AceShowbiz - Joy-Anna Duggar, 19, is going to be a mother. The "Counting On" star is over the moon to announce that she is expecting her first child with 23-year-old husband Austin Forsyth, only three months after the couple tied the knot in Arkansas.
"We're so happy and thankful to announce that we're expecting a baby!" Joy-Anna told PEOPLE. "Every child is such a precious gift from God." The mom-to-be added, "I'm most looking forward to watching Austin as a dad and raising children together with him."
"I have a lot of good memories of my mom teaching us and the quality time we spent together, and I'm really looking forward to doing that with my own children. It's such an amazing thing to be a parent and raise children!" the Bravo reality TV star continued.
Her husband was equally excited for the impending fatherhood as he chimed in, "I'm really looking forward to the journey of this pregnancy and all the different stages it will bring. It's really exciting and I feel so blessed to be a dad! We are beyond thankful!"
The Duggar family congratulated the couple on their upcoming baby. "We are so blessed to share that Joy and Austin are expecting!" they said on their official website. "We know they will be such wonderful parents! We can't wait to meet this little one!"
Joy-Anna first met Austin when his family moved to Arkansas and started attending the same church as her family. Raised in a strict Christian home, both were expected to hold off sex until marriage and have their first kiss after saying "I do." They swapped vows in front of family and friends after three months of engagement.
The couple went to Switzerland for honeymoon. "Married life is going great, I feel so blessed to be married to my best friend. I can't wait to spread joy and the word of god to all of you out there," Joy-Anna said back then.
Joy-Anna is not the only one pregnant in the ever-expanding Duggar family. Her sister-in-law Anna Duggar is also expecting a baby. It's Anna's fifth child with Joy-Anna's older brother Josh Duggar. "Congrats to Austin & Joy Forsyth on the precious lil one on the way - we're so excited for you guys!" Anna tweeted.
The Duggars, parents with 19 kids, originally starred on reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting". The family was under public scrutiny after it was revealed that Josh molested his sisters several times when he was a teen. His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, were slammed for covering up the incidents. The family received another wave of criticisms after news broke out that Josh, married with four kids, signed up to cheating website Ashley Madison. Their show was canceled but it didn't take long for them to return to TV in a so-called spin-off.
Do Joy-Anna and her husband want to have a big family like her parents? "We want as many as the Lord thinks we can handle," she said after her wedding. "And we are putting it into his hands."