Love is in the air for another Duggar girl! On the May 6 episode of ’19 Kids & Counting,’ Jill and Jim Bob travel to Nepal to visit Derick Dillard. Is Derick everything Jill hoped he would be, or do the two find out they are better off as friends, read below for all the details!
After three months of getting to know each other over Skype and through texting, Jim Bob and Jill Duggar, 22, finally make the long journey to Nepal so Jill can finally meet Derick Dillard, 25, and see if the two possibly have a future together.
’19 Kids & Counting’: Jill & Derick Meet Face-To-Face
Jill couldn’t contain herself when she started packing for her trip to Nepal where she would finally meet the man she has been getting to know over the past few months, Derick Dillard — with dad Jim Bob in tow. Derek has been in Nepal for the last two years doing humanitarian work after graduating from Oklahoma State University, so the couple have been dating via Skype sessions.
Once in Nepal, Derick reached out to Jim Bob in the hope that the two could become prayer buddies. After getting to know each other over the course of a year and a half, Jim Bob had the brilliant idea to play match maker and set Derick and Jill up — father knows best!
Jim Bob said, “About three months ago, Derick called and we were visiting and I just got the idea that I really believe that Derick and Jill would probably hit it off and so it may have been a little going out on a limb asking him to contact her, but I really thought that something might work out here.”
It seems Jim Bob was right and he and Jill set off on their 36 hour journey to Kathmandu. Upon arrival Derick was waiting nervously with beautiful flowers for Jill. The two immediately embraced and began catching up while on the way to the hotel so the Duggars could take a nap after their long journey.
After a refreshing nap, Derick took the Duggar’s sight seeing where he and Jill got to have some one-on-one time and Jim Bob even felt a little bit left out. “I really felt like the third wheel. I stayed back about 20 feet or so, close enough that if Jill needed me I was there, but hopefully not close enough to interrupt their relationship because they are considering each other as possibly a life partner, as someone to spend the rest of their life with and I’m just kind of maybe a future father in law that’s kind of checking him out, but I felt like the most important thing is for Jill to check him out.”
Derick then took Jill to a clothing store to get fitted in a traditional Nepali dress while he took Jim Bob down the street to a men’s store where they could talk in private. The two guys had fun dressing up and Jim Bob was joking that he needed an extra large as he patted his stomach!
Michelle & Jessa Discuss Courtship With Ben
Back at the Duggar house, Michelle had her hands full making breakfast for the entire family. Josie, 4, had a bit of a melt down when she wanted to play with a ball, but it was not yet her turn. After a quick talk with Michelle, Josie understood that she needed to patiently wait for her turn and then she could play. Once Josie calmed down, the organized mom finished breakfast without a hitch.
Later in the day, Michelle took Jessa,21, out for coffee to discuss her ongoing courtship with Ben Sewald. Jessa and Ben have been courting for 4 months now, and they typically see each other every other weekend, but that doesn’t stop Jessa from missing Ben when she doesn’t see him.
Although the two are getting along well, Jessa confided in her mom that Ben is very emotional and wears his heart on his sleeve where as Jessa is more cut and dry and tells it like it is.
Michelle had some wise words for her daughter about how to treat her courtship. ” The way that he expresses love is probably the way that he receives it as well, and on your part you will probably practice learning how to express that love language that he needs to hear from you to him and it’s a learning process.”
Jessa agreed and said that her sisters are training her to be more receptive to his adorable gestures and sweet messages.
Derick Tells Jim Bob His Intentions For Jill
Back in Nepal, Derick takes Jill and Jim Bob to a art gallery where his friend works. While Jill is looking around, Derick pulls Jim Bob aside to discuss the trip and what his intentions are with Jill. Derick says that he would like to ask Jill to enter into a courtship with him, but would first like to know that he has Jim Bob blessing.
With a little bit of hesitation Jim Bob says,” It’s a big step, we went through this with Josh, kind of being the guy that went after a girl, first time I have been through this, I guess Jessa started courtship, but I know you guys seem pretty serious and Jill really likes you, I wish Michelle was here too so I could talk to her about it. You know, I really feel like if Jill is fine with it then mom and I will be fine with it. So I tell ya what, why don’t you ask Jill.”
Derick does not say when on the trip he plans on telling Jill his intentions, but he thanked Jim Bob for his blessing. We can see that Jill and Derick do get along well, but Jill seems to be more closely guarded with her feelings.
Jill said,”At this point I’m really enjoying getting to know him, I’ve never been this interested and this close to somebody, but if Derick asked me to court him, I don’t know actually, I’m still praying a lot.”
The trip is not over yet and hopefully on next weeks episode the second part of their trip to Nepal will be as great as the first! Derick and Jill both seem so sweet and have very kind hearts so we could definitely see this pair courting and spending the rest of their lives together!
As we previously reported, Jill and Derick are engaged and we are so happy to see their romance bloom right before our eyes!
What do YOU think HollyMoms? Would you travel to Nepal for love? Do you think Jill and Derick will go the distance?
— Caitlin Beck