Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard have a lot to celebrate. The couple just marked their first year of marriage, and decided to share their journey with fans of their TLC reality series, “19 Kids and Counting.”
Jill, 24, and Derick, 26, were married on June 21, 2014. On their one-year anniversary, the pair took to social media to share sweet messages about their big milestone.
“Happy #anniversary to the man of my dreams @derickdillard,” Jill captioned a beach photo last month. “I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I had the privilege of saying ‘I do’! The longer I’m married to you the more I fall in love and realize how incredibly blessed I am to have you as my hubby! I’ll love you forever! #honeymoon #capehatteras.”
Derick shared a similar note on Instagram for his wife on their anniversary.
“One year ago today, I married my best friend,” he captioned a photo of them on their wedding day. “I love you with all my heart @jillmdillard. The last year has been the best of my life! I am beyond grateful to God to have the privilege of serving our Lord and Savior with you for the rest of my life. You are an amazing woman, wife and mother. My love for you grows every day. Happy 1st anniversary. #Proverbs19:14.”
Although their anniversary was two weeks ago, the two took to their blog to share photos celebrating their one year of marriage. The photos feature the couple with their arms around each other, making silly faces, and holding a chalkboard that says “We still do.” Jill and Derick also chose to include family portraits of their son, Israel David, who was born on April 6.
The album not only celebrates the milestone in their marriage, but also marks a big change in their lives. The reality star duo announced late last month that they will be leaving the United States in July to focus on missionary work.
“Earlier this year we shared our plans with our families, and in May, I shared this decision with my manager at Wal-Mart, where I was working in the Tax department,” Derick announced on the Dillard Family blog. “I recently left the company and we are currently preparing to leave the U.S. and begin our new endeavor in July. We don’t expect this new adventure to always be easy, but God never promised that following Him wouldn’t have its challenges.”
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have not announced the exact date of their departure or where their missionary work will lead them.