• 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.


  • Rotavirus


    During our time in Dushanbe, most of us have taken our turns having medical issues. Sometimes it feels like these issues are happening constantly, but I... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • September, the Month of Disappointed Hopes

    Right now it is eighty-nine degrees outside. I forgot to water my plants this morning and my four o'clocks are draped over the sides of their pots, leaves... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Golden Age

    Last week we had Monday off to celebrate Labor Day. Since the weather is still warm and we had spent the previous Friday holiday at the pool, we took the... Read more

    Posted on 10 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • 2017-2018 School Year

    A few weeks ago the children started school again. We didn't get a really long summer break this year because of that whole... Read more

    Posted on 06 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Final Lap

    It is now September. We have finally gotten over jet lag, unpacked all the suitcases, reassembled our life, and are now staring down the home stretch of our tim... Read more

    Posted on 03 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Jet Lag, Central Asia

    Brandon and I have been flying back and forth across the Atlantic for quite some time. My first trans-Atlantic flight was my junior year in college, when I spen... Read more

    Posted on 27 August 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • R&R


    This year we spent most of our R R at the beach. It was fantastic. Seriously, if I had the money and no doctor's appointments, family obligations, or friends I... Read more

    Posted on 20 August 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Summer Vacation

    It's that time of year again, the highlight of everyone's summer combined with the worst part of everyone's year - time for the annual trek back to the... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Living in Dushanbe - Summer

    It is summer here in Dushanbe and we are deep into it. It has been hot so long that the sensation of being cold or wearing pants or shoes or socks or jackets... Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Fourth of July

    Fourth July

    This past week we celebrated the Fourth of July. Celebrating the Fourth overseas is fairly analogous to celebrating Christmas in a Muslim country. Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Year Five Wrap-Up

    We are almost done with the school year, although 'done' is somewhat of a relative term. Some children have finished some subjects (Sophia has finished... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Best Laid Plans

    Friday morning I got a phone call from Brandon. "Bad news," he started the conversation out cheerfully, "I just got an email tell me that my language waiver... Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Starting Early

    We have a lot of stuff. I'm not quite sure how we got all of the stuff, but I imagine my Target and Amazon order histories would give a reasonably accurate... Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Party Saturday

    According to the calendar, summer started this past week. According to Tajikistan, summer started last month. And so by now, a month into summer, it is hot. Read more

    Posted on 25 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • In Which I Solve a Problem Entirely on My Own

    Last week we ran out of water. It was, as always, on laundry day. We have four 500 liter water tanks in our utility space/room/closet/area and so theoretically... Read more

    Posted on 21 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Story Time

    Right now Brandon is reading to the children. Last month he finished the last of the Harry Potter books, and since he's already read all five of the Fablehaven... Read more

    Posted on 18 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Slowly, Slowly Learning Russian

    The girls and I have now been taking Russian lessons for almost two years. If I were a diligent, active Russian student who did things like homework and flash... Read more

    Posted on 14 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Earning That Thirty Percent

    All posts in the Foreign Service are not created equal. Some places, like Paris or London are in nice, first-world countries. Other places like Lagos or Luanda... Read more

    Posted on 11 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Willam Update

    Willam Update

    Last Saturday we were getting ready for the pool. The kitchen was cleaned up from breakfast (on the menu that morning: cake. Because cake and muffins are... Read more

    Posted on 07 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • T Minus One Year

    It is now June. Our departure date for Tajikistan is May 2018, so that means we now have less than one year left in Dushanbe. For most people at hardship... Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING