MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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Courting Relationship Clues That Give Insight Into Your Future Marriage

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Hello, everyone! Yes, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me–so much is going on–but I wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that I am now writing for an online magazine called ALL WOMEN’S TALK, and my first article was just recently published!!!

Please click here to read it. I would also greatly appreciate it if you will share it with all of your family, friends and loved ones!

Until next time, take care! And as always, this is from my heart to yours !

Maxine

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THE HUSBAND OF A WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR

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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GIFTS FROM THE HEART

I feel so very blessed to have a family who dearly loves me!!! Two of my greatest gifts from God are my children, daughter Natasha and son Stefan. It is not uncommon for them to just come home with something they’ve surprisingly gotten for me. Recently, my daughter gave me a Coach handbag and matching wallet.

Today, my son surprised me with the “Hidden Figures” DVD and book!!! I didn’t even know there was a book! Can’t wait to read it!

I’m not sharing this post to brag about what little I have materially but because I am so thankful for my family and their gifts from the heart. Even if they are something some may consider small (washing the dishes, running errands for me, asking about my day, etc.), I greatly appreciate and cherish it all.

And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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INVITATION: AN ANNUAL MOMENTOUS OCCASION

 

Just had to share this heartwarming post by Author J. Hale Turner. ❤

Dear Friends, I felt compelled to share this momentous occasion to all of you. Christ asked us to remember him on this official of His death, Nisan 14, which falls on April 11 after sundown. A sacrifice of love for all of us, and will be celebrated worldwide. No collections. Just enjoy this special moment. […]

via Invitation: An Annual Momentous Occasion — J. Hale Turner, Author


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SENDING LOVE, HUGS & FLOWERS

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A beautiful photo book of various, colorful flowers from my gallery that I designed on Shutterfly and ordered recently. It went to someone whom I felt would appreciate the beauty of the flowers and expressions as much as I do. 🙂
From my heart   to yours !
Maxine 🙂


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ZAZZLE GREETING CARDS

Do you like to give and/or receive greeting cards? Although they are usually given on special occasions, they are also sent to express gratitude or other feelings. Today, I’m sharing with you six that I received just today from my Zazzle collection for my personal use. All contain images from my Nature’s Finest photo gallery and inspirational words written by me and/or Scriptural quotes.

To browse and shop my Zazzle store, just click here.

All of these beautiful cards plus more are available for purchase in my Zazzle online store.

And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂


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MY CURATED VIDA COLLECTION

VIDA SHEER WRAP (EVERLASTING LOVE) VIDA MODEL.jpgHello, wearable art lovers! WOW, am I excited!!! VIDA and I have completed my curated VIDA collection! What this means is that since I have moved up from Slate status to Steel, I had the awesome privilege and pleasure of selecting one item from my collection to collaborate with them on to showcase a beautiful, lifestyle photography model wearing it.

The curated item that I selected is my “Everlasting Love” Sheer Wrap. The model attired in it (picture above in this post) is featured on:

  • my personal online curated collection page, and
  • VIDA’s main SHOP section page (just scroll down until you see this model wearing the wrap–underneath her picture, it will say EVERLASTING LOVE Sheer Wrap)

My inspiration for this piece was a big, beautiful, crystal clear, floating candle holder centerpiece at my brother and his wife’s wedding reception last year. You can view the full picture I took of it by clicking on the arrows (< or >) beside the wrap.

Thank you again so much to all of you who helped to make this accomplishment possible with your purchases from my collection!!! The third and final status is Gold, and I am already more than halfway there!!! 🙂

Again, thank you all so much from the depths of my heart–from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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THE OTHER WOMAN

AA COUPLEHello again!  This is my third post in my HELP YOUNG ONES WHO GRIEVE series for this month.  As stated in my previous post, although the gender may at times refer specifically to females, this information also applies to males.  And again, these posts also apply to those who are grieving for other reasons as well.

This post will touch on some of the feelings a young person might have upon learning that a parent is dating again after having lost the other parent due to death.  To make matters worse, not only are they dating but they are also now contemplating marriage–something that is particularly painful coming after the death of your beloved parent.  But in your eyes, whether the time that your deceased parent has been gone is a short or large amount of time, the last thing you want is someone else stepping in to try to fill your mother’s or father’s place.

LAMThese are just a couple of the feelings that Kiara is experiencing in LIFE AFTER MOMMA.  While her father is happy, she is feeling everything but joy!  Without a doubt, this situation can stir up some very painful emotions.  Have you ever noticed what happens when someone pokes at an ant bed with a stick or some other object?  The ants get all riled up and furiously start crawling out of the bed to the surface of the ground.  Why did they do that?  Because someone came along and disrupted their normal, everyday lives.  And if you stay within their path, they will let you have it!

Okay, now, back to you.  You are already feeling sad, lonely, and confused.  Now, your parent has brought this other person into your lives, and your emotions now rise to an even more astronomical level.  Not only are you also feeling insecure, betrayed, and jealous, you are downright mad!  You go out of your way to be nasty to, in this scenario, the other woman, and also to your father.  She has disrupted your already crumbling life further, and your father has allowed her to do so.  You may even try to break them up.

Granted, it is hard enough at times to get along with our own biological family members.  Therefore, it may require a great deal more effort to have a happy stepfamily, but it can be done.  Please click here for HelpGuide’s link to their site for more information regarding step-parenting and blended families.  It also contains other helpful information, such as dealing with the death of a parent.

Something important to remember is that whether our family is a step one or a biological one, we will have problems–but the key to overcoming them is found at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7LOVE.

I love hearing from you.  Please feel free to share your thoughts on this subject and any others in my blog.  Have an awesome day!

From my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Photo of Man and Woman–Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)