Last fall, Counting On star Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson were preparing to do what all Duggar couples do in the first year of marriage – announce that they were expecting a baby. But then tragedy struck when Lauren suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage. Just because they lost a child, it doesn’t mean Lauren isn’t a mother, and Josiah made that clear in an emotional Mother’s Day tribute to his wife.
Giving without getting anything in return
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Josiah Duggar posted a pic of himself and his wife on Instagram and wrote a message to his “dear Lauren.” The 22-year-old wished his wife a Happy 1st Mother’s Day and said that he wished their sweet baby could have seen what a wonderful mother she is.
Josiah added that he has seen his wife give without getting anything in return, and although Jesus called their “angel baby” home, Lauren is still a mom.
Fans praised Josiah Duggar for his heartfelt message
“Thank you for acknowledging her motherhood,” one follower wrote. “Oftentimes people don’t consider women who have lost babies to miscarriage as mothers, but we absolutely are. We hold our babies in our hearts when we ache to hold them in our arms. Happy Mother’s Day, Lauren.”
Another fan wrote that “loss mamas are still mamas,” a third follower thanked Josiah for his post, and a fourth called Josiah’s words “a beautiful message,” explaining that the first Mother’s Day after a miscarriage is hard and emotional.
The comments didn’t stop there, one fan – who wrote that she couldn’t have children – said that Josiah’s message was “quite possibly the most beautiful thing” she had ever read.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mom, but the Lord had other plans for me, though I will not pretend to understand them. Happy Mother’s Day, Lauren. Praying for you today,” wrote the fan.
The couple revealed their miscarriage to help others
According to People Magazine, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson spoke about their miscarriage during the recent season of Counting On, telling fans that they were preparing for a trip to attend a friend’s wedding when Lauren started to feel sick.h
“She started feeling really sick and started noticing some different things,” said Josiah. “Mrs. Swanson was there, so she was able to help her out. I didn’t know exactly what was going on.”
While in tears, Lauren explained that she wasn’t feeling well and was cramping, and she thought that maybe she had eaten something that contained gluten. However, late at night, she went to use the restroom and “there was the baby. Gone.”
Lauren says she couldn’t believe what had happened, but she decided to talk about it “to let y’all know that you’re not alone.” The Counting On star says that nobody really talks about miscarriage, and it was the worst day of her life. She also admits that she couldn’t have gotten through the pain with her family’s support.
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson thanked fans for sharing their stories
After the newlyweds shared their heartbreaking news, the messages of support from fans started to pour in, and the couple thanked everyone for sharing their “angel baby stories.”
In an Instagram post that featured a picture of the piano in their home with their wedding photos on top, Lauren wrote that it’s easy to share the happy times but talking about difficult things can put salt on the wound.
Lauren thanked fans for their support and for sharing their stories, explaining that it helped her and other women who were going through the same trials.