• 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.


  • Change in Plans

    A few weeks ago I found a firm mass in my abdomen. I'm not very conversant with the usual makeup of my abdomen - it's not something I worry about most of the... Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • International Women's Day

    This past Thursday was International Women's Day. I didn't know about this holiday before moving overseas, and when Brandon found out that I got two holidays, h... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Truly Helpful Children

    Today we had dinner guests. Church was very small and we had some recurrent visitors, so everyone stayed after church and ate together. Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Almost There

    This past week Joseph started reading My Father's Dragon. He is on lesson 190 ("The Soft Sound of the SC Blend") of 234 reading lessons, which means that he wil... Read more

    Posted on 28 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Accurate Estimating

    In ten weeks, we will be furiously packing the last few things in our suitcases, saying the last goodbyes, and cleaning the last bits of food out of our... Read more

    Posted on 25 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Living in Dushanbe: Winter Travel

    Tajikistan is the most mountainous country in the world. I've always been fond of superlatives, and so it's kind of cool to say that I live in the most... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Late Night Paperwork Party

    Working for the US Government is not for those who hate paperwork. Since everything the government does is funded by public taxpayer money, everything that cost... Read more

    Posted on 18 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Filling Out All the Forms

    Recently our Tajik visas expired. Since we still have a few months left in Dushanbe, we had to get new visas. When we had to extend our visas the previous two... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, William!

    Happy Birthday, William!

    William turned one this week. I remember Kathleen's first birthday and how incredibly long one year felt - at least a decade had passed between her birth and... Read more

    Posted on 11 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Week When Everything Broke

    The former Soviet Union is not an area of the world known for its high construction standards. It wasn't great when the Soviets were in charge and it hasn't... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Sledding Saturday

    Sledding Saturday

    This year has been a bad year for snow in Tajikistan and so we've only gone sledding once, up at the ski resort. This past week it snowed three or four inches o... Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Living in Dushanbe: Entertainment

    There are a lot of things about Dushanbe that aren't the greatest. There's a good reason it's a thirty percent differential. It's a colossal pain to get here,... Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Return to the Mountains

    Return Mountains

    My family has been very happy on Saturdays for the past year or so. When we first arrived in Dushanbe, I would drag them up to the mountains to hike almost ever... Read more

    Posted on 28 January 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Safed Dara

    Safed Dara

    Last Monday was a holiday, so we took the children up to Safed Dara, Tajikistan's best (and only) ski resort. Although Tajikistan gets plenty of snow in the... Read more

    Posted on 21 January 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • iPhone, One Year Later

    So I've now had an iPhone (my very first smart phone) for a little over a year. I always swore that I would never get a smart phone because I didn't want to... Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Uzbek Circus

    Uzbek Circus

    My phone rang Thursday afternoon while I was feeding children lunch (one of the least favorite parts of my day) and it was Brandon. "Question for you," he asked... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • 2017 In Retrospect

    2017 was a pretty good year for the Sherwood Family. Honestly I can't really think of a year that was horrible all around, although I think that 2011 probably... Read more

    Posted on 07 January 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Making Sunday a Day of Rest

    This Sunday we had leftover Chinese food for dinner. We had gotten takeout earlier in the week and Brandon, planning ahead, ordered enough to have leftovers... Read more

    Posted on 20 December 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Edwin

    Happy Birthday, Edwin

    This past week Edwin turned eight. We started out his birthday with his breakfast of choice, overnight baked pumpkin (it's time to use it all up again) french... Read more

    Posted on 17 December 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Christmas Decorating

    Christmas Decorating

    I love decorating for Christmas. Normally I am not a decorator. I like the idea of decorating - having a lovely house is a pleasant thing - but the mentally... Read more

    Posted on 10 December 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING