This Christmas has special meaning for me.

As my first Christmas with a newborn, I am more in awe than ever at the Christmas story.

To think, Lord and Maker of the Universe came down to Earth so humbly.

As a baby.

If there is one thing we have learned about babies in the last two months it is that they are simply, utterly dependent & helpless.

At first, they can’t even hold up their heads or see more than 12 inches away.

What do we learn about a God who chooses to come into the world so…gently, quietly and humbly?

In a barn, no less.

It could have been a much, much different story full of conquering, display of power and wealth.

Instead, we learn of a baby in a barn.

The Christmas Story never ceases to amaze, softening our hearts to welcome Immanuel, God with us!

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

As for my first Christmas in South Dakota and my first Christmas as a mother…

The day is starting wonderfully!

John is doing chores, I’m finally quilting and baby Joslyn is about to wake up from her nap.

It also looks like we will get our wish for a mostly “Brown Christmas”!







  1. Judy Stowers

    Sierra, I am unsubscribing from your website with my work email address as I am retiring 12-31-14. Will keep up with you and your family from my home email. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Judy

    • Sierra Shea

      Great, thank you Judy! I’m sorry I didn’t get your other email taken down — I’m not sure how to. I hope you are enjoying your retirement!

  2. Jenny Ledermann

    AMEN!! Well Said!! Thank you!!
    Gods Blessings to you and your Beautiful Family!!

  3. Alicia Hancock

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Karen Kinder

    So well said! 32 years ago my first child was born on Dec. 30th. I spent time thinking about those same things and being in awe! Thank you for your reminder!

  5. Laurel

    Joslyn is a beautiful and well-loved child. I wish that all the children in the world could be as well-loved.


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Hey there... I'm Sierra!

I love to blog, plan, organize, decorate, teach, research & be creative. I’m a farm wife & mama of three kiddos: almost 6, 4 and almost 2. We love to live and work in rural South Dakota. A few years ago we remodeled a house & we call our home The Peacock Ranch.

I am earning a Spiritual Direction Certificate from Sioux Falls Seminary & I put my masters in English/Mass Communications on hold at South Dakota State University so I can focus on being a mama in a pandemic! In the meantime, I’m enjoying reading more & writing here on the blog.