Back to Rufus Ruby Visits the Abernathy Family

The Abernathy Family, Augusta, Kansas

June 6, 2002
Mom's entry: Ruby and her friends arrived today! We were all so excited to see her! Ruby came out of her box ready for her blood sugar check (89) and a snack! After meeting everyone, Ruby, Emily, our big and little Ruby, and Emily's friend Arikka went outside to play.

Emily: Me and Ruby and my friend Arikka rode bikes together. When we went down the road, Ruby shook her head. Ruby stayed home when I went to my softball game. At dinner, Ruby was 181 and took 4 units. We had hamburgers for supper. Ruby took two naps when I played. Ruby will sleep with me tonight.

June 7, 2002
Emily: Ruby helped me do my chores and pick up the trash, too. Ruby had to stay home when I went to the pool. Ruby says, "Yes I did help Emily very much."

Mom: Good Morning, Ruby! She helped Emily do chores today. Emily went to the pool and Ruby stayed home and helped watch over Dereck. They even took a short nap together! Emily and Ruby spent the night at her friend Arikka's!

June 8, 2002
Emily: Ruby and me spent the night at my friend's house. Me and Ruby came home from my friend's house. Me and Ruby were 52 at breakfast. Ruby had to stay home again because I went to the pool.

June 9, 2002
Emily: Ruby stayed home when I went to my softball game. We won 12 to 4.

June 10, 2002
Emily: Me and Ruby are going to the newspaper shop. We will be in the newspaper!

June 11, 2002
Emily: Last night, me and Ruby slept in my brother's room. He don't like his bed made. Ruby was proud of me when I won my softball game.

Mom: Emily and Ruby were interviewed at our local newspaper, the Augusta Gazette, today.

June 12, 2002
Emily: Ruby took a lot of naps today.

June 13-15, 2002
Emily: Me and Ruby went to the pool.

June 16, 2002 Father's Day
Emily: Ruby and me went fishing today!

Mom: The girls outfished Dad! (Father's Day tradition, Emily and Dad go fishing, no boys! Just Daddy!)

June 17, 2002
Emily: Me and Ruby played on my swing set with my stuffed animals.

June 18, 2002
Emily: Ruby took two naps then we played.

June 19, 2002
Emily: Ruby and me had cake. Know why? Because it was my baby brother's birthday!

Mom: Dereck turned one! Grandma and Grandpa came to visit and treated us to dinner, too!

June 20, 2002
Emily: Ruby stayed home when I went to my game.

June 21, 2002
Emily: Ruby slept with me again last night. Ruby and me went to the pool today.

June 22, 2002
Emily: Ruby stayed home because I had another game. Me and my two friends and Ruby played hide and go seek and tag today. Ruby and me got tagged when we played.

June 23, 2002
Emily: Me and Ruby will be on tv on Monday because the newslady wants to know about her.

June 24, 2002
Emily: Ruby and me are excited because me and Ruby will be on tv on Friday. When me and not Ruby is at camp. Mom: Interview with KAKE Tv. Em read her journal and talked about how Ruby has helped her. Emily: Tomorrow Ruby has to stay home because I am going to camp.

Emily left a note for the journal prior to going to camp on June 25, 2002. Very sad to see Ruby leave!

June 25, 2002
Emily: Too bad Ruby couldn't come because I miss her alot.

June 26, 2002
Emily: I miss Ruby alot from camp. I think she misses me too!

June 27, 2002
Emily: Ruby likes me very very very very very very very very much!

June 28, 2002
Emily: I will miss Ruby alot, so will Ruby, too. I love her with all my heart. Ruby says, "I love you, too." Ruby likes everybody! I love you, Ruby!

Mom: Ruby stayed home to rest and help mom and dad while Emily went to camp. Ruby is ready and excited to go to California to be with all the other traveling Rufus and Ruby's! Emily gave Ruby a tweetie earring as a pin and an American Flag pin given to her by her great grandmother that she had kept on her kit bag since October 2001 along with a small sponge bear.

Thank you, Ruby, for enriching our lives and helping others understand type 1 diabetes! We will miss you! Safe Journey's and God's Speed!

The Abernathy Family
Scott (Dad), Jennifer (Mom), Ian (13), Emily (9 dx'd 2/16/96), Dereck (1)

  Photo Emily and Rufus in a photo that appeared in the Augusta Gazette, our local paper

Photo Emily holding the fish she, Ruby, and her Daddy caught. Emily and Ruby caught 7 to Dad's 5

Photo Emily, Ruby, Rufus (personal Rufus) and two other friends take a break and enjoy swinging outside enjoying a Kansas morning

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Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.

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