Celebrating Mother’s Day


(That’s my mom, Brenda, in the image above. Hi, Mom!)

I talk to my mom just about every day. Ever since I can remember, she has been my best friend, confidant, and part-time therapist. Through scraped knees and broken hearts, my mom has been there through it all.

My mom is the reason I am so strong-willed (or “stubborn” if you ask Hubby) and independent. She gave me a love of politics and reading.  I have seen that woman overcome odds and situations that would have made other people throw in the towel.  She is also the reason that I have my faith, and for that, I will be forever grateful. She is a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother (Sorry, Momma. Had to show your age!), even if the kids come back just a little more spoiled than before they went to visit.

I am also privileged to have an amazing step-mom (Hi, Barbara!) who has always treated Dad’s kids and grandkids as her very own. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more patient woman in my entire life. For all the step-mom’s out there, I hope your step-kids appreciate all that you do for them. It might not seem like it now, but they will in the long run.

Now, I know that there are some wives out there who might not have their mothers around anymore or might not have the type of relationship I do with my mom, but there is probably someone out there you consider a mother-figure. I want you to take some time on Sunday and celebrate that person. Think of what they have taught you how it has helped to shape the strong woman you are today. If you are able, spend some time with her on Mother’s Day. You don’t have to give an elaborate gift to make them feel appreciated. I’ve learned that my mom would rather have all of her kids in one place at one time than to receive a gift.

Don’t forget to celebrate yourself! (Even if the only kids you have are of the four-legged variety.) Oilfield wives work hard every single day and, lets face it, we don’t always get a “thank you” or a break. If you can’t get a kid-free night, wait until the kiddos are in bed and then have a glass of wine (or, in my case, a beer) and watch a movie. (Hubby is on hitch so I get to watch all the Jane Austen movies I can handle. WOOT!) Get a manicure and pedicure, or, if you are more on the frugal side (like me), get an at-home kit and do it yourself. You can also check Groupon or Living Social as they usually run Mother’s Day specials on massages, flowers, etc.

No matter what you do, just remember to do something to reward yourself for a job well done! (Oh, and for any husbands that might be reading this, make sure to tell your wife how much you appreciate her and all that she does. We like that.)

From all of us here at ROW, Happy (early) Mother’s day to all of you!

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? How do you reward yourself for being the best Mom and Oilfield Wife you can be? Let me know in the comments or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie.

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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