Jessa Duggar Shouldn't Be Ashamed It Wasn't Love at First Sight

jessa duggar ben seewaldWhen it comes to falling in love, does it really matter if it happened at first sight or took a little longer to develop? That's the question that Jessa Duggar Seewald might be asking herself after a round of "The Newlywed Game" led to an awkward moment. Husband Ben admitted he and Jessa didn't exactly fall in love at first sight.


Jessa and Ben made an appearance this weekend at a Southern Women's Show in Orlando, Florida. After fielding some gentle questions from the audience about their marriage and upcoming baby (no scandal questions here!), the two played a version of the newlywed game.

In response to a question about when they first fell in love, Jessa very confidently replied that she thought it was from "the first time he met me."

Well, not so much.

A slightly flustered Ben then revealed that it actually took several months, but sweetly noted:

It was definitely attraction at first sight. I was like -- I need to get to know her a little better. So, yeah -- it was probably a few months in.

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While some folks might think this is a bad sign for their relationship, I can't help but think what really matters isn't how fast you fall in love or even if one person falls faster than the other. What really matters is how much love you have for each other in the long run.

Even though I think Ben and Jessa are very young to be married, I have to give Ben credit for realizing that attraction and love aren't the same thing. Instant attraction is easy; lasting love takes commitment and work.

A wise friend once told me to remember that marriage is a marathon, not a sprint. That's probably smart advice for Jessa and Ben as they look forward to their second year of marriage and a new baby on the way.


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