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 […]

Mom Standards

I am a horrible multi-tasker. Actually, I’m not horrible at it, I just hate it. I’d prefer to focus on one thing.   All women, all moms, and especially oilfield wives are multi-taskers. We have to be, we have no choice. At any given moment, I’m thinking about at LEAST 6 major issues, 22 medium […]

Raising Kids in the Oilfield

There’s a classic rock song that I can’t listen to without tearing up.  Cat’s in the Cradle is one of my all-time favorites.  It’s folksy and nostalgic and one of the best songs ever. I’ve always liked it, but never truly understood it until I became a parent.  Now I totally “get it”.  It puts to music […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learning to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom

I haven’t had many different jobs in my life, but I’ve always worked.  When my oilfield man took the job this past June, I’d been technically unemployed for 3 months.  I felt so guilty to not be contributing monetarily, though I was happy to finally be with my kids.  I thought being a stay-at-home mom […]

Hush, Hush

My son was shunned at school today. Ok, so maybe that’s not ENTIRELY true. Maybe I’m being an over reactive mama bear, but he WAS shushed.  In front of the whole class.  For talking about something that is very much a part of our family life. It was the first day after Christmas vacation.  All […]

I Hope You Know

I don’t know if it is the sweet holiday season, or the fact that I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom for almost a full year now, or if it has finally hit me how quickly my baby girl is growing up, but I’ve found myself in a sentimental state lately that I can’t seem to shake. Maybe […]

Blended Families and the Oilfield

This oilfield life we’ve chosen isn’t always easy. Some days it can be downright challenging. On the flip side, it also has many rewards. I believe the harder the challenges, the greater the reward. That’s what makes being part of an oilfield family so worthwhile. Having a blended family is similar; extremely challenging yet, richly […]

Back to School?

  If you’ve been reading my past few posts you know that our family has been going through a lot of changes. Now it looks like we may be adding one more change to the mix. We’ve been considering giving up homeschooling and sending our son to the local Waldorf school. I have some mixed […]