What a Child Remembers When Dad Travels for Work

It is odd when I think back on it.  I know that for a large portion of my childhood, my Dad traveled for work.  He wasn’t in the oilfield like my husband, but he did have a sales job.  Every week on Sunday or Monday he would leave and be back in time for the […]

Ruby

Trigger Warning: Loss, Miscarriage “Yellow Makes Her Happy” was the first article I had some trepidation about. It was in that article I shared with you, for the first time, the various struggles my daughter faces. It was also the first time I was given the opportunity to share with the world just how amazing […]

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 […]

Who I Am When You Aren’t Around

I sometimes can’t help but wonder, if you’ve become somewhat of a stranger to me, have I become a stranger to you?  I’ve seen who you are change through our almost 6 years of marriage (as to be expected), and each time I feel something quite unexpected: surprise. Who is this man before me now? […]

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 […]

Why Low Gas Prices Aren’t a Good Thing

There are two types of people in this world, those who love low gas prices, and those who see the benefit of a strong energy sector and higher oil prices. As an oilfield wife, my husband’s job has been at risk ever since prices began tumbling.  Everyone working in this industry has been laid off […]

Haters [gonna] Hate

“If I get it all down on paper, it’s no longer inside of me, Threatening the life it belongs to And I feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud And I know that you’ll use them, however you want to” -Anna Nalick, Breathe (2 […]

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 […]

Dear 2016

Dear 2016, Might I ask you a favor?  Well, I’m going to go ahead and ask for it anyway whether you like it or not.  It is actually going to be several favors, some more important than others. Can we have some stability in oil and gas right now?  I would love for oil prices […]

New Year, Old Me

Anyone that knows me in person knows that I loathe New Years. This year I think I’ve finally realized why. Besides the basics (Christmas is over, the magic is over, the pretty lights come down, etc.), it is a reminder that, once again, another year is gone and I’m still the same ol’ me. I […]