REEDEMING RURAL LIFESTYLES

What to expect on this blog?

Here’s six broad areas where I’m focusing my writing these days…

stories

Inspiring, encouraging, entertaining, and gritty stories of rural people and rural places recorded & blogged.

strategies

Practical tips dedicated to help create thriving families enjoying the blessings and burdens of a rural lifestyle.

Style

Noonday Collection bags & accessories are stylish & responsible ways to aid hardworking families in vulnerable communities.

Scribbles

Sometimes musings & poetry make their way from my journals into the blog as a playground for writing!

Sabbath

Let’s recover the lost art of rest in a world dedicated to productivity and efficiency

Settling

Moving can be hard, my writing often circles back my own process of moving and settling in South Dakota from my childhood home in Missouri.

Hey there… I’m Sierra!

I am a writer, student, tutor, and creative entrepreneur. I’m also a wife, mother of three, sister to four, and friend.  

 I started this space to documented everything from quilts, to farmhouses, to silage harvest, to tips from working from home.

I am working on a Masters of English at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. I work on campus as a writing tutor and next semester I’ll teach English 101. I am also working on a Masters of Christian Leadership at Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Peacock Ranch House: Video Tours + Product Links

Mudroom START HERE: Instastory "systems" tour of the roomWaterhog Rugs from LL BeanFlower curtain from Amazon - $17White Hat, Scarf, Gloves Dresser from Ikea - $199Plant Holder Rope, 6 set - $15 Kitchen START HERE: Instastory "systems" tour of the roomSpicerack for...

How to be a happy mama

When did my Facebook feed become overtaken with articles with titles like this? Stop. Just stop. If it creates guilt ... let's just stop clicking on those articles, okay? (I'm talking to myself here.) Then, what happens? Without the steady diet of contradictory,...

Kansas City Stockyards History: Bill Haw, Livestock Exchange Building, Meat Packing Industry

Today I'm sharing two of the short stories from my book Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards: Stories on Surviving Change from the chapter, "Buying and Bartering in the Kansas City Stockyards" -- for pictures, captions and several other chapters ... read about...

Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards: Excerpt from the book

Buying hogs from Boone & Audrain Counties              At its peak, Central Hog Buyers was running six days a week. It was everything Buddy, Luther, Aunt Esther and L.W. could do to keep up. In 1957, L.W. Angell, Junior purchased...

Last round :: Advance Praise for Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards

Hello there! It's been fun launching my second book this fall. Since it was released on October 8, 2016 I have received some great feedback from readers in several states. I always try to ask, "What was your favorite part?" What I'm hearing so far is the Kansas City...

November 10, 2016

You guys. Last week I declared it: sleep week. I was going to be in bed by 9:00 PM each night to catch up on all the zzzzzzzzs I'd missed recently. Did that happen? Yes, once. And I was all like: woah ... I am well-rested. The other nights? The last month? The flu. A...

Bookends: Trips to Missouri during planting and harvest

This spring, shortly after J.D. was born during planting season we packed up and headed south to Missouri. This fall, shortly before J.D.'s six month birthday and Joslyn's 2nd birthday we packed up and drove south once more during harvest. The trips were bookends...

Advance Praise for Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards: Laurel Wilson

Meeting Dr. Laurel Wilson one of the times when two people with extremely similar interests met at the best possible time. She mentored a college research project of mine that has now blossomed into two books, and eventually a third. She encouraged me to...

Advance Praise for Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards: Lorry Myers

Lorry Myers is a hometown writer from my roots in Centralia, Missouri. She pens a column for The Columbia Tribune that you can enjoy here. We initially crossed paths at a Career Fair event while I was in high school. She eventually wrote a very kind column...

Advance Praise for Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards from Linda M. Hasselstrom

I first encountered Linda's work through her widely read series of three books, The Wind Anthologies. The first book, Leaning into the Wind, is a collection of essays written by regular working women - not writers - who live and work on the land. Three writers,...

New Online Store!

Sierra’s books are officially avalaible online again — now in a much easier to access online store! Flat rate shipping $5/order.
We use media mail rate, so please allow for extended shipping times of approximately 7-10 days.

Visit us on PINTEREST for more inspiration & creativity