I spent a pretty sleepless night last night, and as I lay awake one of the thoughts that kept coming back is why do we bother with this thing, love?  Think of all the pain and heartache we could avoid if we could just avoid love.  

Today is Michaela’s birthday.  I will try to gather my thoughts later, but right now I am too sad and too tired to write anything.  I guess I will just conclude one thing … love is worth it.  It is worth every price we have to pay for it.  It is worth fighting for, living for, even dying for.  
Like the popular quote that goes around facebook — “Everybody is going to hurt you. You just have to figure out which ones are worth suffering for.”
And on this day, I will once again answer the question, would I choose never to have loved Michaela so I never would have suffered the pain I have?  No.  I love her.  I have always loved her and always will.  

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  1. Beautiful quote. I have been reading your blog after finding it on the missing michaela webiste, and what you show me through your writing is what a strong woman you are. Your story is heart breaking. I hope God gives you the answers you are searching for and the peace of finding your beloved daughter.


  2. So well said, Sharon (as always!)As the other saying goes… “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”You and Michaela are in my thoughts today.


  3. I have been wracking my brain all day today to try and figure out what to say to you today Sharon. I cannot find the right words. So I will send you and Michaela my love and thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your life. Robin Painter


  4. Sharon, Michaela has been in my thoughts and prayers EVERY day. I pray everyday that God will bring justice for this sweet child and that you will be able to witness it (I do believe that there WILL be justice for her). I wish that there was a magic wand that could bring you together right now…Sharon, God will bring you together again – that was how He intended it to be – and no mortal can take that away from you. May this new year bring you comfort, peace and the answers you long for. I wish Michaela a happy birthday, and pray that she can be back in your arms again. I am praying for all missing children today.Love you, Michaela and Sharon!Radhika


  5. Just watched the movie 'Tangled' and it reminded me so much of Michaela…I pray she gets a fairy tale ending too…God Bless Little Angel, Wishing you had a Happy Birthday, wherever you are…x


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