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 […]

What You Need to Know (and your oilfield husband won’t tell you)

I was ready to go to bat for each of you, fellow oilfield wives.  I had the hard-hitting questions ready and was eager to enlighten all of you with my new found information.  With not a hint of playfulness, I sat down with my husband and started asking him the questions we all want to […]

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 […]

Enjoying Today

We sat on the back porch with a cup of iced tea and I asked my cousin Kristen a question that had been bothering me.  Kristen is one of those people that you want to hate.  She’s tall, thin, and gorgeous.  She is actually even more beautiful on the inside (barf inducing, I know).  I […]

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 […]

Visiting the Patch

Sometimes everything aligns perfectly in the universe.  Oilman will finally be on days and I will get a break in my work schedule.  It is during these times that I pack an overnight bag and head up to oilfield country because it is time to see my man.  I often get asked by my friends […]

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 […]

Good for Her! Not for Me.

“I could never ever have my husband gone all the time,” she continued, “I would never choose money over being with my husband every day.”   Well, thank you for that little tidbit.  I didn’t ask for an opinion on my husband’s work schedule, but I appreciated her smug judgement nonetheless. I shrugged my shoulders to […]

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 […]