In a clip from the upcoming finale of Jill and Jessa: Counting On, Anna compares her struggles with Josh’s scandal to another kind of pain.
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I’m going to make an educated guess that if you asked a group of people to name someone they would least like to switch places with for even 10 minutes, there’s a good chance that Anna Duggar’s name would come up. The 27-year-old mother of four and wife to Josh Duggar, the oldest of Michelle and Jim-Bob’s clan, has had more than anyone’s fair share of trouble lately. Between the police report confirming the fact that Josh molested five young girls — including sisters Jessa and Jill — while in his teens, and Josh’s admission that he was unfaithful to her, it’s hard to imagine how Anna gets up in the morning.
In a recent preview of Sunday’s finale episode of TLC’s mini-series Jill and Jessa: Counting On, Anna and the super pregnant Jessa discuss the mess that has been the last few months, while poor, unsuspecting baby Meredith bounces on Anna’s knee. When Jessa asks Anna how things have been for her, she first responds by deflecting the question, saying it’s been hard for everyone, and then gets emotional as she describes the situation as resembling labor. “When you’re in labor, you just make it through the next contraction and go on, and I think there’s been a lot of that lately, just taking the next step and going on.”
The big question, of course, is how much is Anna willing to labor through? Is she going to stay married to Josh in spite of everything that’s happened? In the second episode of Jill and Jessa, when asked what the future of her marriage might be, Anna responded by saying that she’s in it forever, causing viewers across America to sigh and Jinger Duggar to applaud her sister-in-law. Anna’s upbringing was even more conservative than that of the Duggar children — which likely plays a role in her decision to stay with Josh no matter what — but it’s difficult to watch her conversation with Jessa and not hope that she can find a way to make herself happy.