Engaged Life

I Got Married!

Hello, friends! I know that I wrote a blog post on Sunday, but I’m thinking of this post as my first real post now that I’m back! Like I said in my previous post, I’ve missed blogging so much! (I don’t think I’ve ever said post so many times!) I was finding myself having no real motivation or inspiration when it came to writing, and I think I was feeling a bit burnt out. I am happy to say that I am now MUCH more motivated, I no longer feel burnt out, and I am MARRIED!

It’s a rainy day today, and I am feeling quite content. I’m sipping on my coffee and am enjoying a leisurely morning. I am so incredibly grateful for the return of my slow life.

I am so thankful to our friends and family for helping us with our wedding. We truly could not have done it without them. A day or two before the wedding I told my aunt that I didn’t think party planning was in my future, and I stand by that. I admire people who are able to come up with decor that matches the vibe of a menu, people who know how to flawlessly assemble a seating chart, or even those who know how to be a perfect host. I have never been skilled at any of these things, which makes me extra grateful that there are so many people in my life who are.

This blog post is coming a little over a week late because I’ve been trying to get our home in working order before getting back into blogging. I’ve also enjoyed having the time to reflect on my wedding. And I’ve more than enjoyed my time being a wife!!! It reminds me of John Mulaney’s standup bit in his comedy special, The Comeback Kid, where he talks about how wife sounds so much more adult than girlfriend. (I tried to find a clip of just that bit, but couldn’t. The whole special is great, though! I definitely recommend it.)

I plan on creating a post where I share all the beautiful photos that were captured at the wedding, but for this post, I just wanted to take a second to reflect. The months leading up to our wedding flew by, as did the days before, and then the wedding itself. It’s all just a blur, looking back!

I feel unbelievably blessed to have had such a beautiful wedding, but I must admit that I feel as equally blessed to return to my simple, everyday life, only now as a WIFE!!!

It’s so nice to be back home, and settled back into our routine. I think it’s safe to say that Bobby and I are at our most comfortable when we are NOT in the spotlight, but I feel so absolutely loved by everyone who helped us with our wedding in any way at all. From a kind word to thoughtful marriage advice, to all of our friends and family who took time out of their day to cook a meal, set a table, arrange a wedding dress train… My heart grows three sizes just thinking about it all.

And to finish this blog post off, a bit of advice. Nothing terribly practical, I’m afraid. Just a quick thought about perspective. There was a moment when I was getting ready where I could not find my shoes!!! I freaked out, asking EVERYONE if they had seen them. Only to realize, upon being reminded, calmly, that I had put them in the bottom of my dress bag. I immediately calmed, and was able to get back to applying my lipstick. But in that moment, I was TERRIFIED. Looking back, it’s totally laughworthy. Weddings have so many variables, and it’s easy to get caught up in them, but at the end of the day… Weddings are for getting married! As long as you get married, your day is a success!!! All those inconveniences either become forgotten, or they become anecdotes for you to tell people later. Either way, IT WILL BE OKAY.

Thank you so much for reading, my friends!

XOXO,

Mrs Mattie Mae

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A Journey into Self-Love

The Importance of Girl’s Night.

Hello, my friends! And a happy Monday to you all! Yes, I missed my Friday post, but for a good reason! Two of my BEST FRIENDS came up to visit me this weekend!

There is something so wonderful about getting ready with your friends. It is such a nice way for you to connect and bond. Helping each other choose an outfit to wear, choosing a hairstyle, selecting the PERFECT lipstick shade, and of course, sharing clothes and accessories. Watching the way that everything comes together with ease because you are together, is so wonderful! On Saturday, we all shared our accessories, shoes, makeup, hair products, and clothes with each other to create some really great looks that we couldn’t have done on our own. How symbolic of friendship is that?

Not to mention the fact that I am VERY much a creature of habit, and am seldom compelled to deviate from my routine. My friends are great for a multitude of reasons, but they are especially WONDERFUL at helping me get out of my comfort zone. And we had so much fun this weekend. They helped me organize my closet, clean my kitchen, finish up last-minute wedding planning, and just get me out of the house!

