• 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.


  • Uzbekistan Saturday Fail

    There's a new park outside of town that I've been eying for months. I'm always a sucker for parks. It's not like one park is materially different from... Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2022 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Sri Lanka


    This year we spent our spring break in Sri Lanka. We won't be able to go to the US this summer, so I decided that we should take a trip somewhere fun to soften... Read more

    Posted on 27 March 2022 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • No More Solo Church

    A few weeks ago, our third stretch of self-churching came to an end. We've been holding every Sunday service alone since last June, when the final family in ou... Read more

    Posted on 06 February 2022 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • COVID Strikes

    A few weeks ago, we all got sick with COVID. Omicron has showed up in Uzbekistan as it has pretty much everywhere else in the world. It seems like everyone wh... Read more

    Posted on 30 January 2022 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • 40

    This past week, I turned forty years old. My birthday was a completely delightful day. It actually turned into a completely delightful two days by the time the... Read more

    Posted on 23 January 2022 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Circus, on Ice!

    Circus, Ice!

    Yesterday we took the kids to the circus again. I have to admit that I'm kind of a sucker for circuses. As I child I would beg my parents to take me to the... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2022 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • 2021, In Summary

    I must say that I really don't have much to complain about 2021. Lots of people have had crummy years, but ours has been pretty great. When we started the yea... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2022 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Christmas 2021

    Christmas 2021

    The Christmas season seems to go faster every year. I remember the endless days dragging on, stretching my childhood Christmases to months of painful waiting... Read more

    Posted on 26 December 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Edwin!

    Happy Birthday, Edwin!

    This week we had our last birthday for the year, Edwin's twelfth birthday. His birthday falls right in the middle of the birthday season, where we have five... Read more

    Posted on 19 December 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Socializing Our Teenagers

    Ever since we've started homeschooling, we've gotten questions about various aspects of homeschooling. Friends wonder how I'm able to get it all done (a... Read more

    Posted on 05 December 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Thanksgiving 2021

    Thanksgiving 2021

    Our Thanksgiving this year was very quiet. Each year our Thanksgivings have grown smaller. We started with twenty-four people in 2018, spent 2019 in North... Read more

    Posted on 28 November 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Elizabeth Joins the Fray

    Elizabeth is officially talking. She's been saying words for some time now, but in the last month she has mastered the art of three- and four-word sentences. ... Read more

    Posted on 21 November 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Joseph!

    Happy Birthday, Joseph!

    This week Joseph turned ten years old. When Kathleen turned ten years old, it was such an unimaginably ancient age that I hardly knew what to do with myself. Read more

    Posted on 14 November 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Switching Stables

    Switching Stables

    The children and I have now been riding together in Tashkent for three years. When we first moved here and were looking for a stable, Brandon brought home a... Read more

    Posted on 07 November 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

    Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

    Elizabeth turned two last Sunday. Brandon spent all Sunday observing the Uzbek presidential election in Bukhara, so we didn't celebrate on Sunday, but instead o... Read more

    Posted on 31 October 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Girls' Saturday

    Girls' Saturday

    Recently Brandon and I decided to start having boy's day/girls' day. Brandon wanted to start doing Boy Things with the boys, so we decided to spend one... Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Elizabeth, Emotional Support Toddler

    Elizabeth, Emotional Support Toddler

    Brandon is, sadly, back to working full-time at the embassy. He has been since the spring, but we're still in mourning that he has to go to work and leave us al... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Camping!


    This weekend, we went camping. I actually really enjoy camping, but I can't quite figure out why I find it so much fun. There's something about fires, sleeping... Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Uzbek Fall, Take Four

    The children have been back in school now for three weeks. Our routines have settled back into their usual groove, and order and sanity have resumed their usua... Read more

    Posted on 19 September 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Last Time

    Last Time

    Two weeks ago, on the first day of school, on a whim I decided to put Elizabeth in undies. The timing wasn't really the best, but it was going to be happening... Read more

    Posted on 12 September 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING