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The Delgado-Velasquez Family, Rancho Cucamonga, California

Monday, April 14, 2003
Today we got home from the doctor's office in Rancho Cucamonga, California. There was a package. It was Rufus! We were so excited.

This is my first weekend with my host family and a lot has already happened. On Saturday, I arrived in a hot box! I am so glad my previous families had packed some snacks in case I felt "low." I am glad I arrived on Saturday because my host sister, Cristina, was on vacation in London, and had just arrived as well (we both were suffering from major "jet lag"). Finally, Sunday arrived! My family was extremely excited because we were going to my host sister's girl scout ceremony. The ceremony was at a park and with a Hawaiian theme. My host mother made leis for all of us, prepared a delicious fruit platter, and my host father made his famous chicken wings.

Before going to the park, while I took a nap, my two host sisters were playing with a friend… that's when it all started… "May I sleep a little longer?" I asked my host mother, but she said we needed to go to the emergency room with Cristina because she had just smashed three fingers with her friend's sister's car door. My host mother thought Cristina had broken those fingers.

This is how a wonderful afternoon at the park ended up being a sad afternoon and evening at the ER! I am so glad I was there to comfort Cristina. We both hugged and cried for awhile. Cristina said she was glad I was there as well!

Tuesday, April 15, 2003
My host mother has spoken with Cristina's teacher, and she said it was okay for me to come to school, everyday! I will start going to school tomorrow.

Friday, April 18, 2003
We are all going out to dinner, but first, we will go with Mom to a place where she can donate blood for when people need it. Dad will meet us there so he can also donate blood. My host sister and I just heard from a nurse that those of us with diabetes should not donate blood, but that there are many other ways how we can help the ill.

Sunday, April 20, 2003
We all traveled to a city called Temecula. It is still in California. There we stayed with my host family's relatives to celebrate a dual holiday! I love celebrations! We celebrated Easter (my host mother is Catholic) and Passover (my host father is Jewish). In the morning, we had an Easter Egg Hunt (Cristina, Danielle, Laila - their cousin, two of Laila's cousins from Afghanistan, and me). We had a great time!

In the afternoon, we had a Seder (dinner to celebrate Passover). It was great! My host Bubbe (or grandmother) and Cristina cooked the meal. My host mother and aunt set up the table; the guys and I were watching t.v. After dinner, we looked for some hidden matza and presents. Then we went back home to Rancho Cucamonga.

p.s. After Danielle helped me find the hidden matza, Cristina helped me find my present. It was a cool California visor with sunglasses. I need those in California!

April 30, 2003
On April 25, Cristina and her girl scout junior troop went camping. My host mother did not think it was a good idea for me to go. Instead, I spent some special time with my little host sister, Danielle.

One evening, the girl scouts invited their families to the campsite to eat smores with them. This time, I got to go! Mom helped Cristina and me… Well, the rest of the girl scouts also helped… count the carbs for each smore. The parents who were visiting were surprised to see that their daughters could count carbs. The mothers also decided not to eat many smores! What a girl scout troop! They really care about Cristina. I am so happy for her! Unfortunately, we do not have pictures of this event because the girl scouts forgot to use the flash in the camera!

Well, it is now time to go and meet other host families. I will miss the Delgado-Velasquez family, but it is time to move on!

Hasta pronto familia! Chao!

p.s. My Spanish did improve a lot! My host mom would only talk to me in Spanish so I could learn it.

June 2003
It is now June, so I decided to write some in Rufus' journal. I am Adriana, Cristina and Danielle's mom and Rufus' host mom. We thought that Rufus and his luggage had gotten lost in the mail. Fortunately, our postmaster found him in his mail room and he was returned to us. Rufus was a little scared, but he knew somebody would rescue him and give him so much love! We were very lucky to find him. That night, we had a small 'homecoming celebration' for Rufus. Now, he is again ready to continue his journey, and making many children happy.

We will always love you Rufus!
Donald, Adriana, Cristina, and Danielle

Danielle (left) and Christina (right)

My host sister Cristina with her insulin pump

We found the matza and the presents

Rufus with the grown ups

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