About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

Transition

I guess it’s my turn to say good-bye.  Although I tend to agree with the saying that says there are no ends, just new beginnings. Whenever we come to a new chapter in life, it’s really just a transition, not an end.   When we reach a bend in the road, things change.   We […]

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Tonight was ‘Dr. Seuss Night’ at our charter school.  This was one of those events that we probably wouldn’t have even attended if my Hot Oil Man was home, but since he’s at work on his two-week hitch, I decided I’d take the kids.  Plus, I liked the idea of not having to cook dinner… […]

We’re Still In It

It’s a dark day in the oilfield. Lay-offs are happening left and right.  It’s getting closer and closer to home…but we’re still in it!  But even though my Hot Oilman still has his job, it’s hard to feel “safe”.  I still feel  a small sense of impending doom that our whole life could come crashing […]

5 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Oilfield Wives

Everyone has an opinion about oilfield wives.  Whether it’s good or bad, people have a preconceived notion about what we’re like. There isn’t just one type of oilfield wife. We all have different personalities, different likes, different dislikes – but we do share the experiences of being married into the oilfield.  I wish other people […]

Making Ends Meet

Well, it’s finally caught up with us. We knew it was going to happen.  We’ve been feeling it coming on… my husband is getting fewer and fewer hours, leaving us with a very sizable cut in pay. We lived through it before, back in 2008. But it seems even harder this time. Once again, I […]

It Becomes Who You Are

The oilfield slow down has been rough. So many people have lost their jobs, and the ones that are still employed have lost hours or had pay cuts. It’s not an easy time to be an oilfield family. Times are tough for sure. It’s scary. It’s overwhelming. During this time I find myself wondering, and […]

How to Survive as an Oilfield Wife

Oilfield wives come in all shapes and sizes, as do their oilfield husbands. Some work outside the home, some have kids, some are homemakers, some see their husbands every day, and others go months without being together. As much as the lifestyles vary, the resources that are needed to survive the life of an oilfield […]

9 Things I Love about Oilfield Men

I know oilfield workers can’t be lumped into any one group – they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There is a vast range of jobs included in the “oilfield” and the workers are just as varied.  They range from the lowest rig hand to the highest CEO. From production, to service, to transportation. […]

Oilfield Parenting… What the heck am I doing?

Oilfield parenting is different than other parenting. It’s sort of like single parenting… but not. Other times it’s sort of like parenting with two stay-at-home parents… but not. It’s in a class of it’s own. Sometimes I feel on top of my game and I really think I have an idea of what’s going on […]

Time Keeps on Ticking

It’s a new year! 2015 has blown by, and now it’s 2016. I believe that time goes by quicker and quicker as we get older. It seems impossible that I’ll be 37 next month. Didn’t I just graduate from high school?  Wasn’t my 21st birthday last week?  My husband and I have been together 15 […]