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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Kristie Bulla!!!

Kristie Bulla (#3679) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Farmgirl Gratitude Merit Badge!

“My mom had sent me a seriously blinged-out blank journal with my initial on it. This thing was so silly and shiny and sparkly, it made me giggle. I didn’t know what I would do with it until I read through some of the merit badges and saw the part about keeping a gratitude journal for the Farmgirl Gratitude badge. How perfect!! I was not in a position to purchase The Book of Awesome, but I did read a lot of entries from the Amazon site, and I read from www.1000awesomethings.com when I ran out of things to read from my first source.

On the day I started working on this badge, our oldest dog, Dakota (our practice kid right after we got married), passed away. Although heartbreaking, I was able to find a gift in that he went peacefully in his sleep with no suffering. Just last week, my purse was stolen while shopping with the kids, and I was yet again able to find the gifts and lessons in that less-than-positive experience. I think actively focusing on gratitude really helped me through both scenarios and then some.”

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Krista, what a beautiful journal to create a place where you can list the things you are grateful for and other thoughts as often as you choose. Ten years from now, it will be like a treasure trove of days and tidbits of your life!

  2. Krista, I have kept a journal all my life and about 10 years ago switched to a gratitude journal to focus on the good things only. It really helps, even to write just 3 small things each day that you are grateful for. I rec’d a lovely “Gardener’s One Line a Day” journal as a gift recently from a friend ( you know who you are !) and it is, during the winter months when I am not in my gardens, turning into my gratitude journal. Keep it up Krista ! Also I send my condolences for losing your dear dog Dakota.

  3. Oh, and my favorite quote about gratitude :

    ” There shall be eternal Summer in the Grateful Heart ”

    – Celia Thaxter-
    poet, gardener and author of ” An island Garden”

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