Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth are on courting fire ???


A double date at the ol’ MarketPlace with Jim Bob and Michelle? This is getting serious y’all!

Joy-Anna Duggar, the 19-year-old daughter of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, officially announced her courtship with Austin Forsyth during last month’s season finale of Counting On.

Austin, whose parents own and operate Fort Rock Christian Family Camp and Retreat Center in Combs, Arkansas, asked to enter into a courtship with Joy-Anna at a special remote location. Joy-Anna was taken by surprise, but she did say yes!

In a clip from TLC, the couple revealed that they’ve known each other for a long time before deciding to date Duggar-style:

If social media is any indication, it looks like the young lovebirds have been on a full-courting press ever since! The Duggar family recently shared some candid pics to Facebook of Austin, Jim Bob, Michelle, and Joy celebrating Austin’s 23rd birthday together. “We had a great time going on our double date with you and Joy this weekend!,” they wrote. “We are loving the time we are getting to spend with you as you and Joy court, and we are so excited to see what the Lord has in-store for you and our sweet Joy!”


Congratulations were also shared by Austin’s parents via Fort Rock’s official Facebook page. “We are extremely happy to announce the courtship of our son, Austin! He and Joy have honored the Lord and will be a great testimony for his goodness and provision for a spouse! Congratulations to Austin & Joy,” they announced.


Joy’s older married sisters Jill Dillard (plus a man-bun-rocking Derick) and Jessa Seewald each shared their own congratulatory videos via the Duggar family’s YouTube channel.

Counting On returns to TLC in January 2017.

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  • TA

    Poor Joy. She’s barely 19 and just “graduated” high school. And she’s already being pushed in to a marriage.

  • Mindy Merwitzer

    I agree that Joy should experience life before getting married.

  • jeff

    Bring it on! There’s no way so many people getting married to their first ‘loves’ at such a young age won’t bring on a total sh!tshow. We’ve already seen the downfall of Josh ‘Brother Touch’ Duggar, let’s see what other trainwrecks we get to be treated to.

    Grab the popcorn!

  • Shay

    But who will watch the young ones?

    • Dana J.

      Jana will, forever

      • Caty P. :)

        Poor Jana 🙁 You’re right, and I sure don’t envy her life.

  • Mindy Merwitzer

    I think the daughters get married and pregnant quickly because that’s all they understand. Joy and her boyfriend will NEVER get alone time because the Duggar parents and his parents feel that their children would have impier thoughts and their children would want to immediately jump on each other – In parents eyes a major SIN for JOY and her boyfriend. If I understand correctly these two have known each other for 15/16 years. Parents its time to allow your adult children to grow and decide for themselves what they want. I have a feeling Joy and her boyfriend would have no trouble with each other.

  • Shay

    Has anyone else noticed how all the duggar girls stare so intensely at their guys’ eyes and lips whenever the guys are talking to the cameras? I’ve never seen anyone else do that. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?

    • CatesZebraHoodie

      That’s how they are brainwashed to look at them. They are to always look at their husband with adoring eyes.

  • Jojo

    So no one is going to note he looks like Dubya in that one picture?