MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Most of us have probably heard this saying quoted above, but what exactly does it mean?  What do you think?

Each of us is an individual who sees things differently.  Therefore, what may appeal to one person may not to another.  Likewise, what one individual may see in something may not be seen by another.

For example, these little, orange and yellow beauties, to me, resemble tiny bells.  Held upright, the delicate petals of orange, coral, and yellow take on a more regal appearance in my eyes, a star-shaped one.



















Then there are these tiny, lavender and white blooms that look like partially-closed umbrellas with a decorative touch around the edge with the faint, white, scalloped trim.FLWRS (PURP)

And lastly, these cute, little whatever they are.¬† Although they don’t remind me of anything in particular yet, I am still fascinated by their appearance.¬† It seems nowadays that I try to find art in everything :).¬† But again, to me, every bit of creation, from the smallest to the greatest, just shows how awesome our Creator is.¬† (Psalm 86:8)


So what do you think?¬† What do these tiny flecks of natural creation look like to you?¬† And what do you think the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” means?


From my heart to yours,





DANDELION (YELLOW)How do you feel about dandelions?¬† Most people hate them because they are those pesky weeds that just won’t go away!¬† Yet, I actually consider them to be beautiful in appearance, and it is said that these herbs can also contribute to our health and diet.

I also find the dandelion fluff pleasing to my eyes.¬† They resemble little, tiny parachutes floating throughout the earth’s atmosphere.¬† When I was a little girl, I would pick the plants and release my breath onto them until all their little, fluffy, white thistles had been released into the sky.

It is just so amazing to me how even the simplest of things that our Creator gave us can bring such a wealth of joy and inspiration to our lives.¬† He’s pretty awesome, don’t you think?¬† (Psalm 96:4)

DANDELION FLUFFAnd I hope you have an awesome day!  As always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine ūüôā

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ME & KAYLA“Become kind to one another.” ¬† (Eph. 4:32)

Meet Kayla!¬† I met this sweet, young lady today during my walk at the park.¬† As we were approaching each other, she handed me the tiny, white flower that’s in my hair.¬† With a smile, she said, “Here.¬† Take this.”¬† As I accepted it, I returned her smile and gratefully expressed, “Thank you.¬† How sweet!¬† I really appreciate it.”¬† Then we continued walking in opposite directions.¬† As we came upon one another again, she said of my flower she’d given me that I had placed in my hair, “It looks good.”

I asked her if she would take a picture with me so I can put it on Facebook and let everyone know about this sweet, young lady I met today who gave me a flower.  I asked her name and told her mine.  Then the other sweet, young lady she was with took our picture.  Again, we went our separate ways and continued our walk.

What Kayla did today simply made my day!¬† There we were–didn’t know each other–and she extended a gesture of kindness to me–something I was not expecting–out of the blue.¬† Since we live in a world where people are not always kind, her random act of kindness truly touched my heart.¬† And especially touching was the fact that someone so young reached out to me, an older person, also one of a different race.¬† I don’t know who her parents or her family are, but I imagine that they helped to instill in her the kindness that she showed me today.¬† We also live in a world where people are quick to let others know when they have done something that they don’t like.¬† However, what about when they do something we¬†do¬†like?¬† Are we just as quick to tell them we liked what they did?¬† Food for thought–because sometimes even the smallest, random act of kindness can be just as precious as the huge ones that are given simply out of obligation.

I’ve come to really cherish my walks.¬† I take advantage of the solitude not only to reflect on God’s awesome creation but also to draw closer to Him as I talk to Him during my journeys.¬† Also along the way, I stop and take pictures of some of the works of His hands.¬† When I get home, I go through the pictures and try to find ones I would like to share on my blog.¬† Today, I got a really nice surprise when I looked at one of them.¬† You’ll see what I’m talking about in the picture below.¬† When I snapped the shot, I had no idea what was in the midst of the flower. ¬†COOL!!!¬†¬†ūüôā


Well, thanks for letting me share my thoughts and pictures with you.¬† Have a wonderful evening!¬† ūüôā

From my heart to yours,




DAFFODILS 4Hello, everyone!¬† I hope you all are doing well.¬† I’ve been extremely busy so it’s been a while since I’ve written a post for my blog.¬† It’s almost spring, and I have a severe case of spring fever.

