Our First Blog

Welcome to outsidethenest.net!  These two love birds have just emptied our nest.  Our two favorite kiddos are off to college.  The day has finally arrived.

The first week I stumbled upon my wife, Tracy, bawling and laughing as she was plopped on the pantry floor attempting to organize it.  She had accidentally discovered the school lunch sacks that she would never be packing again.   



The next week she moved onto all the old family pictures we have in boxes.  These pictures speak for themselves.  


Empty nest. What does that mean for a couple who has been married for over 22 years? No more homework, soccer games, or school plays.  We have certainly had our ups and downs in the story of our marriage.  And the past 5 years have been mostly up.  We have actually been intentional in preparing for this season of togetherness without our kids.  For example, we started dating and traveling a bit more.  


    “The U.S. divorce rate, despite remaining flat overall, has doubled for people 50 and older in the past two decades, according to a study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.” 


We could sit on the defensive and wait to see how this empty nest season unfolds or we could use my football analogy and be offensive by focusing on the future ahead of us and step up our investment in our marriage.   We love adventure, travel, food, wine, entertainment, design, and the pursuit of romance. This is our attempt to document our Bruce and Tracy party, outsidethenest.  Now we are in a new season, and so far, we’re really having a blast.  We've filled this website's tabs with places we've visited, foods we've been exploring, and the massive home redesign project that we recently completed.  As we move forward with outsidethenest, we'll continue to share our story.  So, click away to see what we've been up to.  We look forward to sharing the adventures with you! 



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