There’s a baby on the way for Joy-Anna Duggar!
The Counting On star and her husband Austin Forsyth are expecting their first child together, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.
“We’re so happy and thankful to announce that we’re expecting a baby!” Joy-Anna says. “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.”
The two first met when his family moved to Arkansas and started attending the Duggars’ church. After a whirlwind three-month-long engagement, Joy-Anna, 19, wed Austin, 23, in May at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas, in front of a packed church of more than 1,000 family and close friends. Following the couple’s ‘I dos,’ they jetted off to Geneva, Switzerland, for an “incredible” honeymoon.
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Now that they’re home and settled into life in Arkansas near Joy-Anna’s famous family, they’re thrilled for the next stage of their lives.
“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!” she says.
As for Austin, he’s cherishing every moment of fatherhood.
“I’m really looking forward to the journey of this pregnancy and all the different stages it will bring,” he says. “It’s really exciting and I feel so blessed to be a dad! We are beyond thankful!”
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So, will Joy-Anna follow in her parents’ footsteps and have a large family of her own?
“We want as many as the Lord thinks we can handle,” she told PEOPLE after the wedding. “And we are putting it into his hands.”
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
Joy-Anna and Austin also took to Instagram to share the exciting news with their fans and followers.
“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!” they wrote.
Following the couple’s announcement, sister-in-law Anna Duggar, who is pregnant with her fifth child, posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon to congratulate the couple: “Congrats to Austin & Joy Forsyth on the precious lil one on the way — we’re so excited for you guys!”
Counting On returns Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.