• 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.


  • Catching Up


    Last time I checked in, we were waiting at my parents' house for Brandon, who was still in Tajikistan, to finally join us in America. It's been awhile.Brandon... Read more

    Posted on 17 June 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Party Party Party All the Time

    The children and I have now been camping out at my parents' house for five weeks. After an initial round of despair about what I was going to do with my childre... Read more

    Posted on 01 May 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Shopping in America

    A week ago, I went to Target. For ex-pat American women, Target is almost a religion. When we get together and hear about someone's recent trip to America, one... Read more

    Posted on 16 April 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

    Last Friday afternoon, while gathering children together for an Easter egg hunt, my phone rang."Hi Ashley, this is Dr. F-. We just got your CT results this... Read more

    Posted on 08 April 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Missing Keys

    Last Sunday we had church at someone else's house. Usually we have church at our house, but sometimes we mix things up and this past Sunday was one of those... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Practiced Art of Purging

    Brandon and I are quickly coming up on our fourth major move. I've found moving to be somewhat similar to childbirth - it doesn't last that long and when... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2018 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • 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