Counting On stars Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson recently revealed that they suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage last fall, and now it looks like the newlyweds are turning to music to help them cope with their loss. The couple recently shared video clips on their Instagram story of themselves singing a duet at church, with Swanson singing lead and Duggar providing the perfect backup vocals.
According to In Touch Weekly, the young couple has appeared to be struggling a bit in recent months, but they have leaned on each other to get through the difficult time. In addition to singing together, they have also taken some trips and gushed about each other on social media.
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Many of yall don't know this, but a couple of months ago we found out we were expecting, however, soon after we miscarried. At first, we kind of wanted to just stay quiet about the news, but knew that since everyone is anticipating for us to announce that were having a baby, we felt like it was time that we told everyone that our first and only baby is in heaven. It is hard to hear when people asks us if we are expecting, when we only recently lost our baby. You can imagine it was devastating to the both of us. Our expectations of setting up a baby room, hearing the heart beat, feeling the baby's first kick in mommys tummy, holding our little one and getting to to see our precious baby were – Shattered. Gone. Right before our eyes. Even though our sweet child is no longer with us, it is such a comfort to know that one day we will get to see our baby in Heaven! To the ones who have gone through this, I know your pain. It’s real and terrible. I just want you to know you don’t have to suffer in pain alone. It is not your fault. We greatly appreciate your prayers as we go through this hard time! Love, -Josiah and Lauren #countingon #TLC #miscarriage #ourbabyisafeinthearmsofjesus
They have definitely been keeping busy, and Swanson recently joined her new husband while he worked on his flying skills. Duggar has his pilot’s license, and Swanson posted selfies from the plane while he was getting in some flight practice.
But, the pain from the miscarriage is still there. The couple recently gave People magazine the details of their experience and revealed that it happened when they were preparing to attend a friend’s wedding.
“I wasn’t feeling well,” said 19-year-old Lauren as she broke down in tears. “I was cramping really, really bad, which was quite strange because I normally don’t. I was thinking maybe I had something that had gluten in it. It was late at night, and I went to use the restroom, and there was the baby. Gone. I couldn’t believe it, and I was hoping it wasn’t true.”
Just a little over one year ago the couple announced they were courting, and a few weeks later they broke the news to fans that they had gotten engaged. They married on June 30th at John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
At the time, Duggar said that he and his wife were happy and excited to start their lives together and he added that Swanson was someone who was “even better than I could have hoped for or imagined.”
The reality star also said that his wife brings “sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her.” And, her ability to brighten someone’s day was something that really stood out to him.
You can catch up with Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson – and the rest of the Duggar family – by watching new episodes of Counting On Monday nights on TLC.