Dating a Duggar sister means a few things. It means not being able to spend time alone as a couple because chaperones have to be around. It means any form of affection other than side hugs, that is is strictly forbidden, although a few Duggars may have broken the rules and snuck in some proper hugs when parents weren’t looking via In Touch Weekly. But Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard might have not struggled with these taboos, because Derick wasn’t even in the country when the two began their relationship. Even though Jill and Derick grew up in areas less than an hour apart, they didn’t know of each other until Derick reached out to Duggar family patriarch Jim Bob to ask about becoming his prayer partner, because Derick was leaving the US to carry out humanitarian work in Nepal via US Weekly. Jill first spoke to Derick in March — the call might have started between Jim Bob and Derick, but the Duggar patriarch had invited his daughter to take part in it so Jill and Derick could get to know each other. They didn’t speak again until August — by which time Derick says he had used the months in between “praying about Jill and asking God for direction in getting to know Jill better” via US Weekly. Jim Bob finally gave Derick his daughter’s contacts and they began communicating via email, then Skype after that. Jill met Derick for the first time when she and her father visited Nepal for a two-week trip in November that same year. The two began an official courtship, and Derick finally met the Duggars in January — two months after he met Jill face-to-face for the first time.