I’m doing some digging on the buddy group. I know they have told us before who is in the groups. So far, here’s what I have:
A quote from Michelle from approx 2004
Joshua, our 16 yo son, his buddy was Joseph… But now Joseph no longer needs a buddy Jana, my oldest daughter (14) has two buddies…she begged for the second buddy 4 yo Jason and then the new baby, Jackson awww Jill, my 13 yo daughter, has two buddies…Joy-Anna (almost 7) and James (3). Joy thinks that James is her buddy and Jill is just her assistant to help with James!:) And then Jessa, 12, has two buddies (Jeremiah, one of the twins, who’s five and Justin, the one and a half year old). And of course Jeremiah thinks Jessa is just his assistant to help him take care of Justin. LOL! And then Jinger, our 10 yo, has one buddy: Jedidiah, the other twin (5) I really like that buddy idea And then John-David (14), twin to Jana, his buddy is Josiah, who is 8…but Josiah’s old enough that he doesn’t really need a buddy any longer. I think that covered everyone!
As of 2010, The buddy groups were:
Jana: Jackson, Jordyn, Josiah
Jil: Joy, Justin, Jenni
Jessa: Jason, Jed (Hannie?)
Jinger: Jeremiah, James, Joe
Josie was only home from the hospital for maybe a month at this point, so she was still Michelle’s buddy. I think we all agree/know she transferred over to Jana’s team. JD, being 20, didn’t need a buddy. The real question is: is this system still in place now that the youngest is turning 8 in two months and apparently they no longer need buddies at that age.
You want to take the easy way out because you’re scared. You’re scared because if you try and fail, there’s only you to blame. Well, life is scary. Get used to it. There are no magical fixes. It’s all up to you. So get up off your keister, get out of here, and go start doin’ the work. Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.