Duggar women are raised to believe that the primary reason they were put on this planet is to put more people on this planet.
It’s a central tenet of the “quiverfull movement” – of which the Duggars are devout adherents – that Christians should focus all their energy on the “be fruitful and multiply” passage of the Bible.
And it seems no Duggar female is more committed to testing the limits of her uterus than Joy-Anna Duggar.
Joy, you may recall, unveiled her sizable baby bump just three months after marrying Austin Forsyth.
The one event followed so closely on the heels of the other, that many began to suspect that Joy had gotten pregnant before her wedding, which would’ve been the stuff of scandal, as premarital sex is a major no-no for all Duggars.
(Yes, they’re not allowed to have sex at all before marriage, and once they’re hitched, they can only have sex for purposes of procreation. These folks have seriously antagonistic relationships with their genitals.)
We might never get a satisfactory resolution to the great debate regarding Joy-Anna’s “shotgun wedding,” but whatever the timeline, it seems the 20-year-old newlywed is loving every second of first-time motherhood.
Joy gave birth to her first child – a boy named Gideon – back in February, and ever since, she’s been gushing about the lad every chance she gets.
She posted the above photo to Instagram this week in order to mark the occasion of Gideon turning two months old.
“We love you Gideon!” Duggar captioned the pic.
“You make your dad and I smile SO much.”
It’s a pretty standard Duggar baby update, but in Joy’s case, it was greeted with more enthusiasm than usual.
Joy and Austin have both been uncharacteristically quiet on social media the past few weeks, and because Duggar obsessives scrutinize the family’s every move, some took it as a sign of trouble in paradise.
It turns out, however, that Joy and Austin have actually been busy spreading the word of how awesome their marriage is.
Yes, it seems the Forsyths have been doing something called “giving testimony,” which means they’ve been speaking to assembled groups of young folk about how marriage has brought them closer to God, or something.
We guess if there is an advantage to making people wait until they’re hitched to knock boots, that’s it:
They’re much more likely to feel that marriage is totally the best thing on the freakin’ planet.
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