Jana Duggar is 31 and until very recently, it looked as though she had given up on the idea of marriage.
For years, the fact that Jana was still single was a source of running jokes for her siblings and a cause of deep condern to her parents.
The situaton was almost unheard of for a family in which girls were taught from a young age that procreation is their sole reason for being.
So with every birthday, the moaning and hand-wringing from the Duggar faithful became more intense, as did the need to believe that Jana was in a secret courtship that will soon bear fruit ... and by "fruit," of course, we mean children.
But now it seems that the big day is nearly at hand.
After so many years of false hope, there's now real reason to believe that Jana has entered a courtship with Stephen Wissman.
And fans are convinced wedding bells are in the couple's newar future.
Here's a complete list of all the men Jana has been erroneously linked to over the years, along with all the signs that she's finally found Mr. Right:
1. Single Cinderella
Dubbed the "Cinderella Duggar" due to the number of household chores she performs, Jana stayed at home to help care for her siblings as her brothers and sisters flew the coop to start families of their own.
2. Pushed Out of the Nest?
Sources close to the family say that from the time she was of child-bearing age, Jana's family has been attempting to marry her off to any available man who crosses her path. So we guess she's endured 12 years (at least) of being creepily objectified by her own parents!
3. Or Shackled to the Compound?
Of course, there are those who claim the opposite--that Jana has been forced to remain at home to help care for her siblings. Frankly, we'd believe either terrible rumor!
4. Either Way...
...the rumors keep flying, and they probably won't let up until Jana either gets married or releases a statement proclaiming that she plans to remain single for the rest of her life.
5. The Pressure Increases
The public pressure on Jana to hurry up and start breeding has only gotten more intense as her sisters have married and started families of their own. At this point, seven of Jana's younger siblings have married and welcomed children.
6. Who Are the Suitors?
The list of Jana's potential suitors runs the gamut from longtime family friends to famously pious NFL stars. And curiously, she's mostly kept mum about the rumors...