The Face of Happiness

sunflowers to be 2018

My last post on the topic of mass shootings was depressing, although 
another chance to bring awareness to this frequented tragic issue in our country.
However, I thought it was time for a more hopeful topic. So, this photo shows
sunflowers-to-be! Yes, sunflowers growing from seeds (one of three pots), and
watching them sprout evokes feelings of awe and wonder – awakening
excitement and promise of tomorrow and of new life.

After they grow to around 12″, we’ll transplant them in the ground. We’ve 
also planted some seeds around the yard and are enjoying watching those
sprout up, too. We have a garden area in front of the house that might be
a good place for transplanting these – for tall, happy sunflowers greeting
all who stroll by. The trouble is that we have deer wandering around all
the time. So, we’d have to put some kind of wire fence around them. Other-

wise, we’d be providing lunch for the dear deer. 🙂

Anyway, below are some quotes I found online…

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt,
covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light.”
~ Anonymous

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”
~Paramahansa Yogananda

“The earth laughs in flowers.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunflowers are happy flowers. They exude joy and friendliness, don’t you think? Fingers are crossed and with our love and care, we pray these seeds will grow to their full potential. I’ll keep you posted, and I hope you enjoyed this splash of hope and inspiration. xoxo


(Goal in sight) 🙂


47 thoughts on “The Face of Happiness

    1. I agree with you and glad you’re enjoying the process, too. Maybe you could do a blog post??
      I think sunflowers and daisies are two of the happiest and friendliest flowers. 🙂 Thanks for chiming in! 🌼

  1. “The earth laughs in flowers” has always been a favorite of mine. Sunflowers are so happy too – I hope they’ll bring you lots of smiles and happiness this summer.

  2. Wonderful Lauren, and I love Sunflowers.. I got my granddaughter to plant some seeds a few week ago straight into the ground, still waiting for them to show.. So fingers crossed.. ❤

    1. Thanks, Sue, and I’m crossing fingers for your seeds to sprout, too! Keep me posted! I’m sure your granddaughter had so much fun digging in the dirt. 🙂 Hugs 💕🌻

    1. Another sunflower fan! I think it’s their height that portrays confidence and their vibrant color that paints a cheerful picture. Hopefully, ours will grow and grow, too. Thanks, Binky!

  3. Beautiful post Lauren, you really found the opposite to dark.
    I love all the quotes, each one so true. I find planting a garden peaceful
    and joyful.
    Sunflowers are really exuding sunshine.

    1. Thanks so much, Miriam, and sunflowers are definitely the opposite, aren’t they? 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the quotes and post, and I hope my sunflower vision comes to fruition. 🌻🌻🌻

  4. I remember travelling by car in the Midwest and coming over a rise to see in the distance field after field of sunflowers. It was an energising moment in a long trip that had settled into boredom. You are right, it is a happy flower and I loved that experience.

    1. I love that quote, too, Eric, and “The earth laughs in flowers.” 🙂 I only hope that our sunflowers become as cheerful as my imagination. 🙂 Happy Friday, my friend!

    1. I’m so glad this was uplifting to you, Betty. It is definitely fun watching them grow, and I hope they bloom like I’m envisioning them to do. 🙂 Hugs! 💗🌻🌼

  5. I often wonder whether the quote “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and the shadows will fall behind you,” by Walt Whitman was inspired from sunflowers! As a child I would try to turn the face of sunflowers 🙂 and would watch with great interest on cloudy days, which side are they looking!
    I hope you would share the pictures when your plants show the sunflowers. Thank you for sharing those quotes…a pleasure to read.
    BTW when are you coming to twitter? Which social network is your favorite?

    1. I wouldn’t doubt it, Balroop. I love that quote! If our sunflowers grow to be tall, confident, and cheerful, then I’ll share photos. 🙂 Fingers crossed! I’m glad you also enjoyed the quotes.
      As to social networks, I won’t be joining twitter. I have my blog, which keeps me busy enough, and I recently deleted my Facebook page because it was too much to keep up with. I’m trying to simplify to the best of my ability. I appreciate you asking, though. Have a wonderful Friday, my friend!

  6. Indeed, they are happy-face flowers. When I w as very little, I remember exploring my grandpa’s large back yard with all the bright, happy sunflowers. Due to that memory, sunflowers will always be special and always reflect happiness for me.

  7. Look forward to seeing your Sunflowers at their peak of height, they are very impressive. I recall seeing vast fields of them and loved to see them later in the day as they turned to follow the Sun.
    Lovely presentation.

    1. I hope to show the beautiful end result, Ian. Thank you, and those fields are truly awe-inspiring, aren’t they? I’m glad you enjoyed this, and have a good weekend!

  8. Lauren, this is a wonderfully uplifting post – the sunflower seedlings still look tender and need care and love, the last photo of the field of sunflowers is dazzling! The Emerson quote is superb and one I will not forget – “The earth laughs in flowers.” Your post reminds me of my first garden when underneath the bird feeder all these ‘weeds’ appeared which I diligently picked out! Later that day I saw the same ‘weeds’ at my mother’s garden – only for her to tell me they were sunflower seedlings! Yikes, I nearly cried but had learnt my lesson. Next year I was rewarded with lots of beautiful flowers. Here’s to flowers and laughter – free gifts to the Earth and our souls! hugs, my friend and wishing you a very special Sunday! xx

    1. Thanks, Annika, and your memory of ‘weed picking’ brought a smile. Years ago, I did that a few times before learning from my husband the difference between a flower and a weed. 🙂 That quote is one of my favorites, too, and I’m so glad you enjoyed this happy post. Yes, Cheers to flowers and laughter! Thanks for the hugs, and I’m sending some to you, too, while returning those same warm wishes for today (and tomorrow). 🙂 💗🌻
      p.s. I’m currently writing my 2nd short story. I’m having so much fun, and the words are flowing. Unbelievable. 🙂

      1. Lauren, congratulations on your short story writing- that is wonderful and I can feel you flow!! Just keep writing, creating and enjoy the magic of it all! 😀❤️

  9. How lovely! I love sunflowers, they’re like goodness and happiness poured into a flower. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that yours are going to strive, Lauren! Love all the quotes! Thanks for making me smile dear friend! 😄💕🌱🌻

    1. I’m happy to make you smile, Sarah, and I honestly can’t imagine anyone not liking sunflowers. 🙂 Keep your fingers crossed and we shall see. Have a lovely day, dear friend. ❤🌷😊

  10. Sunflowers are the happiest flowers. A local nursery plants a field of sunflowers on one of their properties and lets everyone come and harvest the seeds in the fall. Have a wonderful weekend, Lauren. Love and hugs. 💗🤗

    1. They sure are, Michelle, and how wonderful about your local nursery. Ours are growing but no blooms yet. Can’t wait! Sorry for the late response. I missed a few comments, as I’m working on a 3rd poetry manuscript. I’m behind on reading blogs, too. More hours in a day would be ideal. 🙂 Have a great weekend, my friend…xoxo

      1. Oh, no need to apologise. I too am way behind in reading b;og posts, but for a variety of reasons. Life just sometimes gets in the way of being online. Hugs.

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