Hello! I’m Laura Elizabeth. Thanks so much for stopping by my website! You’ll find ranching stories, gardening advice from the school of hard knocks, chicken keeping anecdotes, recipes, and more.


In 2013, my family made the decision to move to South Dakota, to be nearer family and to put roots down in a place where the Christian heritage of our nation is still pretty strong. On March 1, 2015, we finally made it out to the Black Hills, to our “ancestral home”, and to a place that has always felt like home.

I am a homeschool graduate, and earned my Bachelors of Music in vocal performance at Eastern Illinois University in December 2014, before moving out to the Black Hills. Through a long train of events and work choices, including working for my dad, for a rancher, at a quilt store, a greenhouse, an antique store, as a medical scribe, a piano teacher, photographer, volunteer firefighter with Battle Creek Fire Department, firefighter-paramedic with the Rapid City Fire Department, I am now a full-time ranch wife and chicken keeper, part-time piano teacher and photographer, and living the life of my dreams with the man of my dreams. Life is amazing, and God is so, so good.

I hope that my writing encourages and edifies, and that the photos inspire. I hope you are moved to laugh or even cry, and look a little closer at this beautiful world God created and into which He placed us, for our good and His glory.

Laura Elizabeth



12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Laura, from Canada.
    I was looking for a block about homesteading and yours came up in the list. The photography caught my eye and so I investigated further, im glad I did. I’m a new blogger with a serious lack of any charter with where I want to go. I too am a fellow photographer and hopefully I can implement that aspect into things. Anyways I must admit after perusing your site I feel quite timid. Grace and Peace with Blessing of Joy, Comfort and Contentment.


  2. Hello Laura, I’m a Black Hills photographer from Rapid City I was in the Inside Out Gallery in Hill City and bought a piece of your work. I showed some of my own stuff to Susan Schierbeck and she wanted me to show you. I sometimes post my work on Instagram and Facebook.


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