TONTITOWN, Ark.—

In August, the Duggars of the TV series 19 Kids and Counting  announced they would soon have another addition to the family: daughter Jill Duggar and husband Derrick Dillard were expecting.

Married in June, Jill and Derrick are expecting a son in March. The couple proudly shared their excitement in a Christmas photo depicting the baby bump wrapped in a bow.

Attached to the bow was a note reading “To: Jill & Derrick, From: God.”

Jill captioned the photo on Instagram, “Merry Christmas from the Dillard’s! As we rejoice in the celebrations around the birth of Jesus Christ, we thank God for our precious little gift! “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” #Isaiah9:6”

The Duggar Family Date NightThe family has long faced controversy for their staunchly pro-life beliefs. Despite a petition by Change.org garnering over 180,000 names to cancel the family’s TV series, the Duggars’ show continues.

If anything, Jim Bob Duggar feels the petition attempt just gave the family “more exposure.”

Duggars Christmas wrapping“We have since 1973 (when Roe v. Wade was decided) had 55 million abortions, so what we have going on is a baby holocaust,” Jim Bob Duggar said during the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit.

The next season of 19 Kids and Counting will air on February 17. In the meantime, the family kept busy sharing their holiday adventures over Facebook. Festivities included a gift wrapping extravaganza and a quadruple date night with Jim Bob and Michelle and their three married children and their spouses.

Josh shared that during the Christmas season, the family often considers the acronym JOY — Jesus first, others second, and yourself last.

When not writing, Sierra can be found conducting experiments in the chemistry lab or whipping up delectable creations in her kitchen. With a passion for storytelling, Sierra puts her natural curiosity to use investigating enlightening angles for news and events here at The Oregon Optimist.