This summer, Joy-Anna Duggar suffered a tragic miscarriage. She and Austin shared their grief with fans.
Joy is not the only member of the Duggar family who is pregnant.
In a new interview, she explains how she is coping with Kendra, Abbie, and Lauren's pregnancies when the pain of her miscarriage is so recent.
"I thought it was going to be a lot harder," Joy-Anna recently confessed to Us Weekly.
She is referring to "being around [Kendra Duggar (née Caldwell), Abbie Duggar (née Burnett) , Lauren Duggar (née Swanson), and Anna Duggar (née Keller) …"
Joy had this concern, of course, "because there are three sisters that are due the same time I was."
"But I was praying that the Lord would help me be excited for them," she notes.
"And I can honestly say that … I’m super excited for them," Joy-Anna proclaims.
"But I try and ask them a lot how they’re doing, how they’re feeling," she adds.
Joy explains that she's sure to keep up with how they are "because this is an exciting time."
"They have little blessings that they’re adding to their family," she affirms.
But not everything will be as easy, she notes.
"Meeting the babies," Joy-Anna acknowledges. "I feel like that may be hard."
“But it’s not like I’m upset that I’ve lost my baby," she emphasizes. "I still am excited for them."
Joy explains: "But you think, ‘What would my baby look like? What would she be like?’"
Back in early July, Joy-Anna and Austin broke the grim news to their fans and followers.
"Today marks one week since we heard these words…" they began, writing on their joint Instagram account.
They quoted the doctor: "'So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement.'"
"We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal," the couple revealed. "It was a baby girl."
"Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time," Joy and Austin affirmed.
"Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears," they acknowledged. "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)," they recited.
Joy and Austin wrote: "We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again."
"We named her Annabell Elise," Joy-Anna and Austin shared with their fans and followers.
They explained: "Annabell means 'God has favored me,' and Elise means 'God satisfies.'"
"What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes," Joy and Austin expressed. "The first thing she saw was the face of Jesus."
"Please pray for continued healing," they asked at the time. "Not only physically but for our hearts as well."
Clearly, Joy-Anna has come a long way since that tragic loss this summer. Good for her for still being there for her family.