MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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TONY & MAXINE 2 (34TH WEDD ANNIV)My husband Tony never ceases to amaze me! Monday, December 21, 2015, we celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary! This year, due to some unexpected family emergencies that set us back financially, we were not able to have our usual celebratory dinner at our favorite restaurant, Red Lobster in Douglasville, GA, nor initially did we make a big deal of getting one another gifts.

A couple of nights ago, I was at my laptop playing around with some pictures on my online photo editor, Pixlr. Tony was asleep resting for an early morning shift at work, so I decided to add a loving, thoughtful caption on one of our old photos, print it out for him, and put it in a frame. Before going to bed, I placed it on his chest of drawers for him to find when he got up for work. Even though it wasn’t much compared to what I usually get for him, he really liked it!

Tonight, he handed me a beautiful, plastic, pink bag and said, “It’s not much, but I hope you like it. Happy Anniversary.” Surprised, I looked inside the bag and pulled out a gorgeous necklace and earrings set. Then I gave him a hug and a kiss, thanked him, and reminded him that I love him.

As you can probably imagine, after being married for 34 years, we have had our share of ups and downs. But one of the things that has helped our marriage to be a happy one despite problems is striving to treat everyday like it’s our anniversary. While we give each other our needed space, we also value and cherish the time we are able to spend together, especially now that our two children are grown. So this is why we spend time together whenever we can, going to the mountains or just for a short ride together. In doing so, when unexpected eventsΒ (Eccleiastes 9:11) do come up, we don’t stress so much over them because we took good advantage of the times that were in our favor.

As always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours <3!

Maxine πŸ™‚

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  1. Miss Maxine, you and Mr. Tony sound so much like my parents. They’re each other’s best friend. I like your picture that included you necklace. Wow, that was really nice. So, here’s a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your 34th wedding anniversary!!! Grams and Big Papa celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. That’s right, you were there! Wasn’t that a bunch of fun? Glad you enjoyed yourselves. So, I had better head for bed. I’ll be sure to tell Miss Jo about the post from her favorite lovebirds. Nighty-night! Your Pal, Joseph Land

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    • Thank you so much, Joseph! Yes, I remember your grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary and all the food and fun everyone had. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful occasion with your readers. Thanks again for your wonderful and encouraging comments! They always make my day! πŸ™‚ ❀


  2. Hi Maxine. I wish you and. Tony many more happy years together. Congratulations.

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  3. Maxine Billings,
    That was such a lovely read. It’s nice that you two still have that bond that allows you to have your own space but still desire time together too. That is really special.
    May You two continue to stick close to Jehovah and he bless your union that is may continue forever.


    • Thank you so much, LaTaunya, for your encouraging comments! I’m very glad that you liked my post. Having a happy and successful marriage definitely takes a lot of work, which is why it’s so important to apply Jehovah’s counsel concerning it. Thank you again from the depths of my heart! πŸ™‚ ❀


  4. Your post touched my heart and that photo is sweet. Congrats to you both and wishing you many more years of such a fine relationship.

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