Yesterday after leaving the doctor’s office with Mama, she and I came upon the most beautiful sight!¬† The first picture shows the scene from a distance when we initially saw it.¬† The others expand on the magnificent view as we got closer.¬† Along the way, we also spotted three geese strolling through the grass in search of food, and as we made our way back up the trail, they came closer and two of them stopped to pose for us.

We were in no hurry, and Mama picked up some hickory nuts.  Then I spotted some cute, little pine cones, and she decided that she wanted some to mix with her hickory nuts in a bowl for a decorative touch.

Today, it’s raining and a little cooler, but I am so thankful to our wonderful and loving Creator that He allowed Mama and me to have such a lovely time together yesterday–enjoying each other’s company and His awesome creation.¬† I’m also grateful that we don’t ever have to go far to see His beauty.¬† Small and great, it’s always around us–no matter where we are!¬† All of it declares His glory and the work of His hands.¬†(Psalm 19:1)

I hope you enjoy my pictures and have an awesome day!¬† ūüôā

As always, this is from my heart to yours,










WOMAN THINKINGWell, now that I’ve finished DESPERATE HEARTS and will be releasing it soon, I’ve been trying to decide which book to publish next.¬† Some of you probably know that I currently have two in progress, FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER and CHANGES.

FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER ¬†is my second sequel in THE BREAKING POINT series.¬† It will be Justin and Shayna’s story.¬† Justin is Estelle and Roger’s son, and Shayna is his wife.¬† For a brief overview of what this story will be about, please visit¬†the BOOKS page of my website.¬†











CHANGES is my first sequel in the MEASURE OF FAITH series.¬† Yes, you guessed it.¬† I love sequels ūüôā !¬† Anyway, in it, Lynn and Robert are now empty-nesters.¬† But instead of living and enjoying the life they dreamed they would during this time, they are both experiencing a whole lot of unexpected¬†changes.¬† In this story, I will be taking the reader to a part of Tennessee that my husband and I have come to love–Wears Valley–in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains!¬† We visited this area for the first time several years ago when one of my then co-workers told me about it.¬† Ever since, we have been visiting the area (which includes Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Cades Cove) at least two or three times a year.¬† Our son loves it, too, and we have even made it our family vacation getaway spot.

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Here are a few pictures I took last weekend when my husband and I visited.¬† My idea of paradise is to live on top of the mountains in Wears Valley in a modern-day styled tent–with plumbing and electricity, of course :).¬†¬† I’m sure that compared to a lot of places in the world, there are¬†many¬†that some would consider more beautiful than this area, but to me, the scenery and landscape here¬†are simply breathtaking.¬†¬†They¬†remind me of some of the pictures I used to see on calendars as a child.¬† The town is so picturesque, and even though¬†it is¬†small and quaint, I love it because I am a simple girl.¬† But I also like it because I am¬†extremely fascinated with¬†and intrigued by¬†the wonder, beauty, and awesomeness of God’s¬†creation!¬†¬†(Psalm 104)






























Below are a few photos of some tents or yurts that I can just picture myself and my family living in if we had our own little piece of paradise in the mountains of Wears Valley.































Pigeon Forge is also known for its classic car shows.  And since my husband, son, and I love classic cars, I just could not resist snapping some pictures.  Check out some of the ones I took last weekend up and down U. S. Highway 441.  These are only a few drops in the bucket of the numerous ones lined up and down the highway.






























So have you figured out which book I’m planning to¬†publish next?¬† If you guessed CHANGES, you’re right!¬† In addition, my mama and I are also working on a book together.¬† As a child, I loved hearing Mama tell stories about how life was when she was coming up and when she got older.¬† I still enjoy listening to them.¬† At the moment, I have not a clue what the title of our book will be, but it will be fictional based on real-life issues.¬† So stay tuned for updates!

Well, that’s all for now.¬† I hope you’ve had an awesome day, and remember–HAPPY READING!¬† And as always, this is from my heart to yours.