And I think we need that in our friends! I made a joke while we were getting ready to go shopping that I felt like we were Bratz characters, because we’re all so different from each other. And I cannot articulate how much I love that about my friends. I cannot think of a way to say this in a not cheesy way… but… it’s what’s in your heart that counts!!! You don’t have to like ALL the same things. It’s nice to have things in common with our friends, but it’s not EVERYTHING.

Our lives get so hectic and sometimes we don’t spend as much time pampering ourselves as we should. And I think the people who notice when we need that extra bit of oomph the most are our friends!

And that is my reminder to try and get together with your friends sometime soon, get gussied up, and do something FUN. Sometimes, you just need to let loose a little bit. It’s good for the heart. ❤

Thank you so much for reading, my lovely internet friends!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Travels

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town.

Hello, my friends! A happy Monday to you all! I know that I’ve said this quite a bit in my last few posts, but hellllooooo fall! The weather is just about perfect, as of late. Especially for taking beautiful afternoon walks, which is what Bobby and I chose to do, yesterday!

Some days, you just need to get out of the house. Sunday was one of those days for Bobby and me. We live in such a beautiful town, but we don’t always see it with appreciative eyes. Even having lived here for only two months, I’ve already begun to grow accustomed to this place I used to find so new and exciting. Which isn’t a bad thing per say, I’ve begun to feel more at home here, but I think there also is something to say about treating where you live as a vacation destination. I mentioned this to Bobby, and he said, “Traverse City IS a vacation destination!” Which is totally true, but I like to think that we can treat wherever we live as though it was a place where we chose to vacation.

We went on a walk in the woods and had such a splendid time. It was wonderful to be out of the house and enjoy the beauty that our town had to offer. Being surrounded by trees, breathing in the September air, and seeing many a cute dog…I don’t know that it could’ve been any better.

The leaves are beginning to change color, and they’ve started collecting on the ground and I can envision chai tea lattes, trips to the pumpkin patch, and Halloween.

It’s a beautiful town that I live in, and I want to start appreciating it more. This can apply to everyone and everywhere, we just have to become more mindful of such things. What makes where you live unique? How can you begin to see it in a new light? Begin exploring your town and see what it has to offer! ❤

Thank you so much for reading, friends! I hope that you enjoyed this little post!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Musings

Five Things I’ve Learned from One Year of Blogging.

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! And guess what??? I have officially been blogging for ONE WHOLE YEAR!!! That is so crazy! I remember starting it and really having no idea what to write about, or even the direction I wanted to take it. And to some extent, I guess it’s the same now, but I’m having so much fun using blogging as a creative outlet. So, I thought I’d compile a list of what I’ve learned thus far!

Enjoy!

Quick note: some of these may not be universally agreed upon, and that’s OKAY. At the end of the day, we must do what makes us feel creatively satisfied. This is just what I’ve found to be true! 🙂

