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Farmin’ Friday: Awkward Spring stage, 5 months old, calving season

I took these photos on frosty winter mornings in our house.




We’re past that stage of winter now.

It’s the first, awkward part of spring.

It’s certainly not pretty yet — there are no tulips, very few bright sunny days, and no sign of green grass.

We’re also not the the muddy, miserable stage of spring.

But, winter is fading.

There are thousands upon thousands of snow geese migrating through and the skies are gray. These are the early spring signs for South Dakota.

We could, of course, still have a blizzard (or three) anytime in the whole month of April.

Here’s what’s happening at the farm lately. I’m linking to posts from past years about these same topics:

  • Just finished hauling water to the cows.
  • The cows are almost going to start calving, while the few first calf heifers are finishing up. Night checks are the new norm.
  • John and Ron moved the cows close to home finally, they were holding out as long as possible to keep the corn stalk field from getting rutted up. That’s why we’re done hauling water.

All of this is wonderful news. Calving is such a joyful time — it’s exhausting, time-consuming, and draining — but, everyday there’s the miracle of birth. I hate to sound cliche using the phrase “miracle of birth” — but it is pretty amazing.

I love when John comes in and says, “We had another calf.”

People out there are crashing planes, fighting in Yemen, and arguing over a two-state solution for Israel…but we’re just up here having baby calves.

It’s very good to be reminded of the rebirth that happens at Easter, at calving, and with Spring. They all go together you know?

When the world seems crazy, it’s nice to have things like spring, calves and Easter to keep me grounded and hopeful.


Joslyn hit the five month mark over the weekend. Here are some things about this stage:

  • She got a tooth! (It was intense!)
  • She sat up!
  • She laughs more frequently, but still not very often.
  • She started pulling hair, glasses, hats, noses, ears, and lips.
  • We started rice cereal. (Wow. So. Messy.)
  • She dropped a feeding and her daytime naps are starting to get longer, fewer and more consistent.
  • It’s warmer now (read: not negative twenty), so we’ve been going outside more. We’ve been to the barn, hauled some hay and ridden in the water truck a couple times.
  • Joslyn loves looking at animals. She’s met three dogs and stares at all of them. She makes a hilarious face when the dogs come in for a kiss on the face. When we watered the cows, she was glued on watching them. I’m not too surprised that babies like animals. It’s really great though.
  • This is a little thing, but she can raise a toy up over her head now with both hands. This is a classic example of “babies change so fast”. It seemed like one day, she could barely hold a toy and the next — she’s got it above her head.

As a general theme, this whole mom-business gets better for me all the time. It was so hard and lonely at first. (I think that had a lot to do with winter.)

I’m adjusting! We’re hitting our stride! We’re having our cake and eating it too! We’re peas in a pod! Okay. Enough with those cliches.

Suffice it to say, 5 months is a really, really great age.


Watering cows with dad. Without mom. Their first outing together alone!


Inspecting Roxie in the shop with Grandpa Ron.


What’s more fun than matching outfits with your best friends in middle school? Matching jackets with your baby girl! #twinning

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General note about the ol’ bloggie: I’m not sure if I officially mentioned this before or not, but I love putting together these Farmin’ Friday posts.

I used to do it weekly, but after almost two years of that…I’m ready to go down to maybe once or twice month. So, see you again in a few weeks friends!

If there’s a farm life topic that you’d like to know more about please shoot me an email, text, FB message or comment below. I’d be happy to write about anything that we do on the farm.

If you’re just here for the baby pics, that’s cool too! I’ll keep posting some once or twice a month!

Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. Laurel Wilson

    Your blogs are great. I love reading about Joslyn who appears to be a sweetheart.


  2. Jayci

    We want more cow pictures. Big cows. Baby cows. Cows eating . Cows sleeping. John feeding cows.

    Give the people what they want…cow pictures.

    • Sierra Shea

      Omg! Can’t believe I didn’t reply sooner! I get you some cow photos Micah and Jayci!!!!!! Lots of love!

  3. Aunt Jackie

    I love your pictures!


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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!