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Was Joy-Anna Duggar Austin Forsyth’s second choice behind Jinger Duggar?

Joy-Anna Duggar on her wedding day.
Joy-Anna was a stunning bride. Pic credit: TLC

Joy-Anna Duggar has been making headlines recently after she shared the news that she and Austin Forsyth lost their little girl. Her second pregnancy was announced in the spring and as the couple went in for their 20-week gender reveal ultrasound, they learned the baby no longer had a heartbeat.

The couple reportedly buried their little girl Annabell Elise on Austin Forsyth’s family’s property in a very private event. Joy-Anna Duggar revealed that her best friend was by her side and helped her get ready to take photos with her daughter after their sad loss.

Of course, this has drudged up questions about Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth’s marriage. There has been some talk about her not being his first choice of Duggar girls, and that he just “settled” for her because she was the only sister not married aside from Jana Duggar. The truth about that remains untold.

Austin and his family have known Joy-Anna and her family for years. They attend the same church and are of the same beliefs. Austin allegedly was hoping to marry Jinger Duggar but her relationship with Jeremy Vuolo progressed faster than anyone had anticipated. Joy-Anna was there and available, but was she his second choice?

Much of what happens in the courting process has been kept under wraps. There has been some concern that some of the relationships are arranged, though there is no actual proof.

The Duggar children make their announcements (usually lined up with a new season coming or to promote something) and then viewers get to see some of their relationships through the courting process on Counting On. Things with Joy-Anna and Austin moved fast, but not unlike the other courtships ahead of them.

If Joy-Anna Duggar wasn’t Austin Forsyth’s first choice, no one would know it now. The two fell pregnant immediately after their wedding and are currently raising Gideon, who just celebrated his first birthday earlier this year. She appears to be happy with the life they are living, including rehabbing homes and staying close to family.

They are working through their loss and recently went on a night out following their tragic loss. As Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth move forward, they will likely continue to share what is happening in their life. Things appear to be going well within their marriage, something important when facing a tragedy as they have.

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