Poor, Anna Duggar.
Correction: poor, poor, POOR Anna Duggar.
The mother of five remains married to her husband despite Josh Duggar having been involved in two of the more disgusting scandals we can recall.
We can't imagine she has any kind of support system around her -- and we can imagine that her in-laws have all laid on extreme guilt trips about her leaving her gross husband and trying to start over without his terrible influence.
This is relevant once again because Anna made a surprising return to Instagram in early July of 2018, actually writing nice things about Josh in honor of a milestone for the couple.
Get out that barf bag and scroll down to find out what she said...
Yes, Anna Duggar is on Instagram
But she rarely posts messages or photos. The last time she shared a picture of Josh Duggar was on March 1, 2017. It was the picture above and she wrote as a caption: "Happy Birthday Josh! I’m so thankful for the 30 years of life God has given you - I love you!"
The Last Time Anna Posted Anything at All?
You need to go back to May 1, 2018. She asked if anyone would be watching the film "Love Arrows" and included with this question the quote above.
So, Why Did She Return on July 5?
Because "June was an exciting month for our family," Anna wrote as a caption to multiple photos, explaining why as follows: "Marcus, Michael and I are are officially a year older + Josh and I celebrated our 10 year engagement anniversary!" It was this last statement that got the attention of fans, especially when you consider how she followed it up.
She Followed It Up with This Photo
And also with this conclusion to her caption: "The past 10 years have been a wonderful adventure. So thankful for God's redeeming grace and His blessings to us along the way, especially our 5 M's!"
A Wonderful Adventure, Huh?
That's one way to look at it. Fans had a mixture of responses to this description, from those who thought Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have pressured Anna to remain married... to those who thought it was no one's business... to those who believe Josh had been redeemed.
Wait... Redeemed for What?!?
In case you aren't aware, let us refresh your memory here: Josh admitted in May of 2015 that he molested two of his sisters
and five girls overall. It was also revealed that his parents were aware of these actions, yet did not go to the authorities.
He Confessed to This?
"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," Josh said in a post on Facebook days after the scandal broke. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."
And Anna Stayed with Him After This Bombshell?
Yes. She allegedly knew about the molestation incidents prior to news about them going public, but she did NOT know about the next scandal in which Josh found himself at the center.
Josh is Also a Cheater
In October 2015, it came out that Josh had an account with Ashley Madison
, the website that helped married people cheat on their spouses.
How Did Anna React?!?
Not by divorcing her scum of a husband. "It just seemed like a bad dream, it didn't seem possible and I just thought, I'm gonna wake up and everything is going to be okay and this really can't be true," she said during an episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, adding in the spring of 2016: "It was definitely a hard thing and I think it is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through."
TLC Fired Josh in Response to These Scandals
The network axed the series "Counting On" at least, although it later gave Josh's abused sisters a spinoff.
Why Has She Stuck with Him?
On this same episode, Anna tried to make people understand: "I respect other people's views, but in my heart, when I got married, I vowed to God first and then to Joshua, for better or for worse, till death do we part. My prayer and my heart's desire is for our marriage is to be restored."
Eh, he released a statement at least. This is what he said about cheating on his wife: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him."
And Then... a Baby!
The Duggars announced Anna was expecting their fifth child in March of 2017, writing at the time: “For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!"
It's Definitely Been an Adventure
But a "wonderful" one? We can just imagine Jim Bob stealing Anna's computer and trying out this latest caption... while his daughter-in-law cries in the corner and prayers for someone to come help her.
We Hope This Isn't the Case
We hope Anna is actually happy. We're not wishing any sadness on her, just to be clear. We just can't fathom she is in a marriage that involves respect, support, love or, really, anything positive whatsoever.
Please, Please, Please: Leave Him, Anna
This is what fans have been saying for over three years. After Anna wishes Josh a happy 30th birthday, Instagram followers wrote comments such as "God Anaa you still with that pervert??" and "He's a sick son of a bitch if I were Anna I take those kids and run."
But It's Hard to Leave a Cult
And that's what the Duggar family is. We can all agree on that, right? This is a cult.
Good Luck, Anna
God bless you.