The Duggars, stars of the TLC hit show 19 Kids and Counting, have had a lot of reasons to celebrate as of late.
Earlier this month, Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, welcomed their second child, a son named Samuel Scott. A few months before that, Josh and his wife Anna revealed that their fifth child was on the way, after a tumultuous year of scandals including infidelity.
Then just a few months ago, the youngest of the Duggar children, 19-year-old Joy-Anna, married her long-time friend, Austin Forsyth.
Joy-Anna and Austin were engaged for three months before saying "I do" back in May at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas, in front of 1,000 of their closest family and friends.
The newlyweds embarked on an adventurous honeymoon in Geneva, Switzerland before settling in their home in Arkansas.
Now, Joy-Anna and Austin have another chapter to add to their story - they're expecting their first child.
The Counting On star and her new husband broke the news exclusively to People on August 30 and even shared some photos of Joy-Anna's bump.
“We’re so happy and thankful to announce that we’re expecting a baby!” Joy-Anna told People. “Every child is such a precious gift from God. I’m most looking forward to watching Austin as a dad and raising children together with him.”
Joy-Anna is excited about being a parent because family has always been an important part of her life.
“I have a lot of good memories of my mom teaching us and the quality time we spent together, and I’m really looking forward to doing that with my own children. It’s such an amazing thing to be a parent and raise children!” Joy-Anna added.
Austin is also just as thrilled and is excited for every step of the journey to fatherhood.
“I’m really looking forward to the journey of this pregnancy and all the different stages it will bring,” he said. “It’s really exciting and I feel so blessed to be a dad! We are beyond thankful!”
The young couple later took to Instagram to share the happy news and some photos of Joy-Anna's small bump with their fans.
Austin and I are SO thankful to announce that we are parents!! Even before we were married we prayed that God would give us children and we are so blessed that he has given us this baby! Jesus is the giver of Life! The baby has arms, legs, fingers, and toes. It has a beating heart and brain waves. The baby responds to touch and is already right- or left-handed. The baby has its own unique fingerprints, which are different from anyone else's. All organ systems are in place! Psalm 139:13-16 "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." This passage indicates that God Himself formed our physical features and that He did so with a wonderful plan for our lives. God knew us in the womb. #babyforsyth #alreadyinlovewithmybaby #blessedbeyondmeasure #Jesusanswersprayers
Just like her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, Joy-Anna told People that this baby will be one of many.
“We want as many as the Lord thinks we can handle,” she told People. “And we are putting it into his hands.”
Joy-Anna's sister, Anna Duggar, wasted no time in sending a congratulatory tweet as soon news about the pregnancy started to spread.
We bet the rest of the Duggars are just as excited about the news. After all, their family is once again growing.
You can keep up with Joy-Anna and Austin on the new season of Counting On when it returns to TLC on September 11 at 9 p.m. ET.