Now That Jill Duggar Is Engaged, She Can Finally Hold Hands With Her Future Husband

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard from 19 Kids and CountingIf you're wondering why the birds are all chirping so romantically today, it's because one of the Duggar children got engaged! I'm referring of course to Jill Duggar, 22, the fourth oldest child from the 19 Kids And Counting family, who just got engaged to Derick Dillard.

As you may be aware, this is an extremely conservative family with some incredibly intense views on courtship. For example, for Jill and Derick to even walk around together, they needed to be accompanied by two chaperones, Jill's sisters Jana, 24,and Joy, 16. (And ancient old Jana has some ‘splaining to do, right? Because her younger sister got engaged before her. Time is ticking away, you're already in your early twenties!!!!)

Jill's first clue that the proposal was happening was when Jana and Joy dropped back to give them some privacy, which should have been a warning sign, because Satan is everywhere, but she says she didn't notice. Then Derick walked her by a park bench, where a stranger asked if he could sing the couple a love song. “By the second verse, I knew the song was about Derick and me,” Jill told People. My goodness Jill, aren't you sharp.

More musicians arrived, and Derick took a knee and presented a .63-carat diamond and white gold ring of his own design.

“I shared how much I loved her, how I couldn't imagine life without her, and I asked her, ‘Will you marry me?'”

Music swells! Confetti sprays! Trumpets sound! And the two lovers kiss! Or…not.

“We decided to wait to hold hands until we were engaged and to have our first kiss on our wedding day. We want to save the physical side of our relationship for our wedding day and not go further than we should. If you are kissing, it gets more intimate. Obviously, you can kiss and not have sex. It's about setting a higher standard so you don't struggle [with temptation].”

Ah yes. Struggling with temptation is for the devil. I'd much rather sit here with my new fiance and think about how I'm NOT GOING TO KISS HER UNTIL OUR WEDDING DAY.

What do you have to say for yourself, Derick?

“I feel like I'm dreaming. It was great to grab her hand for the first time.”

Yes, I imagine that would be great. After months of clapping from the other side of the room when you wanted her attention, you can finally just tap her on the shoulder. How romantic. And of course, once the wedding's behind you, you can finally get down to the business of popping out a new baby every forty-five seconds until you have enough for a baseball team. How joyful.

(Photo: TLC)