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I formally ended my time as the Youth Columnist and Co-Editor of The Youth Page at The Cattleman’s Advocate in December of 2012. I handed the reins to a very hesitant, but capable, younger sister Savannah. She is doing an excellent job. Before she took on the title of Youth Columnist she made me promise I would help edit her stories. She is only on her third month and this time I did not even need to edit. I am so excited for her!

Back in December, I thought my time at The Advocate might be complete. Yet in 2013, I still find myself writing for my uncle nearly every month.

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With this piece I did a little investigative reporting to follow up on a article Uncle Jon found in a local paper a few weeks ago.

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Here, I was covering an event at the Missouri Valley Commission Company. It was encouraging to see so many women eager to improve their skills.

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Above, I was the photographer for the story. Now that I’ve finished my time as The Advocate’s Youth Page gal, I guess I still enjoy working with Uncle Jon and for the paper. Looks like I’m not going away after all. Old habits are hard to break. This past week, I worked on a feature that readers will hopefully enjoy later this spring.



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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!