Heartbreaking news today from two members of the Duggar family.
In a lengthy and understandably emotional Instagram post, Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth have alerted fans to the following:
They've lost their baby.
Along with the photo above, this is what the couple wrote on its official social media page late Wednesday night:
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.”
Duggar and Forsyth had announced they were expecting their second child back on May 1, joining a long line of loved ones who were pregnant and looking forward to welcoming a baby later this year.
“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 at the time, adding:
"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 couple is already parents to a boy named Gideon.
They got married in May of 2017 and Joy-Anna said this spring that she was due in 2019.
Tragically, however, this is no longer the case.
We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl, they revealed in this new Instagram message, continuing as follows:
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.
One in four women suffer a miscarriage.
But it's unusual for this to happen after five months of a pregnancy.
We truly cannot imagine what Joy-Anna, who had been excitedly showing off her baby bump, is feeling right now.
To conclude their post, she and Austin confirmed the name of their late daughter and wrote:
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.
Joy-Anna wrapped the post with this quote by Fanny Crosby:
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? Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whatever befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whatever befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.
The miscarriage comes less than a month after grandma Mary Duggar’s death, and it also comes while a numner of other Duggars are expecting.
Josh and Anna have announced a sixth child is on the way, while Joseph and Kendra are expecting ... and so are Josiah and Lauren.
Cousin Amy Duggar is also pregnant with her first child.
All focus right now is on Joy-Anna and Austin, however.
"We were so sad to hear that Joy and Austin’s baby girl passed away mid-way through their pregnancy,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote on Instagram in response to this news, adding:
“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."
Wrote Jessa Seewald, who welcomed a daughter this past May:
“@AustinandJoyforsyth our hearts are breaking over your loss.
"Such beautiful words you’ve written in your post. Annabell will forever be in our hearts. We love you all and are praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time."
And then Anna Duggar chimed in with her condolences:
“Austin and Joy we love you both so much and my heart aches for your loss, we look forward to meeting Annabel Elise one day in heaven!"
And this from Jeremy Vuolo:
"We love you and are praying for you. Your trust in the Lord throughout these days has inspired me to know God more intimately. I look forward to meeting Annabell Elise with you in heaven.
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson also experienced a miscarriage late last year, sharing the news with supporters in February.
We send our thoughts to Joy-Anna and Austin during this very difficult time.