Lauren Swanson: Who Is Josiah Duggar's New Girlfriend?

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Earlier this week, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson revealed that they're officially courting, much to the delight of fans of Josiah's family.

Rumors of Josiah and Lauren's courtship had been circulating for several months, and she even joined the Duggars on their recent tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Photo

But it wasn't until Tuesday that the couple made it official with an announcement on the Duggars' official Facebook page.

Josiah went into detail about his "courtship proposal," telling fans:

"I came up behind her at a meal while she was hanging out with some of my siblings and surprised her, and surprised her."

He added that while Lauren and her family are relatively new to Arkansas, she and Josiah were friends for quite some time before they decided to take their relationship "to the next level."

"We've been friends for a while and got to spend a lot of time together," Josiah said.

Josiah Duggar With Lauren Swanson

Lauren didn't do much talking in her introductory video, and fans were left with a lot of questions--namely, who is she, exactly?

Well, the Duggars have promised that viewers will get to see a lot of Lauren on the upcoming season of Counting On, but here's what we already know:

Like unmarried women in the Duggar family, Lauren avoids social media, which is just one of the indications that she adheres to a similarly strict code of conduct.

Lauren's father is a minister, and according to OK! magazine, he shares the Duggars' views on what constitutes appropriate attire for women.

In other words, you won't see Lauren wearing any above-the-knee skirts anytime soon.

"They're really similar, our families, with a lot of the same goals," Josiah told fans yesterday.

Josiah Duggar Interview Pic

Needless to say, that's putting it mildly.

At 18, Lauren is a few years younger than 21-year-old Josiah.

She also comes from a very large family, but unlike Josiah, she's the oldest of her siblings.

Lauren's mother is currently pregnant with her ninth child.

It's hard to believe that in 2018 it's possible to live such a private life, but that's pretty much all we know about Lauren at the moment.

Of course, we're sure information about the potential newest member of the Duggar clan won't be in short supply for long.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for Lauren's big debut.

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