Friday, November 7, 2014

Called To Go: "Bows for Missions"

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!" Psalm 96:3

I remember the moment:  I was sitting in the floor at my associate pastor's (and friend's) home, legs crossed, staring at a computer screen, watching a video that our pastor recorded while on mission in South Asia. My heart began beating faster, my palms sweating and tears were streaming down my face... At that moment I knew I was supposed to GO.

We left their house and Adam told me he felt the same way. So for months we prayed about whether the Lord was truly calling us there. Was He calling me? Was He calling Adam? Was He calling us to go together? On the same trip? Or on different trips? So many questions, but one clear answer. We were supposed to go. Together. Same trip. And the Lord just so organized this team to include two of our dearest friends. So, in obedience to God's calling, off to South Asia we go.

On January 9th, Adam and I (along with our friend Jared and our associate pastor and friend, Randy) will board a plane and begin a very long journey to South Asia to take the Gospel to an unreached area. We trust that God has gone before us and has a wonderful plan for our team. We are so in awe of how faithful God is and we can't wait to see how He will use us.

So, the praying, decision making and getting ready for the trip is done. What's not done is the paying for it. And that is why I am blogging. I am starting a fundraiser for our trip called "Bows for Missions."  I am going to be hand making boutique style hair bows. I mean as a girl mom, I had to learn how to make them because we lose so many, so I thought why not make some for missions :) 

Here are the details:

I am going to make 4" and 6" bows.

Here are the colors I am offering:
Light pink
Dark pink
Lime Green

The bows are $7 each or 5 for $30. You can mix the colors and sizes however you want.

And you can choose pickup or delivery. Shipping will be $5.

Colors from left to right: white, light pink, dark pink, lime green, orange, purple, red, turquoise

Top: 4"
Bottom: 6"

Should you decide you would like some bows, please leave a comment on this post OR the Facebook post that maybe led you here. When you comment please leave me your name, your email, how many you want and what size and colors and if you want to pick it up or want me to ship it. Once you comment I will send you an invoice via Paypal and once I receive payment I will make your bows and mail them out to you or email you a pickup time.

Here's an example of what to post :)

Lyndsey McCurry,
3, 6" bows (green, 2 white)
2, 4" bows (red, orange)

I want to say thank you in advance to anyone that supports Adam and I going on this trip. A thousand thank you's wouldn't accurately show you how thankful we truly are! We trusted when we said yes, that God would provide a way for us to go and we know He is faithful.

Maybe bows aren't your thing...that's totally ok. I don't expect my "boy mom" friends to buy up a bunch of bows :) We ask that you remember us in your prayers. We will need to be bathed in prayer during this trip (and even the weeks leading up to it). And we know that prayer is a HUGE part of this journey.

Feel free to share this link or share my Facebook status. Put me to work friends :) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We truly thank you for your support.

Love In Christ,

* If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at the email above.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Itsy Bitty Designs Set of 5 Bows: Silent Auction for Julee Turner

I have come out of blog hiding for a very good cause. Last weekend, Julee Turner, lost her husband Matt in a tragic accident. I did not know Julee but I have been so touched by this story that I haven't been able to get her and sweet Preslee off my mind. I have been amazed watching the blog/twitter community come together to show support financially and through prayer. They have a tough road ahead and we need to all be praying for strength for their sweet family.

The blog community is hosting silent auctions for Julee and Preslee, and all the proceeds will go into a fund for Preslee. If you have any questions they have a FAQ page to answer them for you.

Please take time to look at all of the items being auctioned off. People really have been so generous and giving.

Up for Auction: (5) 5" Itsy Bitty Designs Bows (green polka dot, deep purple, light pink, orange and pink polka dot).
These are bows that I make and used to sell on an Etsy site until I became a slacker. I have hopes to get them back up again.
You will receive the 5 grosgrain bows pictured. Each bow has an alligator clip and measures approximately 5". I usually sell these for $5 each so the retail value of this auction is $25. 

How to bid on the bows:
  • Place your bid in the comments section of this blog post.
  • Leave NAME, EMAIL, and BID in the comment.
  • All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9 then your bid must be $10.
Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST)
Highest bidder will be the winner.
Payment will be accepted via PayPal. Winner will be emailed a PayPal invoice and once PayPal payment has been made, I will send your item and the money will go into the fund for Julee and Preslee. 
PLEASE NOTE: Auction open to US residents only. All payments must be received by October
31, 2012. These payments are not considered tax deductible.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Pink Pig

At a Mommy Matter's meeting (it's our version of MOPS) my group was talking about Christmas traditions. Someone mentioned the Pink Pig in Atlanta. That intrigued me, seeing as how it's a Pink Pig and all. How in the world does this tie into Christmas. She began explaining it and it sounded pretty neat to me. Something I thought ALM would love. So when I got go home, I researched it a little. And decided we would go and start a new tradition with Addison and our future children.

The Pink Pig is a train. Her name is Priscilla. It comes every year to Macy's at Lenox Mall in Atlanta. She has been around for over 50 years.  It is housed in a 170-foot, 1950 themed Pink Pig Tent. It debuted in 1953 as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s and had a brief stint at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. The proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $400,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Saturday morning came and we were in no rush to get to Atlanta so we took our sweet time. For some reason in my mind, I didn't think it would be too crowded. In my strange mind because it was Dec 11 and the train had been there since Oct 29, everyone else had probably gone already. We got there at 11:00, bought our tickets (we decided to get the double ride) and waited in line for TWO HOURS. The last time I waited in line for something for two hours, I was a teenager at Six Flags. This time was a tad different because we had a TWO YEAR OLD WITH US! It was a battle to keep her happy but between the two of us, we kept her pretty content. We let her run around a little. Play on our phones a little. She did very well considering.

We finally got to the tent and and Priscilla the mascot was there and you could have your picture taken with her. Addison loved her waving at her, but would have NONE of a picture with her. She wanted her to stay at least 10 feet away.

We got in the tent and Addison saw the train... she was in awe. Her sweet little eyes couldn't stay still. She kept saying "Mommy, look! A piggy twain." We got on the train and the entire ride took about 2 minutes, but we rode it twice. I was so worried about her flipping out when we got off, but she did ok. We got her, her very own Priscilla (which sleeps with her to this day in her big girl bed).

Here are some pics from Addison's first Priscilla experience. I am glad we have a new fun tradition that she can look forward to every year.

Waiting in line.

Getting tired at this point.

Almost there.

In the back of the train. So excited.

So fun!

Our family

Getting in the train. She was just so excited.

After the ride and she got her own Priscilla.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas 2011 in Bama

* Just a warning. Several Christmas posts to come over the next few days. I am way behind on my blogging. Like three weeks behind. Whoops. There will be pictures galore. Here we go...

Since having Addison and starting our own family, our Christmas celebration locations have changed. We now celebrate Christmas with my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend in Alabama the weekend before Christmas. This year it was a WHOLE week before Christmas which kind of stunk but was kind of nice at the same time. Plenty of time to prepare for Christmas Eve/Day.

We used to have to juggle lots of Christmases with my family but I no longer have any living grandparents so we just have the one now. It's small and quaint but it's fun and we have traditions.

Last year Addison wasn't even walking so I knew that this year would be lots of fun for her. She is so much more aware this year and she will talk your ears off about Christmas and Jesus' birthday! It's precious.

Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner at my moms always consisted of "little chickens" (I will have to post this recipe soon-not healthy, but amazing), mac and cheese (because I am a kid apparently), cream potatoes and some other yummy sides. The important part is the LITTLE CHICKENS. Oh my gahhh, they are good. My brother and I have called them that for as long as I can remember. Of course we also had sausage balls, chex mix (another tradition) and pecan pie. We really enjoy each others company and we take our time not to be in a rush to open presents because we don't get to spend lots of time together very often.

My mom is a "shopaholic." She knows this. She is an over-doer. However, I am not complaining. But the amount of Christmas gifts under her tree was insane. The way we open presents is my brother and I pass out all the gifts to everyone (there's a TON), then we let Addison open her gifts first, get her occupied, then we each open our presents one by one so we can see what everyone got. I LOVE this. That way, no one misses anything. We don't have limits at my moms or anything. You just buy whoever, whatever and that's that. I love it. We don't ask each other "what do you want?" It's usually all a surprise. We may not be able to financially do that in he future but we sure do enjoy it while we can.

We even buy for each other's dogs. I started the Shih Tzu craze in our family 8 years ago when I got Dansby. Then I got Daizy and my brother wanted one like her. So he and his girlfriend now have two Shih Tzu's and my mom has one too. My dad has a fox terrier mix. So we have six dogs there for Christmas and man do we love our pets :)

We are all so blessed that we are able to buy gifts for each other. I know times are hard right now and I do not take for granted what my family does for me at Christmas time. I am so thankful for all the gifts that my family receives. And I really enjoy giving better than getting. Seriously!

Here are some pics from our fun day/night with my family in Alabama.

She's playing with my new iPhone (thanks mom)

Family picture

Addison and daddy

Rocking in my oldrocking chair!

Addison and (my mom) her Grammy.

Addison and (my dad) her Paw

Getting ready to open gifts!

She loves her JoJo and Gina (my brother and his girlfriend)

Here we go. Time to open presents!

She loves Thomas theTrain. Giving him a kiss.

Her new Tiger spinbrush!

A tad bit in love with Toy Story.

My dad started buying her these her 1st Christmas. It's a tradition now.

Her new lion towel.

A Thomas train set. She gasped!

Ohhhh what's next??

My dad insisted on buying her a snow suit :) It's been 70 this week so not sure if she will ever get to wear it.

A fire truck. She asked for this. Cracks me up.

Cheesin' for mommy

Helping Grammy open gifts with Lotso.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I choose...

... to accept my life as God gives it to me and try my best not to ask "Why?"

... to believe that our second child is sitting with Jesus today in Heaven.

... to allow myself to cry and grieve over our loss when I want to.

... to not have a pity party over our loss though.

... to move on, try again and put it all in God's hands.

... to praise God through this storm.

... to really feel the tears that I cry.

... to lean on God for understanding.

... to teach our child that Christmas is really all about Jesus' birth.

... to give Addison my undivided attention when she wants it.

... to teach Addison the ways of God and do my best to keep her from the ways of the world.

... to commit myself to being a good example to her of what real faith, service and love looks like.

... to trust and love with all my heart, even though sometimes it will be broken because of it.

... to work hard to be a better wife, mother and Christian everyday.

... to feel happiness.

... to accept and adore the friendships God has given me.

... to be aware of every blessing, big and small, that God has given us.

... to do all these things in God's name.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Last year, my mom and I were out shopping and ran across an "Elf on the Shelf." I had heard about it but knew nothing about it, but my mom had. She told me about it and asked if I wanted one for Addison. I said sure and so the tradition was born. We had him last year but she was so young she didn't "get it" so he sat in one place the whole month of December. This year we got him out and we read the book for the first time and she listened so closely and she really seemed to like it and be amazed at him. She seemed to get the concept of who he was and what his mission was. The no touching. The "he's watching." That he visits Santa every night while we sleep and comes back to a new place every morning. We talk about how he visits Santa and tells him if she's been a good girl or bad. I know she doesn't totally get it, but she definitely understands something. She named ours Chipper. Or as she calls him, Chippah.

Every morning when she wakes up, the first thing she says is "Gotta find Chippah." And off she goes. She always looks in the most obvious places because at first, that's where we put him. Then she will say, "Mommy I don't see him." I will give her a clue like "Go look in the kitchen." When she finally sees him she yells, "I see him. I see him. Good morning Chippah!" It is absolutely precious. She tells him good night too before she goes to bed. She just loves him. And I am so so glad she "gets" that we can't touch. She has never even tried. Whew.

A few places Chipper has shown up: (we don't do the messy things-I'm too OCD and don't want her thinking she can do those things-haha)

The pocket of my Christmas apron (I told her he must have tried to cook)

Hugging one of our 12 Days of Christmas glasses on the table (I told her he must have been thirsty)
Wrapped around the stocking hanger that looks like a present (I told her he must have tried to wrap a present)
Hanging from the curtain rod (I told her he we must have caught him coming back from the North Pole)

On the bookcase (I told her he must really like to read)

Another thing she always has to know is "How did he get up there?" And I HAVE to give a loooong, elaborate story about how he got to where he is. It's so so cute.

It was very important to us that Addison know about the REAL meaning of Christmas. I didn't want her caught up in Chipper, Santa, presents, etc. So when we sat down to talk about Chipper, we told her that Chipper was an elf sent from the North Pole where Santa lives. And that he would be watching her to see if she was good or bad. We made it very clear that God was watching too, that He was the most important one and he ALWAYS wants us to be good. We told her that God provides the presents but that Santa delivers them for Him. We told her that God has already given us the best present of all and that we have that present with us everyday. She looked at us kind of confused. I told her that Jesus is God's gift to us. I know she can't wrap her precious, little, mind around how a person could be a gift and I can't wait to explain that to her one day when she's older. We read books about Christmas at bedtime and I hope some of that is sinking into her sweet little mind. I think it is.

