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Today, I’m excited to share a new poem with you! Last year, I wrote a version called “So God Made a Farmer’s Wife.” That poem highlighted the work, worries, joys and life of a farm wife.

This version is all about the ranch wife. Although the two jobs may seem similar, they can really be quite different.

I’m totally pumped about this poem, partly because I love the photograph so much. I took this picture on a ranch outside of Pierre, South Dakota this summer when I went to look at some bred Red Angus heifers that were for sale. So, it captures a happy memory for me.

So God Made a Ranch Wife

After I finished the poem, I just knew those majestic green grasslands & lovely blue sky would make a pretty pair.

Last year, when I published the farm wife version – I wasn’t even married yet. I couldn’t relate to most of the things I’d written about on a personal level. However, I drew from the experiences of the women in my life – my mothers, aunts, neighbors.

This time around…I can relate. I’ve only been married a few months now, but today my life as a farm/ranch wife reflected several of the lines in this poem.

  1. We renewed all of our farm loans today for 2014. I had to sign with steady hands.
  2. This little calf was born on our place! Luckily, we haven’t had to bring any into the house to warm up this year.14874_549608535152570_1294977067_n
  3. I’ve got about two more loads of laundry to throw in the wash & about five to fold! (We’ll see if this actually gets done or not!)
  4. Oh, and I’m fixing this homemade hamburger helper tonight for supper.


    Photo Credit: Iowa Girl Eats

For all Ranch Women 

Of course, this poem still isn’t just about my life. I know so many women who work in the role of a ranch wife each day. Like me, they love their work and feel blessed to live in the country, work outside and raise delicious beef!

Order a Copy! 

These prints are for sale here for $10 with $2.25 shipping. Any orders placed between now and Friday, April 4th will be signed. (Unless, of course, you don’t want me messing up the print with some scribbles! Just leave a note if you’d like to opt out.)

Plus, my little online shop allows you to pay via Paypal & it is super simple. You guys have no idea how tough it was for a writer/cowgirl to figure out all the tech aspects of that! That’s a celebration in itself! (Thank you, Scott @ 9 Clouds Academy.)

One More Thing

Last year, I dedicated the So God Made a Farmer’s Wife poem to my Mom. This year, ironically, I’m dedicating the farm wife version to John – my sweet husband. Seems kind of weird to dedicate a farm wife poem to a man, but OH WELL! Roll with it!

John, thanks for letting me be your ranch wife and a writer. I really love our life, even when we are checking cows at midnight.



  1. Lucy

    This makes my heart warm. Although this is not my life right now it is the life of many women I love and admire. You have a great gift.

    • Sierra Shea

      Thank you, Lucy!!! :) That means so much!

  2. Kathy Hasekamp

    You just continue to amaze, great stuff sweets! :)

  3. Kelsey Sno

    I love this poem!! Brandi’s giveaway over at introduced me to your blog and I love your whole site!! :)

  4. Kaye Nelson

    Please call me…i would like to order poems.

    Last year i ordered the farm wife poem…love both of them.
    Your blog is great!

    Thank you.

    Kaye Nelson

  5. Christine Mack

    I’ve been a ranch wife for 3 years now, came from the city but farming is in my blood lines. Even though we don’t have kids, your poem really hits home. Checking cows until midnight in below zero weather and then going to my town job the next day for months on end, I’m tired just thinking about it. We do it because we love this life and our animals, we’re living the dream!

    • Sierra Shea

      Hi Christine – so glad to hear you are loving ranch life. I imagine that you do get tired thinking of calving season. I do too. The mud, the wind. Much nicer to think of summertime when all the pairs are out to grass.

  6. Barb DeTienne

    Hi Sierra,
    I was wondering how I can go about and get a copy of the rancher’s wife poem. I would like a copy of it to frame and give as a door prize at our Women in Agriculture night out. Please respond.

    • Sierra Shea

      Hello, I’m sorry I’m no longer able to offer the poems for sale.

  7. Ranchers lady

    Love the poem…I am wondering if I could have permission to use this at a family gathering we are having in a couple of weeks? We are putting on a program and I was going to read the “and God made a Rancher version I had wrote and ran across this, I think I would like to work it so I read the “rancher” lines and interspersed in there my husband read the “rancher’s wife” lines.

    • Sierra Shea

      Yes, please use it! Thanks for asking!!!

  8. Maggie

    This is so awesome! I saw it shared on FB. I would like to share it from our Idaho CattleWomen blog (with your permission and link to you.) As a fellow ranch wife, I could relate to so much of this on a personal level. Thank you for putting it to words so beautifully!


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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!