The Backus Family, Spanaway, Washington
August 22, 2002
A box arrived at our house today, and Dad said we have to call Mommy before we open it. Mommy got a job transfer to Atlanta. She has been there for 5 weeks while we get ready to move. We called Mommy, and she reminded us about signing up for traveling Rufus. We opened the box and there he was! It will be nice to have an extra set of hands to help us pack.
August 23, 2002
We took Rufus out to meet and play with our friends today.
August 24, 2002
We picked Mommy up at the airport this morning. We're so glad to have her home. We played with our friends in the afternoon.
August 25-26, 2002
We spent lots of time with our friends. Friday we leave.
August 27, 2002
Today we went to Aunt Christine and Cousins Ashley and Andrew's house to visit. They live an hour away. We had a picnic. We saw a totem pole by the train station.
August 28, 2002
The moving van showed up today. It took most of the day for the two men to load everything into the truck. We played with our friend's gerbil today. It has 7 babies.
August 29, 2002
We are staying at a hotel until we leave on our trip. Our friend Hannah came over to swim for a few hours. Jenny's blood sugar started to go a bit low, so everyone had a snack.
August 30, 2002
Our last day in Washington. Everyone is very sad. Aunt Christine and our cousins came over for a few hours. Dad and Mommy cleaned the house and packed the van while we played with all our friends. At 8pm we had to say goodbye and start our drive. We all cried a lot. Jenny's numbers have been high all day. Probably because emotions are running high. Rufus has been a big help. He's the link between old and new for us right now. We all pile in the van (Dad, Mommy, Jenny, Mariah, Rufus and the cats). We're off. We'll drive to Grant's Pass Oregon – arriving early in the morning – 3am.
August 31, 2002
We all slept late this morning. We piled back into the van and drove into California and down through the Redwood forests. The trees are huge! We even drove our van through one that was carved out so that people can drive through it. The girls and Rufus were amazed. We are staying in Arcata, California tonight. Rufus and the girls are going to share a bed at each hotel.
September 1, 2002
More monstrous trees to see today. One place we stopped and walked around. It had a drive thru tree too, but it was smaller and we couldn't fit through with the storage topper on the van. Mommy took a picture for a bunch of guys on motorcycles when they were ‘in' the tree. They met Rufus, and thought it was neat that he gets to visit so many families and help them with their diabetes. We took some photos of Rufus by the Redwoods. The exercise was good for Jenny's blood sugar. We had to drive another 500 miles today. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge. Rufus stuck his head out the sunroof to get a good look. We're staying in Buttonwillow, California tonight.
September 2, 2002
We were in the car all day today driving 550 miles to the Grand Canyon. Jenny's numbers are still high, so we have to adjust her insulin. She's usually much more active. Rufus helped her with her Crystal version Pokemon Gameboy game today.
September 3, 2002
This morning we spent three hours at the Grand Canyon. It is amazing! We had to hold Rufus tight for fear he might fall. A couple of people asked us about Rufus-especially since he was still wearing his nametag from the conference. We drove on to Holbrook, Arizona. We drove into the Painted Desert to see the petrified trees. Rufus and the girls really enjoyed this because you can get out and walk a path and touch the trees. We learned how the process works. Rufus helped us pick a small piece at the giftshop to remind us of our trip. There were big wooden teepees you can camp in, but we decided it would be too hot tonight so we just took a photo. We have more time tonight, so we got dinner at the Road Runner Restaurant. It was a good ‘home cooked' meal, and we think that helped Jenny's later numbers.
September 4, 2002
The fun part of our trip is over. The next 2 days we have to drive 700 miles each day. Today the countryside has been absolutely beautiful. We had a talk about America, and the pioneers today. We stopped in Amarillo, Texas tonight.
September 5, 2002
Jenny's numbers continue to be high because of the lack of exercise. We increased the number of checks and shots to make up for it. Rufus has been a wonderful, compassionate playmate. We drove to Memphis, Tennessee.
September 6, 2002
We'll be home today! Only 400 miles and we are home in Acworth, Georgia. Rufus helps us explore the house that Mommy bought. Rufus and the girls play in their new playhouse and on the swingset.
September 7, 2002
The movers put all the boxes in the house. Rufus helped decide what will go in each room. The school room has to be set up first since we homeschool. The kids here have already been in school 3 weeks. We've been learning about America and lots of history lessons this last week.
September 12, 2002
A few more days have past. We have met some of our neighbors. Rufus was a big help in explaining about diabetes and what Jenny has to do. Last night we took Rufus to church. Tonight we are having our last sleepover with Jenny, Mariah and Rufus. We are all sad to see him go. He has been such a blessing on our trip, and has helped us tell a lot of people about his cause. Tomorrow Mommy takes Rufus to meet everyone at work, then send him to the next family. We will miss him!
Jenny (11 years old, diagnosed 7/97), Mariah (7), Mom (Caryn) and Dad (Bob) Backus
1632 Shadowbrook Drive Acworth, GA 30102
PS - Rufus, thank you for taking the drive across country with us! Jenny's numbers are getting back to normal now that she's running and playing as usual. Some photos we took on our trip are included in Rufus' journal.
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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