I Miss the Oilfield

I never, ever – in a million years – thought I would say these four, simple words (and mean it so much), but…I miss the oilfield. I do. I miss it so much, for so many reasons. I miss being part of something bigger. I miss being part of that family. I miss being part […]

Good-bye!

After almost a year and a half of writing for ROW, it is time for me to say good-bye.  In my last post I shared that we were taking the leap and starting a business with Oilman back home.  It is the beginning of a new season for us. I started writing for the Real […]

The Murphy’s Law of Wives Who Rock it Solo

*Sigh* – The good ole’ Murphy’s Law. No one is exempt. Especially us wives who often find ourselves flying solo by the single thread we typically hang on to. Sound familiar? Good. I’m not alone then. Murphy’s Law is quite simple. It states, in every sense of the word, that anything that can go wrong, […]

Making Ends Meet

Well, it’s finally caught up with us. We knew it was going to happen.  We’ve been feeling it coming on… my husband is getting fewer and fewer hours, leaving us with a very sizable cut in pay. We lived through it before, back in 2008. But it seems even harder this time. Once again, I […]

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 […]

What Working on the Texas/Mexico Border is Really Like

I verified that the pistol loaded with hollow points and stun gun/flashlight was still in his truck.  These were the questions I asked my husband every day while he worked on the border of Texas and Mexico as an engineer in the oilfield.  Since we live in Austin, I was initially naive about what was […]

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 […]