Ramble On- Heading Back to the Bakken

ramble on


Leaves are falling all around, It’s time I was on my way. 
Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay. 
But now it’s time for me to go. The autumn moon lights my way.

Despite the continued heat, the signs that summer is drawing to a close are apparent. I actually saw leaves falling this afternoon. The days are getting shorter. We officially started homeschool again. (Albeit earlier than I’d planned, but that’s another story.) And our sweet baby girl is growing like a weed.

For me these are the signals that it’s time to start planning our return to North Dakota. I started by purchasing our train tickets this past Friday which means I now have a deadline that I’m working under. I am really looking forward to getting on that train and arriving in Minot and seeing my husband. I am not looking forward to coordinating everything it will take to get us on that train in less than four weeks.

I’m still trying to get our baby girl’s birth certificate and social security card dealt with since they spelled her name wrong. I’m still not entirely sure that she’s insured after a 3 week battle with the insurance company and the healthcare exchange and of course we can’t leave until she’s had her 2 months vaccinations.

I’ve got to make the arrangements to have our mail forwarded to our box in North Dakota. I’ve got to go through our things and figure out what we need to ship, what we can pack in suitcases and what we need to take on the train. I need to order the things we cannot ship or pack and ensure that they are available for my husband to pick up before we get there so I know that the baby will have a car seat and a place to sleep. There are arrangements to be made regarding the house and the yard and I have to somehow manage to put the gardens to bed before we leave. Whew! It’s a lot to accomplish is less than four weeks!

I am so excited to be able to spend actual family time with my husband, but I am somewhat ambivalent about living in a camper again. I am eager to see North Dakota again, but I’m a bit nervous about being 40 miles from the nearest gas station with a young baby.

Between staying in the camper in North Dakota, staying with family in Indiana and keeping up with our house in Kentucky I really feel like a nomad sometimes! I know there are some of you out there who spend the summers (or other seasons) with your husbands and go to another home for part of the year. I’d love to hear your experiences and tips for balancing life between multiple residences. Leave me a comment and tell me what you know!

About chelsea

Chelsea is mama to 4 year old Will and partner to her oilfield man and best friend of 16 years, Jacob. She splits her time between the family’s camper in the North Dakota Oil Patch and a small urban homestead in Kentucky. Chelsea writes about the family’s camper adventures at www.talesofanoilfieldgypsy.blogspot.com. She is a batik artist and loves teaching others about the art of batik at www.beautyofbatik.com. She can also be found working on her other sites www.chelseaniehaus.com and www.urbanagricultureinfo.com. In her moments of spare time she enjoys knitting, sewing and gardening.


  1. Best of luck!!! Safe travels!

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