  1. Blog about what YOU want. It’s SO easy to be swayed one way or the other by what you THINK people want to read about. And believe me, I had that problem for awhile. I was so caught up in what I thought would be popular, but then I realized that my posts were just better when I was writing about something that I was genuinely passionate about. It’s okay to write about topics that are trending, but if you decide to, make sure that you have an interest in it! There’s nothing wrong with liking things that are popular, but make sure you’re being genuine in you interests, and how they are featured on your blog! ❤
  2. Quality over quantity. I know there’s a big push for CONTENT, CONTENT, CONTENT!!! However, I don’t quite agree with going about creating this way. I think that we can and SHOULD write every single day, but I don’t think that means that we have to post every single day. I think it’s best to post a couple really great blogs a week, instead of mediocre blogs every single day. And if you’re proud of the posts that you’re making, and you’re able to post every day, then do it! Just don’t feel as though you HAVE to do this to be successful or creatively fulfilled. I enjoy writing for my blog, but I also enjoy journaling. I think that journaling helps us sift through ideas and feelings that we have, and allows us to decide what will work for a blog post, and what will be better as a journal entry.
  3. Set a sustainable schedule. I think that once I set up a schedule that worked for me, it really helped me to create better blog posts. This may sound quite vague, but it’s important to find a schedule that doesn’t overwork you, but it does challenge you just a bit. It’s good to stretch those creative muscles, but not at the sake of wearing yourself thin. It may take a little while to figure out a schedule that is compatible with your life, which is totally okay. You may also need to switch it up as your life changes, and that is also okay. Just remember, as always, you must be honest with yourself about what works for YOU!
  4. Don’t become too obsessed with other people’s blogs. It’s great to find inspiration from others, but make sure that you’re not getting too caught up in comparing yourself to them. And this is SO hard. I definitely struggle with this quite a bit, and I know I’m not alone with this. However, the people who follow you follow you because they enjoy YOUR point of view, they followed you because they find you and your content unique! In a world where putting yourself out there is so easy, you have to find out what makes you unique and what sets you apart from everyone else out there. Looking to others for ideas is okay, but make sure that you are not obsessing over what they are creating. Allow yourself to have your own creative process.
  5. Don’t spam/self-promote! I know that this may be tempting to do, especially at the beginning of your blogging journey. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, following people only to unfollow them soon after, commenting stuff about YOUR blog on THEIR post, and private messaging someone repeatedly to buy a product. I think that a big part of blogging is creating mutual followings with people whose content you genuinely enjoy. Follow people that you would follow even if you weren’t blogging, and if you like their content, reach out to them! Tell them that you enjoy what they post! If they enjoy your content, they’ll follow you back! And even if they don’t follow you back, you can still enjoy their content just for the sake of enjoying what they post! I don’t think that everything has to be transactional. I really don’t like that way of thinking at all. And like I said earlier, everyone has a different creative process and way of going about things. Which is totally fine. I just have found that I personally don’t enjoy participating in that.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post, my dear internet friend. I’m so thankful for all of the people that I’ve found throughout my year of blogging, and I feel so blessed being able to share my life with all of you.

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Travels

Labor Day in Leland, Michigan.

Hello, friends! Happy Labor day to you all! And happy September, too! Eek! In my opinion, it is officially fall and I’m going to begin decorating my home as such! As I write this, I’m drinking a delicious little coffee that will be featured in my August favorites… Stay tuned!

Today, Bobby and I decided to take a little trip to Leland, as we both had the day off. And my oh my, was it a wonderful day! ❤ Y’all know my love for cute little towns! And lucky for me, Michigan has plenty of them!

How stinking cute??? I was so tempted by these water bottles and mugs, but I stayed strong and didn’t buy any!
My cutie-pie!!! How sweet was he to suggest taking a day trip??? ❤
We didn’t go inside this grocery store, but I had to get a picture of their window. Even if I was taking said photo in a moving car. Sooo, perhaps it’s not the BEST photo I’ve ever taken, but I still think it’s adorable all the same.
Maybe I need to look at a thesaurus to find adjectives other than “cute” and “adorable, BUT… this post office was quite adorable. It was also very cute.
How beautiful is this view??? And not a touch of a filter on it! Bobby and I took a walk along the water and it was AMAZING. There was a slight breeze in the air and the sunshine was smiling down at us.

My friends! What a wonderful day today was! We also went to a little restaurant & tavern called Bluebird. I’ve been there once before, and their food is so scrumptious! They give you complimentary french bread AND cinnamon roll bread. That cinnamon roll bread is causing me to salivate whilst writing this… SO good.

And oh my gosh, we had the CUTEST encounter with a husband and wife, named Bob and Gloria. If you’re reading this Bob and Gloria… hello!!! it was wonderful meeting both of you!

As Bobby and I were entering the restaurant, so were Bob and Gloria. They asked us if we could take their photo in front of the Bluebird sign. They had the loveliest camera, and they asked us if we wanted our photo taken as well. We said yes, and they took our photo, but when we got to taking their photo… their camera was dead!

So, Bobby and I said that we could meet them after we both had finished our dinner to take photos, and they could charge up their camera while they were eating. After we payed our bill, we got up to peek around the corner to see if they were still at their table — they weren’t. We figured they must have finished before us and maybe they had left already.

BUT…

They hadn’t! They were still in the lobby, so we were able to catch up with them. I believe Bob took more photos of us, as Gloria reapplied her lip liner in the car. I had set down my purse and my shopping bag, and she scooped them up and put them on the hood of their car so they wouldn’t get dirty. (How sweet!) As Gloria is doing this, Bobby and Bob (hehe!) were talking about their cameras, and Bob told Bobby that him and Gloria were portrait photographers for over thirty years!!!

