Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Take a Time-Out to Work on Their Marriage

Their son's marriage might be dangerously close to being over, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are working on keeping up their wedding vows at a Christian marriage retreat. The 19 Kids and Counting couple hit the Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center in St. Paul, Arkansas, joined by their daughter and son-in-law Jessa and Ben Seewald.

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It's understandable that they'd want to take some time away to refresh their commitment to each other, after everything they've been through this year. Last spring, their reality show was canceled after it came out that their eldest child Josh molested five young girls as a young teen in the early 2000s.

Later in the summer, it was revealed in the Ashley Madison hack that Josh had used the infidelity website to cheat on his wife Anna and their four children. He's supposedly undergoing intensive Christian therapy right now, while Anna figures out what she wants to do with her marriage.

So, yeah ... it makes sense that they're taking a little respite. 

The most interesting, and possibly the most telling, part about their weekend retreat is the fact that Ben and Jessa Seewald joined them. They're expecting their first child on November 1, their first wedding anniversary, so some mother-daughter bonding time was definitely in order, but in light of the Josh scandal, the fact that they're out with Jessa says a lot.

Ben and Jessa have been the most critical of her big brother's sexual dalliances, with plenty of thinly veiled scripture quotes related to righteousness and forgiveness, and Jessa even posted a scathing blog post her father-in-law Michael Seewald wrote -- about Josh being a hypocrite -- to her own social media sites.

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Does this mean that Michelle and Jim Bob are of a similar mind when it comes to their wayward son?

Regardless, it looks like a good time was had by all. The elder Duggars wrote on Facebook, "We are having a special time at the www.fortrock.org marriage retreat in Saint Paul Arkansas on the edge of the Ozark National Forest ... Beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful truths!"

 

Image via Duggar Family Official/Facebook

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