When I found out I was pregnant with our 3rd child it took us a little bit longer to get excited. We already had 2 boys who were only 1 and 2. The 1 year old still had multiple surgeries ahead of him. We had no idea how we would handle another baby. We had been using the latest form of birth control it was implanted into my arm right after the birth of our second child. There were several complications very early. There were thought to be 2 babies, then what was thought to be a miscarriage. This was a very difficult time. When we went back to the doctor several weeks after this trauma to have test ran we found out there was still a baby and SHE had a heartbeat. The doctors ran test and said she was a normal forming, healthy little girl.
We had decided that Gene could name the girls and I could name the boys. We had been tossing around several names for this baby and could not make a decision we both agreed on. One day we were shopping at a church rumage sale and a little girl came up to us and asked about our young boys. This little girl was very pretty. When she asked what the boys names were she volunteered her name, Carrissa. When the child walked away Gene looked at me and smiled and said that's it that is what I want to name our baby. We quickly agreed on the name Carrissa.
Several months later, we gave birth to a very healthy baby girl, Carrissa Elaine Whitten. Born November 22, 1995. She was the most beautiful little girl we had ever seen. Her big brothers instantly fell in love. Carrissa was a delight. She had a big smile and big brown eyes. She was a joy. Eleven short months later we gave birth to her best friend Isaac. So she is the 3rd of 4 children and our only girl. She has enjoyed this position from the start. She loved baby dolls and dresses. She also had a very special bond with mommy and daddy and each of her brothers adored her.
Carrissa loved dresses, baby dolls and having her hair done. She also liked to be a little helper, taking great care for her brothers and making certain they did not get into trouble. Right before Carrissa turned 2 we moved our young family to Lincoln, Illinios and both Gene and I attended Lincoln Christian University. We moved into Married Student Housing where there were a lot of other young families.
As a toddler, Carrissa loved tea parties, lady bugs and her brothers.
As Carrissa grew into a little girl she wanted some separation from the world of boys. She joined girl scouts and played softball and was very good in school. During her teen years Carrissa has found a love for serving and worshiping at church in various areas. She has enjoyed student athletic training and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also enjoys throwing the discus for the track team. Carrissa is a very strong young woman in heart mind soul and spirit along with physically. She can certainly hold her own with anyone she meets if she needs to. Most people that meet Carrissa love her. She is very easy to get along with and has an amazing worldview. We are VERY proud of this young lady.