The Duggar family stopped talking about their eldest son after his molestation charges and reports of infidelity were published. TLC even took drastic measures to hide Josh's face during younger sister Jinger's wedding. But, on Friday, the family was quick to announce Josh and Anna's latest news on the family website.
The post began:
“For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust.”
Though it hasn't been easy for the couple, they have worked hard to remain good parents for their children. They were also excited to announce the news of another Duggar baby:
“As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year.”
They wrote that “beauty comes from ashes” and that they hope to use the new pregnancy as a chance for the family to rebuild, one day at a time.
Josh and Anna married in 2008, which is the same year that “17 Kids and Counting” first premiered on TLC and two years after the sexual abuse took place. They currently have four children together.
Anna was pregnant with her fourth child, Meredith Grace, when the the news of her husband's sexual abuse and infidelity went public. She told TLC in a short interview after the scandal broke:
"It is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we're walking through, and it was hard. It was hard to realize that it was such a public thing, and so not only was it a betrayal against me, but it was also a betrayal for those that call themselves Christians, because here we were as a Christian couple, everyone was able to see us get married and to vow before God to be loyal to each other, and that loyalty was broken.”
The Washington Post reports that Josh publicly apologized for “wrongdoing” and resigned from his job at the Family Research Council. But it was never clear how the scandals would ultimately impact his family life.
Earlier this month, the Duggar family first broke their silence about Josh when they posted a photo of him and his family in celebration of his birthday. On the post they wrote, in part:
“We love you, your amazing wife and sweet children [...] this year is a wonderful year for you and your family.”
It may have been a tough two years for Anna and Josh, but it's clear they have intentions to keep working on their growing family.