Thursday, February 20, 2020

Joy Visits Carlin in TN

This week, Joy-Anna traveled to East Tennessee to visit her best friend, Carlin (Bates) Stewart, and meet Carlin's daughter, Layla.

Carlin and Joy are five-and-a-half months apart in age and were bridesmaids in each others weddings. Both were married on Memorial Day weekend two years apart. Joy tied the knot with Austin in 2017, while Carlin became Mrs. Stewart in 2019. They both delivered their first babies in winter. Gideon Forsyth was born on February 23, 2018, while Layla arrived on January 31st of this year.

Carlin Bates Stewart, Joy Duggar Forsyth, Layla Stewart
Carlin Stewart, Joy Forsyth, Layla Stewart 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

69 comments:

  1. Lovely photo... Guess that will stop the Pregnancy rumors... LOL

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    1. No it won't. There are already claims she's "hiding" the "baby bump" or something.

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    2. if joy is pregnant its no one buisness but hers and austins maybe they are not saying because of the miss carriage

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  2. Joy is the image of Jessa in that picture, I had to look at it three times as I was convinced the wrong picture had been put up. It’s nice that Joy & Carlin have kept their friendship going even after marriage & living miles apart. Good friends need to be treasured always.

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  3. Joy looks exactly like Jessa in this picture!!

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    1. I agree. Her hair looks darker than it usually does.

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  4. Carlin and Joy's friendship makes me smile so big. They really do seem incredibly close. Carlin was holding Joy's hand when little Annabell Elise was born still and now Joy gets to snuggle baby Layla. I'm thankful these two precious friends have one another to lean on in both the good times and the bad times.

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    1. I agree; such a precious friendship.

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  5. Joy looks so much like Jessa in this photo!

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  6. this picture looks so posed. It looks like they planned the same color to wear. They both look happy though.

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    1. Nah, it doesn't look that different from any other picture I've seen people take with a friend. Their colors don't really look matchy either.

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  7. Wow. Joy really looks like Jessa in the pic.

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  8. I hope that Carlin, and Joy, had a great time, catching up!!!!

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  9. Wow hardly recognized Joy!

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  10. Whoa, Joy looks so different there. She looks like a mix of Jinger and Jessa. I've never seen a resemblance to them before.

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  11. Joy looks like Jessa in that photo!

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  12. I love Joy’s hair in this picture. What a beautiful girl! I’m so glad she was able to travel to spend a little time with Carlin and Layla.

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  13. Man, that doesn’t look like Joy at all! Did she dye her hair or what?

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  14. Why does the picture not look like Joy.

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    1. It almost looks like Jinger or Jessa’s faces were superimposed on Joy’s body. That’s a silly thought, I know, but that’s how different Joy looks.

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  15. Awe, what a special time for these women, I am absolutely ecstatic for them! Joy can give a lot of tips and encouragement to Carlin! The time these best friends are spending together must feel magical! Austin is a blessing for understanding how much it means to these ladies to have girl time, he is very selfless! Lastly,I can't believe how much Joy looks like Jessa, but I see Jingers eyes, I did a double take! Joy is beautiful, as well as new Mommy Carlin and her adorable new blessing!

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    1. Good heavens. You make it sound like Joy needs special dispensation from Austin to be friends with and spend time with Carlin. It would be a very sad and controlling situation if you needed the ok from your spouse to have friends other than the spouse or family. I hope no person would have to suffer that kind of control. Friendships make us the people we are, the people our spouses fell in love with. It should not be expected that a husband or wife would need the permission of the other spouse to be a friend and spend time with friends.

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  16. Whoa I thought that was Jessa at first! 😯

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  17. Joy Anna looks just like Jessa in this picture

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  18. Thats a great picture of them and Layla.

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  19. Well,I reckon Joy is pregnant because I can see a bump in her shirt,she tried to hide it with the baby but I can definitely see a bump,that explains the beaming smile!

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    1. Hanging out with a good friend is a good reason to beam; you don't just beam when you're pregnant.

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    2. As a Mother who suffered through stillbirth you need to shut your mouth. You have no idea if Joy is pregnant. A tiny tummy bump post 2 pregnancies is normal. But, no matter if Joy is or is not pregnant it will be no doubt a difficult time of fighting anxiety. Keep your speculation to yourself.

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    3. Commenting that someone looks pregnant is incredibly rude. What if they're not?

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    4. You have vivid imagination.

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    5. Can’t a woman have a beaming smile unless they are pregnant ?

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    6. Maybe, maybe not. Not all visible bellies are pregnant bellies.

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    7. Can you post a picture of yourself so we can decide if you’re pregnant based on the size of your belly?

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    8. For 2:16 : Losing a child does not give you the right to tell somebody to shut up. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I am sorry for your loss but you were out of line rude.

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    9. 12:05. Unless you have buried a child, and know that level of grief, and then spent years having every unsolicited woman eye your belly and tell you they were absolutely sure you were pregnant when ( like I experienced and the OP did to Joy) then you have no idea what that feels like. And, I didn’t tell the OP to “shut up”. I said “shut your mouth”. It is wisdom (Proverbs 21:23 “watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and stay out of trouble”) to keep our mouths shut when we don’t know the facts such as if Joy is or is not pregnant. The only time to say a woman is “beaming” due to pregnancy is AFTER she has announced it.

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    10. 12:05- The OP was rude saying Joy looked pregnant. No one is entitled to be rude, even if they're expressing an opinion.

