Jill Duggar reunites with estranged siblings James & Jana for son Samuel's 4th birthday after brother Josh's arrest

JILL Duggar reunited with her estranged brother James and sister Jana for her son’s birthday on Thursday after the family’s been fairly distant after Josh’s arrest.

Samuel turned four, and his mom helped him celebrate his big day by inviting his aunt and uncle over, as well as with a very large surprise – a ride in a fire truck.

The Duggar family has been dealing with a lot over the last few months after Josh was arrested on child pornography charges, but Jill, James, and Jana put that out of their minds to give Samuel a “happy birthday.”

Jill shared it all on Instagram, starting with “Birthday king” Samuel running out with a green paper crown on to open some gift bags from mom Jill and dad Derick, before running to the door for an even bigger surprise.

“Who’s here,” Jill asked the 4-year-old as he ran outside.

She captioned the video of him finding out: “Sam had a surprise today! We planned to go to @chickfila with @jamesduggar for his birthday but he didn’t know Uncle James was coming the fire truck!”


He was “so excited” to see James bring the truck and hop out of the front see, and so was Jill, as she and her brother exchanged a “Good to see you!”

Jana arrived, too, and she was all smiles as she said hey to her sister.

Jill captioned a video of her showing up: “Happy to see Jana!

Another clip showed Samuel hugging himself and looking overwhelmed by the situation.

“He was pretty speechless, but then ran to grab his stuff,” his mom wrote.


After he got his things, the whole family hopped in the figure truck to ride to lunch, and Jill gave her brother some major “brown points” for helping to make his nephew’s birthday the “best ever.”

Samuel sat in the front with his uncle, while Jill and Jana hung out in the back together, smiling for the camera and giving a happy thumbs up.

Jill freaked out for a moment when James hit the horn and the fire truck made its loud noise.

Everyone took a sweet family reunion photo while sitting down for lunch, including Derick’s mom, Cathy Dillard.


A few other shots featured Jill’s two boys smiling in the truck with their uncle, some “sister time” for the girls in the back, and a “water party” outside when they tested out the fire hose.

“Ending the birthday with muddle puddles,” Jill captioned a shot of her boy all covered in mud.

Earlier in the week, Jill and her sister Jessa had a reunion with some of the Counting On TV crew, after the show was canceled by TLC following Josh's arrest.

She shared a happy group shot of everyone all together – her, her sister, Jessa’s husband Ben Seewald, their kids, and a couple of the old crew members.

The 30-year-old captioned the shot: “Loved getting to do lunch with some of our old crew family today! 

“These guys are some of the best! Love y’all!”

Josh never appeared on the spin-off show, after earlier admitting to molesting his sisters as a teen, but many members of the family have stood by him since his recent arrest, including pregnant wife Anna.

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