'Duck Dynasty's Korie and Willie Robertson adopt a boy as adult foster daughter Rebecca Lo Robertson gets engaged
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/04/2016
Duck Dynasty stars are celebrating some big news, kicking off 2016 with a bang.
Rebecca Lo Robertson, the foster daughter of Korie and Willie Robertson who joined the family at age 16 in 2004, has gotten engaged to boyfriend John Reed Loflin. In addition, Korie and Willie have decided to adopt a young boy.
On Saturday, Rebecca shared her engagement news on Instagram by posting a picture of the couple looking out into the ocean together on a quiet beach.
"Our story starts here......I said yes to my best friend for life," she captioned the image on Saturday. "Thanks to everyone's love & blessing over our engagement! We are beyond excited!"
The story begins with the 27-year-old reality TV star and Loflin, 29, looking for shells at sunset on a beach in Florida on New Year's Eve.
"I was determined to find the best shell that day," Rebecca toldUs Weekly.
"We had been walking, searching for about an hour, and I saw this beautiful swirly shell hidden in the sand, and the ring was also hiding in there, and he got on his one knee as I pulled the ring out, and he said, 'I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you spend the rest of your life with me?'"
Rebecca said she was completely surprised and cried right away, yelling, "Yes!" Loflin then "teared up a little" as well.
Loflin reportedly popped the question with a 14-karat-gold art deco-style ring with a large oval-shaped opal, Rebecca's birthstone and overall favorite stone.
"Apparently all my friends and family knew, but everyone did a really good job hiding it from me; they have got some really good acting skills!... We are thinking nine months to a year [for our wedding]. That way we can calmly plan everything and go over fine details that we want," said Rebecca, who met Loflin on Halloween 2014 at a festival in New Orleans.
"I knew from the first moment I met her [that I'd propose]," Loflin told Us. "I have been planning in my head to ask her for a long while now. I know we both want to start our lives together. And we would love to have children at a point as well!"
"We are beyond happy and thankful for our family for leading up to this chapter of our lives," added Rebecca, "and we are so excited to see what God has in store for our future."
Her sister, former Dancing with the Stars finalist Sadie Robertson, congratulated the pair on social media to express her excitement.
"MY SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED TO HER BEST FRIEND!!!! I'm so happy for you Rebecca. John Reed...good luck joining our crazy family," she wrote. "So excited for y'all to began y'alls journey of life together. 1.1.16."
As for the second important announcement, Korie revealed on Instagram Sunday there's a new addition to their family.
"We've had lots of questions about the cute kid popping up in our photos lately. We are excited to be in the process of adopting a new son! He's been with us since May, but we wanted some privacy and time for him and our family to bond before telling the world," Korie, 42, wrote.
"He's amazing, and we are all so thrilled to have another kid around the house. Couldn't keep the good news to ourselves any longer! We appreciate your prayers and support for our family! Love, The Robertsons."
Korie and her husband Willie, 43, share John Luke, 20; Sadie, 18; and Willie Jr. and Bella, both 13. In addition to Rebecca -- who joined Duck Dynasty for its fifth season -- the couple also adopted Willie Jr. when he was a baby.