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    11. 2:16 and 6:20, I am so sorry for your loss. I, too, had a stillborn. My son was 30 weeks when I delivered him. All your comments are spot on. Losing a child, burying a child, brings more grief than you can imagine. For those who can't imagine it, I am glad. I am glad that you haven't experienced the immense heartache that never goes away. You never "get over" it, but you do with time "get through" it. Having someone suggest you are pregnant when you aren't, particularly after a loss, is devastating. After my son was stillborn I had people in our church who I barely knew ask me if I was able to have more children. Never assume a woman is pregnant, wait until she tells you. You never know someone's story. They could be so emotionally traumatized, or perhaps unable to have children. You just never know, so it's best to keep your opinions to yourself until an announcement is made. I know that no one would want to unintentionally cause pain to another.

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  20. It's nice that Joy is visiting in Tenn. The Bates and the Duggars are wonderful families. Layla looks so tiny and sweet. It's good that Joy and Carlin have so much in common and are staying in touch. Natasha B

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  21. Awwww how nice! I thought Joy was Jessa here!

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  22. It's so wonderful having a best friend. And I had no idea that Carlin had married and had a baby. The last time I watched the Bates show, Carlin was about 11 years old, if I remember right. Amazing to see her all grown up and a mom now.

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  23. All who commented how much Joy resembles Jessa are on point; it’s like the photographer photo shopped Jessa’s head on Joy’s body. Or is that Jessa?

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    1. I'm sure Ellie has better things to do with their time besides swapping heads. And yes it's definitely Joy!

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  24. What a nice photo of Joy-Anna,Carlin and Layla. Two beautiful best friends.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  25. This photo of Joy looks like its be played with somehow? Her face/head looks, I don’t know, out of proportion? Maybe it’s just the lighting?

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  26. That’s not Joy!

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    1. Yes it is. I've seen Joy wearing those sandals previously.

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  27. My goodness, I had to look twice. If you hadn’t said it was Joy, I would not have known. Maybe it’s that her hair is down and straight, although even her face seems to have changed, matured. I see I’m not the only one who noticed the difference. She looks like Jinger and Jessa here. Beautiful!

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    1. Her hair is a lot darker here than it is naturally and really messing with us :/

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  28. They are also both the 9th in line!

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  29. Joy could look like alot like Jessa and Jinger.

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  30. MO- Joy looks happy... so good to see! :o)

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  31. Joy, resembling Jessa, is because of the done up eyebrows.They make you look more mature. Lol. Recently, my daughter, who is a subteacher and looks 12 w/o makeup and 16 ish with it, tried an experiment. On the days, she did up her eyebrows, when she went into the office, to report, for her assignment, the person, behind the desk, would address her, as a peer. On the days she didn't, they would address her as a student.She got a big kick out of it. I did as well, when she told me.

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  32. It should be very healing for Joy, holding a live new baby in her arms might tell her that life goes on.

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    1. @11:07- I'm sure you mean well. However, grief is not something that is magically "healed" because something or someone tells you life goes on. Don't ever tell someone this who is grieving, as it's partronizing and insenstive. Time may help soften the sharp edges of grief, but it NEVER leaves you.

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    2. I'm not understanding all this puzzlement and conjecture over a single photograph. Not everyone photographs the same in every picture- I've seen photos of myself where I thought I looked completely differnt. Lighting, camera angle, etc. all affect the outcome. Also, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that Joy shows some resemblances to her sisters. I know with my own siblings, the older we get, the more we look alike.

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    3. Joy already knows life goes on. But for her daughter, Annabelle, life did not go on and that will always bring sadness while being happy for others.From one who has been through it...

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    4. 6:03 - it’s causing speculation because it’s a “dramatic” difference, not just something that is a “little off”. Plus, there are several posters who thought it was very different. Don’t worry. It’s all in fun. Joy looks lovely as she does in all pictures.

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    5. When you lose a child, ever single day is a marathon of making life go on. Those mornings you just don't want to get out of bed because your heart hurts so bad, but knowing that you have to get up anyway to take care of your family. I promise you that those are enough to "help" you to know that life goes on. You don't need to hold a "live" baby to know that. And holding a new baby is not necessarily healing. It can bring up a whole world of emotions that you wouldn't understand unless you've buried a child.

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  33. Joy looks very different here. Her face has changed a lot. And bands seem to have not lasted long. She is finally starting to grow up. Carlin's baby looks really tiny. To 11:44-they are not numbers, they have names.

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    1. This is 11:29. I meant bangs. Not bands.

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  34. It sure must be nice to have friends close by enough to visit and get to see their babies. I don't have one. I hope they know they are real lucky. I think they look like real good friends. Joys hair looks more neat in this picture compare to her usual way she does it.

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  35. It's so good that Joy can spend some time in a company of her best friend, a girl, a stylish girl, who can distract her from camping in the woods, building houses and her rural lifestyle. Joy looks really happy!

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    1. Why would someone need distracting from camping which they enjoy and living a lifestyle they chose to live?????????

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  36. Joys hair and skin color is much much darker here than it is naturally. She’s usually not as dark ever as Carlin with both her skin and hair and that’s how it shows in this pic. She must’ve been to the fake bakes and dyed her hair...

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  37. Has any one else noticed that Carlin copied the baby name from the LPBW Roloff family baby name Lilah Ray?

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