Jana gave with Crown of Beauty magazine, which apparently exists.

Jana discussed the challenges of remaining single in a family where all of her sisters are getting hitched:

“I know how it feels to wait for ‘Prince Charming’ to come along. I’m still waiting. Waiting is not always easy," Jana said.

"Especially in those times when all the married siblings are getting together and you can’t go along because your not part of ‘that’ group,”

Certainly doesn't sound like someone who's happy in a new relationship to us.

But hey, Jana clearly wants a relationship, and her parents obviously want more grandkids, so we're sure it'll happen eventually.

In the meantime, watch Counting On online to remind yourself of how poor, put-upon Jana earned the nickname "the Cinderella Duggar."

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