Thursday, June 23, 2016

Celebrating Anna Duggar

Wishing Anna Duggar a very blessed 28th birthday! During our interviews with Anna and the time we have spent face-to-face with her, we have always been encouraged by her strong faith, selflessness, and positive outlook on life. For those who have watched the Duggars' show and/or met the family, how has Anna impacted your life?


Photos courtesy TLC/Scott Enlow, duggarfamily.com, ja20.com

68 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Anna! I admire you so much!!

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  2. Happy Birthday Anna. 🎂🎂🎂

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  3. From the very beginning I was struck with how it seemed that Anna was almost just a missing piece in the Duggar family. What a beautiful woman she has grown into. Each of the things that Joshua has been involved in, I have seen in someone that I know. When you view pornography, it seems to me it is a clear door opening to the adversary and I have seen it devastate people I love. I have seen people repent from horrendous acts and I know that none of us are disposable to God but you have got to walk with him every day, every footstep. You cannot fall back. My Sister was cheated on by her husband multiple times and it was devastating to her self worth. Even when it was no longer left up to her, she still loved him and wish they could have worked it out which I cannot understand, but have no right to judge her. Wherever the road takes you Anna, I know that he is holding you up and there are no choices that will represent failure. But as I love others that I have seen stay with and stand by sinners, I know that Joshua is forgivable to the Savior and again no one can judge you for what you choose to do. I pray Josh will stay strong and never slip. I pray he grows stronger everyday and is able to earn your entire families trust again. He certainly needs support as it will be a long road back until there may be days it will seem forgotten. You are the sweetest Anna and such an inspiration.

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  4. It's been inspirational to see what Anna has endured and responded by re-upping her commitment and faith.

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  5. Anna gives me faith , and strength , in that she appears to have taken care of herself and her children well despite things that happened in the past years . Anna is a good role model to us of all ages , who have encountered similar problems in life .

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  6. Anna has inspired and encouraged me in so many ways. She is so sweet and kind, and so devoted as a spouse and mother and making sure Christ is always present in her words and actions. I am proud of her faith and knowing she will give God her very best no matter what challenges life brings. Happy Birthday, Anna!

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  7. Happy birthday

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  8. She is an amazing woman. Whenever I watched her speak about how she wants to try to restore her marriage, I was so impressed. Too many people jump in and out of marriage , it's nice to see someone that is willing to give another chance and try to work things out

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  9. She is grace in the the midst of a storm. An example of how we ought to forgive. Happy Birthday!!!!!

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  10. Did you see the birthday message where they listed all the things Anna has to do around the house, things that "nobody else wants to do"? Yikes.

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  11. I loved when she said she's always loyal to her kids (out in public); so when they are throwing a tantrum she gets down to their level & is compassionate & understanding. I really liked that! Loyal to her kids!

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  12. happy birthday sweet anna keep trusting in God

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  13. Happy Birthday sweet, precious Anna! I hope your birthday is great! I have never met you, but I would love to.

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  14. Happy Birthday Anna. You are such a special part of the Duggar family & I can't imagine losing you. You are amazing & a great example to follow. Your gentle ways are so obvious. Keep doing what you feel is what you should be doing. I hope you always trust decisions for yourself. I heard you may be PG & if so I think its so wonderful. Happy to always see you on TV or hear good things about you on this website. Wishing you a special day with your special ones.......from Idaho & as you can see, a huge fan of yours.

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  15. Happy birthday Anna. You are truly a blessing to this world and a great example to all of us.

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  16. happy birthday anna

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  17. Happy 28th birthday, Anna! Though I do not know you, my heart and thoughts go out to you and your lovely children. I hope as time goes on you will continue to impress us all with your bravery and self-respect. So many of us are rooting for you!

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  18. I can't even imagine how hard this past year has been for Anna. And while I pray that I never have to walk the same road, I pray to God that if I do, I can handle it with half the grace, strength, and faith that Anna did. She is one of the best examples of a Christian woman I can think of! I'm a 19-year-old girl trying to do what God wants me to do, and Anna has been a wonderful example to me. Thank you, Anna.

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    1. There are examples in the Bible of strong women who were not expected by God to do just anything a man told them.

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  19. Today is my birthday too! Happy Birthday Anna!

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  20. Happy birthday have a blessed day.

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  21. I remember one show when Anna was taking her children to the store and Mackynzie was sad because she wanted to be in the cart. Anna bent down and with a soft voice talked to her and reassured her. Anna later said that she tries everyday to reach each of her children's hearts. What a wonderful message. There was also another show where the bouncy seat for Marcus was accidentally packed in the moving van and she had specifically asked Josh not to pack it. They travelled all the way to Washington and she never complained that she didn't have the baby seat. When it was finally unpacked and Josh brought it to her, she gave him a hug and said "my hero" She is the hero, most wives would have been mad at their husbands for packing the baby seat but she was so positive and grateful. She is simply amazing and Josh better really appreciate what he has because she is a GEM!! Happy Birthday Anna, you deserve to be treated like a queen!!

