Duggar’s sister, Jill Dillard, of ’19 Kids and Counting’, revealed that she and her husband, Derrick, are expecting another baby after her recent miscarriage.
“We are keeping a little secret! the couple said in a blog post shared on Sunday.
The Dillards suffered a devastating loss last fall due to the miscarriage of their baby they named River Bliss.
“We prayed that if it was God’s will, he would bless us with another baby,” they said.
“We are thrilled to announce that God has answered our prayers and we are expecting our rainbow baby in July 2022! We are so grateful to have a healthy baby and pregnancy so far and we have looking forward to discovering sex soon!
Rainbow baby is a term used to refer to a baby born after a miscarriage or stillbirth.
Dillard was a main figure in his family’s popular TLC series, “19 Kids and Counting,” which followed his Christian parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and their ultra-conservative family. After seven years on the air, she starred in the spin-off series, “Counting On,” with her sisters. She decided to leave the show in 2017.
The couple, who married in 2014, have two sons, Israel David and Samuel Scott. They first revealed in 2021 that Dillard suffered a miscarriage.
“We recently found out that we are expecting our third baby,” the Duggar sister captioned an Instagram video at the time. “We were thrilled! However, a few days later, we started miscarrying. We love and miss you, River Bliss!
The Arkansas native revealed that naming their unborn child was intentional.
“One of the meanings of River is ‘tranquil’ and here in Arkansas rivers are often a beautiful and serene escape into nature,” they explained in the blog at the time. “We also love how the river spoken of in the Bible (Rev. 22:1-5) represents the life-giving presence of God. The river of life (the Holy Spirit) “flows from the throne of God”, and with the tree of life it is “for the healing of the nations”.
They added, “Our baby cannot live here with us on earth, but he is forever with the source of the river of life, in the presence of the Lord!
The Dillard family announcement comes as the eldest of the Duggar brothers, Josh Duggar, faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly having more than 200 images of child pornography on his devices of children “ranging from around 18 months at the age of 12”. ”
After Josh Duggar was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography in December, the Dillards shared a lengthy statement on their family website.
“Josh’s actions have spread far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself,” they said.
“The children have scars, but his family also suffers the fallout of his actions. Our hearts go out to the pain that Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to experience in the future. This trial is more like a funeral than anything else. Josh’s family has a long way to go. We are with them, we pray for them and we will seek to support them in any way we can during this dark time. »