It was a big weekend at the Duggar household in Arkansas as the family bid farewell to Jill Dillard and her husband, Derick Dillard, as they left for El Salvador to continue their controversial missionary work. The former “19 Kids and Counting” stars surrounded themselves with family and friends, including sister-in-law Anna Duggar, who has remained largely out of the public eye as of late.
While the Dillards got ready to board their plane over the weekend, a majority of the Duggar family was there to see them off. In two of the 23 pictures the Dillards posted over the weekend, Anna Duggar can be seen with a big smile on her face posing with the couple, who will be away until next summer, according to People.
Anna’s appearance with the family throws some cold water on rumors that she’d packed up her children and moved into seclusion with her parents in Florida. Earlier this year, Anna faced controversy when it was revealed that her husband, Josh Duggar, had inappropriately touched young girls while he was a teenager, including his sisters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald. Although the secret cost them their TLC series, it looked like Anna and Josh were weathering the storm in seclusion until another controversy fell on their heads. It was revealed in May that Josh had active accounts on the affair facilitation site Ashley Madison after hackers made users' personal information public.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” Josh wrote in a confession on the family’s personal website. “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
Josh is currently at a rehab facility in Illinois to help him with his sexual addiction, and it was rumored that Anna moved away from the rest of the Duggar clan to escape the negative attention. However, her recent appearance in the family’s photos in Arkansas seem to indicate she’s still living in the home she has with Josh. Anna did not appear in any of the photos of the family actually seeing Jill and Derick off at the airport. However, it seems highly unlikely that she’d make the trek from Florida just for the one-day occasion.
The photos in question can be seen on the Dillard family’s personal website.