My hopes were fulfilled. Today was completely different. I had three more kids this time and was so blessed that my mother's helper decided to join us since she spent the morning pushing a cranky baby around.
The kids enjoyed seeing the cows so close-up (they are city kids, after all) and learning a bit about the whole world of cows. Did you know that beef cows also give milk but it's very watery and not good to drink? Did you know that there are 4 different kinds of dairy cows and each type has different amount and quality of milk production? I didn't. We grew up close to dairy farms but I'm not sure we ever actually went on a tour.
So the miraculous part happened after the initial cow visit but before the feeding part. Someone said, "Is this cow pregnant because, if so, she is giving birth".
That's right...we actually saw a calf being born this morning! The whole thing was amazing to me. The cow was SO quiet (as were the kids, who were transfixed) and the whole thing took less than 30 minutes (the farmer had to help deliver the calf because the first-time mom was struggling a bit). #1 child was praying to St. Francis and I was praying to St. Gerard and I had tears when it was all done. Amazing.