• Sherwood Family Nonsense

    We're a diplomatic family traveling the world. Dad represents the US government in Baku, while the rest of us (Mom and four children) stay home living off his largesse.


  • Thanksgiving and Christmas!

    Last last Thursday was Thanksgiving. As a child, my family spent as many Thanksgivings as possible with my dad's brother, his wife and their eight children in... Read more

    Posted on 04 December 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Living in Dushanbe: Heat

    It's been cold here in Dushanbe for the last week. Today the weather finally got above freezing, something that hasn't happened for a week. Read more

    Posted on 01 December 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Baby Update

    This past week I finally crossed into the final home stretch of my sixth pregnancy. It's always such a relief to make it to the viable-if-there's-a-problem stag... Read more

    Posted on 27 November 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Come Party at the Sherwood's

    Way (way) back when I was in college I moved into a new apartment complex and ward mid-year. I knew none of my roommates and only one girl in the ward, having... Read more

    Posted on 22 November 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Joseph!

    Joseph turned five this week. Brandon and I were gone on his actual birthday, so he was very happy to celebrate a few days early. Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Dubai

    This morning, around five am (gotta love those random flights!) Brandon and I got home from Dubai. Back in the spring we watched some friends' children and... Read more

    Posted on 13 November 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Uzbekistan, Here We Come

    And the winner is... Nick! Followed closely by Kelley and Mindy We're either very obvious about what part of the world we like to hang out in or you guys are... Read more

    Posted on 04 November 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Twenty Questions, Round Two

    Here are the next round of questions. After these ones, feel free to ask specific country or city names. And this time (unlike the last two times), you might... Read more

    Posted on 03 November 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Twenty Questions, Round One

    So the questions are in and it's time for some answers! Does the name of the nation rhyme (or at least make an assonance) with the patronymic of a man who was... Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Twenty Questions Time!

    Twenty Questions Time!

    So today Brandon got an magical email in his inbox today, the one that tells us where we'll be spending the next two (or three) years of our life. Read more

    Posted on 31 October 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Me and the Med Unit

    I have always (foolishly) prided myself in having a pretty healthy family. We all get occasional colds and fevers and sore throats and even stomach bugs. Read more

    Posted on 23 October 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Homeschooling: (Finally) Finding Our Stride

    We just finished the second week of October. Last week we had a holiday on Monday (hello, Columbus Day!) and then schooled for the rest of the week. Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Well Hello, Fall

    It's been summer here in Tajikistan since May. I like summer. It's the season where you can throw on a pair of flip-flops and leave the house without any other... Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Top (and Bottom) Five of Dushanbe

    It's bidding season right now the Foreign Service, which means that everyone wants to know what is great and not so great about all of the posts that they're... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Me in London

    One of my favorite parts about being pregnant overseas in sketchy places is going to London for an OB appointment or two. Being pregnant isn't that great -... Read more

    Posted on 25 September 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Iskanderkul


    This past weekend was the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tajikistan's independence. The locals around here celebrated with a couple of parades (one rumored to... Read more

    Posted on 14 September 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Adventure Saturday

    Adventure Saturday

    We haven't been adventuring in awhile, not since our crazy fourteen-mile hike back in the beginning of June. Just in case I haven't mentioned it, summer in... Read more

    Posted on 11 September 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Crazy Train Gets a Little Bigger

    About a month ago I came back from a doctor's appointment. Brandon and I gathered the children together and I pulled out a strip of pictures. "I was at the... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

    Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

    This year Kathleen turned ten years old. In some ways this is pretty crazy - a whole decade! Double digits! The beginning of the end (or rather, the... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Family Pictures

    Family Pictures

    While we were in Missouri this summer, we subjected ourselves to the ordeal known as Family Pictures. Back in 2012, we had the very talented Mark... Read more

    Posted on 28 August 2016 FAMILY, PARENTING