Our summer has been even more fun than we’d hoped given our recent entrance into the wide world that is 4-H. When we dropped in at the open house last September we were still living in our little house, our kids praying and dreaming for some space to climb trees and raise some animals. We met a super sweet lady who had a dairy goat farm and we were hooked. She was passionate about kids and animals. She had a wealth of knowledge about something we were interested in and a heart to share it. That last sentence probably sums up a good deal of all that is 4-H.
We decided to jump in and join the goat group even though we had no hopes of having goats in our little yard. I sort of figured we’d live vicariously through the ones who did have goats and we’d learn a lot in the process. My goodness are we ever glad we did. Our kids have grown in their confidence and abilities in ways I never expected. The look on their faces walking away with ribbons for participation and good work was priceless. The friendship they’ve found there has been of even greater value.
We started into the world of fairs and showing animals with a small community fair this year. It was quite possibly the best day of our summer. My face hurt from smiling by the day’s end. The icing on the cake was that my grandpa planned his trip out to visit to correlate with the fair. So he got to see his great-grands do their first show.
There were no rides, just old fashioned games like potato sack races and climb-the-greased-pole. The food was cheap and the pace was slow. It was the best induction into the realm of showing animals and projects and such. Little did we know when we started this adventure that we would move this year and be able to have our own goats! We enjoy them more than we even thought we would. They are wonderful companions and pets!