As Niilah Crable sat and looked at a book, the three-year-old could name every single animal she saw.
She said that's because her dad reads to her.
But there's one thing her father Joseph cannot explain to her... where her mom is.
"It's very frustrating not knowing whether she's dead or alive or if she is alive, where she's at and if she's hurting," he said.
Forty one-year-old Cristin Crable disappeared in September. She was last seen at her apartment on Legacy Boulevard near Pima Road in north Scottsdale.
"It's not in her character and I don't believe she would leave her family, her children, on her own accord," Joseph said.
And what hurts the most, her family said, is she's not only missing. She's also missing out. She missed her daughter Mariah's 21st birthday, her grandson's first birthday and Niilah's first trip to Disneyland. She's also missing her daughter Nadya's high school sporting events.
"Every special event you think we're going to see her or she's going to contact someone for this," Joseph said.
Joseph said Cristin's DNA and dental records were recently entered into a national database.
Court documents show police are exploring the possibility of homicide. But without hard evidence, her family is holding out hope that she's still out there.
Joseph Crable and his family are asking anyone that knows anything to please call Scottsdale Police at (480) 312-5000.