While the Duggar family are expecting their fifth child due later this year, they have been busy celebrating. This week, Josh and Anna’s third child, Marcus, turned four and members of the family including grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, came together for a birthday party.
“Great time with family and friends celebrating Marcus’ birthday!” the Duggar family account posted on Instagram last Friday.
The family, which used to star in their own reality program, 19 Kids and Counting, before the show was canceled in 2015, have spoken of how they use every opportunity to “rebuild the family” after the controversies of the past. The cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting, in which the family was portrayed as staunchly Christian, came after revelations that Josh Duggar had molested five girls, and had been a member of Ashley Madison – an online dating service and social network whose motto is “Life is short. Have an affair.”
Now, utilizing the carousel Instagram feature, the Duggars have shared multiple snapshots from the party, including Marcus with his parents and grandparents.
Earlier the same day, the family also wished Marcus a happy birthday by sharing a sweet picture of him wearing two hats on his head. “Happy birthday to our fun-loving Marcus! You are a treasure! We love you, sweet boy!” the caption read.
In March, Josh and Anna — who are parents to Mackynzie, 7, Michael, 5, Marcus, 4, and Meredith, 1 — announced in a blog post on the Duggar family website that they are expecting a fifth child later this year — a boy.
“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,” the couple who have been married for eight-and-a-half years, posted.
“We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. 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. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!” Josh and Anna signed the blog post.