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 events (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 🙂

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