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    1. I remember that too! Such a lady of grace.

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  22. Happy Birthday Anna. You truly are a strong, beautiful soul. May today find you happy memories and buckets of laughter.

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  23. Happy Birthday Anna! You are a strong, beautiful woman. I pray God may bless you with an amazing year and bless you for your faithfulness. I walk the same path as you and it has been encouraging to see your graceful walk. I hope you are well, I pray for you and your family. God bless & enjoy your day! ❤

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  24. yall forgot micheals birthday

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    1. Happy Birthday Micheal!

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  25. Jesus is Lord and He is my Savior.June 23, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Happy Birthday Anna. You have shown strength and great faith in this trial you are going through. May you continue to trust in our God who never fails .

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  26. Happy birthday!
    You certainly deserve best wishes on your special day.
    Wishing you a day that is only about you.

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  27. She's recently taught me the gift of unconditional love. Even after she found out that her husband cheated on her, she still loved him. I am kind of the same way with people around me. I can't bear to see them suffer, and I always try to help in any way I can with their problems.

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  28. Anna had a huge impact in my life by helping me change the way I see my kids. I have three kids and I remember that some people (like my father-in-law) didn't reacted well when they discovered about my second and third pregnancies, they treated me and my husband as two irresponsible people that don't know how to "protect themselves" from having kids. I watched several episodes of 17, 18 and 19KAC and I was always amazed by Anna's sweet attitude with her kids, specially her happiness and positivity during each one of the pregnancies. I used to feel sad about people's comments and reactions, but nowadays I really don't care about what anymore...I mean, it's my life, I'm doing what I think is the right thing to do, I'm a good mom, I raise my kids with love and education, and I work very hard, so why should I be ashamed of having contributed to God's creation by giving birth to three precious human beings? I've heard some people saying that Anna is dumb and stupid because she stayed with Josh. Well, if staying with Josh was right or wrong is something I won't talk about because it's not my life, it's her life. But one thing I know, she is not dumb! As a stay at home mother, I know how chalenging being a mom and a housewife can be, and I truly believe that we are underestimated by people who don't have any idea how important a mother is for a family and how much of our inteligence and talents we can put into our tasks. I'm so gratefull to Anna because even if I never met her, she showed me how to be a better mom and a better wife.

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    1. God bless you, Andrea! We have five kids, but thankfully have not dealt with family members having negative opinions (just a neighbor!). I'm glad you've come to the place where you don't let their opinions bother you, because they are ignorant of the truth - babies are a gift from God! You and I and Anna and the rest of us moms are shaping the future, and it's sad that so many people have bought into the lie that what we do doesn't matter, etc. Keep up the good work!

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    2. Totally agree!!!! We just had out 6th child in April and sometimes it's like people think you don't know how to stop lol I wasn't even sure if we should tell anyone that we were expecting our 5th or 6th. I have been encouraged by Anna too both as a wife and a mama:)

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  29. I have been favorably impressed with Anna since she was first introduced
    as Josh's girlfriend. I am so proud of her for doing what she felt God has led her to do. She is an inspiration for standing by her wedding vows. I wish her a very happy 28th birthday filled with joy. God bless you, sweet girl!

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  30. Anna is someone who sees Jesus as the reality he is. She follows him as if what he says is true! She exemplifies forgiveness and grace towards her husband which is what Jesus has done for all us sinners. I am thankful Anna walks out what she believes despite so much nastiness towards her decisions. She had a crown waiting in heaven. You all will see!

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  31. One of the most powerful things I heard Anna say after Josh's infidelity was, 'If I went off of what I was feeling I would turn a mess into a disaster.' and so she handled something for herself, and her kids, and for all of the women who were watching what she would do next. She handled her feelings and in so doing she taught me that I can handle mine.

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  32. Anna,
    Happy birthday!!! I thank God for you showing His strength through you...our stories are VERY similar. In my story my husband came forward and confessed of his secrets in August 2015. We had just celebrated 10 yrs of marriage and welcomed our 5th baby girl into the world in July 2015. God is faithful through it all. He's a healer and makes all things new! Love you and your family and I'm praying for ya'll.

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  33. Happy birthday anna! From one young Christian wife and mother to another. My heart goes out to you. Your a very sweet and selfless woman, I hope to be more like you. May God bless you on your special day and always!!

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  34. Happy Birthday Anna hope you had a blessed birthday

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  35. Anna Duggar.. You are an inspiration and an example of a Christ centered wife. Your dedication to your marriage, to your children, to your husband and to your Faith is nothing short of heroic. I pray that God continues to bless your family and that He watch over you all. And of course Happy (belated) Birthday.

    God bless you,
    Texas

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  36. Anna has been such a witness to me. She is a strong wonderful woman - may God bless her greatly on her birthday and always!

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  37. Happy Birthday Anna. Keep your eyes upon the Lord and will direct your path.

