‘Counting On’: How close are the Caldwells and Duggars?

'Counting On': How close are the Caldwells and Duggars?

Fans of Counting On are convinced that Lauren Caldwell wants a Duggar – they just can’t figure out which one. Over the past year, Lauren has been paired with both Jason Duggar and James Duggar, both old enough to start making love. So is there any truth to the rumors that Caldwell wants to become the next member of her family to join the Duggar clan?

How close are the Caldwells and Duggars?

For fans who don’t know, Lauren is the younger sister of Kendra Duggar (no Caldwell), who is married to Joseph Duggar.

Apart from Kendra and Joseph, the Caldwells and the Duggars go way back. In fact, the two families share similar religious beliefs, and there is some speculation that Jim Bob Duggar and Paul Caldwell arranged Kendra and Joseph’s marriage.

There is no doubt that Kendra and Joseph played a role in their own romance, but it is possible that the fathers brought them together.

As Counting On fans may remember, there were also rumors that Kendra was first interested in Jedidiah Duggar before she focused her sights on Joseph. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Kendra’s sister, Lauren, finds herself in similar rumors.

Is Lauren courting a ‘Counting On’ star?

We need to make it clear that Lauren doesn’t appeal to multiple Duggars at the same time. She may be linked to several Counting On-stars, but the family still has pretty strict views when it comes to making love – and being with more than one person is completely out of the question.

That said, it looks like Lauren’s thinking about dating one of the Duggar boys. It’s also possible that she can’t figure out which one she wants to pursue.

According to The Hollywood Gossip, Lauren was first linked to Jason, but a few months later reports surfaced that she was starting a romance with James. There was also a rumor that Lauren and Josh Duggar were getting together, although that turned out to be a silly typo (can you imagine if that was true?).

The Duggars didn’t comment on the Lauren situation, but a recent episode of Counting On convinced fans that Lauren and Jason are one thing.

The courting rumors heat up

'Counting On': How close are the Caldwells and Duggars?

During the ‘Telling On’ special about the birth of Kendra and Joseph’s second child, TLC cameras captured a tender moment between Jason and Lauren.

The two were very close as they watched the couple’s cute baby, and the scene played much more intimate than what fans usually see on Counting On.

A few weeks after the special, Lauren enjoyed a short cameo on Counting On. Only this time, the cameras caught her laying a hand on James during a baking scene.

For the average person, Lauren’s actions were nothing to write home about. But given that the Duggars only allow side cuddles when couples are looking, the contact was actually very important.

Whatever happens behind closed doors, it will probably take a long time before we hear anything about a courtship. That said, it wouldn’t be a big shock if the Duggars announced a new relationship as early as 2020.

Lauren fits right in with the Duggars

While we wait to hear more about the courtship, there is no doubt that Lauren is a perfect match for the Duggars.

Not only do the two families visit the same church in Arkansas, but they also do similar activities. Both families, for example, homeschool their children and have strict rules regarding courtship.

Lauren has also appeared in a few episodes of Counting On. Her cameo’s were usually as counselors for Joseph and Kendra, or when the two families get together for public events.

She also appeared as a bridesmaid in Kendra and Joseph’s wedding in 2017 and was a bridesmaid when Lauren Swanson tied the knot with Josiah Duggar last year.

Counting On has just broadcast the final of season 10, but there is little doubt that the Duggars will be back in 2020.

Written by Tommy Kilmer

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