Folks, we’re less than two months away from Jana Duggar’s thirtieth birthday.
That may not sound like a very big deal — and from an objective standpoint, it’s not — but for Jim Bob, this is nothing less than the approach of Duggar D-Day.
None of Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids have reached the big 3-0 without having started a family of their own.
Hell, in some cases they were hitched before they hit 20.
It would be a masive understatement to say that Jana is an outlier.
No one is quite sure why Jana is still single, but it’s certainly not for lack of interest from the opposite sex.
Plenty of local fundies have thrown their hats in the ring, and Jana courtship rumors seem to surface at the rate of about one per month.
Some of them are ridiculous (remember those reports of Jana dating NFL star Tim Tebow?), but some of them have made a whole lot of sense.
For example, there have long been reports of a member of the Bates family courting Jana.
The Bates are basically the Tennessee equivalent of the Duggars — there’s roughly 4,000 of them; they’re evangelicals, and they take their courtin’ very seriously.
For years, fans have been rooting for one of the many Bates to hook up with one of the many Duggars, but thus far it hasn’t happened.
There was a time when it looked as though the best possibility was a potential romance between Jana and Lawson Bates, however, that never materialized.
But interestingly new evidence has emerged indicating that Lawson was not the first Bates boy to set his sights on Jana.
No, that distinction belongs to Zach Bates.
These days, Bates is happily married, but it seems that in his youth, he had his sights set on Jana.
Unfortunately for him, the feeling wasn’t mutual.
This revelation comes to us courtesy of Reddit, where a user who claims to have close ties to both families.
The Redditor insists that there was almost a courtship between Jana and Zach, but it never quite got off the ground.
The reason, it seems, is that Jana was smitten with Chad Paine, who later married Zach’s sister, Erin Bates.
Yes, we’re in real redneck Shakespeare territory here, folks.
"Allegedly, Jana liked Chad. Which isn’t too surprising because Chad was the “coveted guy” around ATI. The jock, if you will," the Redditor wrote.
"I didn’t know this information back then, but in the past year I’ve talked to two sisters who left ATI (who used to clean house for the Duggars) who confirmed that," the informant continued.
"The older sister, Chelsea, told me Jana was holding out hope."
The insider concedes it’s possible that Jim Bob put the kibosh on Jana and Zach’s romance, and the Chad business was just offered up as an excuse.
We may never know for certain just what transpired.
But as Jana approaches 30, Jim Bob is likely wondering if there are any more Bates boys still up for grabs.