Little People, Big World fans are still reveling in the happy news: Jacob Roloff is engaged to girlfriend Isabel Rock.
This good news is compounded by the happy news that Jacob, once the black sheep of the Roloff family who left home with a lot of anger, is mending fences with his family — even with sister-in-law Audrey.
A new and very telling Instagram post suggests that this may have been the doing of Jacob’s fiancee, Isabel.
As you’ll see in the photo below, Isabel Rock — full name Isabel Rock Garretson — is cuddling up to Tori Roloff and Audrey.
Tori being in the middle may very well be because her hair stands out. Everybody likes a little balance ot their composition, folks.
Seeing the three so cuddly together is kind of important. Well, Tori gets along pretty well with most folks. It’s seeing Isabel and Audrey getting along so well that’s a relief to many people.
The biggest deal of all is that Isabel used the photo to promote Audrey’s online shop.
Hawking goods for your future sister-in-law is one hell of an olive branch.
Isabel wrote this in the captions:
“I’m so lucky that I gain three sisters by coming into this family. To receive encouragement from, endless support and to always have them to lean on Love you ladies, just missing you Molly.”
She’s with Tori and Audrey, of course, who are both tagged in the sweet, sisterly pic.
Molly Roloff, of course, does not live on Roloff Farms, and sometimes misses out on family photos for just that reason.
But to understand the significance of this photo, we have to backtrack a little and talk about how Jacob and Isabel haven’t always been super close with Jacob’s family.
Jacob stormed off of Roloff Farms, blasting Little People, Big World as scripted.
He was angry with his family for forcing him into doing a reality show. He’s since expressed that he felt that he didn’t have a lot of choices growing up — which is, in many ways, true.
Last year, in a move that was heralded to fans with a photo of his dog being affectionate with his mom, Amy Roloff, Jacob returned to the area and started the gradual process of repairing his relationships with his family.
He didn’t come back alone, however. He’d been traveling with long time friend turned girlfriend, Isabel Rock. And now they’re engaged.
(We still can’t help but smile as we think of the details of Jacob Roloff’s proposal to Isabel in Iceland)
But just because Jacob came home doesn’t mean that there weren’t any bumps.
In December, news of a Jacob vs Audrey feud erupted when fans realized that Jacob had unfollowed his brother’s wife on Instagram.
Sure, Audrey plugs her own products a lot, but considering that Jacob was willing to let his mom “exploit” him to sell stuff online, we don’t think that it’s a huge issue for him.
People instead point to Jacob and Audrey’s ideological differences.
Audrey, like a number of the Roloffs, is a devout Christian. One of Jacob’s gripes about his childhood — one that is hardly unique to him — is that he was not given a choice regarding religious adherence. He is now agnostic, which is a pretty far cry from Audrey’s worldview.
But then came Jacob’s 21st birthday (gosh, that’s incredibly young to get engaged, but he and Isabel have known each other for 7 years), where we saw Jacob and Audrey bury the hatchet.
So … what happened?
Fans think that Isabel happened.
After the news of their engagement broke, Audrey Roloff seemed the shade Jacob and Isabel with a sex-shaming post about people “dabbling in sexuality” before marriage.
But now we see that Isabel’s response is to not only embrace Audrey as a sister, but to promote her clothing — she tagged her own sweater with Audrey’s online shop, folks.
Jacob may not have demonstrated the sociopolitical maneuvering skills to make nice with his sister-in-law on his own, but it looks like Isabel has him covered on that front.
If her response to what looks like an epic vaguepost aimed at her is to go out of her way to be even nicer, then yeah, we can definitely see Isabel being responsible for helping to repair the Roloff family.
If so, we look forward to seeing Jacob spend more time with his precious little niece, Ember Jean.