Summary provided by: StacyW
Background and courtship information are from http://www.davidlovespriscilla.com
David's parents married in 1974. His father was educated as an electrical engineer and his mother as a nurse. When his oldest siblings were in first grade, the family decided to homeschool the kids. David realized his sinful nature when he was 3 years old and gave his live to Jesus. He is the 5th of 10 children, and was born around 1986 (exact date?).
His father worked in various jobs and the family moved frequently during his childhood. When David was around 15, the entire family started doing mission work. They spent a year saving money for a 2005 trip to Mongolia. During this trip, David's brother Isaac developed cancer and, after about a month of illness, died at the age of 25. This motivated David to live life more purposefully.
The family returned to the US in 2007, and his Dad returned to his work as an engineer, while the older children volunteered at The Institute in Basic Life Principles (usually referred to as IBLP, covered in many places on FJ including http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15041). David met Priscilla Keller at IBLP's Journey to the Heart in 2008. David felt stirrings of love, but wanted to dedicate himself to God at least up to the age of 25, the age of his brother's death, before pursuing a relationship. Once he reached the age of 25, he thought maybe he should wait until he was 28, the age at which his father married, before reaching out to Priscilla.
David was keeping a daily journal, which he shared with his parents, and in which he wrote about his feelings for Priscilla. In 2011, his mother told him he should quit stalling and go for it. He said that he still wanted to wait until he was at least 25. He remained in contact with Priscilla, because both were involved with Journey to the Heart.
He finally requested the phone number of Priscilla's father from Josh Duggar. David called Mr. Keller, and they had a long conversation about this and that before finally getting around to the subject of Priscilla. Pa Keller said it was up to Priscilla, but he wanted to make sure that David was okay with the full quiver concept, and was not addicted to the Internet. Keller said he would get back to David within 3 days with Priscilla's decision. The VERY NEXT DAY Mr. Keller called him back and said Priscilla had assented to the courtship. They began their courtship in September 2011.
See Keller Family info (http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=15285). Priscilla Keller was born around 1986 and raised in Florida, and is the 4th of 8 children. Father Keller was a welder before being called to mission work, and became a full-time prison missionary in 1996. The Keller parents educated their children with ATI materials. Priscilla gave her life to Jesus at the age of 10. Like David, she felt that life was a race, and she wanted to get the most out of it by focusing on saving people.
Priscilla and her sister Anna went on the first IBLP Journey to the Heart in 2007, after which she became a Journey to the Heart leader. At the IBLP headquarters, she noticed and admired David Waller, but didn't feel like she should do anything about the attraction except pray, and tell her parents about her feelings. She was excited when her father called her to tell her about David's interest in her. The first meeting of their courtship was a four-hour conversation reviewing their life stories.
Courtship and Marriage
Their courtship was distinguished by David's romantic and elaborate gestures, such as giving her notes on paper with hand-burned edges. After two months, he got down on one knee and proposed to her, at a park in Florida. They got married in Florida in March, 2012 after a four-month engagement. The wedding was live streamed, and the recording is at davidlovespriscilla.com/2012/03/ ... ing-video/. There were many snarkable moments in the wedding, such as David turning around in the middle of the ceremony and conducting a musical piece. Another highlight was David shouting to the camera to announce his first-ever kiss with a girl. Priscilla became pregnant within a few months of their wedding.
David, and sometimes Priscilla, record their lives on their blog at http://www.davidlovespriscilla.com/blog-2/.
Priscilla is pregnant! Pee stick video (davidlovespriscilla.com/2012/09/ ... n-the-way/)
Pecan gleaning (davidlovespriscilla.com/2012/12/ ... can-story/ and starting on page 6 of the David and Priscilla updates thread)
Why We Care
David's personality is quite unusual. His style of writing and speaking suggest that his audience is composed of 5-year-olds. Frequent snark subjects are his reluctance to begin a courtship with Priscilla, his giddy affect, and the couple's matching outfits. The "pecan gleaning" episode resulted in pages of additions to their FJ thread. There are some signs that Josh Duggar envies David's accomplishments and athletic abilities (see http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=12469&p=393003&hilit=+josh+david+tennis#p393003)
Priscilla appears to not be all there. She seems childlike and easily guided.
David and Priscilla Updates http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14172
Esther Schrader (Anna Duggar's sister) living in a pop up http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=10779
When is sister Suze due to deliver? http://freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14690
David Loves Priscilla blog:http://www.davidlovespriscilla.com
David has continued in his role as administrative director at IBLP ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidwwaller ) during the resignation of Bill Gothard and subsequent investigation ( viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21260 ), and he and Priscilla announced her second pregnancy in a video recorded at a Chick-Fil-A parking lot ( http://davidlovespriscilla.com/2014/04/ ... g-brother/ ). David and Priscila travelled to Australia during her first pregnancy, and continued to travel after baby Paul was born. It seems like their travel is associated with David's work, but they also visit family across the country. Compared to other fundies we follow, David is rarely overtly political.
You can keep up with them on the Quiverful of Snark thread viewtopic.php?f=8&t=21494 . David's Twitter is https://twitter.com/DavidNCil .
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Someone up-thread asked about mandatory reporting. I don't know for sure about CA, but at least in my state, if you work directly with kids, you're pretty much automatically a mandatory reporter. Not just medical staff and teachers. I know this because I work in a public library and, since my job includes helping and talking with children, I'm considered a mandatory reporter. I don't have to report if, say, a kid has a bruise that could be explained by running into a table, but if I see a parent slap a child in front of me or the child says that the parent smacked them (as in @SapphireSlytherin's example above), that gets reported. If someone else in the library, not staff but there to just pick up a book, saw or heard it they'd be encouraged to report it but not required and have no penalties for not doing so.
10 minutes ago, tabitha2 said:
I would think. Jed and Jer are only 19 and hardly able to start providing for a wife and Tator tots. The girls get married that young because they are expected to be supported by their husbands.
Not really... half of these guys don't seem remotely able to support a wife and the inevitable deluge of tater tots when they get married. Ben Seewald was still a teen when he got married. Both Josh and Josiah were teenagers when they started their first courtships.
4 hours ago, Howl said:
But Zsuterus has to know that she's not even close to the end of her child-bearing years (how old is she?) and I suspect that more than a little bit of bitterness has crept in along with the chronic exhaustion that comes from being responsible for a bazillion kids 24-7, relentless childbearing, fluctuating hormones, servicing PP, and -- how could I forget! -- remaining submissive to
someone who can't be easy to live withher raging asshat of a husband.
She is 38, I think that she could easily pop out 2 more kids with her regular spacing. That would bring her to about 42, and her fertility should be rapidly dropping off at that point so I would be surprised, barring twins or something, if they got past 12-13 kids. Which is already like 7 more than they probably should have had.
I hope there's someone who can protect them from people who will want to take advantage of them and their story.
I don't have a bug story, but when I was a kid we moved to another country. One with a lot of ants. My sister was around 5, and she started complaining about noises in her ears. My parents didn't believe her, but it was really upsetting her, so after a day or two, took her to get her ears syringed - and there were 2 little ants stuck in her ear wax!
(When I was a teenager doing voluntourism, I did once hit a cockroach with my walking boot - super hard, but all that happened was when I lifted the boot, the 'roach RAN TOWARDS ME, and my instincts kicked in, and I leapt onto a chair, screaming, exactly like a housewife in a Tom & Jerry cartoon. I never realised it was in me!)