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 […]

The Great Things About Oilfield Kids

Raising children is undoubtedly one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. It is also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you’ll ever do. Parents today are feeling the pressure to raise kiddos in a very judgmental, vigilant world. Not that our parents didn’t feel the heat as well, we’re just feeling it […]

I Can’t Mom Today

Dear Children- Sorry boys, I know I’m a crappy person, but I can’t mom today.  I simply can’t do it. Maybe it’s the PMS, maybe it’s the phase of the moon, maybe it’s that we are only halfway through daddy’s hitch, but today I couldn’t get it together to be the mother you both need […]

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 […]

Our First “Real” Birthday Party

My oldest son is about to turn 6 and is in Kindergarten.  Until now, his birthday parties were as much about the adults as they were about him because we don’t throw a lot of parties and he didn’t have many friends.  This year will be a bit different because he wants to invite most […]

The Rules: Trying to Conceive Edition

There are certain rules you must follow when trying to get pregnant, aka trying to conceive, aka TTC. You do not question the rules.  You just do them lest anyone think you are an unfit mother-to- be. Rule #1:  Find a willing partner.  Before TTC one has visions of what the baby making love will […]

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 […]

The End of Innocence

Every day I am blessed and challenged with the task of raising a good person that will, undoubtedly, make great contributions to this world. And every day there is a negative, self-opinionated troll out there lurking and waiting to steal her shine. This needs to stop. Immediately. In the morning, while the little one eats […]

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, […]

Hey Jealousy

Jealousy is an ugly feeling. It certainly isn’t a character trait I seek to possess. It creeps in every now and then, and I’m reminded of the sacrifices and differences of our oilfield family. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but then again, is this something one should ever be used to? […]