We all know are husbands, boyfriends, partners work in the oilfield what do you do?

Tracey - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 94 moms have responded )

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What do you do? I have just recently moved to St John's NL from Edmonton AB and I am self employed. I run my own house cleaning business.

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Michelle - posted on 07/24/2009

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I am a law enforcement technician... my current assignment is 9-1-1 dispatching. Its a stressful job. My husband works on land and things are up in the air. Yesterday he told me contracts are up and if they aren't resigned, everyone is out of job. :(

Rosalie - posted on 07/22/2009

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I am a stay at home mom of two, and i also am a marykay consultant i love my husband and kids and they take so much of my time that it makes my job easy. marykay has been great for our family because i can take care of my family and also make some money.

Billie Gail - posted on 07/21/2009

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Nothing right now. I want to go back to college this fall for medical transcription.

Charlean - posted on 05/31/2009

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I am a Special Ed. Teacher and operating as the Behavioral Specialist for grades K-2.  The children who I teach are emotionaly disturbed.  I am blessed to have the wonderful children that God has given me.  Some days are really difficult when my husband is away.  Some days are just as difficult when he is home.  We miss catching up since he works 2 on 2 off.  I find that I really only concentrate on updating the most important happenings in my own life, and try to focus much of our conversations on our children when he is away.  It's hard to find a balance for our marriage.  And still somehow our marriage is stronger since he has been rigging.  I am thankful for the crew he works with.  They all respect that he is a family man and somehow he has helped to change a few of them spiritually.  We are blessed, and yet some days we have to remind ourselves of this fact.  God is good and that's how we get by.. . .faith.


 

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2009

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I am a ER and L&D Nurse. I am working Part time right nowand it has been a blessing to be able to spend so much time with the kids but I really enjoy getting away to the Hospital to worry about others things. It really keeps me humble knowing that some families may not be dealing with lay offs( like Hubby), but they or a family member are fighting for their lives. It really keeps things into perspective.

Jada - posted on 05/11/2009

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I work full time for a law office as the office manager. Some days I love my job but most of the time the monotony of it nearly drives me crazy.

Deb - posted on 05/10/2009

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Hi. I am Subsection Head for Cytopatholgy at a hospital in British Columbia, Canada. My husband is an oilfield geologist. With the oil slow down hubby has been home more. It has been great to have help with the kids and the house.

Alexis - posted on 05/10/2009

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well pre baby i was a security officer and in truth i miss it but you cant have an infant and work night shifts while your husband works shift workin the feild so i quit my job and now i work for avon which at the moment isnt bringing in much

Tamara - posted on 05/10/2009

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I'm an HR Manager for the former Grey Wolf Drilling in Louisiana...now owned by Precision Drilling. Husband is a drilling consultant and we're moving to Houston within the month as I've been promoted to Sr HR Manager out of our Corporate office.

Autumn - posted on 05/09/2009

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I am fortunate onough to be a stay at home mom. Our children are all in school, but i watch kids in my home during the day. Most of these children are my nieces and nephews or other family members, but i will watch others for people at church or people have just moved here and have found out about me through friends.

Venus - posted on 05/08/2009

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I am a sahm. I homeschool my two kids (13yo boy & 8yo girl) and I have a little home business making toys.

Rachel - posted on 04/01/2009

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My husband works on the completions side of the oilfield.  I was working as a secretary for a drilling company until they laid me off, so now I am working from home.  I love it so much!  It is nice to be able to spend time with my boys doing things with them and still be able to make extra income in my spare time.

Kyla - posted on 03/29/2009

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I am currently on Mat Leave from work until the middle of August. When I am working I am a Logistics Admistrator working for a trucking company Auditing Driver's Log Books.

Lisa - posted on 03/26/2009

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Well, I like to call myself a Domestic Research Specialist, AKA Mom.  It is so fun to put that on an application just to get a curious look.  Clear indication that I have way to much time on my hands.  I do a lot of volunteer work and am highly addicted to making things and painting.  I have no problem finding things to do with my day.  Not to mention that when my husbands home, now that the kids are both in school, we are enjoying reconnecting.

Shawna - posted on 03/24/2009

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I've been a stay at home mom now for the past 7 years- I too find it difficult to justify paying for childcare for my 3 children age 7, 4 and 3.  I plan to stay home until all 3 are in school which is now only a year and a half more.  In the meantime I have been cooking/baking one day a week at the local preschool so I can listen to my girls but have a break from interacting with them!!  In the spring I am going to start overseeing the building of the new local daycare so that will help me get through the next little while!...I'm finding this year more difficult...need some more challenges and adult content in my life..

Trish - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hello!



I am a power Engineer, but due to being a mom & having a husband who works away shift work is out of the question. I currently work  in the planning & scheduling field as a lead scheduler.

Bronwen - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hey ladies, I'm a registered massage therapist and I own my own clinic (with a business partner). I have to work full time hours since it's my business but I only work 4 days a week so I have an extra day with my daughter (3 yrs). I know what some of you are saying about being overwhelmed sometimes, having major responsibility for the clinic and people's jobs and taking care of a demanding pre-schooler is tough with hubby away 14/14. But you gotta do what ya gotta do....

