• 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.


  • 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
  • Happy Birthday, Sophia!

    Happy Birthday, Sophia!

    This month, Sophia turned nine. Since my parents were in town (and the weather forecast called for rain), we decided to play tourist for her birthday. Read more

    Posted on 31 May 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Another Visit

    Another Visit

    Tajikistan is not a country that is on very many people's bucket lists. Maybe not on anybody's bucket list, or at least not the lists of anybody I know. We... Read more

    Posted on 28 May 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Perks of Living in a Small Community

    Last week I got an email from Brandon. "Looks like we're going to get the time off this summer. Make sure to say your thanks in your prayers tonight." I did a... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Mother's Day

    Sometimes I get a little grumpy on Mother's Day. This morning was one of those days. My parents are in town and we've been partying a lot, going hiking and... Read more

    Posted on 14 May 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    This week Eleanor turned three. I'm a little sad about that because three is the beginning of attitude in my children and I'd actually not mind keeping her two... Read more

    Posted on 07 May 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Living with the Foreign Service: Summer R&R

    It's almost May, which means that it's one of my least/most favorite times of the year: time to plan summer leave. Summer is a tricky time in the foreign... Read more

    Posted on 30 April 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING