Joy-Anna Duggar has been leaning heavily on her family and faith over the last few weeks. The 21-year-old recently announced that she and husband Austin Forsyth suffered a devastating miscarriage. The couple had arrived at their five-month ultrasound appointment to find out the gender of their baby when they learned the crushing news that their baby, a daughter, no longer had a heartbeat.
Joy-Anna has been surrounded by her family and friends since her loss, including family friend Carlin Bates who took pictures of Joy-Anna and Austin cradling their daughter, who they named Annabell.
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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-Anna, who shares a 1-year-old son named Gideon with Austin, has slowly started to post on Instagram again where her fans and followers have been quick to send her messages of love and support. She recently posted a photo of herself and her 25-year-old husband and called him her " anchor."
The couple's followers were quick to comment with kind words on the post writing, "With God, even in the midst of tragedy there is hope and joy," and "Pray you are both healing." Still, there were some who were critical that the young mother had returned to posting on social media so soon after her pregnancy loss. "Y'all need really need Jesus - I don't know anyone who can lose their child and put up smiley pics on social media. It's not normal," wrote one commenter.
Although the couple admitted to struggling with their miscarriage, they wrote in their post on Instagram that because of their faith they have made peace with the loss of their daughter. "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," the couple wrote. "We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again."
Joy-Anna's first post after her miscarriage was a simple, sweet shot of her cuddling her sleeping son. Many assumed the post was a way of her showing that she's taking comfort in her family during such a difficult time.
She has since posted a few more pictures of both Austin and Gideon and seems to be taking some time to recover both mentally and physically.
Let's hope the entire family is getting the rest and support they need during this difficult time.