08/15/2014 09:25 am ET Updated Aug 15, 2014

'19 Kids And Counting' Star Jessa Duggar Engaged To Ben Seewald


"19 Kids and Counting" star Jessa Duggar is engaged to be married to Ben Seewald.

"We are so blessed to be engaged!" the happy couple said in a statement. "God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun! We are thrilled to see what the future holds -- especially the wedding bells!"

The third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jessa, 21, began seeing Seewald, 19, last year through a courting process featured on the TLC reality show portraying the family's religious values. From early on in their relationship, the two had similar desires for a future together.

"We both want to have a big family," Duggar told People in an interview in April. "We are talking about our goals and the future with family. We have both talked about adoption and want to adopt, too."

"Just because you are young, it doesn't mean you are not ready for life," Seewald added. "I want to encourage people to embrace adulthood. There is responsibility that comes with it and great reward. Jessa and I both have the same love for God and we really care about people. We have a lot of the same desires and goals in life."

Congratulations to the happy couple!



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