• 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.


  • Fruit Season

    For the last two months, I've been dreaming of strawberries. Every time I would pull out another tired apple or orange from the refrigerator, I would count dow... Read more

    Posted on 09 May 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    Eleanor turned seven this week. I have always regarded Eleanor as being the oldest of my three babies. I've been able to maintain that illusion for several year... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Girls' Weekend

    Girls' Weekend

    In the Foreign Service, there are various posts that have lots of interesting local handicrafts to buy, and these place are often referred to as 'shopping... Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The End of an Era

    Elizabeth turns eighteen months this week, which means that she is definitely no longer a baby. She hasn't been a baby for quite some time, but I don't think I... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Welcome, Spring (for Real This Time)

    Welcome, Spring (for Real This Time)

    Back in February, we thought that spring had arrived. It was early for Tashkent, but I remember experiencing an equally early spring back in Dushanbe, so I... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Buzkashi


    Brandon and I have wanted to go to a buzkashi game ever since we first heard about them before moving to Dushanbe. Buzkashi is a Central Asian game that is... Read more

    Posted on 28 March 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Maldives


    A few years ago, Brandon and I took the children to Dubai. It was the first time we'd taken a trip where we weren't visiting family. Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Groundhog Was Wrong

    When we moved to Dushanbe back in 2014, I geared myself up for a long, cold winter. After all, Dushanbe is right next to the mountains and in Central Asia, so... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, William!

    Happy Birthday, William!

    Today William turned four. His birthday is actually this coming week, but I'm not a stickler about doing things on their exact dates if other dates are more... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Elizabeth, the Reluctant Walker

    Elizabeth, Reluctant Walker

    I love when my babies reach mobility milestones. I always excitedly watch for when they learn to roll over, then sit up, then crawl, and finally walk. Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday to Me

    Happy Birthday

    This week I turned 39 years old. As birthdays go, it was a pretty good one. Since I'm the teacher, principal, guidance counselor, and school nurse, I used my... Read more

    Posted on 24 January 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Pretty Much Back to Normal

    This past Tuesday morning, I went downstairs and didn't get on the treadmill. For my early morning exercise, I usually run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. ... Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Six Months to Go

    Every post that we live at has certain milestones: six weeks, six months, one year, halfway, six months, and six weeks again. Recently we reached the six... Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Snow Play Day

    Snow Play

    Yesterday we went sledding. We haven't been outside of Tashkent - with the exception of going to America this summer - since February, when we went sledding on... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Christmas 2020

    Christmas 2020

    Christmas this year was great. I can't actually remember a Christmas that wasn't great, but there have been years that have been less great, all because of... Read more

    Posted on 27 December 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Winning in Central Asia

    By most measurements, life is usually harder here in Central Asia than in the US. We have some things that are easier, but there's a reason that we get paid... Read more

    Posted on 13 December 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • When Both Your Cars Aren't Working

    We've been really happy to have two cars, after only having one (and for two years, none) for the entire fifteen years we've been married. Brandon always has... Read more

    Posted on 06 December 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Thanksgiving 2020

    Thanksgiving 2020

    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. The last remaining family in our church group returned to Tashkent two and a half weeks ago, just in time to clear... Read more

    Posted on 29 November 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Thoughts on One-Handedness

    I have now been stuck in a cast for twelve days. Well, it's not actually a cast - it's a metal-foam-sandwhich brace wrapped in a very long ace bandage. Read more

    Posted on 22 November 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Two Down, Five to Go

    There is a saying that a horseback rider isn't a true rider until they've fallen off seven times. Up until this week, I had only fallen off one time and so I... Read more

    Posted on 15 November 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING