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Welcome to Our Empty Nest

Midlife DIY has been a long time in the making.

The Empty Nest

Now that both of our kids are on their own, we are finally empty nesters in earnest. Not the pseudo empty nesters we were while they were both in college. But honest to goodness, real live, independent children adults living elsewhere, just the two of us, empty nesters.

Can I just tell you how excited we are? I’m not even joking. Oh sure, there was a time when I thought I would be devastated at this juncture. Like when they went off to college and Todd and I were sad to see them go, lamenting the long stretches between visits.

Until they were home for an entire month over Christmas break and we weren’t quite as sad to see them return to school. College parents – am I right?

What Do We Do Now?

Now we are left with this dilemma. Do we stay in this large house or do we downsize? We would really like to move into a one story home and Todd would love to have a dedicated workshop instead of using half of our two-car garage.

Let’s just be honest here. I would love for him to have a dedicated workshop, too, because it benefits me greatly. Wait until you see some of the furniture and accessories he’s made.

Stay here or downsize, we have a lot of decisions to make. There are some big projects that need to be done around here regardless. There are a bajillion other projects we’d like to do if we stay. And then we have to decide what we do ourselves and what we hire out. Because even though 50 is supposedly the new 30, some things just aren’t as easy on a body as they used to be.

The Purpose of this Blog

Since I process best through writing, I’m hoping this blog will give me some direction. Please feel free to throw your two cents in as we go along. If we make the wrong decision, you get the benefit of knowing not to do that. But if we do something right, you’ll know every step of the way!

Win-win for you!

Not necessarily so much for us.



  1. Marcy Schneider on November 6, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Love it! Trent and I are seriously considering downsizing from 4100 square feet to 1700 square feet in order to get to early retirement.. it has its challenges , like what do do with all those family heirlooms that no one seems to want. We are in the process of refinishing our poconos house in anticipation of moving in some time in either 19 or 20. Looking forward to reading your blog.

    • Jen on November 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      The purging of the sentimental things is beyond me! If you figure out how to do it, please let me know. 🙂

  2. Rhonda Dove on November 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Love this! Can’t wait to read about all of your adventures/misadventures, LOL! So sorry I can’t be there to help deconstruct with you 🙂

    • Jen on November 6, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      You can be sure your name will come up from time to time. Especially because I’m considering wallpaper in the guest room! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  3. Amy Martin on November 7, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    You hit the nail on the head! Especially about that long Christmas college break comment.. it’s like “your home, hooray! When are you leaving?” And downsizing.. an overwhelming thought of what to do with all the stuff you thought your kids would want and then find out they don’t! Looking forward to reading your newest blog..

    • Jen on November 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      So much stuff that they either don’t want or want us to hold on to until they have a bigger place. *sigh*

  4. Julie on November 9, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Been there, still doing that! This is going to be a fun journey because you and Todd are a fantastic couple.

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