With their second baby on the way, "Counting On" star Joy-Anna Duggar paid tribute to Annabell Elise, the daughter with her husband Austin they sadly lost a year ago.
A year ago, and at 20 weeks pregnant, Joy-Anna Duggar found out that she miscarried her baby girl. The 22-year-old reality star and her husband, Austin Forsyth had already named her Annabell Elise, and Duggar recalled leaving the ultrasound appointment "sobbing."
A PAINFUL TIME IN THE FAMILY
Joy-Anna didn't know how she would move past the reality that just became a part of her life, but she did. Even though she still has a vivid recollection of that time, the 22-year-old is "thankful" for how far they've come as a couple, and added:
"How God has given us more joy, peace, & healing than I ever thought we would have again. We love you, Annabell Elise!"
The miscarriage came mere weeks after the family lost their matriarch, Mary Duggar. Grandma Duggar drowned in a swimming pool on June 9 at the age of 78 last year.
EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE
But now Joy-Anna and Austin are heading into happier times as they excitedly await the arrival of a baby girl in August. The couple announced the happy news in March, as the reality star gushed about it on social media and wrote:
"Yes… it's true! It's been quite the crazy journey these last few months, but we are so thankful that mom and baby are healthy!"
UP FOR THE CHALLENGE
Austin and Joy-Anna tied the knot in Arkansas back in May 2017, and in a TLC video, the pair admitted that they are "pretty nervous" about raising a daughter.
The couple already shares a young son named Gideon, and Austin is sure that a girl would require "a bit more" pampering than a boy.
LEAVING 'COUNTING ON'?
Joy-Anna's sister Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard left the TLC family reality show after claims that Jim Bob, the family patriarch withheld money they earned while on the show.
Now with the promo for the latest season released, Joy-Anna and Austin are missing from the lineup, and it led to speculation about them "leaving" the show especially after it was reported that they would only appear again for "special occasions."
Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard visit "Extra" on October 23, 2014, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.
JILL AND DERICK'S PLANS
Now that they released themselves from filming obligations, Derick and Jill Duggar aim to pick up on their initial plan on serving on the international mission field permanently.
The couple, who shares two children, moved abroad shortly after they married and they are open to moving "wherever God would lead [them]."