As Bobby began to take their photos, another kind man came out of the restaurant and said, “I’ll take all four of your photos!!!”. We all giggled a bit, because I think he thought we were all related, but we all got in a line and got our photo taken all the same! It was so stinkin’ sweet and the whole time I kept thinking about how this was one of the cutest moments of my whole life.

Afterwards, us four talked in the parking lot for awhile, we told them that we’re getting married in a month (a month!!!) and they told us how they recently celebrated their fiftieth (fiftieth!!!) wedding anniversary. They told us that the years just fly by.

And I can’t wait, Bob and Gloria. I can’t wait… ❤

Thank you so much for reading!

P.S What do we think of my new way of editing the featured image on the blog post???

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Monthly Favorites · Uncategorized

My July Favorites.

Hello, friends! A happy Friday to you all! Can you believe it’s August already? My wedding is in two months! What!!! I’m so excited!!!

I thought that I would do a July favorites for this month, as it has been quite some time since I’ve done one! Here we go!

  1. Eyeliner! I’ve gone through many a phase with eyeliner. Middle school I was very addicted to black pencil eyeliner, messily applied to the top lid and bottom waterline. Then I moved onto black liquid liner in high school, and I went a little crazy with the winged liner there. And then, at the beginning of college, I did a little bit of brown pencil liner. And after that, I didn’t really do much with eyeliner. But for the past week or two, I’ve been getting back into liquid liner. I’ve had an Elf liquid liner in a navy blue shade for longer than I’d care to admit… but I’ve been putting a thin little line of it on my lash line. I thought it would look a little strange with my black mascara, but it really doesn’t!
  2. My kitchen table! I ordered this table a couple months back, but we finally had it delivered! I love this table so much, and I think it’s a very classic piece that we will have for many, many years. It seats six and has an insert that makes it quite a bit longer. We keep the insert in it at all times, so we don’t have to worry about storing it somewhere. (Ha!) I love how neutral it is, and that it will match whatever decor our hearts desire.IMG_3567.JPG
  3. L.L Bean Dress. This dress!!! I am so in love. It is so cozy, and even though I bought it only a little bit ago, it’s safe to say that it’s going to be a favorite for a very long time. Which is what I consider before making a purchase! And blue is one of my favorite colors, and one of the colors I think flatters me the most.IMG_3772
  4. Journaling. Although journaling is nothing new for me, I’ve been making an extra effort to make time to journal EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s such a wonderful way to work through problems you may have, or even to document the small joys in life. As much as we’d like to hope we’d remember all these wonderful memories, we can’t possibly remember every single day of our lives. And that’s where journaling comes in!
  5. Bar soap. I remember being a kid, HATING using bar soap. To be fair, the ones that foam and bubble are far more whimsical, but not as good for the environment, as I’ve learned. Bar soap requires little to no packaging, and can last you for such a long time! I love it!IMG_3767
  6. Brown Boots. I’m a fan of all things fall, and these boots just scream fall to me. And what’s even better is that they were less than ten dollars! Just like the dress I’ve listed, I foresee these being a favorite for many a year.IMG_3742
  7. Trip to Frankfort . This was such a wonderful day! I had such a lovely time going to Frankfort with Bobby’s family for the fourth. It’s such a cute little town, and being on the beach all day… pure bliss. I can’t wait to take another trip to the beach.IMG_3411
  8. Wedding bands. I was SO happy to find our wedding bands. And they are so beautiful, and so us. The fact that after the wedding, we’ll be able to wear them for the whole rest of our lives is so amazing! How blessed are we???IMG_3325
  9. Banana bread. Perhaps banana bread will be my claim to fame… although I cannot take credit for the recipe. Bobby LOVES when I make this, and I even made some for his boss the other week! And the smell of banana bread… is there a banana bread perfume? If so, I desperately need it.
  10. Anne of Green Gables! This book has been a favorite of mine since childhood, and I reread it for the first time in such a long time, this month. And no surprise here, I loved it just as much, if not more. A classic book that I think everyone should read. It’s such a lovely book to read when you want to fall back deeply in love with life.IMG_3604

Thank you so much for reading, my friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Xoxo,

Mattie Mae

My Favorite Recipes

Bake with Me: Banana Bread

Hello, friends! A happy little Monday to you all! Although as I write this, it’s closer to Tuesday than Monday. Sometimes the day can get away from us, my friends… And as a result, this blog is going to be a bit of a short one.

