Babies on the Brain? Bride-to-Be Joy-Anna Duggar Says She ‘Can’t Wait to Be a Mother’

Joy-Anna Duggar is soon to be a bride, but she is already looking forward to motherhood!

In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, the Duggar siblings, along with family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, thanked their mother, Michelle Duggar, for her unfailing love and commitment to their family.

“Mama, we’re so grateful for you and just the many years that you’ve invested in our lives,” said Jana Duggar, who held nephew Spurgeon Elliot Seewald on her lap as she was surrounded by her brothers and sisters.

“Thank you so much for making life fun for us,” Jessa (Duggar) Seewald chimed in. “You’re always so much fun.”

Bride-to-be Joy-Anna Duggar, who sat hand-in-hand beside her fiancé Austin Forsyth, also thanked Michelle for her devotion — and hopes to one day take on the role of mother herself.

“I’m so thankful for you, mama. And even more recently, just helping with all the wedding planning and helping me just not get stressed out about all that,” said 19-year-old Joy-Anna.

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Gazing into the eyes of her soon-to-be husband, Joy-Anna added with a smile, “I can’t wait to be a mother myself.”

Joy-Anna announced on the special episode of Counting On: Jinger’s Wedding in November that she had entered into a courtship with her friend of 15 years, whom she first met when his family moved to Arkansas and started attending the Duggars’ church.

And months later, PEOPLE confirmed the exciting news that the couple got engaged!

On an episode of Counting On, Forsyth asked for Jim Bob’s blessing to enter into a courtship with Joy-Anna.

“You know, over the years, I have just been watching and I really admire her heart for the Lord and her character. She’s such a diligent worker. She gets all the younger siblings working. She’s a good delegator,” Forsyth said, and added, “and then, of course, her beauty.”

Recently, the engaged couple celebrated their joint bachelor and bachelorette parties with a camping trip.

“Wedding planning is going great so far,” Duggar said after enjoying a day floating down the river. “I think Austin’s been helping out more than he ever thought he would be. He’s been a part of a lot of it.”

Counting On returns June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/joy-anna-duggar-cant-wait-to-be-a-mother/

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