In case you haven't noticed, my website and social media took on a whole new name! Well, it's not mine anymore, it's ours! David and I were noticing that our followers were desiring more of a couples presence. We were receiving emails that were encouraging this idea and well it just made sense to us. Without thinking too much about it the name Cactus and Curry came to me, we had a new logo designed and now we are launching what we are sure will be an encouragement and help to mixed and blended families.
Let me give you a little background about who we are and why we believe that we are being called to help in what would be considered complicated or complex families...
As you know, we are husband and wife. But we're also travelers, explorers, motivators and best friends. We love God and family over everything. And love to goof around and laugh hard. We're far from perfect but are living proof that true love does exist and that love IS thicker than blood!
Everyone said that it would never work. That's there were too many obstacles, too many differences. But they were so wrong! We've accomplished what everyone said was impossible. In our lives, some refer to as crazy, we've built an indestructible, loving, close-knit family that is a wild blend of culture, personality and fervor.
We are two people from very different worlds, literally! David (Curry) is of Indian descent and grew up in Malaysia. He is the son of a missionary family and relocated frequently throughout his childhood. Life was challenging due to the more than strict upbringing and constant changes that occurred over the years. He is no stranger to the feeling of rejection and not belonging. He settled in Germany, his mother's homeland, at the age of 17 and finished up his education in the German school system. He continued on shortly after he graduated, to fulfill his dream of becoming an Airline Pilot. On his own means, which was little to nothing, he began his adventure of testing and training and was sent over to Phoenix, Arizona where soon thereafter, met the girl of his dreams, Robin. This is where his healing began.
I, Robin (Cactus) come from the desert of Goodyear, Arizona. My childhood was more stable in the sense that I grew up in one town, in one house. However, life for me also had it's challenges. I was adopted as a baby to middle-aged parents. Even though adoption is a great thing, it can cause rejection and abandonment issues in children that often have long lasting affects. This was the case for me as I developed self-esteem problems that led into a course of bad decisions which also included bad relationships. I experienced and overcame addiction issues and divorce. And began a career in finance. It wasn't until I came face-to-face with the love of my life that I began to experience healing.
Together, we moved to Germany in 2002, home to neither, along with 2 from 3 of my daughters. It's a been a rough road to say the least, but through those hardships we created a indestructible bond of compassion, patience, gratitude, hope and most of all love, with our now five children that we share together...along with one granddaughter! God is the center of our marriage and our family. And in our house, there is no such things as step, half or adopted children. We are one family bound together by pure love!
Having said all that, I must also add that over the past six years, we have received numerous prophetic words from different people that we would one day be involved in ministering to families! Funny thing is, looking back, the people that gave us these words did not even really know us! Here's what I gathered from my journal:
In July 2010, Anthony gave a word that our family would be used to change the lives of others.
February 2011, a Co-Pastor named Michael said that we would be used to help families using the experiences of the trials we had been through.
August 2011, God TV, cameraman Devin said that this family will be used to do great things.
March 2012, Pastor from Florida, Joe said we will build a ministry based on family.
September 2013, Several Pastors at a conference said that our family would be used greatly.
So, there you have it! The purpose and reason behind our new name! We will continue to blog, coach and minister as Cactus and Curry. We want more than anything, for people to realize and KNOW that there is such a thing as true love, love is thicker than blood and that love conquers ALL! And with God, ALL things are possible!
With Love and Blessings!
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P.S. There's some great things happening in our lives that you won't want to miss!