I’ll rise up like the day

I’ll rise unafraid

I’ll rise up

high like the waves

I’ll rise up

In spite of the ache

I’ll rise up

And I’ll do it a thousand times again

Andra Day

Four years ago, today, your body left this earth and I have missed you every day since. Today, like every day, Michael, I will rise up. I will make you proud. I will show you, in all that I do, the fighter I truly am. I will not give up; ever. I will not let a day go by without honoring you and acknowledging your presence in my life. Your spirit is still here with me. Somehow, I can feel you cheering me on and supporting me, behind the scenes. I know this because I have come so far, Michael. All of the things I was unsure of are becoming clear. Fear is no longer a word in my vocabulary. What I have is today. I have a huge heart to love with and tremendous gratitude for each and every moment.

The boys are so extraordinary, Michael. You always knew they were and you always imagined who they would become. I pray you can see them now. I know you are so very proud.

Each day, as I create and write on this site, I am reminded of you. I am reminded of the years we spent creatively collaborating together. I am reminded of the beautiful platforms we created for my expression. Now, I am creating alone, but you are a part of every step. I have your glasses right here, staring back at me, assuring me. Thank you for always believing in me and knowing what I was truly capable of, even when I didn’t. May you enjoy this journey with me as I rise up, beyond where I ever thought possible. Where I will stand firmly, move mountains, surprise myself, in spite of the ache, and I’ll do it a thousand times again. Each and every day. No matter what.

May your spirit always remain here, with us, fighting, persevering, uplifting, and Living.

My heart will always be with you.

♥️ Sandy

Michael John McClain

You’re broken down and tired

Of living life on a merry go round

And you can’t find the fighter

But I see it in you so we’re gonna walk it out

And move mountains

We’re gonna walk it out

And move mountains