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I used to love when we got a white Christmas because it was rare in Missouri.

John loves a brown Christmas because it means South Dakota doesn’t have several inches (or feet) of snow!

This is the first year that I’ve ever been in South Dakota for Christmas. I’m not sure yet if we’ll get a brown one or a white — but I’ve already started to become more like John.IMG_0299

White Christmas on a South Dakota cattle farm really means extra work (sorry if I sound like the Grinch!).

There is snow to shovel from the feed bunks before chores, snow to move from the barn yard and extra hay and bedding needed for the cows.

Right now, we’re basically brown and it’s pretty bleak.


What are you dreaming of – brown or white?

Our cows have all been moved home from summer pasture, the calves are weaned, and the cows are out on cornstalks.FullSizeRender

This has been a year of being about one month behind due to the weather.

Last year, I posted in a Farmin’ Friday about our winter routine on November 22.

It’s time again for hauling water, but John and I both agree…the farm work still feels a month behind.

There’s still several semi-loads of hay that need to be hauled home. It’s hard to feel truly settled in for winter until all the feed for the cows is lined up and near the home place.

Maybe by Christmas we’ll feel caught up!


1 Comment

  1. genie foss

    I saw a picture you have …Why God made a farmers wife or something like
    that…do you have that on your website…I think you did one also for a farmer.


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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!