Apparently this award is to be given to those who are positive, or show gratitude; in other words, they know how to make lemonade out of lemons. This cracks me up, because I don't think of myself as terribly positive (though I am grateful), so I think it's more a reflection of the old adage "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". Thus the occasional silence.
The rules for this award are that you post the graphic for it, write a post that links back to the giver, and then pass it on to up to ten others. Leave a comment on the blogs that get the award, so they know what's happened. I will award it to:
Jena, at Married To The Farm, one of the Great Lakes APLS. She and her husband are farming a heritage farm in Michigan, and they just had their barn burn down Nov. 23. So far, no self-pity on her blog, just the acknowledgement that their neighbors were very helpful, their livestock survived, and she is busy trying to research what sort of barn they should have when they rebuild.
Mel, at The Good Life, also a Great Lakes APLS. Blogging about thankfulness while dealing with two preschool aged boys and a family passing the flu around couldn't have been easy. She is an interesting read as she and her husband have recently become foster parents.
Abbie, at Farmer's Daughter, a New England APLS blogger. Abbie knows her stuff about the environment, since she teaches AP Environmental Science courses at a high school. What I like is that she doesn't run around yelling "The sky is falling!", but instead gives very factual background for her decisions to live the way she does. She surely knows about some very scary stuff, but her approach is to teach the next generation of citizen leaders how to tackle the problems. It's also interesting to read about her family's heritage farm and farm stand selling their produce.
These three bloggers all have great, positive attitudes. I'm pleased to have a chance to pass the award on to them!