May 1, 2006 was the anniversary of Sarah's 5th 'missing year'. We did an "Adopt-A-Missing-Person" campaign at my place of work in the break-room, and later at the local mall. The purpose was to try to help people be aware of the hundreds of thousands of missing people that are long-term missing. There were info sheets on about 8 people and buttons with their pictures and a phone number to call if seen. This would help to recognize a missing person if you were to see one. May 1 was a sad day, for I never imagined that Sarah would not return home before this length of time. The campaign was basically a bust. People would see the display then quickly look away, like they didn't want to see. Most people had to be asked if they would like to adopt a missing person, and that would get my foot in the door to explain a little about it to them. Still, only a few buttons were taken by a few people. Of course, being local, Sarah's button was the most popular - only because she was local, and then only about 5 of her buttons were taken at the mall, and a couple of them at work.
Today, June 14, is a very special day, as if was 20 years ago today - it is Sarah's birthday. I made a strawberry cake, which is her favorite. Would love to sing "Happy Birthday" to her and take pictures, have a great celebration, and let her blow out the candles and have the first piece of cake, and her choice of ice cream. The only gift I was able to give her, though, is to buy a newspaper ad with her picture and a birthday wish for her. I miss her. :( Wish she knew how much we all miss her.
Went to work today because it was a good day for me to keep busy. Better than staying home thinking only about my loss of my baby girl.