Michelle Duggar: '19 Kids and Counting' Matriarch Lauded by Daughter Jana Duggar During Josh Duggar Sexual Molestation Scandal

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Michelle Duggar is the matriarch of the 19 Kids and Counting clan, and she's been under lots of pressure since word of eldest son Josh Duggar's sordid past made news in recent weeks. Josh Duggar sexually molested five underage girls many years ago--four of whom are his sisters.

One of those sisters--Jana Duggar--took to social media to laud Michelle Duggar, and share some love with the mother of 19.

It's likely Jana knew that Michelle Duggar is in need of some extra TLC--the 'tender loving care' TLC--while the TLC network is deciding whether or not to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.

Jana shared a Facebook post to sing Michelle Duggar's praises, and to share a photo of herself with her mom.

Love spending time with this sweet lady. So thankful to have her as a role model, a friend and a mom! Always love my time with her. Jana

Posted by Duggar Family Official on Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Duggar family appears to stick together through thick and thin--and they've certainly been in the thick of it with Josh Duggar's sexual molestation scandal. Not only has Josh come under fire, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been accused of not handling the situation properly, and his victims (Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald spoke out about the situation on TV) feel revictimized by the media.

At the center of it all is Michelle Duggar, trying desperately to hold her family--and her reality show--together with love and prayers.

Is Jana Duggar sharing an accurate portrayal of the 19 Kids and Counting family with her Facebook post? Or is this simply what the Duggar family wants fans and the media to see? Do you think they're really holding it together behind closed doors?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.