Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have been married for over four years.
Together, they’ve been welcomed two kids and been fired from one lucrative reality TV gig.
But it seems that throughout all the ups and downs, Jill and Der have kept their passion for one another burning white-hot.
Or at least, that’s what they want us to think when we look at their awkward, tight-lipped kiss selfies.
Jill posted the above pic on Instagram this week.
“You’re my fave! Can’t imagine my life without you! #sogratefultoGod #soinlove#besthubbyever #bestpapaever,” she captioned the photo.
If a friend of yours posted this on social media, you’d assume they’d recently entered marriage counseling, and this was their way of attempting to convince the world that everything’s kosher.
But this is how the Duggars have always expressed affection — awkwardly and unconvincingly.
So as much as we’d like to believe Jill is on the verge of filing for divorce from Derick, it doesn’t appear that that’s the case.
But that’s not to say it’s all smiles and sunshine in the Dillards world these days.
Reports of Derick clashing with Jim Bob Duggar have been especially rampant in recent weeks.
Part of the problem, it seems, is that Derick has decided to start law school.
Now, you might think Der’s father-in-law would be happy to see him finally formulating a plan for his future.
But those close to the family believe Jim Bob would like to see Derick devote himself to a vocation with a more immediate return.
Derick will be 30 in a few months, and he has two young sons to support.
As you may recall, Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a number of bigoted tirades on social media, which means his family is currently without any source of income.
So it’s not hard to see why Jim Bob might like to see his son get into the family business of flipping houses or pursue some other venture that will translate to a weekly paycheck, rather than a mountain of student loan debt.
It’s for that reason that some fans believe the timing of Jill and Derick’s PDA selfie is no accident.
The photo comes just days after Jill confirmed on her blog that Derick will be going back to school in hopes of earning his JD:
“We will be remaining stateside for now as Derick is beginning law school at the University of Arkansas,” Jill wrote.
“We look forward to seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter!”
We’re sure Jim Bob is also very much looking forward to seeing exactly what direction Derick is headed in.