We're only a few days into the new year, but it's already been a hectic 2018 for the biggest family in Tontitown, Arkansas.
With the Duggars, there is never a dull moment.
Things got off to a promising start, to be sure, with the announcement that Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child.
It wasn't long, however, before the Duggars were facing down yet another scandal, this one having to do with their beloved TLC show.
The future of Counting On has been shaky ever since TLC axed its predecessor, 19 Kids & Counting, only to bring back a rebranded version.
For the past several months, reports that Counting On would be canceled by the network have grown ever more intense, however.
There's been talk of the family's TV days coming to an end circulating non-stop on social media, and no evidence to the contrary.
Some insiders have blamed declining ratings.
Others have insisted that the show was canceled because of Derick Dillard (Jill Duggar's husband) and his transphobic tweets.
Whatever the reason, it seemed increasingly apparent that the Duggars would not be returning TLC in 2018, if at all.
The time when a new season should have been announced came and went without any official word from the family or the network.
Just as fans were beginning to give up hope, however, Jana and Joy-Anna Duggar were spotted filming at a beauty salon near their home.
Sure enough, shortly thereafter, the Duggars official fan blog - operated by two close family friends - announced that Counting On is back!
Or at least it will be back. According to the blog, the series will be returning to television on Monday, February 26.
Card-carrying members of Duggar Nation rejoiced, but it now looks as though their celebrations may have been premature.
Thus far, the blog post from the family friends is the only "official" mention of the show's return.
There's been no advertising, no word from TLC, not even any social media posts from the Duggars themselves on the subject.
Needless to say, it's a bit odd that with just weeks remaining until the alleged premiere date, there hasn't been so much as a teaser trailer from TLC.
And that's not the only reason to believe fans may have been misled:
As several fan sites have pointed out, the camera crew filming Jana and Joy-Anna is the only production staff that's been spotted in Tontitown.
With a population of less than 2,500, not much occurs in the town without the knowledge of its residents.
Locals say the whole county usually knows when the Duggars filming, but this time around, they've spotted just one relatively small camera crew.
The odd situation has resulted in a number of fan theories:
Some believe that the Duggars are misleading fans, hence why an announcement was made with the family's approval ...
... but not by any actual family members, thus allowing them to back away from the statement if it proves inaccurate.
That subtle wiggle room could be by design.
Others suspect the Duggars are transitioning toward a self-produced web series instead of the full-blown TLC production.
That would explain the lack of promotional material and reduced production staff spotted around the Natural State.
Still others think that TLC has simply cut production costs in response to lower ratings, which has resulted in a smaller staff.
With that staff comes a reduced number of episodes, and limited marketing for what few installments do get produced.
Whatever the case, it seems that there have been some considerable changes in the relationship between the Duggars and the network.
And we're guessing that one way or another, those changes will be readily apparent come February 26, if not sooner.
Stay tuned and share your theories below.