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During these uncertain days, we all must find positivity. We all have many ways we can keep positive. However, for others it may not be that easy staying positive. I was going through some of my important digital pictures last night and I came across this sign that my one niece has. I loved the saying and thought this is what we all need to do.







Staying Upbeat & Positive





Awww…Monday & Sparks




Awww…Mondays & Sparks


I found so many pictures online to that make me go awww, I am going to share them with you but not all at once.



I’m joining McGuffy’s Reader for Sparks today and you can find my encouraging quote below.





Awww…Mondays & Sparks

Once again, CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE is joining our fantastic hostess Comedy Plus for AAAwww…Mondays.  If you’re not familiar with Awww…Mondays, it’s quite simple. All you do is post a picture that makes you go Awww. It can be one you’ve taken, One somebody has sent you or One from the internet. I love doing Awww…Mondays with https://comedy-plus.com because it’s fun. My picture for Awww…Mondays is a picture of a picture of my cat Snowball who passed over the Rainbow Bridge many years ago but I still miss her.   Please Note: It’s a picture of a picture since I didn’t have a digital camera at that time just a disposable. To add your link or see others who are joining Awww…Mondays please click on Awww…Mondays badge or click on the link below Awww…Mondays badge. Hope you come join us for some fun and cuteness.


Once again CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE is joining McGuffy’s Reader for Sparks. What is Sparks? Sparks is an encouraging post you do every Monday. Your post can be an Encouraging quote, Encouraging picture, Encouraging Poem written by you or someone else or something you just find encouraging.  Please join us for Sparks every Monday along with our fantastic hostess https://mcguffysreader.com.  It’s lots of  fun to do and who knows whose spirits you’ll lift. To add your link or see others joining Sparks click on the badge above or the link below the badge.

For those who can’t read the encouraging Bible Verse I have used for Sparks it says:

They that wait upon the Lord

shall renew their strength

they shall mount up with

Wings as


Is. 40:31


Encouragement & Friendship Flowers

galax flowers.


While I was thinking about what to do for Sparks I had a thought and that thought was why don’t you do something with the meaning of encouragement. Of course I tried and tried to come up with something else but all I could think of was wanting Spring to get here and the sunshine and the pretty flowers to stay for a while.  Then I said to myself, flowers that’s it I’ll do it on flowers. So I looked up on the internet to see what flowers are associated with encouragement and friendship and this is what I found. I have included their meanings as well.


  1. Acacia, Rose or White – Platonic love/friendship, Elegance.
  2. Adam’s Needle (Yucca) – Best Friends.
  3. Arborvitae – True and unchanging friendship.
  4. Black – eyed Susan – Encouragement, Motivation, Justice.
  5. Carnation (general) – Fascination, Friendship, Vanity, Worker’s flower, Symbolic for teaching us to find love that is between souls and not purely physical attraction, In the 17th century troops sported carnations as a sign of their bravery, Chosen as the symbol for Mother’s Day in 1907, January birth flower, Used for 1st Wedding Anniversaries.
  6. Daisy, Gerbera – Friendship, Sadness, Needing Protection.
  7. Galax – Friendship, Encouragement.
  8. Gerbera – Gentleness, Friendship, Loyal love, Purity, Strength, You are the sunshine of my life.
  9. Ivy – Affection, Dependence, Fidelity, Friendship, Wedded love.
  10. Periwinkle, Blue  – Early Friendship.
  11. Phlox, Pink – Hope of new friendship.
  12. Rose, Yellow – Friendship or platonic love, Infidelity, Jealousy, Highest mark of distinction, Forgive and Forget.


Due to the fact of so many, furfriends, loved ones passing lately I made up a brief flower list for that to in honor of them.



