It should be no shock to anyone who has kept up with the Duggars that Jill Duggar was not present with the other female family members during Michelle Duggar’s birthday event.
Jill has been honest about the fractured relationship with her parents and some of her siblings. She knew this would be a risk when she opted to write Counting The Cost, but the good outweighed the bad as far as the former Counting On star was concerned.
Interestingly, Jill’s book was released on September 12, just one day before Michelle’s birthday. While it’s unclear when the celebration happened, it was during a weekend.
Joy-Anna Duggar shared her weekly vlog, which covered Michelle’s birthday.
The Duggar women gathered to hang out and have lunch with the matriarch, but it was clear Jill was not in attendance.
During the video, Joy-Anna mentioned that a few sisters and sisters-in-law celebrated Michelle, but fewer people were missing than in attendance.
Who was present for Michelle Duggar’s celebration?
While Joy-Anna Duggar made it hard to get a good look at who was sitting around talking in the video she shared, zooming in helped to see who was there.
Joy-Anna was filming and there, but Jessa Duggar, Jana Duggar, Jennifer Duggar, and Josie Duggar were seen on-screen. Johannah and Jordan were there, too.
As for the sisters-in-law, Katelyn Nakatsu was front and center. Also seen in the video were Kendra Caldwell (who was holding her new baby) and Abbie Grace Burnett. It seems as though Lauren Swanson may have also been there, but hidden by Michelle standing behind the couch.
Who was missing from Michelle Duggar’s birthday?
Jill was visibly absent, which was strange because she still lives in Arkansas. She has attended various sister events, so it seems this was more than intentional.
Jinger Duggar was not present, but living in California gives her an easy excuse to avoid family things.
Anna Duggar wasn’t visible in the video, but that may be because she doesn’t want to be seen publicly. There’s also been speculation that she is feuding with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, though that hasn’t been confirmed.
One theory about Jill missing from the celebration is that Katelyn was there, and she and Jedidiah Duggar have made it clear they are not here for any badmouthing of Jim Bob.
Despite not being present, Jill didn’t appear too bothered as she’s already an NYT best-selling author and has been busy doing press for her book release.
Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets is currently streaming on Prime Video.