May 27th was Jessie's 26th birthday - her fifth birthday since she has been missing. I have not seen my daughter since she was 21 years old. It is very hard for me to actually wrap my brain around how long it has really been, but with everything that has happened since Jessie disappeared, I have to admit it has been a long, long time.
I am the mother of all adults now, and I have become a grandmother. Something that I have to say is one of the most beautiful things in my life. But it is sad too, because I am not truly me anymore — so my grandkids will never know the woman who raised their mothers. I am not saying that I am horrible, but I am changed.
I don't work anymore and I have had two good jobs in the past 12 years, and I miss it, but I don't seem to have time for work any more. Not the paid kind anyway — the kind that takes me out of my house, giving me some Glendene-time.
There is no more Glendene-time in my life, I am too busy trying to find Jessie and educating everyone on human trafficking. Something that I had no idea about five years ago, and today I feel I am practically an expert — and planning on starting my own organization, M.A.T.H. Mothers Against Trafficking Humans, again, something that I never even thought about doing five years ago.
So, my family, friends and Jessie supporters, please remember Jessie . . . and do anything you can to help us, in any way at all. It will be very much appreciated by Jessie's mom, Glendene, and step dad, Jim; sisters Crystal, Katie and Jennee; and nieces and nephews Maddison, Jacobus & Ilianna.