Joy-Anna Duggar and husband Austin Forsyth tragically lost their daughter Annabell Elise in June when at their 5 months check-up appointment they learned that Joy had miscarried. The couple has been open and honest with their fans and followers on social media about their loss, and Joy-Anna recently posted a sweet necklace she was gifted that will help her remember her daughter always.
Joy-Anna posted a picture of a necklace, a gold name bar featuring the name of her daughter "Annabell Elise" in script on her Instagram with the caption, "Thank you @meagalina for this thoughtful gift! It means so much to have such caring family around me! I love you!#mysisterinlawislikemysister #anglebaby #AnnabellEliseForsyth" The necklace is a beautiful way for Joy to honor her daughter every day and an incredibly thoughtful gift.
It was back in July that the couple revealed that they had lost their daughter to miscarriage in a heartbreaking post on Instagram. "Today marks one week since we heard these words…" they began the post. "So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement." The couple reveals that they had gone to the doctor for a routine 20-week ultrasound where they were also going to learn the gender of their unborn baby. "It was a baby girl," they wrote in their post.
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Today marks one week since we heard these words… . “So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement.” . We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl. Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord. In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Sam 12:23). We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again. We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means “God has favored me”, and Elise means “God satisfies”. What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus. Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well. . “All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide? Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.” -Fanny Crosby
The couple, parents to one and a half-year-old son Gideon, were devastated by the loss, and posted photos holding their daughter they had taken of them together as a family writing, "We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious.So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!"
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We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious. So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!💝😇 . Thank you all for your love and support! We can feel the prayers!💕 . Thank you, @carlinbates98 for coming to town to be here for me and for doing my hair and makeup for pictures with our little girl!💖
Joy's family members loved her beautiful necklace in honor of her daughter. Sister Jill Dillard wrote, "Aww! Love that! So sweet!" while sister-in-law Anna Duggar wrote, "Such a precious gift. Looking forward to meeting Annabell in Heaven one day." Sister-in-law Lauren Duggar wrote, "precious" while family friend Carlin Bates commented, "I love this."
The necklace was a gift from Joy-Anna's sister-in-law Meagan Ballinger, who is Austin's sister.