  1. Aloe – Sorrow, Grief, Integrity, Bitterness, Wisdom.
  2. Balm, Bee (Monarda or Bergamot) – Compassion, Empathy, Your “wiles” are irresistible.
  3. Canna Lily (or Flowering Reed) – Confide in Heaven.
  4. Clover, White – Think of Me.
  5. Columbine – Resolved to win, Deserted love, Folly, During the Gothic era the columbine gained a reputation of having powers to ward off evil.
  6. Dahlia, Variegated – I think of you constantly!
  7. *Dead Leaves – Sadness (*this is not a flower).
  8. Everlasting – Constancy, never-ending  memory.
  9. Forget – me – not – Memories, Humility, True love, Exactly as it says, mythology describes this as the flower picked by a knight for his sweetheart before going into battle, One legend has it that God himself called it that because the plant was unable to remember the name it had been given when the world was created, Longing for loyalty.
  10. Hyacinth, Purple – I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Sorrow.
  11. Immortal Flowers ( Xeranthemum) – Unfading remembrance.
  12. Lady’s Seal – Be my support.
  13. Pansy – Holy Trinity, loyalty, Strengthens the power of the memory, Loving thoughts or “You occupy my thoughts”, Merriment, Thoughtful reflection, German word translating as “little stepmother”, Used for 1st Wedding Anniversaries.
  14. Periwinkle (general) – Sweet remembrance.
  15. Primrose – I cannot live without you, Young love, Early youth (childhood), Thoughtlessness, Frivolity, February birth flower.
  16. Queen Anne’s Lace – Fantasy, Haven, Self reliance, Sanctuary.
  17. Rose, Black – Deeper feeling of romance, Sense of mystery, Death.
  18. Rose, Dark Crimson – Mourning.
  19. Rose, Tea – I’ll remember always.
  20. Rosemary – Remembrance, Your presence revives me!, Glad you’re here!, Invigorating, Healing balm, Memory strengthener, Devotion, Wisdom, Good luck in the new year.
  21. Strawflower – Neverending remembrance.
  22. Sweet Pea – Meet Me!, Blissful pleasure, Tender memory, Departure, Goodbye, Thank you for a lovely time, These flowers are long-lasting after being clipped, April birth flower, Used for 30th Wedding Anniversaries.
  23. Sweet William – Childhood, Memory, Gallantry, Finesse, Scorn, Grant me one smile.
  24. Thrift (Cliff Roses) – Sympathy.
  25. Verbena – Faithfulness, Pray for me, Sensibility.
  26. Violet Purple – You occupy my thoughts, Blue love.
  27. Weeping Willow – Mourning.
  28. Yarrow – Cure for heartache, Good Health, Heals wounds, Dispels melancholy, Sorrow.
  29. Yew – Sadness.
  30. Zinnia (general)- Thoughts of absent friends either alive or passed on.
  31. Zinnia (mixed) – In memory of dear friend.
  32. Zinnia (Yellow) – Daily remembrance.

My information and some of my pictures are from Flower Meanings, A – Z Flower Dictionary and Flower Pictures Flower Meanings Chart and Guide to Unique Gift Giving , Images of The Galax Flower and the Graphic Credit for the Purple Hyacinth goes to http://fineartamerica.com.



https://mcguffysreader.com/  has a project called Sparks post each week. I decided to join this project with McGuffy’s Reader to encourage others each week.  My encouragement post is called ENCOURAGEMENT.  On March 4, 2018, I was reading my morning devotions with the Lord and guess what?  The devotional reading was called Dying for Encouragement. In a nutshell, it was about a corporate accountant who committed suicide and no-one knew why. He didn’t embezzle money and that made his co-workers wonder why until a note was found and that note simply said this: In thirty years I have never had one word of encouragement. I’m fed up. My ENCOURAGEMENT quotes and reading  are: It may seem insignificant to say a word or two; but when we give encouragement, what wonders it can do!  —K. DeHaan—      My second ENCOURAGEMENT quote is: A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up or going on. —Author Unknown—    The reading for encouragement is Deuteronomy 3:23 – 29.   So when you think your encouragement isn’t doing any good, think again. It is. When you encourage some someone make sure it is genuine encouragement(not flattery) and it will help others.






Faith Is…

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Today CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) are joining Annie from McGuffy’s Reader for  Sparks. Sparks is a way to encourage people. This can be done through quotes, images, poems, pictures and etc…

We can’t wait to see your Sparks post. Mine is below.



By: Crystal Stewart 

Faith Is like a mustard seed

Small but willing and able

Waiting to be nurtured

to adulthood.

Faith Is dreaming big

and doing what it takes

to reach your dreams.

Faith Is taking that leap

to build your own business.

Faith Is putting your trust

in a total stranger and

hoping your situation turns

out for the good.

Faith Is trusting and

believing in the unseen.


mustard seed
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Hope IS…

badge-smHope is a rainbow that appears out of nowhere on a sunny day~Hope is a mentor supporting and encouraging you when others put you down~Hope is your parents who support you even though you have huge dreams~Hope is a stranger who befriends you and takes you under their wing~Hope is a dog that meets you at the door when you come home~Hope is a cat that warns you with its hissing and body language~Hope isDSCN0175

sister that helps you out of ‘sticky’ situations~Hope is a loving family~Hope is knowing and teaching sign language to people who need and want to learn it~Hope is God.

So when your feeling down remember there is hope for you. Don’t let any anybody tell you differently.


Positive Thinking

Why I’m Writing This Post:

I’m writing this post because I came across this good blog post that spreads Positive badge-smThinking and I liked the idea so I’d thought I write this post.

Today we need all the positive thinking we can muster. But we shouldn’t just think about doing positive thinking but we should take every opportunity to show positive thinking and even create positive thinking where there isn’t any.


Creating positive thinking also helps with your attitude. If you don’t have a good attitude then you’re less likely to have a positive outlook but remember this it takes more wrinkles to create a frown then to create a smile. So smile because who wants all those wrinkles.

I wrote a post called WHAT MEETING MAYA ANGELOU DID FOR ME because Maya Angelou was a wonderful woman and very encouraging to. Below are some quotes of hers and another encouraging person who is P.K. Hallinan. The one quote is by an unknown source.

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Make sure you have a smile on your face because people will wonder what you’re up to and your attitude will be a lot better.

Stay positive my friends.