Thursday, December 8, 2016

Meet Joy's Boyfriend


Since Joy-Anna Duggar's courtship announcement last month, many of you have been asking about her beau, Austin Forsyth. Also an Arkansas native, Austin grew up in the country with his parents and sister, Meagan, running Fort Rock Family Camp, which the Duggars have visited multiple times.

In 2009, the Forsyths participated in an episode of the TV show World's Strictest Parents. (At that time, Meagan was 17, and Austin was 15.) With cameras rolling, the family took in two troubled teenagers, 18-year-old Tyler and 15-year-old Arielle, to show them what it's like to live in a home filled with love and mutual respect.

The results are incredible. In just a few days, Tyler and Arielle make incredible transformations, and they begin to thoroughly enjoy their time with the Forsyth family. When their parents arrive to pick them up, they are thrilled by the changes they see in their children.

You can watch video clips from the World's Strictest Parents episode featuring the Forsyths on the CMT (Country Music Television) website. Here are the links to the three that we recommend. We don't recommend the other three clips, which show the first half of the visit and include a few curse words from Tyler and Arielle.

Day 3: Teamwork
Day 4: Heart-to-Heart Talks
Final Day: Going Home

Photo courtesy TLC

44 comments:

  1. I actually saw that episode of "World's Strictest Parents", and the only thing I can say is that this boy has been raised right.

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    1. Amen twice! God bless his parents.

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  2. I understand your warning but at the same time, seeing their behavior when they arrived vs their behavior when they left would help people understand how helpful this experience was for the kids.

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  3. It's a reality TV match made in heaven! Perfect merger!

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  4. I don't believe those wife swap & kid swap shows. I'm sure the results don't stick after things go back to normal. You can't undo decades of behavior in a single TV show.

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    1. God can do anything! All praise and thanks be to God,and to the Forsyth's for allowing God to work through them to get to the hearts of the people they have helped!

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  5. Thank you for the info on Austin and his family. Blessings to Joy and Austin!!!! Joy seems to be very mature, and has a good head on her shoulders...she's made a fine pick.

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  6. I hope the relationship is healthy and for the right reasons. His family already posted image of Joy in relation to their family camp. I find it intrusive and inappropriate to capitalize on the connection.
    Joy was not provided continued education to help care for her siblings which was clearly documented during the graduation party.

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  7. I thought this topic was about Austin? All this article talks about is his family; albeit briefly.

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    1. My thoughts exactly 1 very short generic paragraph about Austin and 3 about his parents and a TV show link.

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  8. At least we know Austin is willing to be on TV, since that seems to be the only way you're allowed to court a Duggar.

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    1. I think you're right.

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  9. Have Austin's parents had any contact with the children they were helping, Tyler and Arielle, since the episodes in 2009. I admire their parenting skills. The teenagers seemed to respond positively to the Forsyths.

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  10. The cmt sites are no longer available.

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  11. It only plays the 1st link unfortunately.

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  12. My goodness that is a weird concept for a show. I can't find words to express how crazy that sounds. I would not want my daughter becoming part of a family like that. But it's the Duggars whose daughter is courting him not mine. Thank goodness.

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    1. Did you watch the clips? I used to watch the show. It was a great show, and Austin's family seems solid.

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  13. Austin's family seems wonderful. His parents look like brother and sister.

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    1. I don't really see that as being a compliment

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    2. I didn't mean it as anything other than an observation.

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  14. I really enjoyed the videos. It appears that Austin came from a good Christian family. I look forward to watching Austin and Joy-Anna build a relationship together.

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  15. Wow! JoAnna is getting fabulous inlaws!

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  16. Oddly enough, after watching the entire Episode, I realize that I'm actually jealous of them because I wish I had families like them. Which is why it is my dream to one day meet the Duggars face to face. Of course, I'm just waiting for God's perfect timing to take place.

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    1. I felt the same way, wish my parents were Christians. Hope they know how blessed they are.

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  17. Could you but the other 3 up you Don't recommend I would like to see it. Curse words don't bother me at all.

    Thanks Ellie.

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    1. Sorry it should have said put not but. My tablet hits other letters instead of what you are suppose to type.

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    2. I love curse words. I've being watching R rated movies since I was 5 years old. And movies that had nudity in them too my parents didn't care.

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    3. @11:40 - My parents started taking me to James Bond movies when I was about that old. The original Bonds. I was in awe! Didn't negatively influence me one bit. In fact, I saw "You Only Live Twice" and taught myself the theme music on the piano.

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  18. Gotta love the miracle of reality television - turning troubled teens into perfect teens overnight. ;) Ha!

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    1. Not so much as exposing them to another perspective and another voice of authority. Sometimes teens tune out their own parents, and they're more likely to listen to someone else who can connect with them on another level.

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    2. It's a TV show with polar opposites put together for entertainment purposes only. It's not family therapy!

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    3. Very well said 2:27 and very true about teens!

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  19. World's stricted parents reality show is a scripted, edited and contrived piece of misleading TV. One of our extended family members was in that show and the so called "wayward" teenagers do not cease the behavious that brought them there. It is merely scripted and filmed to look that way. Sure they might mutually agree that maybe they "could" emulate the righteous kids they get sent to if they wish, but they dont. Teenagers with real issues need professional clinical help, not a few days with a family who drive a different engine. Our niece is grown up now, has put teenage stuff behind her. Not because of her 4 days on a farm, but because of the 19 years of love and persistence from her family. Like any television, particularly reality TV, you see about 10-12 minutes of heavily edited, scripted scenes.

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    1. Your glass must be half empty..I choose to see my glass as half full! I believe people can and do change!

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    2. Anon@11:34 The person you responded to did not say people don't ever change, but rather pointed out a niece did improve after growing up and maturing with the love and direction of family. Emotional and behavior problems in young people are complicated, can benefit from maturity, and often require professional clinical guidance, not a stint with a "strict" TV family.

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  20. Is there a way to see the videos that you posted from their website? Its saying its unable to retrieve the videos. I've never seen that show and would love to see Austin's family on it.

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    1. Hi Kelly,

      Unfortunately, the videos have been taken down by CMT.

      Lily and Ellie

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  21. Great boyfriend for Joy as she is a tomboy and he has that wonderful camp not even an hour away, great match.See no negativity needed or warranted here...no reason for it what so ever, that is unless you are unhappy yourself...Cheerio mateys...😉Smile y'all and Blessings😆

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    1. Oh for Peter's sake, having a different or "negative" opinion of something does not make you an unhappy person!

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    2. True, but people who always seem to have a negative thing to say are probably not happy people.

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    3. Happy don't harp...and the content don't criticize...I say it once, I say it again and again and again...nuff said...ba dumb bump!😅Smile😄

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  22. I hope you both are very happy and I would love to meet John-David Duggar!!!!!!!!! I hope he reads this. I think you are cute John-David Duggar

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    1. Hmm. I guess I'm not the only one who's had their eyes on a Duggar. #VeryRespectfulComment #LoveTheDuggars #LoveJAD

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