It's been about a month since Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth revealed that Joy had suffered a miscarriage. Since then, the couple have continued to be open about what it's been like for them. Their posts show that grief is an ongoing thing, but they're still living their lives. On a recent post on Instagram about a day out, a fan asked about the couple having a baby girl. Joy responded diplomatically, causing fans to surround her with love.
The couple, along with their son Gideon and some other family, spent some quality time outdoors. "Family time in the great outdoors!" she captioned the photo. In addition to playing in the woods, they were also on a boat. Many of the comments on the post are positive, talking about their location or praising the couple for staying active. But one comment surely stands out. A user innocently asked "you have a baby girl?" tagging Joy in the comment.
"no, these are my nieces!" Joy responded, adding a sparkly heart emoji. Looks like the commenter hasn't been regularly seeing posts from the couple. Or maybe she simply forgot. And even if they did know, the little girl in the picture looks to be about Gideon's age, so it's easy to be confused. While Joy's response was simple and to the point, other commenters replied as well, offering her some other options.
"yes, you do have a baby girl she just isn’t in these pictures," reads one response.
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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
"praying for you, I have 3 babies in Heaven. When someone asks, I tell them I have 3 boys here and 3 babies in Heaven," reads another.
Seeing these positive responses of support for Joy is beautiful in a space that an often get ugly. Joy has not commented further, nor did she like any of the messages of support. While it's likely that she saw them, maybe she isn't ready to comment further. Since there is no one way to grieve, acknowledging her baby girl gone too soon may be too hard for her to do right now. But that doesn't mean she isn't thinking about it.
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Our hearts are healing. Yes, those days come that I miss my little girl so much. Wishing I could have met her, seen Austin love on her and Gideon play with her. 💝 Yet, God has given us so much comfort. People say that I am strong, but I am not. It is Jesus’ strength that has carried me through. He’s given me a peace that passes all understanding and he has given me His JOY.🙏🏼💕 . “No one ever cared for me like Jesus”. . He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (Psalms 147:3) . The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:18-19) #AnnabellEliseForsyth #inthearmsofJesus
Joy-Anna and Austin found out about their loss at their 20-week ultrasound. Doctors told them that their baby, who they named Annabell Elise no longer had a heartbeat. After their loss, the couple is openly sharing how they're leaning on their faith during these difficult times.