When Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth back in May of 2017, it initially looked as though she had found herself the ideal Duggar husband.
Austin is an Arkansas native, raised in the same Christian fundamentalist community that produced the Duggar clan.
He’s as God-fearing as his folks and seems to have no desire to rock the boat by relocating or subscribing to any belief systems that don’t align with Jim Bob’s.
But there might be one area in which Austin comes up a bit short.
It seems that he doesn’t share JB’s knack for attracting wealth like a magnetic prospector.
Before Austin received permission to propose to Joy-Anna, his very traditional father insisted that he demonstrate he can earn a living by flipping three houses.
The Duggars also supplement their incomes by flipping cars and properties, so Jim Bob was likely reassured by Austin’s abilities.
Unfortunately, it now looks as though those early successes may have been a case of beginner’s look.
By most accounts, Joy and Austin are struggling financially.
Despite purchasing and renovating a home before tying the knot, we now know that Joy and Austin are living in a trailer, which has led many fans to the conclusion that they were unable to afford a mortgage.
As In Touch Weekly points out, Joy confirmed the reports about her living situation on Instagram this week.
On Monday, Joy posted the above photo and announced that she would be cleaning her home all day.
The questions from fans began to pour in immediately.
“Did you guys list your house? I see you are living in the RV again,” one commenter queried.
“We’ll be posting an update soon!” Joy replied.
“Yes, we are living in a camper, and I love it!”
Now, Joy and Austin are very young, and there’s certainly no shame in living in a trailer … for most people.
But the Duggars see wealth as an expression of God’s grace, and they view debt and poverty as the wages of sin.
Plus, Joy and Austin purchased a house and proudly documented the amount of work they put into renovating it.
So trailer park life was almost certainly not part of their plan for the future.
On top of everything else Joy-Anna and Austin welcomed their first child back in February, and a family that’s as concerned with appearances as the Duggars probably isn’t thrilled with having an infant grandchild in a trailer.
The situation left many fans wondering how something like this could have happened.
It may seem crazy that a member of one of reality TV’s most famous families would be so close to the poverty line, but when it comes to bank balances, the Duggars are no Kardashians.
Not only do they not earn nearly as much, but what they do earn has to be divided among the entire massive clan.
So it’s entirely possible that Joy and Austin might have failed to properly and now find themselves in dire financial straits.
Fortunately, if anyone has the means and connections to recover from such a scenario, it’s these two.