Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

As an adult there are many decisions in life.  Too many.  How do you know what’s right? As a kid everything is so black and white, but as an adult decision making can be SO HARD. Sometimes there is no “right” – or there’s more than one right and you have to try and decide […]

Summer To-Do List

Summer is almost here. Which means long, lazy days of…..rushing around from activity to activity. Trying to cram in swimming lessons, vacation, summer sports, library reading program….etc. That can sure suck the fun right out of summer break. When did summer become so scheduled?  I recently read an article about having an “Unscheduled Summer”.  There […]

I think I’m losing my mind

I don’t know which straw actually broke the camel’s back, but it’s finally happened. I have lost my mind. It’s gone. I don’t know if it’s from the pressures of being an Oilfield wife, or a home-school mom, or just being in my mid-thirties that caused it. I’ve passed forgetful, I’m beyond scatterbrained, I’ve reached […]

When My Oil Man is Away

The oilfield life is a unique way of life. We sacrifice family time – to get more family time. Our men work away from home for weeks or months at a time, so that they can have weeks and months at home. The way of life that we have chosen comes with its own particular […]

Part-Time Husband

The other day I was explaining my husband’s work schedule (4-6 weeks in Alaska, 2 weeks here) to someone and she said matter-of-factly, “Oh, so you have a part-time husband.” As I usually do, I didn’t really answer her and instead giggle a little and move the conversation forward.  I wish I could explain to […]

What I Hate About Being an Oilfield Wife

Being an Oilfield Wife is a Love/Hate relationship. There’s certain aspects that I love, and there’s also parts I hate. There’s also things I love to hate, and things I hate to love……or something like that. Anyway, here’s a list of a few of the things I HATE about being an Oilfield Wife: 1. Pity […]

Sleepless Nights

One of the very worst things about being an oilfield wife are the sleepless nights. Of course we all sleep better with our men by our sides, but that’s not exactly what I’m talking about.  I do miss my husband while he’s gone, but I’m not referring sleeplessness due to missing his companionship. I have […]

The Hardest Part of Parenting

It’s hard to be a mom. I struggle with patience. Daily. I’m sure all mom’s do. I do have fantastic days where everything went smoothly – I gave my all, I was easy-going, I made school fun, I cooked great meals, I didn’t lose my temper, I had great life-lessons to share –  and I […]

The Oilfield Slump

I’m having a rough hitch. We just got back from vacation (a wonderful, dream come true vacation) and transitioning back into real life has been tough. The kids are having a hard time focusing on school and getting back in the groove of things. I’m having a hard time catching up on everything (bills, errands, […]

Home School Questions

I love homeschooling. It has been a wonderful surprise –  something that I never planned on doing. (I’ve learned some of life’s best things are the ones that weren’t “planned”.) It’s no secret that part of the reason we moved to Alaska was for the great public schools …. well, that didn’t exactly pan out […]