Brook - posted on 03/13/2009

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I am a stay at home mom since the birth of my youngest child two years ago.It just made more sense for me to stay home and raise our children then pay for daycare.

Kat - posted on 03/08/2009

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Just for something different, I am the one who works in the oilfield in Bass Strait, Australia while hubby stays home and looks after the kids. Do I count for this group?

Malorie - posted on 03/03/2009

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Well, I am newly a stay at home mom! I quit my part time job in October so I am still enjoying staying at home. My hubby worked offshore for 3 years and got fired because he got sick and they sent him home (we are currently fighting with the company!) now he works on a land rig. He has been in the oilfield all his life with his family always owning wells and pulling rigs. I absolutely love it! At this point I just wish oil prices would go back up! lol!

Sarah - posted on 02/26/2009

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I was a stay at home mom for 13 years. Last April I got a part-time job at our local video store, and I LOVE it! My kids are 14 (boy) and 7 (girl). I mostly work when the kids are in school. My daughter gets off the bus at the store on the days I work. I get out of the house, make a little money, and I am good at my job. Personally, I have found that my husband seems to respect me more since I have started working outside the home. It was an interesting adjustment for the husband and the kids spending time together when mom is scheduled to work on school holidays. He actually said to me one morning,"Well, what if I wanted to go fishing?"  I told him, "Do what I do... take them with you!". lol

Sarah - posted on 02/26/2009

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I was a stay at home mom for 13 years. Last April I got a part-time job at our local video store, and I LOVE it! My kids are 14 (boy) and 7 (girl). I mostly work when the kids are in school. My daughter gets off the bus at the store on the days I work. I get out of the house, make a little money, and I am good at my job. Personally, I have found that my husband seems to respect me more since I have started working outside the home. It was an interesting adjustment for the husband and the kids spending time together when mom is scheduled to work on school holidays. He actually said to me one morning,"Well, what if I wanted to go fishing?"  I told him, "Do what I do... take them with you!". lol

Cassie - posted on 02/11/2009

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I am currently a full time stay at home mom for my 5 month old daughter. So all day every I work out, clean, watch tv, go for dog walks and make supper. haha
In the fall that will be a different story. My daughter, my dog and I are moving to Fredericton, NB so I can go to university full time. :)

Jodi - posted on 02/07/2009

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I am a stay at home mom. I have a son who is 5 and a 7 month old little girl. Before I had my daughter I was a merchandiser.. But on occassions I do respite for my parents who are foster parents. That way they get a brake for a weekend...

Tanya - posted on 01/22/2009

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I work as a H.R. Recruiter for a service rig company. So in the industry with my man. Although he works the other end of it then I do. He works in the abandonment and reclaimation end, cleaning up everything once the well is done producing. I have to say when one of us is busy the other usually is not so much. But having been a single parent for most of my parenting, not having him around all the time is just normal(?) I guess. But I do have to say that I really do appreicate the time that we get to spend together when he is home. My kids and him have made a good bond with each other so they miss him when he is gone as well.

I have to say I love my job and have been working since my youngest, who is now almost 9 yrs old, was only 5 mths old. I have only been in the oilfield for the last 5 yrs but do love it.

Chantel - posted on 01/22/2009

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My husband is gone two weeks at a time and home for one... I run a daycare ... sometimes I operate 24 hrs on the clock. I have one neighbour who is in the same boat and we take turns watching each others children if we need to run errands... It is very hard though. I need to have my week completly planned out from start to finish in order to make things work. One more week till my hubby is home and I'm so looking forward to an extra set of hands !!

Penny - posted on 01/22/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

I am a teacher. I see lots of stay-at-home moms on here. I would love to be able to stay home with my kids. - Or at least cut back to part time. My husband just started on a rig, so hopefully in time I'll be able to! I'm afraid tho that I'll go insane not being around adults. - Especially when hubby is gone so much of the time. Isn't that tough?



I can't speak for the ladies that have husbands gone for days at a time, I just know even with my husbands sometimes 15 hour days it gets tough. When we had our 1st son he was still redoing cars and was home by 3pm most days and I was working for Home Depot and rarely worked past 4pm, now he leaves at 5am and doesn't get home especially in the summer until around 8pm, so there lots of times that my kids go a day or two without really spending time with him and I do start to feel like  am a single mom, I am very fortunate and I have a very good friend that lives across the street from us and we talk daily and she is always willing to help out, her kids are the same age as mine.



We also made the choice to live in the same hometown as my parents and his parents only live 11 miles away in another small town, my sister and her husband moved home this last summer, so I always have family back-up. I don't know how mom's without family or friends close do it...I always feel bad for the mommies because we end up giving so much of ourselves that sometimes we get lost.

Amanda - posted on 01/18/2009

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I am a teacher. I see lots of stay-at-home moms on here. I would love to be able to stay home with my kids. - Or at least cut back to part time. My husband just started on a rig, so hopefully in time I'll be able to! I'm afraid tho that I'll go insane not being around adults. - Especially when hubby is gone so much of the time. Isn't that tough?

