Sometime back we set a goal for Maddy and her grades.
We promised if she would reach her goal, we would spend the weekend at her favorite horse ranch.
She met her goal and we kept our promise.
(even though the forecast predicted very gloomy weather)
A promise is a promise.
We have never had a problem with telling our kids no.
It's healthy. It's required to be a good parent.
But to tell her no just to stay comfy and dry... we didn't.
We cowboy'ed it up and packed our tent.
Our girl worked very hard to get her grades up and a little rain was not gonna stop us...
We pulled up to the ranch and I could just feel the weight of stress drift quietly away~
Because we were bunking in a tent, I made sure to make friends with the bathhouse. ;)
We were greeted by the locals right off.
Maddy found her happy place resting on the fence watching quietly.
We watched them for hours.
Although our ride was not till the next morn, I studied them intensely.
The fruits of the spirit kept coming to mind as I searched for my perfect horse.
You know..love, kindness, joy, peace, gentleness, self control..just to name a few LOL
Maddy spotted her horse right off.
The largest of the bunch. If his name T-Rex tells you anything ...yeah.
While Marc fished the local pond, Maddy and I walked the trails.
Then it began to sprinkle...
Harder and harder it came.
To be honest, I had started to chicken out at this point.
But that sweet face and the disappointment that rushed over her..
We called a small family meeting and we voted.
The rain was here to stay but were we?
After a few minor adjustments, like moving into a cabin and packing the tent...
We took in the moment..
Not perfect. Not planned.
We sang karaoke in the pavilion.
Maddy sang about 4 songs.
Marc and I were coaxed to sing at least one.
Our song "islands in the stream" LOL
We played about 4 rounds of BINGO.
All the while it poured..
So we took a walk.
A long walk.
And right in the midst of the pouring rain she stopped and asked to hold my hand.
"Momma" she said.
"lets always be like sea otters, ok?"
I replied "ok sure, they are cute"
Then she said,
"do you know why they hold hands when they sleep?"
(me) ummm no?
"Because when they fall asleep, they hold hands as to not lose one another when the water gets rough"
I about lost it.
I think I did.
Right there in the middle of the "sweet water" ranch.
I didn't care.
We left the ranch bright and early the next morning.
Although the rains had passed, the trails were flooded.
We didn't ride this weekend and that's ok.
I don't think we would have changed a thing.
I'm already planning our next trip
xo Susie Sea Otter