Karissa was born & reared in Seattle, WA. She grew up involved in a private Christian school, Children’s Church, AWANA, and later Youth Group, but attributes her praying Mother for the development of her personal relationship with Jesus. Above all else, her Mommy showed her how to pray continually, how to love God, and how to always seek truth in God’s Word. She met her handsome hubby in Seattle while he was stationed at Ft. Lewis and married him just 10 months later. After 7 years of Army life, 7 different addresses in 4 different states, and 2 kids, they decided to settle down in Arizona. Karissa likes to spend her time with her two boys, Eli & Dillon, playing in the pool or at the playground, drinking lots of coffee, working on Home DIY projects, or on rock climbing dates with her hubby.