• 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.


  • Three Days to Go

    Brandon arrived safely, with all his luggage, and only an hour late Thursday night (which is a sight better than the two and a half days he was late last time). Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Wait is Almost Over

    This week Brandon will board a plane in Tashkent. That plane will fly to Korea, where he will wait nine hours before boarding a plane to Toronto. Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • When the Weather is Warm

    When Weather Warm

    This past Saturday, the children and I went to the beach. North Carolina hasn't gotten the memo yet that it's past vernal equinox and so that means that it's... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Enjoying the Delights of America

    It's funny how quickly it takes to get settled. I think that I probably have a quicker rate than average, a skill gained by hard experience. We've been here... Read more

    Posted on 30 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Crash Landing

    The trip to the US started out well. Not all travel starts out well. I remember one move where the Super Shuttle showed up to our townhouse while I was still... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Dynamics of Change

    We are leaving in four days. Thankfully we're not moving and won't be moving for almost two more years. I like the thought of moving and the excitement of... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • A Love Letter to My Full-sized Oven

    Dear oven,I love you. You are by no means the most flashy of ovens. I didn't even realize that you could have an oven that required sparking the pilot light... Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • First Week of School

    This past week was our first week of school. We have been doing this for some time now; I started with Kathleen in Kindergarten nine years ago. I guess I can sa... Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Summer Preserving

    I would never call myself a hard-core canner. I don't like canned vegetables and would prefer to just have beans only they're available in the summer instead... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Thirty Weeks (with No Pictures)

    This past week I hit one of the most frustrating milestones of pregnancy: thirty weeks. Thirty, after counting up for so many months, sounds so very close to... Read more

    Posted on 18 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Teenager in the House

    This week Kathleen turned thirteen. To be be honest, I've considered Kathleen a teenager for quite a bit now, as we've all be subjected to the symptoms of... Read more

    Posted on 11 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Winding Down of Summer

    When I wake up each morning, the sky is a little darker. The mornings have gotten just a little bit cooler, and in the evening Brandon and I can take a walk... Read more

    Posted on 07 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • One More Voice

    William has really started talking. He will be officially two and a half next week and has decided that words are a marvelous, wonderful thing that he should us... Read more

    Posted on 04 August 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Tashkent in the Summer

    It has been hot here in Tashkent. I know that it has also been hot in the US recently, but it has been hot here in Tashkent since mid-June. It will continue to... Read more

    Posted on 31 July 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Like a Weed

    This past week Sophia came downstairs in a fall dress. I'm trying to keep from spending our last week in the usual packing purgatory by pre-packing things for... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Growing as a Gardener

    My mother has been a Gardener for a long time. I say Gardener with a capital G because gardening for her is a twenty-hour-a-week part time job. Read more

    Posted on 21 July 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • What Money Can Buy You

    Yesterday was Saturday, so we did what we do every Saturday in the summer: we stayed home and swam. It's hit high summer here in Tashkent, so by mid-afternoon... Read more

    Posted on 14 July 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Not Always Hospitable

    I am American. And being American, I have very strong feelings about being able to make my own choices and letting everyone else just have to deal with them. Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Change of Plans

    Preparations have been going well for delivering in London. I was able to find a five-bedroom flat within walking distance of the hospital, a park, a library,... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Terrible Twos

    I have never believed that two is a particularly terrible age. My two year-olds have always been fairly reasonable - they are toilet-trained, talking, walking,... Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2019 FAMILY, PARENTING