About

So what do you do with the little free time you find, between taking care of a family, working a part-time job and enjoying more than one hobby?  Why, start a blog with an old college friend, of course!

Welcome to Dirt Road Wife, the place where two old friends have joined forces to share their experiences about life in rural America.  We both decided to forgo careers in the communications world to focus on family and a more simple lifestyle.  We live miles from nowhere in two different states, but share a passion for family, agriculture, the outdoors and live life as a conservative, capable Dirt Road Wife.  We started this blog to share our passions and opinions on, well, anything and everything.  That, and we are pretty sure we two of the funniest women we know and feel the world is missing out on that particular joy.  Seriously, if you have any doubts about that, spend some time with us.  If nothing else, you can laugh at us, rather than with us.  Either way, you’re guaranteed a laugh.

Teresa is a born and bred Wyoming girl, living in the shadow of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, Outdoor Guy, her 2 1/2 year old daughter, Wyokiddo, and three really hairy dogs.  Her dirt road ends at a fish hatchery, 20 miles from a grocery store and 170 miles from the nearest Target store.  In her former life, Teresa worked in publications and information for several statewide natural resource agencies.  Today, she spends her days chasing Wyokiddo around, dabbling in wildlife photography and sharing her cooking (mis)adventures.  You’ll probably catch her blogging about purple shephard’s pie, photography, motherhood or finding her inner-outdoor woman.

Joey is the not so conservative half of the pair.  Confession:  Her first car had the Grateful Dead bears on it.  She’s a bit of a bohemian who ended up in rural SD ten years ago.  And she’s far more rural than Teresa.  She’s 24 miles from a grocery store but closer to a Target than Teresa by 2o miles.  Her former life in sports marketing, and as as director in various non-profits did nothing to prepare her for living on the dirt road she now occupies.  Grocery shopping once a month was NOT in her Master’s curriculum.  She’s not as adventurous in the cooking department as her friend, but makes up for it with her dry sense of humor and the occasional, er, not so occasional soap box rants about random things in life.  Joey spends her time trying to make a living as a quilt artist while working two jobs, being a wife to a Southerner, mother to “the kid,” and the circus leader of two species confused animals.

Curious now?  We thought you might be . . . .

8 thoughts on “About”

  1. I have just stumbled upon this blog and I LOVE it! So interesting to hear about other peoples’ co,portray different lives. I am so excited to now be following you two. The posts are so well written and the images stunning. I can’t wait to come back for more!

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  2. What a great idea to create a blog together!! I spent the majority of last year living with my 3 yer old daughter, in my RV, at an isolate horse ranch in rural Nevada. Grocery shopping every 3-4 weeks..you name it. It was lots of fun. I took care of the 25 horses on the ranch. I did it as an experiment, both to save up money for my own place, and to see if rural living was for me. I loved it!! I knew I would, I’ve always been a country girl….but then I met my boyfriend. He had a big house in a gated community, so here I am..I’ve never felt this out of place ever. One day I will get back out there to the real life, hopefully sooner than later. LOL Can’t wait to experience it through you blog until then!

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    1. My first job out of college was in Indianapolis. I was definitely out of my comfort zone. While the experience helped me in so many ways, I am also grateful I had the courage to say “This isn’t what I want. This isn’t home,” and move back to Wyoming.

      I grew up riding and showing horses. I am currently horseless, and not a day goes by I don’t long to throw my leg over leather or just muck a stall. When my daughter gets a bit older, I’m going to start leaning on my husband to become a horseowner again. I understand your longing!

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      1. i’m so happy that you had the courage to do that! I know that I will have my own place soon enough, but I’m starting with getting a horse..tomorrow 🙂 going to make it easier to cope with the waiting!

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  3. Hi Teresa – thanks for posting a comment on Beauty Along the Road, so I could find my way here. Seems like we live in similar rural conditions, just in different parts of the country! We are almost 50 miles from the nearest grocery store and almost 100 miles from the nearest Whole Foods. But that’s ok because my garden produces better food than Whole Foods (and less expensive, too). 🙂

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  4. What a delightful blog! I found you guys through the ‘WPC: Cherry On Top’ theme. While I’m not a dirt road wife exactly we do live beyond the limit of street lights in the middle of sheep country, with a view of cows and kangaroos. I’m really going to love reading your stories. Cheerios, CC

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