• 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.


  • 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
  • Thirty-Five Happens to Everyone Who Gets There

    When I was younger (by a decade or two), I remember my mother telling me about the dreaded thirty-five. "You hit that age, your metabolism slows down, and that... Read more

    Posted on 06 December 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Time for Christmas

    Time Christmas

    This year we got a four-day weekend for Thanksgiving. The new chargé found a random local holiday (Flag Day) to justify the time off and everyone at the... Read more

    Posted on 03 December 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Thanksgiving 2017

    Thanksgiving 2017

    This year Brandon and I hosted Thanksgiving. While cooking Thursday morning, I added up the times we've hosted Thanksgiving. This is our third hosting in... Read more

    Posted on 26 November 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Marine Ball 2017

    Marine Ball 2017

    Last Saturday was the Marine Ball, our third and last Ball here in Dushanbe. Brandon would usually be perfectly happy to stay home and watch a movie with the... Read more

    Posted on 19 November 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Dubai


    Months and months and months ago, I decided that Brandon and I needed to take the children to Dubai. Normally, I am not the type of person who likes to travel... Read more

    Posted on 15 November 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • London

    This trip to London was my fifth trip (if a long layover where Brandon and I did some sightseeing counts) to the city, and my third trip this post. Read more

    Posted on 12 November 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Abandoning My Husband and Children

    A few weeks ago I started having joint pain in my hands and feet, elbows and hips and knees. It hasn't cleared up and all of the tests available here in Dushanb... Read more

    Posted on 22 October 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Living in Dushanbe: Fall

    Today is October 15th, which must mean that it is fall. I used to hate fall when I was younger and time moved more slowly. I didn't actually mind fall itself,... Read more

    Posted on 18 October 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • William, the Cutest Baby in the World

    William, Cutest Baby World

    William is a very cute baby. He has reached the enjoyable age where he smiles and gurgles and kicks and squeals and makes loud squealing noises that are hard... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • When the Cat's Away

    Brandon is in America right now. His grandfather passed away recently after battling Parkinson's disease for twenty six years. Brandon, who bears his... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • A Whole Decade

    I am a creature of habit. Every week day I wake up and exercise. I started running in college and still run. After Joseph was born I added a strength-training... Read more

    Posted on 04 October 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Kathleen the Babysitter

    One warm August night eleven years ago when I was terminally pregnant, Brandon came home from work. It was a Tuesday and he wasn't on shift the next day, so we... Read more

    Posted on 01 October 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • William Becomes Mobile

    William Becomes Mobile

    I love babies who crawl. Most people I know hate babies who crawl. Babies who crawl can get into things you'd rather have left alone. Read more

    Posted on 27 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Settling Back In

    Our life has been kind of crazy for the last ten or so months. Not too crazy, but more crazy than I would like. It started with the Christmas season, ran throug... Read more

    Posted on 24 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Rotavirus


    During our time in Dushanbe, most of us have taken our turns having medical issues. Sometimes it feels like these issues are happening constantly, but I... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • September, the Month of Disappointed Hopes

    Right now it is eighty-nine degrees outside. I forgot to water my plants this morning and my four o'clocks are draped over the sides of their pots, leaves... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Golden Age

    Last week we had Monday off to celebrate Labor Day. Since the weather is still warm and we had spent the previous Friday holiday at the pool, we took the... Read more

    Posted on 10 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • 2017-2018 School Year

    A few weeks ago the children started school again. We didn't get a really long summer break this year because of that whole... Read more

    Posted on 06 September 2017 FAMILY, PARENTING