Michigan is home. Nearly every year, my wife and I briefly entertain the possibility of moving away to find greener grasses elsewhere, and yet we never do. We love living in the Michigan Mitten, but it's undeniable that there are some definite negatives for us (such as winter and homophobia). So why do we stay put, year after year? Believe it or not, we're incredibly proud to live in Michigan as a queer family, and we're even more excited to raise our son together here.
Despite the downsides, there are some very real and concrete reasons that we always decide this is the place for us. We love nature. We get to explore all the time. Living in Michigan is basically like living in two different states. We love the food. We love to camp. We love the thought of raising our son in a place that's as culturally diverse as we are. Michigan has always been home, so it feels almost like betrayal to leave now.
We're staying put in the Great Lakes State, and here are seven reasons why: