Jill Duggar Takes Off for Parts Unknown With Baby Israel

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Jill Duggar and Derrick Dillard have embarked on their mission trip ... with baby Israel in tow! Talk about a crazy trip for their young'un, getting to see the world so early.


Jill's sis Jessa Seewald made this announcement via Instagram on the couple's behalf while also snapping this sweet pic of the family right before boarding their plane. She included the following caption:

So excited for @jillmdillard & @derickdillard! They've been praying about and working towards this transition since late last year, and are so excited to finally be heading to the mission field! Please continue to pray for them! And be sure to check out their blog at www.dillardfamily.com "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

While it's unknown exactly where the couple is going (in an update on their blog, the couple said they're keeping their destination private over security concerns) many theorize they're heading to Nepal. Regardless of where they go, it will likely be an area that's a little rough around the edges that needs missionary help --  which has some fans wondering whether their infant will be okay there.

As one commentator asked, "Who's gonna care for baby? They don't know anybody."

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But I say good for them! We treat babies way too delicately in this country -- in my mind, that baby will be fine.

Plus, parents can't just stop their life and careers and callings for a baby's sake: Whenever I see people putting their own passions aside to focus entirely on their family, I tend to see rumblings of regret in them later on.

Because let's face it: Soon enough, kids grow up, and want nothing to do with their parents (or so I hear...). And at that point, if the parents have put their passions on hold for, say, two or even ten years, it's not easy to just pick up where you left off! 

There's no doubt that parenting is a sacrifice. But that doesn't mean parents have to sacrifice every single scrap of their identity pre-family. Because that will only make parents unhappy, and unhappy parents aren't good for kids.

And I'm not just talking about mission trips. I'm talking about date nights, drinks out with your friends, hobbies, travel, you name it! If it makes you happy, be sure to keep it in your lives even once a baby arrives.

In other words, I think both baby Israel and his parents will end up better for this trip. Bon voyage!

How old do you think a baby should be before flying overseas?


Image via jessaseewald/Instagram

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