Joy Anna Duggar Reveals She Suffered Miscarriage, Shares Meaning of Baby Girl’s Name

Joy Anna Duggar

Joy Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, have announced that they have suffered a miscarriage.

The couple, who are parents to 1-year-old son, Gideon, first announced they were pregnant in May.

They took to Instagram Wednesday with the heartbreaking news.

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“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,’” the pair wrote of the doctor informing them they had lost the baby.

 

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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.” . We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl. 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. 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. . “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? Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.” -Fanny Crosby

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“We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl,” they continued. “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.”

The couple also revealed they had named the baby, a daughter, Annabelle Elise. They explained the meaning to fans.

“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,” they wrote. “Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well.”

They closed the post with a quote from missionary, 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?

Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!

For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well,

For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.”

Joy Anna Duggar and Austin’s miscarriage comes just weeks after the Duggar Family publicly suffered the sudden loss of their beloved Grandmother, Mary Duggar, who died of an accidental drowning at her home last month. She was 78 years old.

Our prayers are with Joy Anna, Austin, and the whole Duggar Family at this time.


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