Wednesday, December 23, 2015


'Each moment is a gift, that is why it is called the present.'

I remember counting down the days until Christmas when I was little.  I could hardly wait.  When Christmas finally arrived it was the biggest present that held my interest.  Whatever is bigger is better, right?  

How things change as I get older.  Now I could really use a few more days before Christmas.  The time is flying by with so many things to do. 
I have also grown into the idea that bigger is not always better...the little wonders of everyday create a wondrous life.  

I remember hearing once that each moment is a gift, that is why it is called the present.  If I spend my days wishing for a big day to come, I will have wasted my 'present' and missed some of the best moments of my life.  I could easily overlook how wonderful a hot mug of coffee feels in my cold hands, the beauty of a foggy morning or frost edged leaves on my walk...those things which can only be appreciated in the moment.  I don't want to miss those tiny miracles which add up to a miraculous life.  

Yes, big gifts under the tree are nice (little ones too), but I have come to appreciate I am given many little gifts every day which accumulate into a full and extraordinary life.  I just have to be open to receive them...each moment truly holds a gift.

I feel so blessed you visited today, thank you.  I really appreciate each and every one of you who stop by and say hello.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

* This quote is attributed to many people, including Master Oogway in Kung fu Panda.


  1. What a great post! Anyone who quotes Master Oogway has my total attention and what a great quote of his to choose. A lovely philosophy for appreciating the here and the now with beautiful photos. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. All the best, Bonny xox

  2. What a thought-provoking quote and I love that opening photo with the wreath, it's so beautifully festive... I too came to the realization how the little wonders are important and that they actually dwell at the core of our lives. Enjoy the Holidays, Michelle, you and your family, I'm wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy and Inspiring New Year!

  3. Such a beautiful quote, Michelle, along with gorgeous pictures ... I so love the one on a foggy morning !
    Lovely wreath too !
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season !

  4. I agree that each moment and each photograph is a gift to be received. Good to keep eyes filled with wonder. Lovely images! Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. That landscape is gorgeous. The composition and the wintery feel is all there in one frame. Merry Christmas Michelle.

  6. The older we get the more the "present " means. Your photos are so lovely and peaceful.
    Wishing many joy filled moments this Christmas season.

  7. Oh the quote is containing a whole world - and just a simple second, we have at hand!
    Your wreath is beautiful, Michelle ... and the pretty, frosty leaves - illustration the importance of being present - here - noticing the delightful frost and the sun highlighting it.
    Wishing you a Peaceful and Joyous Christmas - Thank you for your inspiration, both here and on Instagram.
    Love from

  8. Thank you Michelle for this beautiful reminder. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous-hope 2016 is kind to you and your family

  9. Hello Michelle! Love that quote and your wreath is beautiful! I hope your Christmas was filled with wonderful "presents" and I wish all the best to you in 2016!

  10. This is such a beautiful post in so many ways...the wreath in the making, the frosted leaves and the beautiful lake in quiet tones all accompanied with your thoughtful words. Wishing you all the very best in 2016!!