Just four months after their wedding, and just hours before their return to television on a new season of Counting On, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have shared some very sad news with their fans.
It's almost the saddest news they could possibly share.
The news is this: Lauren suffered a miscarriage in October.
"A couple months ago, we found out that we were expecting, but suddenly thereafter, we lost our baby,” Swanson explains in a clip released Monday morning from tonight's Counting On premiere.
Adds Josiah in this sneak peek:
“It really was a hard time for our family going through this right after we got married. And all the dreams of getting to see our little one and hold it in our hands dashed before our eyes."
We can't imagine anything more devastating.
And we appreciate the couple being so candid about such a difficult topic.
"Lauren and I were actually preparing for a trip to go to a friend's wedding over the weekend. She started feeling really sick and started noticing some different things," Josiah expounds on the premiere.
Lauren, for her part, thought it was a dietary problem at first.
"I wasn't feeling well," she says. "I was cramping really, really bad, which was quite strange because I normally don't. I was thinking I had something with gluten in it."
She then discovered the tragic truth, continuing as follows while retelling this story:
"It was late at night and I went to the restroom, and right there was the baby. Gone. I couldn't believe it, and I was hoping it wasn't true."
Fans have been speculating about Swanson's status for months, which makes this even more poignant -- and which also ought to serve as a reminder.
You really should never ask a woman if she's expecting or wonder when she might be in some public forum.
Because you simplynever know what someone is going through.
The couple, meanwhile, got married on June 30, 2018 at John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs, Arkansas; only seven months or so after they started courting.
But things often move quickly in the romance department for members of this family.
Said Josiah in a statement last March:
"Lauren and I are engaged! This is an exciting big step in our lives and the whole thing was very meaningful.
"The place where I proposed to Lauren is the exact spot where her parents were engaged. There's a lot of family history on this property making it a special place for Lauren."
TLC actually aired footage of the proposal, too.
Fast forward just a few months after this question-popping and Lauren and Josiah shared their first kiss.
Not just as husband and wife, but their first kiss EVER, as depicted below:
This past Thursday, the couple uploaded a sweet snapshot of them smiling and kissing in Orlando, making it evident to followers that they're trying their best to move on from this tragedy.
"How did I ever get someone as special as you," wrote Duggar as a caption to the image.
As for what else fans can expect from the new season of Counting On?
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