On his own Instagram account one day prior, Derick, 32, reflected on his education journey, posting a photo from his undergrad graduation 10 years ago.
“My mom reminded me it was exactly 10 years ago today I graduated from OSU’s School of Accounting, and tomorrow I will graduate from the UA School of Law,” he began, referring to the University of Arkansas. The father of two — who shares sons Israel David, 5, and Samuel Scott, 3, with Jill — then gave a special Mother’s Day shout-out to her and his mom.
“My mom was my biggest supporter during that time, and my wife has helped me make it through law school,” he wrote. “I couldn’t have done it without either of them, and they both continue to be my biggest supporters. Happy Mother’s Day to Jill and my mom!”
“You’re the best! So proud of you and excited for tomorrow! Praise the Lord!,” Jill commented on her husband’s post.
Jill’s family, first made famous on 19 Kids and Counting, has recently been in the spotlight after her older brother Josh Duggar was charged with possessing and receiving child pornography. He pled not guilty and has been released pending his July 6 trial.
Jill later posted about how she’s tapping into her “community” amid his legal woes. “We were reminded this morning in church about how important community is!” she wrote alongside a photo of herself holding a coffee cup. “I think I’ve brought this up before, but I’ve literally prayed for good community!! We need others for support, prayer … people to do life with and so much more!”
She continued, “I know this last year has tested all of us so much, but sometimes it’s in the difficult times that you see more clearly who your people are as they become the hands and feet of Jesus!”
“I never expected this to happen or for it to get to this point,” Jill told People in October. “But I’m realizing I can’t put a timeline on healing. I love my family and they love me. I really just have to follow God’s lead and take it one day at a time.”
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