If you ask her whose birthday is Christmas, she will say "Jesus!" (she will also tell you we are going to sing and she gets to blow out the candles). If you ask her who provides the presents, she will say "God." If you ask her who delivers them to our house, she will say "Santa." And ask her what God's gift to us is and she will say, "Jesus."

I say that's a good start, don't you?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Season

Beware: Random/Jumbled thoughts ahead.

I am very thankful that our Christmas season isn't too hectic or crazy. I got all my shopping done weeks ago and did most of it online (thanks Amazon). Wrapped everything in three days and tada... I've been relaxing ever since. That was my goal this year. Have everything done so I could really enjoy the entire Christmas season. Here's a glance into what our Christmas celebrating looks like:

Dec 16-18: Alabama with my parents
- We will celebrate Christmas there Saturday night with my brother and his wife. I have no living grandparents so the BIG Christmas celebrations no longer exist on my side of the family. I have always loved being in the comfort of my childhood home celebrating Christmas. There's something very special about that.
- Since there's only 6 adults and one child, we still buy everyone presents. Multiples presents. My mom is a shopaholic so she really goes overboard (but I am thankful for her overboard-ness). It's fun because we open our presents one at a time so everyone sees what everyone gets. I love that. It takes us over an hour but it's precious family time that I try to soak in.
- Every year my mom makes what we refer to as "little chickens." I will have to get the recipe from her and y'all HAVE to make them. They aren't healthy but they are the best thing ever. We will have macaroni and cheese (because I like to pretend I am still 5). My dad will make sausage balls. We will have chex mix. Made be ME :) We will have a couple of deserts and some other sides but the above mentioned are traditions. Staples, if you will.
- I love the time that we get to spend together all weekend. We used to always celebrate Christmas Eve at my moms but once we had Addison, we wanted her to be at home so Santa could visit her there. I know she might not be home EVERY Christmas but if we can help it, we would like to.

Christmas Eve: Church then Adam's parents
- Last year we started a tradition of going to the Christmas Eve service at our church. They have two different services: one for families with young children and then a regular service. We obviously go to the first one. They both start at 5 pm and are over before 6. We take the Lord's Supper. It's a special service for these young children who are learning what the REAL meaning of Christmas is. I'm very excited to keep this tradition going.
- After it's over, we head to Adam's parents house. And it's a house full :) Us three, Adam's parents, his sister and her husband, our three nephews, Adam's MaMaw and his Granny and Grandpa.
- His mom will have lots of goodies and we will open presents. We draw names and have a $100 limit. With a family this big, that helps the budget. We do all buy the kids something though.
- I am very blessed to have such great in-laws and family. They treat me like I am one of their own and that's a special feeling. I am thankful that Addison has two sets of grandparents that adore her.

Christmas Day: Our house
- Christmas Day will be different for us this year than any year before... you know why?? Because this is Addison's first Christmas walking :) This is the first year she really "gets" Santa and the fact that he will bring presents.
- We are going to start a tradition this year of baking a cake and singing happy birthday to Jesus and having some prayer time and read to her about the real meaning of Christmas.
- My parents will come into town that morning to visit and see what she got from Santa and Adam's parents will come over that afternoon too.
- I will make breakfast and some snacks for the day but we don't have a big Christmas lunch/dinner. Adam's Granny makes Christmas lunch but with my parents in town, we have never gone before. But we'll see.
- Our church is having one service at 11:00 Christmas morning but they aren't providing childcare so we aren't going to try and wrestle her for an hour. We will worship on Christmas Eve.
- I like the fact that we just relax and don't have anywhere to be Christmas Day. As a Christian, I want to focus on that day and what it really means for us. Sometimes it becomes emotionally overwhelming to think of the REAL meaning of that day. What it really means to us. But I want to always be teaching Addison that. I want her to "get it" so bad. I long for the day that God opens her eyes and reveals His truth to her. Oh what a joyous day that will be.

I can't believe Christmas is almost here. That's CRAZY to me. It's been a wonderful year. We have had a lot go on in our family. Lots of changes. But we are good. We are better than ever probably. Stronger. Wiser. More full of faith.

I can't wait to post pictures of Addison and this wonderful Christmas I know we will have. And I can't wait to see all of y'alls posts and pictures too. Merry Christmas friends!