She was the eldest daughter of the family, especially after
her baby sister arrived from Korea in 1976.
She tells me that one of the most defining moments of her childhood
was when the whole family drove from Grand Forks, North Dakota to
Chicago, Illinois to meet baby Kendra when she arrived from Korea.
She became 'big sister' in that moment. Means alot to her.
In 1986, Brianna was born, and Alissa experienced the profound
defining moment of Motherhood. Brianna was the first grandchild, as well!
Alissa graduated from nursing school, and married Kara's & Jenna's father in early 1989.
In the blink of an eye, she was a young mother of three girls, as well as stepdaughter Tia.
Incredibly, Alissa's first husband filed for divorce in 1993. He's the expert.
Tia had to stay with her father; Alissa got Kara & Jenna.
When I began working at DePaul Hospital, I heard alot about 'Little Alissa' from
the other women at work. 'Little' was in reference to her physical size.
Once her divorce was underway, she had a little free time.
She & the girls moved back into her parents' house, in my neighborhood,
and Alissa offered to babysit my cranky old dog whenever I went climbing.
That was when I not only learned that she was a titan in a tiny body; I also found
out later that I was being scrutinized, and even just a little bit admired.
I couldn't believe that someone so colorful and sweet would be the least bit
interested in someone so banal and monochromic as I...
Meant alot to me. Here are some pictures of 'Little Alissa,' who became mi maravillosa esposa