It's been an incredibly tough few weeks for Joy-Anna Duggar. It's only been two weeks since the 21-year-old announced to her fans and followers that she and husband Austin Forsyth had lost the baby they were expecting in November. The couple wrote in a heartbreaking post on Instagram that when they arrived at their five-month ultrasound to find out the gender of their baby they were told that their daughter no longer had a heartbeat. "Although we don’t understand why God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time," the couple 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
Shortly after revealing their pregnancy loss the couple posted photos of remembrance they had taken with their daughter whom they named Annabel Elise. Family friend Carlin Bates came to be with her friend Joy-Anna and took the pictures so the couple could always have photos of themselves with their little girl. "We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious," the couple wrote alongside pictures of themselves with their daughter. "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!💖
After a 10 day break from social media, the couple posted the first picture since announcing their loss. The post featured the couple's 1-year-old son Gideon fast asleep and snuggled up against Joy-Anna. While the picture is only captioned with the sleep, baby and blue heart emoji, many commenters couldn't help but send their well wishes to the entire family who is still grieving their loss, writing how their love and faith will help them heal.
"My heart hurts for you guys but that little man is the best love a mommas heart could use right now. You continue to be in my prayers," wrote one commenter. "After my miscarriages holding my babies helped me make it through," wrote another.
The entire Duggar family has always shared most of their lives on social media, both the happy and the sad. Joy-Anna's brother Josiah and his wife Lauren revealed they also lost a pregnancy last year and the couple has been a constant source of support on social media for Joy-Anna and Austin.
It certainly seems that Joy-Anna is finding comfort in her family as well as all the messages of support she's received from fans and followers around the world. She acknowledged those messages in a recent Instagram post, writing, "Thank you all for your love and support! We can feel the prayers!"