JILL Duggar has shared a heartbreaking message about a family member who passed away in a new post.
The reality star took to Instagram on Wednesday to post the tribute to her husband, Derick Dillard‘s late father.
Instagram / Jill DuggarJill Duggar shared a sweet tribute to her late father-in-law in a new post[/caption]
Toby CanhamThe post was to remember Jill’s husband Derick’s father, who passed away 15 years ago[/caption]
InstagramThe post included throwback photos of Derick (right) with his father Rick (left)[/caption]
Jill, 31, shared throwback pics of her husband and father-in-law, Rick, 15 years after his death.
In one photo from Derick’s teen years, the father-son duo posed together following a sporting event.
The proud dad smiled with his hands on his son’s shoulders after the game.
Derick also cheesed for the camera, rocking a uniform as they stood on the sidelines.
Rick beamed with pride in a second snap while teaching his young son how to mow the lawn.
The photo was framed with the words, “nothing is quite as strong as the gentle strength of a father’s hand” around it.
Jill remembered her children’s grandfather in her caption: “I see him in my hubby & our boys. I know he would be proud of his sons and the husbands and fathers they’ve become. We are missing him a little extra today on this anniversary of his death 15 years ago. Love you.”
Fans rushed to the comments to offer support on the difficult day, including her sister Jinger‘s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, 35, who responded with a sad face emoji.
Others called the experience “heartbreaking,” while someone else encouraged: “Losing a father is so painful. But hold onto those memories.”
Additional remarks pointed out Rick’s resemblance to Derick and Jill’s three children: Israel, seven; Samuel, five; and Frederick, six months.
Meanwhile, Jill has been keeping her own family at arm’s length after leaving their former series, Counting On, in 2017.
The show was eventually canceled in 2020 after the eldest Duggar sibling, Josh‘s child pornography crimes came to light.
Jill has since adopted a much more relaxed lifestyle, forsaking some modesty and her parent’s strict rulings.
Derick, 33, spoke exclusively to The U.S. Sun in June about their deviation from the rest of the family, as he claimed that patriarch Jim Bob, 57, prohibited them from visiting the house unless he was present.
“I think he’s mainly worried about the influence we might have on his children,” the father-of-two shared.
In March 2021, Jill opened up about her tension with her father and mother, Michelle, 56, after admitting that she hadn’t visited her childhood home in two years.
Jill and Derick recently moved into a $385K Arkansas home not far from her family’s compound.
She explained that the distance was meant to “prioritize our mental and emotional health.”
However, the TLC alum has made strides to reconnect with her parents and siblings, as she was recently spotted at a gathering to celebrate her sister, Jana‘s 33rd birthday.
Their other sister Joy-Anna, 25, shared clips from the festivities, which she called “special sister time.”
The ladies, including Michelle and siblings Jessa, 30, Jennifer, 15, and Jordyn-Grace, 14, met at a local restaurant to ring in the special day.
After lunch, the group headed to the nail salon, where they got manicures and pedicures with the birthday girl.
Social Media – Refer to SourceJill and Derick have distanced themselves from the Duggar clan after they left their former TV series, Counting On, in 2017[/caption]
YouTubeJill was recently spotted out with her mother, Michelle, and siblings to celebrate her sister, Jana’s 33rd birthday[/caption]