MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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FAMILY GATHERING (CARRABBA'S) 6 (ME & TONY HOME).jpgJust as it is not always easy to be a woman entrepreneur, it also isn’t always easy being the husband of one. My dear husband Tony has always been a huge supporter of me and my entrepreneurial endeavors. Yet, I realize it is hard for him at times when the income sometimes just trickles in.

He has always been a good husband, father, and provider. We have been married for almost 36 years, and I’m so grateful to have him by my side through the good times and the bad.

Today, my siblings, I, and our families got together at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Douglasville, GA. It had been a while since we’d had a family function. We want to start getting together more often and not just at funerals, so my wonderful and beautiful niece Devaree put it together for us. In three days, it will be the one-year anniversary of my mama’s passing. We miss her everyday and missed having her with us tonight.

Yesterday, I received in the mail two t-shirts (one for my husband and one for myself) I had recently ordered from fellow woman entrepreneur Briana BuzeeMommies Riggins. So we decided that we would wear them today at our gathering. Not only are they beautiful but they are also very comfortable, and we love the sizes and how well they fit.

Just like Briana, I also love to see couples showing their love for each other. Please click on the link above in her name to visit her Facebook page, and while you’re there, please show her some love and support.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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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!!!  🙂


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

From my heart to yours,