Jessa Duggar shares a throwback picture of her father Jim Bob Duggar on his birthday
Jim Bob Duggar turned 53 on Wednesday (July 18) and what better way to celebrate his birthday than to see what the man looked like in his childhood? Well, all thanks to Jessa Duggar we got a chance to go back in time and see how the patriarch of the Duggar family looked like decades ago. Sharing a picture of Jim with his mom (Grandma Mary Duggar) and dad, and sister Deanna Jordan, she captioned the picture as "Happy birthday, Pops! #70sthrowback @duggarfam." Fans found it hard to not comment as people were quick to spot the similarities between Jim and his dad, Jimmy Lee Duggar. "He looks like his Dad!" noted one, while another added, "This picture tugs at my heart! Just seeing your grandparents is bittersweet. I love it!" wrote another.
Meanwhile, there were others who adored the family picture as they noted, "Aww, Jim Bob And Your Grandmother almost look the same! It's Amazing to see how well they have Aged!" Another added, "Love this photo, I was a 70’s teen & this is such a reflection of the styles & time...some of the 70’s hairstyles & fashion are back in style now..." However, Jessa wasn't the only one who took to social media to wish Jim.
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth's birthday posts were also heartwarming. Austin took to Instagram to post a picture of Jim and their son, Gideon. Jim beamed with happiness as he held his grandson in his arms. While there is no doubt that the picture was adorable, we must say that it was Gideon who stole the thunder.
The entire Duggar family gathered together to celebrate Jim's birthday and we can only imagine what a pleasant surprise that would have been for him. Sharing the picture on their official Instagram account the family wrote, "Happy birthday to a man that wears many, many hats! Jim Bob, you are an amazing husband and wonderful father. Your heart for people and the desire you have to see others come into a relationship with Jesus is beautiful. Our whole family has been blessed by you. You have led and guided us and we are so blessed to call you “ours.” Happy birthday!!"
Jim and his family gained a lot of popularity after they came on TLC's reality show, '19 kids, and counting'. Born in Springdale, Jim owns a real estate brokerage agency. Apart from spending time with his growing family, Jim has also had a political career. From 1999 to 2002, Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 6, as reported by the website, Waybackmachine.
In 2002, he ran in the Republican primary election for the United States Senate but he was defeated by the incumbent Senator Tim Hutchinson. In 2006 he tried his hand yet again in politics and sought the Republican nomination for the District 35 seat in the Arkansas State Senate but lost to his opponent, Bill Pritchard, by two hundred votes. While he might have lost his luck in politics, he managed to win the hearts of people after appearing on the reality series - 19 Kids & Counting.
We wish Jim Bob Duggar a very happy birthday!