We had the opportunity this weekend to see the daily life of a real cowboy! This awesome event was set up by an amazing family whose 5-year-old son has had 8 heart surgeries so far. They live on a ranch and have opened their property to families of sick children. They have a big train that runs around their property and lots of animals to pet, and on Saturday they had two big bounce houses and carnival games as well.
We started the day at Wheeler Ranch and Feed where the Quota Club had organized the Cowboy Way. The whole thing was very well organized and we were split into groups and given cowboy hats. Our group started at the 4-H lamb station where the kids got to pet baby lambs. They were so cute! Then we went into the stable and got to feed the horses. We watched a horse being shoed and they gave each kid a horseshoe to take home. Next was the petting zoo that had baby bunnies and baby chickens and baby goats. There was a big tom turkey walking around and gobbling at everyone. There were horseback rides and buggy rides, a roping station complete with a roping lesson and a rope to take home and barrel racing where the kids each got a horse show ribbon. They also provided lunch for everyone before giving us a hayride over to Max's Miracle Ranch.
We had so much fun! It was a perfect day, warm but not hot with just a slight breeze. The kids loved every part of it and so did we. We had about ten families from Hearts of Hope attend and it was nice to spend some time together doing something fun. I can't wait for the next event at the Miracle Ranch!