About Me

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Hello and welcome to The Rustic Five blog.

I’m Melissa and this blog is all about my crazy life as a wife, mama to a toddler with another one on the way, and a bonus mama to my stepson. We love the country life and are working hard to build our dream life here in the mitten. I can’t imagine living any where else other than this amazing state. We love traveling especially up north in Da Yoop (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and northern lower Michigan, visiting the great lakes, taking in the sights of the many museums, shows, and zoos in Michigan and just being together as a family. Being outdoors is a huge part of our life including organic gardening, camping, hiking, and just playing outside.

I recently made the decision to leave behind my short (only 7 year) public school teaching career for several reasons and have decided to homeschool the littles in order to guide them to learn through play, discover their passions, inspire them to be kind human beings, and allow them to pursue their own individual purposes in life. Currently, I own a Nature-based in-home nursery school which allows me to be present in my own daughters life as well as inspire other children to use play to learn and build their own connections to nature.

This blog is my outlet to share our story with family, friends, and our amazing followers. I want to inspire others to reach for their dreams, live more presently in their lives, and be more connected to themselves, others and to nature. I also want to educate other parents on how to support their kiddos to learn through play, discover their passions and live out their true purposes in life whether they are homeschooled or in a school system.

Thank you for taking time out of your life to spend a little time connecting to me.  I hope you find my blog interesting, thought provoking, and useful.

<3 Melissa <3

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