Anna Duggar isn’t finished talking about her husband’s cheating scandal. Last week on Jill & Jessa: Counting On, Anna finally revealed that she will not be divorcing Josh Duggar. This answered a question that many Duggar fans had been asking for weeks, and they likely assumed that Anna Duggar had said all that she was going to say about her husband’s infidelity and her plans for the future. However, Anna is making one more appearance in the final episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and this week she’s going to describe the pain she felt after she found out that Josh was being unfaithful.
People recently shared a sneak peek for the December 27 episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and it shows Anna Duggar trying to put a positive spin on Josh’s cheating admission while she has a somewhat awkward conversation with her sister-in-law, Jessa. One minute the girls are talking about Jessa’s baby, and the next they’re chatting about Josh’s second major scandal of 2015. In case you’ve forgotten, the first involved the revelation that Josh sexually molested Jessa, three other sisters, and a babysitter.
“I think for everyone it’s been hard,” Anna Duggar says after Jessa asks her how she’s been doing. However, Anna keeps a big smile on her face and continues playing with her baby daughter, Meredith, while she tackles the tough topic of her husband’s unfaithfulness.
Cheerful Anna then attempts to look for a silver lining by saying that her husband’s wrongdoings have strengthened her faith.
“I think that it’s been a good opportunity to draw close to God and just trusting God for his wisdom to take the next step.”
According to CNN, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar responded to their son’s sexual molestation scandal in a very similar way. After police reports surfaced detailing how Josh molested his younger sisters as a teenager, Jim Bob and Michelle tried to put a positive spin on the continued abuse of their then-underage daughters by saying that the experience improved each family member’s relationship with God.
“That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before,” the Duggars wrote in a post on their official family Facebook page. “Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.”
During her chat with Jessa Duggar, Anna probably frightened her still-pregnant sister-in-law by comparing the pain of being cheated on to a few days of being in labor.
“When you’re in labor, you just make it through the next contraction and go on,” Anna Duggar says in the video below. “I think there’s been a lot of that lately, of just taking the next step and going on.”
Anna Duggar found out about Josh’s infidelity a month after she gave birth to their fourth child, so those labor pains were still fresh on her mind when her husband confessed that he had been unfaithful to her and was spending too much time looking at internet pornography. According to Us Weekly, Anna’s husband originally blamed the Devil for his wrongdoings by claiming that he “had allowed Satan to build a fortress” in his heart. However, Josh later removed “the Devil made me do it” excuse from the statement that he released in response to Gawker‘s discovery that he had a paid account on the Ashley Madison cheating website.
In the Jill & Jessa: Counting On sneak peek, Anna Duggar struggles to keep the smile on her face when she reminds Jessa that she and her husband, Ben Seewald, are currently living in the same house that Anna and Josh moved into right after they got married.
“It’s special being here because the house is so different, and it’s definitely Jessa and Ben’s house, but yet there are a lot fun memories of starting out here,” Anna says while choking up and trying to hold back her tears.
Anna is currently finding it difficult to make new happy memories with Josh Duggar because he checked himself into a Christian treatment facility in Rockford, Illinois, shortly after he admitted to being unfaithful to his wife. He’s been there since August, and Anna has only been able to visit him two or three times.