At this point, it's only been a few weeks since Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth shared that Joy had suffered a miscarriage. She was pregnant with the couple's second child. And she has shared another Instagram post to give their followers an update into how things are going.
In the post, they reveal what every parent who has suffered child loss knows. The healing process is never over, and some days it's easier to deal with than others.
"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds," reads the image, which is strictly text.
"Our hearts are healing," she begins.
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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 revealed that they had lost their baby in a heartbreaking Instagram post. When they went in for their 20-week ultrasound, they found out there was no heartbeat. Since they hadn't found out prior, they learned their child was a daughter. The couple also shared that their daughter's name was Annabell Elise.
"Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord," they wrote in the post.
"Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well," they asked. Since Joy was further along in her pregnancy than what is typical for a miscarriage, there were likely medical procedures she had to go through.
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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
In another post, they shared more pictures from the hospital. It looks like they were able to take some photos of Annabell after her birth. You can see them cradling her very tiny body in the first picture. And another shows her footprints in comparison to a quarter to show how small she was. In the background of another picture, you can see Joy's mom Michelle and sister Jill. This makes us believe that their families came to the hospital to help the couple say goodbye to their baby girl.
"We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious," they wrote along with the series of photos.
"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," Joy writes in the new post, along with several lines of Bible scripture.
Reading through the comments you can see that in addition to their faith, the family of three is being loved by those close to them. Her sister Jill and sister-in-law Anna both left comforting comments of love. And her sister-in-law Lauren who also suffered a miscarriage earlier this year said: "Those verses were so comforting for me as well. You two are on my mind and prayers constantly. Love you both."
Clearly it's going to take time for the couple to recover from their loss. But it's wonderful to see that they're being supported.