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Lauren Milagro (Swanson) Duggar is the first of Dwain and Lana Swanson's nine children. She is married to Josiah Duggar, and they have one child, Bella.

Early Life

Lauren as a baby

Early Years

Lauren Milagro Swanson[1][2] was born on May 18, 1999, to Dwain and Lana Swanson.

Childhood Education

Along with her siblings, Lauren was homeschooled growing up. She has attended at least one IBLP homeschool conference.[3]


See also: Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Wedding


Lauren with Josiah in January of 2018

While Lauren was hanging out with some of Josiah Duggar's siblings during a girls' night out in late December 2017, Josiah surprised Lauren and asked her if she wanted to enter a courtship, and she said yes.[4][5][6]

Lauren and Josiah shortly after getting engaged

The couple publicly announced this courtship on the Duggar family website on January 23, 2018.[5]


On March 5, 2018, Josiah and Lauren announced on the Duggar family website that they were engaged.[7] Josiah proposed to Lauren on her family's property in Georgia, at the same place where her parents got engaged.[8] This proposal took place in February of 2018.[6]

Lauren and Josiah on their wedding day


Lauren married Josiah Duggar on June 30, 2018, at John Brown University's Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs, AR. The wedding was officiated by her father, Dwain. Her bridesmaids were her new sisters-in-law Jana Duggar, Joy Forsyth, Kendra Duggar, friend Hannah Millsap, one other friend, and two of her sisters. One of her brothers was among the groomsmen, and another of her brothers was the ring bearer. Her dress was purchased from The White Dress Boutique.[9]

Lauren and Josiah's pregnancy announcement


On February 11, 2019, Lauren and Josiah announced that they miscarried a child in October of 2018.[10] The date of the miscarriage was later revealed to be October 4, 2018.[11] Lauren affectionately calls her miscarried child Asa Duggar and has referred to them as male.[12]

Lauren's first family picture with Bella

On May 20, 2019, Lauren and Josiah announced that they were expecting their first child, who was due November 17, 2019.[13][14]

On November 8, 2019, Bella Milagro Duggar was born. She weighed 6 lb, 5 oz, and was 18.5 inches long.[15]



While still in high school, Lauren took dual enrollment classes at Georgia Military College. Through this program, she was able to earn her associate's degree in nursing. She has since publicly stated that she did not enjoy school, and does not plan on continuing her education or becoming a nurse.[16]

Television Appearances

Lauren on 19 Kids and Counting

Lauren made one appearance on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, which chronicles the lives of the Duggar family. The episode, titled "Duggars Do Dinner" first aired on September 14, 2010, and featured the Swanson family visiting the Duggar home.[3]

An ad for Lauren's wedding episode of Counting On

On July 18, 2018, TLC posted a two-part webisode called "Josiah & Lauren's Wedding". This episode gave viewers of the reality show Counting On a special sneak peek of Lauren's wedding to Josiah Duggar, one of the show's stars. Her first official appearance on air was in the episode "It's All Greek to Me!", which aired on July 30, 2018. Her relationship with Josiah was a primary focus of the show's eighth season, with the season finale focusing on her wedding.

Wedding Involvement

  • bridesmaid: her friend Hannah Reber's wedding to David Keller (11/19/21)[17]

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