Dear Oilfield…

Dear Oilfield, A lot of people hate you.  You leave a bad taste in the mouth of the general public.  To your employees you can be unpredictable – there’s always your ups and downs to deal with. Booms followed by slow-downs. You bring a sense of uncertainty.  Environmentalists hate you in general and would like […]

How Do You Recharge?

Do you ever feel that you want to run away from your life? Not permanently run out on your family or anything –but do you ever need a temporary break? As a stay-at-home oilfield wife, I don’t even know where I would go for a break, I just know I want one! School has started […]

The Dreaded “Work-Over”

I hate hate, hate, hate when my husband has to work an extra week. He’s staying longer this hitch, so his usual two weeks away at the North Slope will actually be three. The dreaded “work-over”.  And that also means he’ll only get one week at home instead of two. Bad followed by worse!  Having […]

An Oilfield Wife’s Breaking Point

I’m not sure where my breaking point is, but I might have already passed it. You know that saying, “When it rains, it pours?” Well that absolutely describes my life lately. Life can be hard.  Being an oilfield wife is hard. As a mom, I feel it’s my responsibility to be the glue of the […]

This, too, shall pass…Woes of an Oilfield Wife

I love my life. My Hot Oil Man and I have worked very hard to make a nice home and we have amazing children. The majority of the time we are happy, healthy, and content. I’m usually upbeat and always thankful for what we have. But this doesn’t mean that there won’t be the occasional […]

Is the oilfield life worth it?

Over the last 13 years of being an oilfield wife, when the going has gotten rough, I’ll stop and ask myself if this lifestyle is really worth it. It’s a life made up of sacrifices, hard work, and compromises. We all work so hard. Not just my Hot Oil Man up at the north slope […]

And what if I’m not ready for summer to end?

I cannot believe it’s already the middle of July. This summer (like every summer) has flown by at warp speed.  Being a home-school educator means there is a lot of prep work to get done to prepare for the upcoming school year – deciding on curriculum, purchasing curriculum, taking inventory of school supplies, making lessons […]

I Am an Oilfield Wife

I am a mother and a father.  I am comforting, nurturing, and gentle. I bathe, cuddle, read to, and tuck-in my kids every night.  I am also tough when discipline is needed. I am strict. I have to decide what’s allowed, and when enough is enough. I am the cheerleader, and the coach.  I am […]

11 Facts about Oilfield Wives

1. Oilfield wives are the most capable women you will ever meet. They know how to fix the sink, mow the lawn, dig out a splinter, change a flat, and a million and one other things. Not necessarily by choice, but because these catastrophes only happen when the oilfield men are gone and the women […]

Oilfield Fathers

I know this is a “wives” website, but the other half of a wife is the husband, so I think it’s OK if I talk mostly about men just this once. All of us know how hard it is being an oilfield mom, but oilfield dads deserve a big pat on the back, too. We […]