At this point, the Duggars are so famous that even people who marry into the family become minor celebrities.
Of course, not every new spouse is thrilled with that development.
Take Lauren Swanson, for example.
Lauren married Josiah Duggar over a year ago but thus far, she's managed to keep a lower profile than most Duggar partners.
Those who know Swanson best say that's no accident.
To say that Lauren is a bit more shy than your typical reality star would be a massive understatement.
In her first video messages to fans — posted shortly after she and Josiah got engaged — Swanson spoke so quietly that many fans openly wondered if she were concealing some sort of speech impediment.
(The denizens of Duggar nation are not always a kindly bunch.)
To this day most fans know very little about Lauren — but that changed this week, when the mom-to-be posted a list of 11 facts about herself on Instagram.
Some of the facts aren't exactly jaw-droppers.
Lauren kicks things off by revealing with that she loves Jesus with her “whole heart," and she "grew up in central GA on a little farm"
Important parts of her life, no doubt, but nothing that's likely to take anyone by surprise.
After the introductory items, however, Lauren's list actually gets interesting.
“I am a quarter hispanic (and no I am not fluent in Spanish, but I wish I was),” Swanson continued.
“My middle name (Milagro) is in Spanish, it means Miracle.”
So, maybe the Duggars aren't the whitest family in the world anymore?
(Just kidding, they still are.)
From there, Lauren revealed that she's known Josiah for much longer than previously thought.
"Met the Duggar family in 2010, at the ATI conference in Big Sandy, TX (so yes, I watched Josiah grow up; I remember him as the funny/talkative little kid)," she wrote.
And here's where it really gets interesting — it seems Lauren was very nearly a career woman:
"I went to college when I was 16 and finished my Associate’s degree in Nursing at 18," she wrote.
Next on the list was an equally, though considerably less impressive revelation:
"My secret talent is yodeling," she wrote.
From there on out, its pretty standard stuff — Lauren plays piano and digs interior design, but her favorite pastime is hanging out with Josiah.
But still — nursing, yodeling, interests that don't involve Jesus and housework?
Seems that Lauren may have a richer interior life than some folks gave her credit for.
For years, we've been hearing that despite all of the hype about Jinger, Josiah is the real Duggar rebel, the one who resists his father's influence at every turn.
And what better way to rebel against Jim Bob than to marry a woman with no interest in being enslaved by a patriarchal cult?
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