Life certainly has its upside and its downside. You really have to pay attention sometimes and look for the rays of sunshine wherever you can find them. I think that's why I love my garden so much, despite the work, the plagues of bugs, disease and critters. This is what greeted me when I walked into the smaller garden the other day:
On a personal level, this has been a tough season. Ups and downs. Joys and sorrows. Some things threatened to take away the joy I had in planting my spring garden. But I think of the garden as my happy place and focusing on the good that comes from growing things has been a big help in coping with the downs of life. The sunflower was like God's reminder to me of all that I have good in my life: wonderful friends, family and home. And there is always sunshine in the future!