Two months ago I was living in a four bedroom house with chickens and gardens, working a full time job and taking care of my son, Will, while his daddy, Jacob, worked in the North Dakota oilfields. Sounds pretty normal, right?
However, for our family, this arrangement quickly became unmanageable. I needed a change and our son needed his daddy. So, after some soul searching, a lot of back and forth and a bucketful of tears, we decided to sell or give away nearly everything we owned. I took what was left and jammed it into my vehicle along with our son and our Great Pyrenees, Thor. Then we headed off to live with Jacob in our camper in North Dakota.
Jacob and I have known each other for nearly 16 years now. He is my best friend and a wonderful life partner. Like any family we have our ups and downs, but there is no one I’d rather weather the storms of life with than Jacob.
Jacob has been working in North Dakota as a roustabout for about 8 months now, so we are fairly new to the oilfield lifestyle. His initial interest in oilfield work began because he was looking for a way to pay off some debt, but he quickly realized that he loved oilfield work and wanted to make a career out of it. He really seems to have found his niche and I’m so very proud of him!
As previously mentioned, Jacob and I have a 4 year old son named Will. Will really enjoys living in North Dakota! He loves getting to see all the heavy machinery and sometimes it’s a struggle to keep him off it. Will, like his parents, is something of a free spirit. Because of his free spirited-ness we have come to the realization that conventional school will not work for him so we have decide to take on the challenge of homeschooling him.
I am 32 year old work at home mom and batik artist. When I’m not taking care of our son, I run two websites, Beauty of Batik and Urban Agriculture Info, along with my personal website www.chelseaniehaus.com. In addition to these projects, I recently started a new blog called Tales of an Oilfield Gypsy to replace my old blog on urban farming, Walnut Cottage Homestead. I also have an MBA and a Bachelor’s in Arts Administration and I’m a certified Life Coach. I am so grateful for the freedom our oilfield lifestyle has afforded me so that I can work on my own projects and homeschool my son.
In the coming weeks I hope you will join me as I chronicle our family’s adventures with camper living, homeschool, and life in the North Dakota Oil Patch. It may be an unconventional lifestyle, but it works for us and I hope you will enjoy reading all about it! I know I’m going to enjoy sharing it with you!