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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I think the thing about that modesty question that was kind of awkward was that they couldn't decide if they should sit or stand, and then Michelle launched into how sinful and horrible SHE was and what sort of background she personally was coming from. It seemed like to me at least that she wanted everyone to know that this was something that she personally felt led to do because of how she felt about her sinful background. She never actually got to the point about what she thought about her own daughters wearing pants because honestly I think she forgot the actual question. She came close to getting back to the point of the question but never got there. It was the most disorganized they were in the whole video right there. Even the interviewer asked them afterwards to concentrate on answering the actual question (haha). I was really hoping she was going to explain her ideas on why she had her daughters dress modestly (skirts) too once she got to the point, but unfortunately she never managed to go back to talking about anyone but herself. I personally didn't think she was shading anybody and JB really wanted to stress he never asked or expected her to dress in skirts only. But if you want a little Duggar shade, I got a video for you. You'll have to make a free month's Embassy Media account, but Jim Bob actually references how his daughters now have to listen to their husband over him.
Priscilla: I thought this was the most articulate I've ever seen Priscilla. She always has come off to me like a pod person but this was like an actual human being talking and she's very knowledgeable about her cult and it's beliefs. The more and more I think about it the more uncomfortable that makes me. She's drank so much kool-aid she's started to dissolve in it but there's actually a thinking person in there that is so sold out that there's nothing there but the cult. Really jarring, tbh.
David Waller can quote the bible like no one I've ever heard, good grief, he's got a bible verse ready for anything.
Michelle mentions at the end that Grandma Mary had two strokes over Christmas but seems to be doing relatively okay.
Lastly, when they're talking about not being able to wait and needing to get married ASAP, Michelle looks so sinister and forbidding when she launches into her spiel about not making provisions for the flesh I felt a little scared of her. Some of the questions and answers were pretty revealing, I came away feeling like I knew a little more what it must be like having JB and M as parents. I'm so used to the jokey smiles of CO that to see them so serious answering these questions really illuminates them in a way you don't usually get a glimpse of.
Yeah I was on a child’s account until I was 16 then we moved it over to a regular account so I wouldn’t need parental on to withdraw money.
5 hours ago, danvillebelle said:
SOUL SISTER. 🙋♀️
We have a lot of blankets. A LOT. OF BLANKETS.
We love plush ones. We have lovely vintage quilts. And I've crocheted around 20 over the years.
If there's ever a deep freeze in East Texas, we're covered (har de har har).
I survived the bomb cyclone in Colorado last week because I have ALL THE BLANKETS.
And the kitties were inclined to cuddle for warmth, so double cozy.
I have had my own bank account since I was 14 and my parents had no access to my account, the account was a child's account that you could only withdraw £50 per day and needed a parents permission to withdraw more but they couldn't just check my account without my permission. I barely used it until I got my first job at 17. Jana and all the other adult Duggar's should have their own accounts without Jim Bob and Michelle being able to access it, I understand having other people accessing accounts when it comes to vulnerable adults but not as a method of control.