Josiah Duggar has been through a lot in the past few months. It was just months ago the former 19 Kids and Counting star began a courtship with a young lady named Marjorie Jackson. Only weeks ago, however, mom Michelle Duggar announced that Josiah and Marjorie had gone their separate ways.
On Friday, Josiah Duggar turned 19--but even his birthday wasn't without some controversy. Brother Josh Duggar has recently made news again since his sexual molestation scandal this spring. Now he is a noted Ashley Madison account holder. He also admitted to having an addiction to pornography and to cheating on his wife Anna Duggar. Josh Duggar is now at a treatment center for men with a variety of sins.
Happy birthday, Josiah.
How does a 19-year-old celebrate when his family is going through all this?
Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar took to their family's Facebook page to post about Josiah Duggar's 19th birthday.
"Today is our Josiah's birthday. Josiah is creative and a hard worker. We are especially pleased with the wonderful young man he's become. Happy, happy birthday, Josiah!" they captioned two photos--one of Josiah Duggar as a baby and one as the young man he is today.
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Later in the day, Michelle Duggar added to the family's message to Josiah.
"Michelle here--I've thought all day about our Josiah and wanted to add a few thoughts to the family post we put up for his birthday this morning!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSIAH!
We love you so much!
You are an encourager and can brighten up any room you walk into!
You have made a big impact in all of our lives.
Your love for God, humility, diligence, selflessness, giving spirit, and so much more has challenged us in our relationship with the Lord!
We are so blessed to have you in our family!
Mom (dad and family agree too!)"
Perhaps Michelle realized that Josh's most recent scandal is taking its toll on Josiah Duggar, too?
Just imagine what Anna Duggar must be experiencing. She is at home with four children to raise alone, no doubt still reeling from the shock of Josh Duggar having cheated on her.
Surely there will be someone else in Josiah Duggar's future that his family finds suitable for him to court. The former 19 Kids and Counting family don't date. Instead they find a mutually agreed-upon person to sort of "try out" as a suitable future spouse.
Did this kind of mindset lend itself to Josh Duggar's problems?
Nevertheless one can only hope that Josiah Duggar had a happy birthday. One can also pray he escapes the confines of his patriarchal Christian family and finds his way in the world on his own.
The lifestyle certainly hasn't served Anna Duggar or the former 19 Kids and Counting family all that well.