Nan - posted on 01/14/2009

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hi, I'm reall lucky to have a part time job (5 day fortnight) as a Business Analyst in IT the work is challenging rewarding and I have a fantastic manager who respects the work I do, my family and my husband being away 50% of th time....'Ive got to say thaI' part timers are generally not well respected in Australian banking industry and I have to log on from home to put in an "appearnace" when 'm not in the office....but it's worth it to keep a great job.

Chantel - posted on 01/12/2009

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Ive done many things over the years. Ive taught parenting and prenatal classes, I actually went to work as an Administrative Coordinator for a major Oil company for a while ... but now I own and operate a home based daycare.  We converted our basement suite into a small but profitable daycare. I recently had to cut back my hours though. My husband is gone so much that life was getting exhausting at the best of times. I do enjoy it more now that I have a little extra " free" time on my hands and can see myself doing this till all of my kids are in school full time. As others have said ... I havent found anything that warrents me putting my kids in daycare.  If I'm able to continue to stay home and raise them myself... i will.

Cindy - posted on 01/11/2009

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I am a stay at home mom. I have been since the birth of my second child who is now 11. It can be stressful from time to time but the rewards are great. Hopefully one day after my 7 year old gets older I can go back to school to have a back up incase the oilfield crashes. Hopefully that will never happen.

Sheena - posted on 01/11/2009

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I just graduated college with my bachelors in business marketing. I went to school for 2 semesters prego and 2 semester with my daughter. I have also been working part-time as a bank teller. Now that I am done, I am torn as to whether I should get a full time job. My daughter is in a great day care, but I don't want her there for 10 hours a day. I want to spend time with her. My boyfriend works 84 hours a week, and does not want to fully support us. I don't blame him... hence why I work part-time. I just have not decided what I want to do. It is nice to hear that others are working too. Most of the oilfield wives in my town don't work at all.

Terri - posted on 01/10/2009

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I own a beauty and tanning salon. I also have a oilfield buisness. We contract out directional services. I do the money paperwork taxes and such. My husband just works as an employee and does his directional work. He says my jobs easier, but you don't see me watching tv on the job, or getting a relief hand. lol When my boys aren't in school I'm a devote momma.

Francisca - posted on 01/09/2009

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Hello everybody,



I am an oncologic surgeon who  work in 3 big hospitals in Bandung, Indonesia . My husband's job is in Vietnam, he usually go there every single month.

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2009

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I am a full time domestic engineer, aka - homemaker. I have 2 kids one just turned 3 a week ago and the other will be 2 in March. I am itching to get a job (I have a degree in Parks & Recreation), but it's hard to find quality daycare near us. So until I find some good daycare, or my kids are in school, I will stay home with the kids.

Ellen - posted on 01/08/2009

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I'm a stay at home mom with my two kids, but I also do part time daycare in my home. I watch a brother and sister set (almost 1.5 and 3 yrs) and my neighbors daughter (also 3). Plus I run my own home busniess sell home organization & decor items (it's a home party business). It's nice to do the parties since it gets me out of the house plus meeting new people and hanging out with a bunch of ladies :) It's what I do for me time :)

Kristie - posted on 01/07/2009

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At the moment i am on maternity leave from my job as a Hospital Scientist - I work in a pathology laboratory that focuses on Immunology. Hopefully i can just go back part time in June otherwise i might have to forego my permanent position/extend my maternity leave as I dont want to work fulltime and have bubs in care all the time while Dad is also away half the time.

Tracey - posted on 01/07/2009

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Quoting Penny:



I Stay at home with my kids and substitute teach.  I have a teaching degree, but there aren't any positions open right now in my field. I have found it hard to find a job that will pay me enough to warrant me putting my kids in daycare; so far the only ones I have found I wouldn't really enjoy...so I stay home and sub to get out of the house every once in awhile.






thanks girls for your input its important to see what we do too!!

Penny - posted on 01/07/2009

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I Stay at home with my kids and substitute teach.  I have a teaching degree, but there aren't any positions open right now in my field. I have found it hard to find a job that will pay me enough to warrant me putting my kids in daycare; so far the only ones I have found I wouldn't really enjoy...so I stay home and sub to get out of the house every once in awhile.

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2009

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i work durking the summer with oysters and at a hatchery, during the winter i am a full time mommy :) would be nice to find some other work tho!!

Liz - posted on 01/06/2009

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I am a certified veterinary technician. I finally burnt out and quit my job in Novemeber after 2 yrs of stress from work and dealing with everything by myself at home. I was getting depressed and had to make a change, so for now I am a stay at home mom. I hope I will be able to spend some time traveling to be with my husband more before our son has to start school in a couple years.

Heidi - posted on 01/05/2009

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Hey there

I am currently employed by a company that sells automotive paint to the trade and the public. I am the junior purchaser and one of the senior internal sales people ( my boss doesn't believe in paying 2 people if he can sucker 1 person into doing the job).

As you can tell I am not very happy here, so am thinking about going into real estate. As my hubby works offshore, he can afford to support me for a couple of months while I learn my way. I am just waiting for him to get home so that we can discuss the matter in detail.

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