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.


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?

Joy-Anna Duggar Expecting Baby #2

Joy-Anna Duggar Expecting Baby #2

I know I shouldn’t be surprised by the Duggar family growing any more, but somehow I always am. Jessa Duggar is expecting her new addition any day now, and her younger sister, Joy-Anna, just announced she’s expecting as well!

Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth, already share a son Gideon who is 14 months old, and announced on Instagram that they’ll be welcoming another baby in November of 2019.

“Some of you have guessed, some of you had no clue… November, 2019 Baby Forsyth #2 is Due!!👶🏼❤️ Cannot wait to meet this new little one! Gideon is going to be such a great big brother!! #baby2due#babyforsyth#pregnant

The reality TV stars also made a statement to Us Weekly about their exciting news.

“Our favorite math is addition and we are very excited to share that the Forsyth family is adding a member!” the Counting On stars said. “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!”

The first time Joy-Anna was pregnant, there were a lot of rumors surrounding it. Always seen as one of the rebels of the family, many people started to question if she had premarital sex with her fiancee, as her wedding was moved up by a few months. Not long after, she announced she was expecting, and her baby bump clearly grew pretty quickly.

Austin did admit he and his wife-to-be broke some rules, but it all sounded pretty innocent.

“The only time that I can think of when I overstepped my bounds with my future father-in-law was probably staying up talking past curfew,” Forsyth lamented in an interview. “Just letting time slip past you and being in a good conversation…it’s really easy to do. That and probably going over the three-second hug. That’s easy to do.”

Now, though, Joy-Anna’s pregnancy has no reason to be speculation-filled, unless we’re trying to figure out whether she’s having a boy or a girl! Grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle are so excited about the new baby, they wrote about it on their website.

“The Bible is right, there is no greater JOY than seeing your children walk in truth,” the couple wrote. “We have loved watching Austin and Joy build their lives together as a married couple and as parents. Their love for God, each other, Gideon, and others is genuine and inspiring. We could not be more thankful as we watch their lives unfold day by day. A new baby will bring even more joy and blessings to their lives and ours. We are on cloud nine that another grandbaby will make a debut in 2019!”

Here’s a break down of the current Duggar children and grandchildren:

  • Josh and Anna Duggar: Mackynzie, 9, Michael, 7, Marcus, 5, Meredith, 3, Mason, 19 months, Baby Duggar, due November 2019
  • Jill and Derick Dillard: Israel, 4, Samuel, 21 months
  • Jessa and Ben Seewald: Spurgeon, 3, Henry, 2, Baby Seewald, due June 2019
  • Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth: Gideon, 14 months, and Baby Forsyth, due November 2019
  • Joseph and Kendra Duggar: Garrett, 11 months, Baby Duggar, October 2019

Congratulations to Joy-Anna and Austin!