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My third column ran in the De Smet News while I was home visiting my family and working on wedding plans. This one was fun for me to write, but not so fun to live out. The article is a little bit dirty because I actually had to dig it out of the trash! Since I was gone when it printed, I did not have a chance to buy mine at the grocery store. When John and I went to see his Grand Pa at the nursing home, he had just tossed his copy and I sorted through the wastebasket to find it.

Scan 15

The Damage


 1. Cracked bug shield – prairie cause of destruction – pheasant (a previous incident)

2. All other damage – prairie cause of destruction – snow drift


If its called a bumper shouldn’t it be able to handle a little bump? It think I’ll start calling in a “cracker.” (Sorry, thats what we call a homemade joke.)


Depressing snow & wind while I’m getting pulled out of the drift. The one part of the tale I couldn’t fit into the column was that I went to the store right after I got pulled out. I saw one of our neighbors who was also shopping in preparation for the blizzard. It was maybe 10 minutes after the ordeal and she already knew I’d gotten stuck. That’s small town life for you. Word travels fast!






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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!