Joy-Anna Duggar shared a rare glimpse of her little sister Johannah as the couple celebrated the younger sister’s 18th birthday – nearly two decades after she made her debut on the family’s reality TV series.
The 25-year-old Duggar sister, the ninth oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle’s 19 children, wrote “Happy Birthday Johannah!” over a sweet picture of the two posing arm in arm.
A subsequent Instagram story from Joy-Anna showed Johannah sitting at her birthday brunch, with the caption: “Celebrating the BIRTHDAY, girls!”
Born on October 11, 2005, Johannah is the 16th child of Duggar parents Jim Bob, 58, and Michelle, 57, who rose to fame in the late ’80s on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting.
Joy-Anna Forsyth, née Duggar, 25, gave a glimpse of her little sister Johannah Duggar on the occasion of her 18th birthday
Johannah was also featured in a subsequent Instagram story that Joy-Anna posted at a birthday brunch
Johannah’s childhood years were documented in the original 19 Kids and Counting
Her birth was documented in TLC’s 2006 one-off special about the Duggars, Raising 16 Children, which has become something of a prequel to the show’s seven seasons, which aired from 2008 to 2015.
As a young child, Johannah was often seen on 19 Kids and Counting.
Memorable storylines surrounding Johannah include the fourth season’s “Duggar in Stitches” episode, in which her parents take the then four-year-old to a plastic surgeon after she scrapes her face while cycling in the yard.
But after the original series was canceled in 2015, as the molestation scandal surrounding eldest brother Josh destroyed the family’s good image, Johannah was in the public spotlight much less than the eldest siblings of the Duggar clan.
Therefore, little is known about the person Johannah has become since childhood and into her early teenage years.
According to the Duggar family blog, Johannah graduated from high school last May.
Her 19-year-old brother Jackson also graduated. As the 15th oldest of the siblings, he only started school 16.5 months before Johannah. The duo was portrayed as very close-knit on the show.
The Family blog post about the two children’s high school graduation, characterized Johannah as a “shining example of grace and determination.”
In the 19 Kids and Counting episode “Duggar in Stiches,” then four-year-old Johanna played a major role after falling off her bike and scraping her face
Johannah was portrayed in the series as a person who is very close to her older brother Jackson, who was born just 16.5 months before her
“From early childhood, she demonstrated an enthusiasm for life and a love for people that has never diminished.” Throughout her educational journey, Johannah developed a careful focus on tasks, which made her an outstanding student!
“Her ability to tackle projects and challenges head-on sets her apart and served as an inspiration to her siblings and friends!”
“As Johannah takes her next steps in life, we have no doubt that her leadership skills, love for the Lord and genuine care for others will continue to have a positive impact on those around her,” the blurb reads.
Like all of her siblings, Johannah was homeschooled and at the same time raised according to the principles of the fundamentalist Christian organization Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP).
Long described as cult-like, IBLP professes a strict system of obedience centered on the family unit – with women expected to always be submissive to their husbands and children, even as adults, that they never deviate from their parents’ wishes for you.
Jim Bob and Michelle now have three children under 18: daughters Jennifer Danielle, 16, Jordyn-Grace, 14, and Josie Brooklyn, eight.
Joy-Anna married Austin Forsyth in 2017
Joy-Anna and Austin share three children: Gideon, 5, Evelyn, 3, and five-month-old Gunner (not pictured)
Earlier this year, 32-year-old sister Jill expressed her fears for her youngest siblings, who still live with their parents, while promoting her new tell-all book, Counting the Cost, which reveals the horrors she faced while she was at Her parents grew up with strict religious rules.
The former reality star shared her thoughts about her family members in an Instagram Q&A in which she was asked if she was “worried” about her 33-year-old sister Jana and the “influence” her father Jim Bob had during living in the family home still affects them during their stay.
“I try not to interfere too much in my siblings’ lives,” Jill replied. “I don’t know where they all are.” I don’t want to talk about their stories and everything. “I let them tell their story or find out for themselves.”
“But I think for anyone who grew up in IBLP, it’s definitely a process, and it’s very hard to break through and kind of get through it,” she continued.
Before the book was published, the family came under even greater scrutiny when IBLP’s practices — along with the Duggars’ close ties to its leadership — became the focus of Prime Video’s bombshell docuseries expose, Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets”.
Back in June, there were reports that Jim Bob and Michelle were working to prevent their youngest children, including Johannah, from ever watching the series.
Joy-Anna married Austin Forsyth in 2017 and the couple have three children together: Gideon, five, Evelyn, three, and five-month-old Gunner.