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  38. Anna has impacted my life in a quiet yet strong way. Her love for children, her support for marriage under heart-rending circumstances, and her dependence in Jesus. I have so much to learn...!

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  39. Happy Birthday Anna! Such wisdom and grace at a young age! I also like when she said, "when you don't know what to do, do the next right thing". Thanks again Anna for the wisdom of Solomon!

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  40. Happy Blessed Birthday Anna Duggar! May you have a wonderful day taking time out for yourself and your family. My married daughter will turn 27 this year and my unmarried son, 29. Times sure went fast for me, as a mother. Cherish each minute of your day and may He take care of you all! Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

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  41. What a pure kind soul...she has more love and compassion in her little pinky than most do in their whole body...I wish I was half the woman she is...Happy Birthday sweet Anna and blessings to you and yours😇🕇💛

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  42. Aww Sweet Anna what a blessing you are to many though not the "norm" for today but I say what's wrong with living right? It won't be long dear until all who love Him and look for His appearing will no longer suffer but He will wipe the tears from our eyes! Thank you for sharing God's strength in you, May God Bless You Today and keep giving you Grace and strength

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  43. Happy Birthday, Anna! May God bless you for your dedication to Jesus and your family. Thank you for your beautiful witness.

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  44. Happy Birthday Anna, today is my little brother's birthday as well so it's extra special in my book. Your strength, your integrity and the way you have carried and handled yourself throughout these past couple of years just proves the Proverbs 31 woman you are and it has touched and encouraged many, including me. God bless and enjoy your day!

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  45. Happy Belated Birthday Anna, I hope you had a great birthday. By your example, you have inspired me to go hard after the Lord. No matter what is going on in your life you are seeking the Lord. You do not let your life be ruled by your feelings. I know if you can do that, so can I. Thank you.

    You are such a loving, warm, encouraging and wise woman of God. How blessed your family is to have you in their lives. God bless you and your family.

    Betsy


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  46. Anna is so devoted to her husband and children and devoted to the Duggars as well. I just hope Anna does some things for herself, perusing personal interests beyond that of raising her children and healing her marriage. It is possible to be both - a woman devoted to helping her family pursue their dreams and a woman discovering and pursuing her own dreams.

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  47. Happy Belated Birthday Anna. My mom and I admire your faith and strength. You've been through so much and haven't given up. Thank you for that. My mom and I wish you the best in life. God bless you!!!

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  48. Once I met a woman who was 68 years old. She was a Christian, she told me that when she accepted Christ she physically felt a weight lift off of herself. She made another comment that I remember she said about another woman, "She always wants everything to be 'nice'."
    Don't we all, but.... All in all, I think Anna has done a good job with her family. Proverbs says wise woman build their homes, foolish ones tear them down.

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  49. God bless you. Happy birthday!

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  50. Happy Birthday Anna and Micheal!

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  51. Anna Duggar is an inspiration to me in so many ways. First and foremost, she truly lives her faith. She is also kind to everyone and is so patient with her children. On an earlier episode of "Counting On," she was talking about some advice given to her to "say the next right thing, have the next right response, for the next 15 minutes." This really hit home with me as I sometimes am less patient with my students than I should be. Since watching that episode, I am making a concerted effort to use her patience as she teaches and parents her children as the model of what I should be doing in my classroom. Even though I have a ways to go, I am blessed to have been able to see her in that and all the episodes. Anna is also the epitome of graciousness in the face of great challenges in her personal life. To me, Anna is a wonderful Christian young lady who is a role model to so many. I continue to pray for Josh, Anna, and their family, and for many blessings in their future.

    Thanks Anna, and Happy Birthday!

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  52. Happy Birthday Anna. I have watched the show since it first came on and now with the older kids and to me it's just a joy to see such a wonderful family with all it's ups and downs in life! I truly am inspired by you Anna and wish you and Josh and your 4 kids all the happiness each of you deserve. God Bless you all.

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  53. I like how she care about her kids and make them behave is she going to have a baby anytime soon ? How is Josh doing car saleing ? Happy birthday Anna can you put new photo of you kids ?

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  54. My heart aches for what Anna has had to deal with and will the rest of her days with Josh. God can use this for good. God is able. I hope Josh is improving and is always held accountable given his tendencies for the rest of his life. It won't be fair to Anna if she has to deal with more issues from him in the future. I hope that's not the case. I pray for Josh's salvation and that he does turn his whole life over to the Lord. -Becky

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  55. It can only go up from here!

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  56. Anna is such a beautiful woman who lives her faith in daily life. She is an inspiration to us all, showing grace under pressure. My wish for Anna would be that she take time for herself, pursuing her own personal gifts and dreams. Every woman needs to balance her attentiveness toward her husband and children with attentiveness to her own needs and interests. God knows Anna deserves it!

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  57. You are a valiant woman. You are passing on a living legacy to your children by carrying your cross and smiling. It's difficult to have a cheerful disposition amidst trial, but others are looking at your lovely face for strength. Happy Birthday!

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