For weeks now, rumors that Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are headed for divorce have been circulating non-stop on social media.
Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Jim Bob and Michelle are already separated.
The fertile couple has yet to respond to the rumors, which is no great surprise, as the elder Duggars have been in the habit of keeping a low profile in recent months.
In the wake of the Josh Duggar sex scandals, the task of maintaining and defending the family’s public image has been left up to Jim Bob and Michelle’s offspring, primarily daughters Jill and Jessa.
Thus far, the sisters have proven that they’re up to the task.
Their reality show was recently renewed for a second season, and they’ve become pros when it comes to quietly suppressing scandals without addressing them directly.
Take Jessa’s latest Instagram post, for example:
She shared the photo above, along with a caption reading:
"HAPPY 51st BIRTHDAY, DADDY! I love you so much!!!"
On the surface, it’s a simple birthday shout-out.
But it also serves as a dog-whistle confirmation to the Duggar faithful that all is well in Jim Bob and Michelle’s marriage.
Jill also wished her father a happy birthday, but she didn’t include a coupled-up picture.
Of course, it’s worth pointing out that Jill is still performing missionary work in El Salvador and has frequently reminded us that wifi is hard to come by in the village where she and her husband and son are living.
In fact, it’s possible she hasn’t even heard the divorce rumors.
Yes, you might know more about what’s going on in the Duggar family than Jill Duggar herself.
We hope that makes you feel 37 kinds of special.