Even though Anna Duggar has said very little since her husband Josh Duggar has came back home after a six-month stint in rehab, critics are still calling her out for apparently trying to make her marriage work.
And that's why it's no surprise that some have begun to recognize the reality television star for having quite the "thick skin" to be able to put up with not only Josh's cheating scandal, but the public stigma she's been getting just because of her personal decision to forgive him.
As Alisha Prakash writing in Redbook Mag pointed out last week, things sure haven't been easy for Anna this year. She's had to deal with the aftermaths of her husband's very public sex scandals and worse, raise her four children on her own while he was getting treatment for his sex and porn addictions at an undisclosed faith-based rehabilitation center in Illinois.
There have been plenty of rumors that have said Josh's parents Michelle and Jim Bob have been urging Anna to give their son a second chance while her own parents have been pressuring her to cut the cord on their marriage.
Either way, Anna's not pretending that the pain she's been dealing with hasn't been eating her inside, as she's been relying on the rest of the Duggars to help during her very trying times. And while plenty of other people would have thrown in the towel by now, she's hoping for better days ahead.
"I can definitely look back on the past few months and say it's been a hard road, but it's been a good road," Anna admitted to sister-in-law Jessa Duggar Seewald on an episode of TLC's Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
Anna added, "I think it's daily, there's going to be a lot of work and there kind of is a long process ahead, but we'll just kind of take it one day at a time and keep trusting god and doing the right thing," she said. "I think there's lots of hope for the future and a lot of excitement. But, in some ways, there are a lot of steps before it's where it needs to be."