By now, you've probably heard the news from Northwest Arkansas: Justin Duggar is engaged to Claire Spivey.
Fans only learned about the relationship recently, but already, many of them are asking the same questions:
When are Justin and Claire getting married? Are they getting married so they can pipe as soon as possible?
For the answer, we look to previous Duggar courtships.
As you know, Counting On is basically the reality TV equivalent of Game of Thrones. Follow us here:
On each show, there are four million characters, and it's often difficult to keep track of who's doing what ... or whom.
The Duggars take a slightly more conservative view on coupling than the residents of Westeros, but think about it:
All the same, courtships, weddings, pregnancies, and births are a big part of what keeps their core audience tuning in.
So here's a rundown of what some of Jim Bob and Michelle's kids (including Justin) are up to these days.
Don't worry - unlike Thrones, the Duggars won't be leaving your TV screens anytime soon.
Not as long as the females continue to do their job: Making sure Earth's population growth continues unabated.
Justin and Claire: A New Beginning
For the most part, all Duggar courtships are the same. But in several key ways, Justin and Claire are in uncharted territory.
The Young Ones
For one, they're very young, even by the standards of a Duggar couple. Claire is 19, and Justin is only 17.
Across State Lines
On top of that, this is an interstate love affair (Claire lives in Amarillo, Texas), and it seems that most of the courting happened remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
These days, Justin is living with Claire and her family in Texas - which must be quite frustrating for his older siblings who had to be chaperoned by Jim Bob during their courtships.
The Big Day
Duggar courtships almost always result in marriage, and Justin and Claire are several months into this thing. So it's not surprising that fans are dying to know when they might tie the knot.
Predicting the Future
Duggar weddings are massive affairs, so the nuptials will likely be delayed as a result of the pandemic. Still, the best way to figure out a timeline for these two is by looking at past Duggar courtships.
The Gang's All Here
As you're probably aware, the Duggars are an almost impossibly large family. With the adoption of Tyler Duggar last year, Jim Bob and Michelle's brood swelled to 20.
The Next Generation
And then there are the grandkids. That number currently sits at 17 for Jim Bob and Michelle.
More on the Way!
Of course, as is usually the case with the Duggars, there are more babies on the way. Jessa Duggar, Jinger and Joy-Anna recently welcomed babies, and there are rumors that at least one more sibling is pregnant right now.
She's Not Alone!
Joseph Duggar's wife Kendra welcomed her second child in November. The couple just welcomed their first child in June of 2018.
The Race Is On!
Of course, Josh and Anna Duggar still hold the record for providing Jim Bob and Michelle with the most grand-Duggars.
The couple welcomed their sixth child in 2019, and it doesn't look like they'll be letting up anytime soon.
End of an Era?
But not all of the Duggars seem so eager to follow in Jim Bob and Michelle's footsteps by raising a massive family. Take Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo, for example.
Bucking the Trend
Jinger waited more than a year to get pregnant after she and Jeremy tied the knot, a first in modern Duggar history.
And now, Jeremy and Jinger are headed to LA so that he can focus on obtaining a divinity school degree. Jinger is pregnant with her second these days, but we doubt she'll ever reach the double digits!
The True Rebel
Then there's Jana who has yet to marry at 30 -- an age at which most Duggars have already birthed a litter.
Keeping Their Own Pace
Jana's twin brother, John David, is a father of one but he and Abbie Burnett might be welcoming more soon.
Cause For Concern?
But here's what's really shocking -- prior to Justin, the Duggars went YEARS without a new courtship announcement!
Right now, eight of Jim Bob and Michelle's kids are married, and they all have children.
A Definite First
But another five of them are over the age of 18 and currently single.
It's been rumored that Jedidiah Duggar courted Kendra before Joe did, but the family collectively decided she should marry his older sibling instead.
They Do Things Differently
Yeah, it's pretty freakin' weird, but that's true of many Duggar customs and practices.
Fans have speculated that Jason Duggar is soon to announce a courtship, but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of evidence to that effect.
A Meaningful Announcement
Of course, if it does happen it'll be big news. With the exception of Josiah Duggar's ill-fated relationship with Marjorie Jackson, every Duggar relationship that's been announced publicly has led to marriage.
Josiah later found love with Lauren Swanson. And we're sure they'll contribute to the ever-growing Duggar baby pool soon enough.
UPDATE: Anna Is Expecting!
Yes, we now know that Anna Duggar is expecting her sixth child with husband Josh Duggar.
The couple made the announcement in an Instagram video starring their previous five kids.
UPDATE: Jessa's Bundle of Joy
Jessa Duggar recently welcomed the newest addition to her family -- a daughter named Ivy! Looks like the little lady will have plenty of cousins right around her age to play with!
Josh's Gender Question
Josh and Anna recently learned the gender of their forthcoming bundle of joy, and while they asked fans to guess the result of their ultrasound, they have yet to make that information public.
A Savage Roasting
Of course, because of Josh's sex crimes, many followers passed on the opportunity to make a guess and instead urged Anna to take the rest of the kids and flee to a safer environment.
Sadly, all of the latest developments surrounding the Duggar clan have taken place under the pall of tragedy, as Jim Bob's mother, Mary Duggar, recently passed away at the age of 73.
A beloved figure among family and fans, Mary's greatest joys in life were her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary's granddaughters have taken to eulogizing her on social media for their millions of followers.
Living on Through Her Family
The surviving Duggars are all committed to honoring her memory, and we would guess they feel that one the best ways to do so is to continue to create new life.
Namesakes on the Way?
So don't be surprised of there's a new Mary in the latest crop of Duggars!
UPDATE, ROUND 2: So Much Baby News!
Folks, be glad you're not obligated to buy Christmas presents for the Duggar family because it is getting seriously difficult to keep up with this clan! Here's what we've learned in just the past few days: