Counting on star, Joy anna Duggar Forsyth, recently shared heart-breaking photos of her still born baby girl after her miscarriage.
Joy and Austin Forsyth got married back in 2017 and now have a son, Gideon Forsyth. The couple was expecting their second child together and was over the moon for the birth of their baby girl, but little did they know fate had something else planned for them.
The 21-year-old miscarried at 20 weeks, in the middle of their 3rd trimester. She delivered a still born baby, whom they named Annabel Elise. The couple announced the miscarriage via a heart-felt Instagram post on Wednesday.
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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
After a week of the miscarriage, the couple shared heart-breaking photos of their goodbyes to Annabel. One picture showed Joy cradling her stillborn child with Justin on her side and another showed her mother and sister gathering around her. She wrote, “We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious. So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in out hearts forever!”
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We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious. So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!💝😇 . Thank you all for your love and support! We can feel the prayers!💕 . Thank you, @carlinbates98 for coming to town to be here for me and for doing my hair and makeup for pictures with our little girl!💖
She also posted a picture of Annabel’s footprints next to a coin, to show how small she was when she was taken away from them.
The couple’s family and friends came to her support and helped them through the tough times. Joy’s friend, Carlin Bates, went to meet the grieving parents and even did Joy’s hair and makeup for their pictures with their baby girl.
Bates later posted a picture of the two on Instagram saying, “I wish there were words to express how broken hearted I am for my best friend. Seeing her give birth to her little girl, Annabell Elise, and knowing that she would never be able to hold her again while on earth just brings tears to my eyes. Yet, through it all, she has been so strong and held on to Jesus, knowing that we will see her little baby in heaven one day. I know that Jesus doesn’t promise that we will not face difficulties in this life, but He does promise to be by our side every step of the way. I’m so grateful to have a friend as precious as Joy, and I know that she would covet prayers at this hard time”.