Another day, another Duggar romance rumor.
And this time, it seems we’re skipping right over the courtship phase and heading straight to the engagement.
Yes, fans are convinced that Jason Duggar is engaged.
Not only that, they believe he’s engaged to none other than Lauren Caldwell, sister of Joseph Duggar’s wife, Kendra Caldwell.
And what led them to this theory?
Well, as usual, Duggar fans are quick to jump to conclusions, but at least this time, there’s some factual basis for their claims.
Jason and Lauren have been photographed together multiple times in recent months, including the pic above, in which the possible couple can be seen standing side-by-side while welcoming a mutual friend at the airport.
And there have been indications that Lauren has spent time at the Duggar compound in Tontitown at least twice in the past month.
Obviously, none of this means that Lauren and Jason are dating, much less engaged.
But it does seem unlikely that Lauren would be spending so much time with the Duggars simply because her sister is married to one of them.
Interestingly, the Duggars and the Caldwells have a history that goes beyond Joseph’s marriage to Kendra.
The two families share ultra-conservative political belief systems, and they’re both adherents of the Quiverfull movement, which holds that Christian women are duty-bound to have as many children as physically possible.
So it makes sense that Paul Caldwell and Jim Bob Duggar would look to one another when the time comes to marry off one of their offspring.
In fact, many fans believe that the Joseph-Kendra union is not Jim Bob and Paul’s first attempt at an arrangement.
We were the first to report that Kendra was courted by Jedidiah Duggar before eventually settling with Joseph.
News of this love triangle came to us courtesy of a former Duggar employee who claimed to have knowledge of the situation.
Clearly, the two families hold each other in high esteem and see their opposite-sex counterparts as marriage material.
So it’s not unlikely that Jason and Lauren are romantically involved.
As for why so many fans and media outlets like OK! magazine have rushed to the conclusion that these two are not only courting but engaged — well, that’s anyone’s guess.
And frankly, it seems rather unlikely.
The Duggars announce just about every serious courtship publicly, and it seems odd to assume they would let Jason’s relationship come so far without sharing the news with fans.
Then again, given their messy past with the Caldwell clan, the Duggars may have decided to keep this one under wraps.