Anna Duggar may have just gotten to see her husband for the first time since he began his lengthy stint in a faith-based treatment center in Illinois. Anna is probably hoping that Josh Duggar will be ready to dedicate himself to being a better husband after he returns home; however, a source close to the Duggar family is warning Anna not to set her expectations too high.
Josh’s dad, Jim Bob Duggar, flew to Rockford, Illinois with his pilot son John David, and two other passengers last week. There’s no word on whether Anna Duggar was one of these passengers, but there’s speculation that whoever was in the Duggar-owned plane was in Rockford to visit Josh at the Reformers Unanimous treatment center.
Near the end of August, it was discovered that Josh had two paid Ashley Madison accounts, and this discovery forced him to confess to cheating on Anna and being addicted to internet pornography. He then enrolled in Reformers, which isn’t actually a rehab center — it’s a “school of discipleship” where Josh is doing a lot of Bible studying.
The Reformers Unanimous treatment program is at least six months long, and the Stir speculates that Anna Duggar’s husband possibly returned home early on the Duggar family’s plane. However, according to Flightaware, the aircraft can only seat four, meaning there would have been no room for Josh on the flight back home, so the passengers who flew to Rockford could only be there to visit.
Even if Josh stays at Reformers for a few more months, a Duggar family source says that Anna Duggar shouldn’t expect him to be a changed man when he returns home. The insider told ETonline that Josh still isn’t sorry for cheating on his wife, and he has developed a habit of hiding his problems instead of talking about them.
“It would be different if Josh was actually sorry,” the source said. “He could have said ‘I’ve got problems,’ but instead, he hid it. When you live in a fishbowl, people are going to find out.”
The insider also said that Josh’s parents have been very secretive about what’s going on with their son, and it’s also difficult to tell how Anna is handling her husband’s infidelity and his prolonged absence.
“I know how she says she is, but don’t know how she is deep down. She doesn’t talk about that.”
Josh left Anna Duggar with four kids to care for while he’s away at Reformers, but the mom is getting plenty of childcare assistance. Since her husband left, there have been numerous photos of Anna and the kids posted on various Duggar family social media pages. The most recent photo of Anna Duggar was taken at Jessa Duggar Seewald’s November 4, birthday dinner, and it was posted on the Duggar Family Official Facebook page. Some Facebook commenters are concerned because they think the mom has lost a lot of weight.
On November 5, the Duggars shared a few photos of Josh and Anna’s kids visiting the Amazeum in Bentonville with their young aunts and uncles. Josh and Anna’s oldest daughter, Mackynzie, got to visit an inflatable cow.
Josh’s “rebellious” cousin, Amy Duggar King, and her husband, Dillon King, have also been spending time with Anna Duggar and her kids. One of Dillon’s Instagram photos of Josh and Anna’s baby girl, Meredith, caused a bit of an Instagram frenzy because it shows the tiny tot wearing a pair of jeans without a skirt over them.
“Omg they let the little girl wear pants. She is too cute for words!” one commenter wrote.
The jeans surprised long-time Duggar fans because female members of the family almost always wear skirts. In a TLC blog post, Michelle Duggar explained that she believes that women and girls should define themselves as female by wearing modest dresses and skirts. However, because younger girls don’t understand what modesty is, they have to wear leggings underneath their dresses.
“As a parent I would have to remind them, let’s not stand upside down on your head in that chair because you want to practice being ladylike. And they look at me with this puzzled looked like, what does that mean? I’ll explain, well, it means that you sit up, put your knees together and pull your skirt down over your knees. Even though they have on pantaloons or leggings, I’m teaching them that it’s not very polite to sit on your head with your legs scattered all over the place.”
Josh and Anna were seemingly following in Michelle Duggar’s lead — most of their Instagram photos of Mackynzie show the little girl dressed a lot like her young aunts, and baby Meredith was photographed wearing the legging/dress combo before her father left for Reformers.
It’s possible that Anna has decided to dress Meredith a bit differently now because she’s solely in charge of the little girl’s wardrobe while her husband is gone, or perhaps Anna isn’t responsible for Meredith’s outfit in Dillon King’s photo — if Amy was babysitting, she could have dressed the little girl.
Do you think Anna Duggar is doing things her own way while Josh is away?
[Image via Josh Duggar / Instagram]