We got one answer in 2015 when Jana and her twin, John-David, celebrated their 25th birthday at a favorite restaurant of theirs. (Cracker Barrel, for the record!) Parents Jim Bob and Michelle marked the occasion on Facebook and gave us the scoop on the twins’ professional lives:
“John just finished up his pilot’s license and is staying busy with construction and police work,” they wrote. “Jana is a concert pianist and is involved in many ministries. We are so blessed to have such wonderful daughters and sons! Happy 25th, Jana and John!”
Facebook commenters were quick to call out the parents’ claim, however. “As a trained musician myself I would like to know where Jana has studied music, and what degrees (if any) she holds,” one commenter wrote. “I’m sure that she is a fine pianist, but playing at the local church … does not make one a concert pianist. Duggars… let’s be honest and not try to make the kids into things they are not.”
“Concert pianist?” wrote another. “Let them go be free. 25 is no age to share a room with toddlers. Stop stunting their lives.”
Indeed, many of the comments on the post accused the elder Duggars of limiting the kids’ career prospects — especially since Jana has become the de facto nanny to her youngest siblings and her nieces and nephews as her brothers and sisters get married and employed.
Still, this “Cinderella Duggar” is optimistic for a happily-ever-after of her own — and, though one rumored suitor ended up being a false alarm, she may be starting to court. “I know how it feels to wait for ‘Prince Charming’ to come along,” she once told Crown of Beauty Magazine. “I’m still waiting. Waiting is not always easy, especially in those times when all the married siblings are getting together and you can’t go along because you’re not part of ‘that’ group.”
She doesn’t wallow in despair, however. “I’ve found that when I’m having a hard or discouraging day, I try to look for ways to bless or serve someone else,” she explained to the mag. “And in turn it usually blesses and encourages me!”
Good on her! We’ll be curious to see where this 27-year-old’s life leads her from here… and if we’ll actually get to see her in concert.