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The 2008 wedding

The first Duggar wedding revealed the bundle of emotions both Josh and Anna portrayed during the televised event. As 19 Kids and Counting documented, viewers witnessed families in unison, bridesmaids in sync, smiles on cue and Christian faith on broadcast. Fans ogled as the preacher read and vows were said. Anna glowed from pure joy, and she radiated happiness. Josh brimmed with anticipation and nerves. When I watched their wedding again,

Fans ogled as the preacher read and vows were said.

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Anna glowed from pure joy, and she radiated happiness. Josh brimmed with anticipation and nerves. When I watched their wedding again, Josh possessed an uncomfortable aura. His mannerisms sent sick shivers down my spine, and I thought Anna deserved better. She was pretty, modest, kind and thoughtful, but her lack of education and sheltered lifestyle were hindrances. I worried for her because so many unfair and unnecessary problems occur in life, and she had no options aside from her husband and his family.

In truth, she not only deserved better but needed better because if job loss, impairment, scandal or death were to happen to Josh, then what would she become? Where would she go? How would she provide for her future children? Seven years and four kids later, Josh did lose his job, his credentials and his esteem. His selfish choices lead them back into the arms of his mother and father.

The honeymoon is over

Rumors are circulating that Anna may be pregnant with her fifth child. For her family's sake, I pray to God that it is not true.

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Another child should not have to witness the heartbreak and horror of Duggar tragedies. Brainwash tactics, rigid religion, stereotypical enforcement and danger are reasons enough to discontinue protection until Josh is fully rehabilitated and finances are ample. If Anna is in a trimester, she will join her sister-in-law Jessa Seewald. Seewald is expecting her second child with husband Ben, and both parents are thrilled to give Spurgeon, their son, a baby brother or sister. For Anna and her children's well-being, she does not need to give them any more siblings.

If I were her, I would focus on the four now, demand Josh's accountability and attention, praise God for all the positives and wish Jessa well with her second child.