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Everyone who knows Carissa knows she overflows with her faith in Jesus as her Savior and Provider! She is passionate about her role as Tante (aunt) Carissa and loves her niece and four nephews like crazy! As the baby of the family, she holds a special place in the hearts of her mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, sister and brother-in-law. She lives joyfully, loves completely, and fights fiercely.

Carissa was diagnosed with auto-immune hepatitis II when she was 10 years old. Throughout the years, she has been through a couple of disease “flare-ups” ~ times when, despite medication regimen, her symptoms have caused her to be hospitalized and treated. She has met those ups and downs with strength and grace, fully relying on God to meet every need, confident in His timing and plan.

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November 22, 2016

Hi Friends and Family!

I’m sure many of you are on the Thanksgiving countdown. We’re right there with you and this year just seems a little more special for us. Our family has quite a lot to be thankful for and having Sissy here to celebrate with us is definitely at the top of our gratitude list.

Carissa has been doing so well in her recovery journey. A little over a month ago, she hit a bit of a road bump. What we thought was something that would just kind of work itself out ended up being a virus that can be quite serious for a transplant recipient. She began an antibiotic and went back to weekly blood-work to make sure things were getting back in normal range.

Today, Sis got a call letting her know that her counts are continuing to climb and they want to get in front of whatever is going on. The first step is to have a biopsy done…this will happen tomorrow morning at 7:30.

As you can imagine, Sis is feeling a little frustrated and a little anxious. BUT, she also knows that she is in good hands and that God is in control.

We have been in a message series and Bible study entitled “Courageous Faith” at our church. Sis has courageously walked through this journey, full of faith…and that continues, even tonight when things seem a little scary. How perfect God’s timing is in that our memory verse for this week is:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

That’s our plan…trust in the Lord, with all our hearts!

Keep praying…God is good! <3

May 27, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!! We’ve had such great day celebrating our amazing momma.

What better way to end the day then with the Outer Banks Raffle drawing?! Check out the video to find out who the lucky winner is!

Thank you to all that participated; we are truly grateful for your ongoing love, support and encouragement. Sis is doing really well, she finished her first week back to work and seems to be settling into a normal routine quite well. We’re heading back to UVA for a follow-up appointment this coming Friday and look forward to more good news on her progress.

Keep praying…God is good! <3

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April 9, 2016

Continue to pray for you a lot Carissa!! So glad things are looking brighter :) Hope I get to see you soon!!! <3


March 31, 2016

Happy Easter Carissa.Glad you could be home for this special day.


March 24, 2016

I never really knew you before but I am so grateful that I have been able to get to know the person you are by following you on FB! Look forward to the day when I see your smiling face come into the door at church...I plan on giving you a great big hug because you have been such an awesome inspiration to me! Praying for that day to come soon. Keep Smiling!!!

Susie Brock

March 24, 2016

You are in our prayers so much!!! Our love to you and all your fam! The Akers Family

Jen and Kurt Akers