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Every Friday (this is only the second one), I share a few of the activities that took place during the week on our farm in eastern South Dakota. We raise corn, soybeans, wheat and beef cattle. Since farm life is based on seasons, the weather and the needs of our livestock – each day is often unpredicatble!

This week…

My family came to visit. They were so helpful with the house. This is the old dining room. New and improved after all of John, Cristy and Jeremy’s hard work. I helped a little too, but missed most of it while I was home.

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Schyler used the chalkboards. She wrote John and Sierra kissing in a tree….


We hauled two couches, one closet/bureau, five dressers, one bed frame and two mattresses out of the house and attic. I knew big things would finally happen when I had help from my Mom and sisters. I am very thankful that we officially have space to make room for a new family and a new life in this house. I was quite the workout.


I also have two new kittens. I haven’t had a pet since before college. We named them Moda (girl) and Riley (boy). It’s a little cheesy, but both of those names are quilting fabric companies.


Moda got into Savannah’s summer Spanish class homework. DSCN4488

Then, she found my photos. DSCN4490

She also wanted to read my morning devotional with me. She climbed into my lap and started purrrrrrrring and eating the corner of the book. Riley is much more bashful, I haven’t even gotten any good photo of him yet. He likes to wrestle with Moda and hide under the couch. DSCN4499

On the farm, John and Ron finished planting corn. Whoo-hoo. It rained, rained, rained so they had to wait to start planting soybeans. They may start tomorrow, unless it rains tonight. I believe Ron said it had rained 6 out of the last 9 days. We were really craving sunshine and very thankful the Missouri gals brought some with them.

Yesterday, they started the process for breeding the replacement heifers.

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Schyler was very helpful.


After they finished with the heifers, Ron took Schyler on a ride. They mowed part of the yard.DSCN4342

May is National Beef Month and obviously we love beef. We made one of the recipes that my neighbors shared with me.


It was simple and nutritious. And, it is already gone! We ate the whole 8 x 12 inch pan in one sitting. Obviously, we did a lot of work and there were six of us at the table. One of our friends was checking his alfalfa ground near our house, so we invited him over for supper, too. That way John wasn’t sooooo outnumbered.






This dish was really good & we had a wonderful day together.

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It was a busy, fun, family-filled week on the farm. Thanks for reading!




  1. Jayci

    Sidenote…:) Moda means “fashion” en espanol.

  2. Lori

    Looks like a fun time was had by all. Love the name, RIley!


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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!