I posted a link to a video I made a little while ago onto my Facebook page, but I never made it a blog post of its own. This isn’t a recipe of my own creation, so I will link the recipe right here!

I make this recipe ALL the time and get nothing but compliments when I do. I think that cooking and baking is such a wonderful way to express our loves for others, and what could be better than receiving a sweet treat from a loved one?

I don’t post very much onto my Youtube channel, but I think it’s a fun way to supplement some blog posts, or to capture memories. I’m certainly more of a writer than a cinematographer, but I enjoy it as a creative outlet all the same! I like to think of them as home movies! Home movies that you can watch from wherever you are! So yes, this is a bit of a self-promo. 😉

And so, I present to you, my friends, my SECOND Youtube video.

Thank you for reading/watching!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

 

 

 

 

Makeup Looks

Playing with Makeup: Sunset Eyes.

Hello, my friends! Today’s blog is dedicated to a makeup look that I did yesterday. I feel like I don’t need to say that I’m not a professional makeup artist, but I will say it nonetheless. I will also say that taking photos of makeup is so tricky! Seeing your skin up close like that is sort of scary, haha. And moments like that are where I try to remember that not every photo I see on social media is the real deal. Some are very, very edited. And my skin is my skin, and for that, I need to love it!

Onwards!

I generally stick with this everyday makeup look, but I was feeling adventurous. yesterday. And scrolling through Pinterest gives you plenty of inspiration!

I did my face makeup the same as I usually do it, I just added a bit more product.

As for my eyes, I used my concealer as a base and then put translucent powder over it. After the prep, we’re ready for the fun stuff!

I began by putting a color similar to my skin tone on my eyelid.

Then, I broke out the sparkles! I used the yellow from the Sephora: Star Catcher palate, and put that all over the lid.

And then over that, I put on a beautiful gold glitter

I chose to use the Star Catcher palate for the rest of the colors as well. I used an orange for the crease, and added just a touch of pink to the outer corner, although I don’t know if you can see that much in the photos.

I was feeling extra fancy and decided to put some of the orange onto the bottom lash line as well!

I didn’t add any eyeliner to this look, but I did heap on the mascara!

And then to finish the look off, I used Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick, in the shade Lolita.

This blog post isn’t mean to be a tutorial exactly, but I thought I’d explain what I ended up doing for this look!

Again, I’m not a professional, but it’s really fun to play with makeup!

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Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Read With Me

Read With Me: Anne of Green Gables.

Hello, friends! A happy Wednesday to you all! I’ve mentioned before that I’d begun to reread Anne of Green Gables, but I felt like dear Anne deserves a blog post all her own.

I read this book many a times when I was younger, and absolutely loved it.  I also watched the 1985 movie centered around Anne. And I’ve begun to watch the show on Netflix, Anne with an E! The show is quite different from the book, and I’ve found it so far to be considerably darker than the book. However, I have only have finished season one, so I can’t fairly give a review on it as of yet.

I’ve always enjoyed this book, but I don’t think that I initially picked up on how beautifully it’s written. I so desperately want to crawl into the world of Avonlea, and reside at Green Gables.

This post may not be as structured as other blog’s book reviews, but this is a new venture for me, and I want to experiment with it. I’ve written so many papers for various English classes that I could scream, and I would like this to be more relaxed than those.

I thought that I would break down this book into quotes, scenes, and overall feelings I have. I suppose if you haven’t read Anne of Green Gables, you may get some spoilers in this post, so be warned…


“Poor little soul,” she murmured, lifting a loose curl of hair from the child’s tearstained face. Then she bent down and kissed the flushed cheek on the pillow.”

