The Duggars set aside their recent troubles and were all about love and joy on Tuesday, July 21, as the large clan gathered at the family home in Arkansas to celebrate parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 31st wedding anniversary.
The family shared an adorable throwback photo of the couple's wedding on Instagram with the message, "Happy 31st Anniversary, Dad & Mom! We love you!"
In a home video that the family shared on their website, Jim Bob, who just turned 50 on Saturday, tells wife Michelle, “I got a little special gift for ya.” As he reveals a small box, he jokes, “It’s a cube! How do you like it?”
All humor aside, it turns out the dad of 19 gave his love a very sweet and thoughtful gift — a ring he designed himself that features each of their children's birthstones.
As the 48-year-old matriarch gushed about her “giant” new accessory, the camera pans around to reveal various members of the family who are celebrating the happy day, including eldest son Josh, who was sitting on the couch with his wife, Anna. The couple’s four young children, including newborn daughter Meredith, were also at the celebration.
TLC canceled the family’s wildly popular show 19 Kids and Counting last week, almost two months after news of Josh’s molestation scandal broke. The show was in its 10th season when reports surfaced that the 27-year-old had been accused of inappropriately touching four of his sisters — including Jill and Jessa, who came forward as his victims — and a babysitter when he was 14. He later released a statement saying that he had confessed his wrongdoings when he was still a teen. Various members of the family, including his sisters, have spoken out to support him since the news broke in May.
“With God’s grace and help, Josh, our daughters, and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward,” the family said in a statement on their website after their show was canceled.
Jill, 24, and 22-year-old Jessa, who is expecting her first child with husband Ben Seewald, will both be participating in an upcoming TLC special to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.
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