Joy-Anna Duggar Shares Heartbreaking Miscarriage News

Just months ago, Joy-Anna Forsyth (neé Duggar) and her husband, Austin, announced they were expecting their second child. The reality stars already welcomed son Gideon last year, and they were excited to give him a sibling.

“Our favorite math is addition and we are very excited to share that the Forsyth family is adding a member!” they said in May. “Marriage and being a mom and dad to Gideon has already far exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to loving another little one and seeing what special dynamic he or she brings to our family. Table for 4 sounds perfect!”

Tragically, five months into her pregnancy, Joy-Anna announced that she had suffered a miscarriage. The couple shared the name of their daughter, who was stillborn a week before the announcement.

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 news was absolutely heartbreaking, especially when you remember that grandma Mary Duggar also passed away less than a month ago. Family members shared their condolences on social media, including Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

“We were so sad to hear that Joy and Austin’s baby girl passed away mid-way through their pregnancy,” they said. “The pain of losing a child is unimaginable. Yet, for the one whose hope is in God, there is a peace that surpasses our finite understanding. We pray that God will comfort Joy and Austin and carry them through this difficult time. —Mom & Pops Duggar”

“Joy Joy & Austin, our hearts break for y’all with the loss of your precious Annabell Elise 💔🌸,” sister Jill wrote. “May God continue to give y’all peace and comfort in the days ahead. 💞We love y’all dearly! 😘❤️”

Jessa, who just gave birth to a daughter recently, also shared her condolences.

“Our hearts are breaking over your loss. Such beautiful words you’ve written in your post. ❤️,” she said. “Annabell will forever be in our hearts. We love you all and are praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time.”

Hours after announcing the tragic news, Joy-Anna posted pictures of her and Austin holding Annabell.

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!💖

We are so sorry to hear about Joy-Anna and Austin’s tragic loss, and we hope they can find strength in the Lord to move forward.

Jessa Duggar Reveals Odd Place She Ended Up Giving Birth

Jessa Seewald (neé Duggar) and her husband, Ben Seewald, recently welcomed their third child. Their daughter, Ivy Jane, was born on May 26th, and joined her brothers Spurgeon and Henry as part of the Seewald family. The couple made the announcement on the family website.

Instagram – Jessa Seewald

Ivy Jane Seewald was welcomed into the world Sunday, May 26th. We were getting ready for church when my water broke, and we were thinking ‘Well, I guess we have a change of plans! After three and a half hours of labor, Ivy was born at 5:57pm.

Her due date was June 5th, and since both of our boys went five days past their due date, we thought we would go late again. We were so surprised when she came two weeks earlier than her brothers. We definitely weren’t expecting that!

Ivy was born at home weighing 7lbs 14oz and 20 1/2 inches long. She feels so tiny compared to her siblings! Spurgeon was born at nearly 10lbs, and Henry close to 9lbs. We’re so grateful to God for this precious gift. She is already so loved. Her big brothers adore her!

Ivy being born at home wasn’t totally surprising, as the Duggars are often advocates of natural birth plans. However, in a new video from TLC, Jessa revealed that a home birth wasn’t the plan for this pregnancy.

“Our birth plan through this whole pregnancy was that we would deliver at a birthing suite at the hospital with a midwife there,” Jessa said. “However, the morning that my water broke was the morning that my midwife had left town for a week.”

It struck me as odd that Jessa’s midwife was out of town, but she said she was anticipating a late delivery.

“I was not expecting to go early,” the Counting On star said. “We thought we had two weeks left.”

Jessa ended up giving birth on the family couch, after an on-call midwife was there to help deliver the baby. The midwife put a plastic pad on the couch, similar to what you use to potty train a puppy. To get her contractions going, Jessa drank a castor oil smoothie while walking up and down the stairs. Clearly it worked, and little Ivy was born at home.

TLC

The name Ivy Jane is a touch more modern than the Duggars usually go for, but Jess and Ben said it was a no-brainer for them.

“Ivy Jane, we just liked those two names,” Ben said. “Jessa and I talked about it beforehand this time around and we actually had a name picked out before she was born. We liked the way those names flowed together.”

“And with her middle name, Jane, she’s actually named after Lady Jane Grey, who was a young lady who was Queen of England for a short time during the 1500s. She was a very inspirational character to us,” the father of three added.

Jessa is excited to have a little girl at home, after already having two sons.

“Bows, pink, ruffles, lace. Those are some of the things that are just really exciting about having a girl.”

So how are Spurgeon and Henry handling a new sister?

“Spurgeon especially knew what was going on a little bit more I think because we’d been talking to him and he’s a little older. He kind of gets it, so he held Ivy for several minutes. And Henry, he just kept saying, ‘baby,’ ” said Ben. “It’ll be fun to watch them interact. We’re going to have to teach them to be more gentle, though, because they’re pretty rough.”

It’s wild to think that Jessa’s plans changed so drastically, but she seemed to handle it smoothly!

Has your birthing plan every gone awry?

Police Investigating After Mary Duggar’s Death

On June 9th, the Duggar family announced that their matriarch, Jim Bob’s mother Mary, had passed away. Grandma Duggar was a staple on the family’s show, and was well loved by the family. The Duggars announced Mary’s death on their Facebook page, but did not reveal a cause of death.

We are so sad to share that Grandma Duggar (Mary) passed away Sunday afternoon, June 9th, 2019. Mary Lester Duggar grew up in Farmington, Arkansas and was married almost 50 years to J.L. (Jimmy Lee) Duggar who preceded her in death.

Mary found great joy in sharing her love for Jesus and her own story of how at age 15 she asked Christ to forgive her for her sins. It was at that time she committed the rest of her life to live for Him, a commitment she kept with devotion. She loved to share with others how they too could be forgiven of their sins, live a fulfilling life as a Christian, and one day spend eternity in heaven.

She is survived by her daughter Deanna and her son Jim Bob, 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, with several more great-grandchildren on the way!

Mary Duggar was also a successful real estate broker who owned Good Neighbor Realty and was noted in Northwest Arkansas for being the broker who put together the property sale for the John Q. Hammons Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Springdale.

Grandma Mary Duggar has been on the TLC shows, “19 Kids & Counting” and “Counting On” with her family for over 15 years. She is greatly loved and will be missed so very much! She lived a tremendous life as a follower of Christ, a wife, a devoted mother, a loving mother-in-law, and a much-loved grandmother. Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the virtuous woman, indeed she personified these beautiful verses with her life.

We deeply appreciate your prayers for our family and all who loved Mary during this time.

Now, there is more information surrounding the death of Mary Duggar, and police are investigating the sudden death. That Sunday, the family was preparing for Jason and James, two of the boys, to return home after a Christian boot camp. Mary Duggar allegedly fell into the pool, which was the cause of death according to the Washington County Coroner Roger W. Morris.

The 911 call placed from the Duggar family home was released, and it was revealed that Mary was unconscious before the paramedics arrived.

“Call came in of a possible drowning at [address redacted]..that’s [address redacted]. Big house in the back…older woman, 14 echo — unconscious. Medics are responding,” the call said.

Jana Duggar, the eldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle, said that on the morning of her death, Mary was doing what she loved – worshipping.

“On her last morning spent here on earth I drove Grandma to church where she worshiped her Savior,” Jana wrote on Instagram. “Later that afternoon, she went to meet Him face to face! I’d say that’s probably how she would’ve chosen to finish out the day if she got to pick. 😊”

It’s so sad that Mary’s death was a preventable accident, and I’m sure the family wishes there was more they could do.

Our prayers are with the entire Duggar family as they go through this difficult time.