Well, it’s been days since Jinger Duggar married Jeremy Vuolo, so naturally, fans of the family are already wondering who will be next.
Will it be Joy-Anna courting and sprinting down the aisle.
Or John David, who has spoken about his desire to settle down? Josiah Duggar briefly courted Marjorie Jackson, so he’s in the mix as well.
Josiah’s relationship didn’t result in marriage and an army of offspring, which are the goals for any Duggar courtship, but he was interested.
That’s neither here nor there, in any case, because if the fans had their pick, the perennial favorite and “Cinderella Duggar” would be next.
Normally, an unmarried 26-year-old would not be a cause for concern, but the Duggars are adherents of the “Quiverfull” movement.
To make a long story short, the teachings the family ascribes to believe the obligation of every woman is to have as many babies as possible.
See Duggar, Michelle, nee Ruark.
The women in the family are typically married off in their early 20s (Joy-Anna, 19, seen with Jana above, could be next) to begin breeding.
Sounds crude, but hey, it’s more or less true.
The fact that Jana is entering her mid-to-late 20s without a courtship in sight is no doubt a source of stress for her procreation-happy parents.
Or is it? Many observers have speculated that Jim Bob and Michelle used Jana to help raise the younger kids while marrying off her sisters.
Not a terrible theory, but this may disprove it.
Some Duggar fans believe that JBD and Michelle are now giving Jana a public nudge toward the altar with their latest Facebook post:
The pic above is a wall hanging created by Jana, who is known for her artistic sense, with some objects she found around the house.
“Our Jana is so talented!” her gushed in the caption. “An old fence board, some painted sticks and just a little jute string!”
So talented … oh, and believe it or not, still available!
Duggar social media posts usually focus on grandkids or the entire family (individual attention is in short supply when you’ve got 19 freakin’ kids).
So many took this post as a way of doing a bit of “advertising” for Jana, who does so much for her family but gets so little of the credit.
However, that doesn’t necessarily jibe with what seems to be the reality of the situation, which may be the same old story:
As far as anyone can tell, the problem never has been that Jana Duggar, a beautiful, sweet young woman is suffering from a lack of options.
The only thing holding her back is … her unusually high standards.
“There have been different guys come along and ask, but they haven’t been the right one,” Jana told a TLC camera crew on 19 Kids and Counting.
“It’s just one of those things,” she said, with unexpected candor.
“I’m not just out to get married to the first one who comes along.”
Well, we hope the right one does come along, and that when he does, Jim Bob and Michelle embrace it and don’t put him through the wringer.
Not worse than they did with Jeremy Vuolo, anyway.
Until that day, as always, you can watch Counting On online to see why Jana is so beloved by fans of the Duggars young and old.
We get the feeling you’ll see a courtship storyline in the popular show’s forthcoming third season … if not Jana, then Joy-Anna.
It’s kind of what they do on TLC.