Oh, Marilla! You do have a heart! How tender is this moment? Marilla’s heart is quickly warming to Anne. How could it not? A loyal friend, such as Anne, unable to continue being friends with her best friend, Diana. How could your heart not ache? Marilla loves Anne and these special moments of tenderness just make my heart sing! The characters in this book are written so wonderfully, and are near impossible not to love. And the character development of them all, after meeting Anne, is flawlessly done. Marilla, you softie, you…


A scene that I find to be excruciatingly endearing is when Anne comes back to school after being gone for quite some time. It warms my heart to see how excited everyone was to see her. And all of the things they want to give to her! Plums, flowers, teaching her a new pattern of knit lace… so wonderful and simple. I’m sure Anne would agree… how romantic! Pair that with Anne expressing to Marilla how wonderful it is to be appreciated. I couldn’t agree more, Anne.

And oh, Gilbert! All of his attempts to woo Anne are in vain. No strawberry apple given to her by a man who called her Carrots will she eat! No sir! Oh, poor Gilbert. I applaud Anne for sticking to her guns, but how could you not feel a pang of sympathy for ol’ Gil?

Not to mention their rivalry in school, which is stated to be good-natured on Gilbert’s part, but certainly not on Anne’s…


I hope one day to be as wise as Anne… Until then, I’ll just take inspiration from her. I think it’s important to not only find inspiration from those older than us, but also from those younger…

“But really, Marilla, one can’t stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?”


I will talk about simple living until I’m blue in the face, but for anyone questioning the validity of a life lived simply instead of lavishly, I recommend this book to you. Anne Shirley says it best when she says…

“All things great are wound up with all things little.”


And our sweet Anne, ever the romantic… How sweet a sentiment! And a sentiment I couldn’t agree more with!

“Ruby Gillis says when she grows up, she’s going to have ever so many beaus on the string and have them all crazy about her; but I think that would be too exciting. I’d rather have just one in his right mind.”


And oh my goodness! When Anne helps save Minnie May’s life and she can be friends with Diane again! How exciting and heartwarming! Their friendship and love for one another is one of my favorite aspects of the book. I think that it’s so wonderful how they were able to find each other, and remain close friends through the years.


“Well, anyway, when I am grown up,” said Anne decidedly, “I’m always going to talk to little girls as if they were, too, and I’ll never laugh when they use big words. I know from sorrowful experience how that hurts one’s feelings.”

This is such a wonderful sentiment, and one that I think is important. As children, the way we are spoken to by adults isn’t always what we wish it to be. And now, as an adult, it’s definitely something I want to remember, to treat all children with kindness and to treat them as I would have wanted to be treated as a young one. Treating them fully as a person who is capable of feelings and unique thoughts. AND able to use big words.


“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

It can sometimes be easy to lose faith in the world around us, and the people within the world, but I love being reminded that there are so many wonderful individuals as well. Ones that we have met, and ones that we have yet to meet!


“Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

I haven’t much to say about this quote, other than it’s a wonderful way to look at life. There’s always tomorrow!


I feel as though any Anne of Green Gables book review wouldn’t be complete without talking about when Matthew buys her a dress with PUFFED SLEEVES! And Matthew’s endearing shyness when going about buying it! I personally think that there is nothing wrong with liking pretty things, and giving something like this to Anne, an orphan who hasn’t had a life filled with pretty things or pretty events… It’s such a kind, kind, thing to do.


“Well, I don’t want to be any one but myself, even if I go uncomforted by diamonds all my life, declared Anne. “I’m quite proud to be Anne of Green Gables, with my string of pearl beads. I know Matthew gave me as much love with them as ever went with Madame the Pink lady’s jewels.”

I love this scene so much. Especially coming from Anne Shirley herself, a character who, at the beginning of the story, wasn’t very happy with herself, inside and out. It’s so heartwarming being able to see her journey through life, growing into a very confident and content young woman.


On a much, much, sadder note… Matthew’s death. The way that L.M. Montgomery chooses to write about Anne’s feelings about his passing away is very true to life, I think. You’re not always sad when you’re grieving or mourning, there are oftentimes where you do find joy in life, and then perhaps a sense of guilt afterwards. As sad as it is, of course, I think that this being a part of the ending of the book only showcases the impact that Anne has made on Matthew and Marilla’s life, and vice versa, all the more. They’ve all changed each other’s lives in truly wonderful ways. Matthew and Marilla gave Anne a house, but I think that Anne really made it a home for all of them. I just cannot express my love for them as a family enough.


