‘Counting On’ Fans Have Some Questions About Jessa Duggar’s Recent Trip to California to See Jinger Duggar

Jessa Duggar spent the holidays with her best friend. The Counting On star and her husband, Ben Seewald, made a surprise visit to Los Angeles to visit Jinger Duggar just before the new year. It was the first time that Jessa has visited Jinger, whom she’s called her BFF, in her new home.   

The visit meant that Jinger didn’t have to spend the holiday season away from all her family. But after Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, posted about Jessa and Ben’s visit on Instagram, some fans had questions about the seemingly secret trip.

Where are Jessa and Ben’s boys? 

Both Jinger and Jeremy shared photos on Instagram that prominently featured their daughter, Felicity, and Jessa and Ben’s daughter, Ivy Jane. But missing from the snaps were Ben and Jessa’s other two kids, Spurgeon, 4, and Henry, 2.

“Where’s the boys?” one person asked after Jinger posted about her sister’s visit. Several commenters on Jeremy’s post asked a similar question. 

So far, Jessa hasn’t posted publicly about her California trip. But given that she and Ben live close to their families in Arkansas, it seems likely that they decided to leave their older kids with their grandparents or other relatives while they went on their quick getaway. 

Could Ben be following in Jeremy’s footsteps?

Jinger and Jeremy moved from Laredo, Texas, to Los Angeles so that he could continue his education at the Master’s Seminary. The former pro soccer player turned pastor is studying theology at the school. A few fans wondered if Ben could be following in his footsteps. 

“Ben joining you at seminary?” asked one person on Jeremy’s Instagram.  

In fact, Ben is already a student at a different school. According to his bio on the family’s website, he’s studying at the Moody Bible Institute. He hasn’t revealed much about what he’s studying, but since he already has an associate degree from a community college in Arkansas, it seems likely he’s working toward a bachelor’s degree. 

Was it really a surprise visit? 

Earlier in December, Jinger and Jeremy hosted his parents for a visit. While it’s not clear if his mom and dad stayed with them or at a hotel, some commenters noted that back-to-back out-of-town guests might be a bit stressful.  

“So while your hosting Jeremy’s family, Jessa and her family just showed up without notice? Wow!” wrote one person on Jinger’s post. Another wondered if the couple ever wanted more privacy. 

However, most people seemed to think that given how close Jinger and Jessa are that a surprise visit would be welcome. And based on the big smile on Jinger’s face in the photo she shared, she was happy to host sister and brother-in-law.

Could Jessa and Ben move to Los Angeles? 

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Jessa and Ben’s trip to the West Coast might fuel rumors that they’re considering a move away from Arkansas. During a 2019 episode of Counting On, Ben revealed that he’d be interested in trading in small-town life for something a bit more cosmopolitan. 

“I actually like the city,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind living in the city, the big city.” But based on his wife’s wide-eyed reaction to that comment, it doesn’t seem like she’s totally on board with the idea of giving up country life. However, she did say that she likes visiting cities. It sounds like more visits to L.A. could be in Ben and Jessa’s future.