I want to end this blog post about Anne of Green Gables on a happy note, so let’s talk some more about Gilbert, shall we? And how Anne and him are FINALLY on speaking terms, and the sacrifice he made for her. I must say, I really enjoy their dynamic. Throughout all the drama that goes on between them, it seems as though they always respect one another. When a book or movie sets up two characters as love interests, they usually go through a phase of absolutely hating each other. HOWEVER, in most love stories, one of the characters is typically truly awful to the other, often doing things that are quite inexcusable. I think what this book does right is that neither of them are every heartlessly cruel to one another. Gilbert jokingly calling her Carrots is about the extent of it. And Anne certainly doesn’t give him any slack for it.

And at the ending, when he gives up the position at the school so that she’s able to stay with Marilla… and she forgives him for calling her Carrots and he walks her home… And you start to jump up and down in your chair a little because FINALLY.

Oh, this book! I’m writing this having freshly finished the book, and goodness, am I feeling a bit weepy. What a wonderful, wonderful story.  A book that is so absolutely timeless in nature, having been penned over a hundred years ago. I enjoyed reading it now just as much, if not more than I did when I was younger. I really can’t express my love for this book properly. If you haven’t read it, and even if I have spoiled it a bit in this blog post, I really would recommend still reading it. My writings and ponderings about it are quite clumsy in comparison to the novel itself.

Gosh, I love this book. Onto Anne of Avonlea next!!!

Thank you so much for reading, my kindred spirits!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Travels

Spending the Fourth in Frankfort.

Hello, friends! Happy Friday! I write this post, sunburnt as can be. I had such a wonderful Fourth of July yesterday, but definitely could have used some more sunscreen. Luckily, I had a sun hat on so that I didn’t get burnt on my face at all. Bobby’s family and I spent the day in Frankfort, Michigan. We sat on the beach, we wandered downtown, and we enjoyed the fireworks. Such a wonderful day!

Below is a picture I took whilst on our way to Frankfort. I love barns and always watch out for them while on a road trip. And hey, red, white, and blue! And that fence is so endearing to me. Absolutely loved it!

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This cutie pie yellow shirt is actually Bobby’s cousin, Jaden’s, but she let him wear it because it was starting to get a little chilly out! And how cute is it? I love it!

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I’m such a sucker for all things Michigan, cabin decor, or beach decor. The little shops in downtown Frankfort were really speaking my language. I have such a soft spot for knick knacks, but I am proud to say I bought zero knick knacks! Go me!

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How beautiful are lighthouses? As it got later, we were able to see it shining out on the water. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture any really good photos of it at nighttime, but that’s okay. I still had the experience. As great as photos are, it’s even more important to enjoy ourselves in the moment. 🙂

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Nothing much to say about this photo, other than I love looking at signs for businesses. I don’t know much about graphic designs, or such things, but I know a cute sign and lettering when I see one!

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How beautiful is this place? Truly so blessed to live in the Midwest, and even more blessed to live in Michigan!

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As the we furthered into the night, we began to get apprehensive that there would be a thunderstorm, but luckily for us, theses intense skies produced no rain, thunder, or lightning!

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Ah, the feeling of cold sand in your toes… or in this case, scalding hot sand that makes you wish you hadn’t left your sandals by your beach towel. When nighttime rolled around, the sand definitely cooled down, and felt MUCH better.

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Again, how adorable are downtowns and their signs? I adore them endlessly.

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How I wish I could’ve captured a photo where the lighthouse was in focus, but try as I might, the grass wanted to be the star of this photo. Oh, well!

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And the fireworks! It was so fun being able to watch the fireworks from our beach towels.

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This post is quite short, but I like the idea of being able to capture my day in photos, as opposed to always capturing them with words. In addition to my blog being a place filled with my thoughts, my outfits, and my home decor, I would like it to be a sort of photo diary as well. A great way to capture memories.

I hope that you had a wonderful fourth as well!

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae