Great story on a Ayesha Curry and a great Christian Family….From Q political: She’s beautiful, brilliant, and married to one of the NBA’s most famous young players — Stephen Curry. I’ve always admired Ayesha Curry, but after learning a bit more about her, my respect for this incredible woman has only grown all the more.
Born on March 23, 1989, Ayesha Alexander was raised in Toronto, Ontario. She has four siblings, Maria, Janiece, Jaz, and Chad. Eventually, Ayesha’s family made their way to America and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Today, Ayesha is known for her confidence, but growing up in Canada, Ayesha was very insecure. Throughout her formative years, Ayesha was brutally mocked for her first-name and was extremely self-conscious about it, and on several occasions had even begged her parents to rename her.
“I think growing up that’s one thing [her name] that I struggled with, in all honesty. It was very different at the time. I used to cry to my parents and say, ‘Why couldn’t you name me Nicole?’ They just looked at me…
My dad is a musician, he was a producer back in the day. He loves Stevie Wonder and there was a song called ‘Isn’t She Lovely,’ and his daughter’s name was Aisha, so he says her name in the song, and my dad fell in love with it.”
Ayesha was raised in a Christian family, and recalls dedicating her life to Jesus Christ at a young age.
Ayesha shared, “It’s [Faith in Jesus Christ] the foundation for everything that I do, really. It’s not so much that about the religion, it’s more so just about the relationships that I have with God and making sure that I pass that on to my kids. With my relationship with my husband, it’s what it’s founded on.”
Growing up, Ayesha and her family attended a small church in North Carolina. And as fate would have it, it was in that little church’s youth group that Ayesha would catch her future hubby — Stephen Curry’s eye.
Stephen had always admired Ayesha, but Ayesha’s parents didn’t allow her to date in high school. So the two honored their wishes and remained friends.
Stephen shared, “I always had my eye on her, but I got a little shaken, for sure.” Ayesha added, “I wasn’t allowed to date in high school. We always laugh that we were both focused on God.”
Fast forward a few years; Stephen was a Junior in North Carolina while Ayesha was pursuing her career in Los Angeles.
Ayesha was a successful actress and model who made several TV appearances on shows such as Dan’s Detour of Life, Whittaker Bay, Underground Street Flippers, and Hanna Montana.
But as fate would have it, Stephen was scheduled to attend the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Just before his trip, Stephen mustered up enough courage to send Ayesha a Facebook message asking if she “would like to meet up.”
The adorable lovebirds spent their first date together running around Hollywood, and from that moment onward they were inseparable.
Ayesha shared, “I mean, it was friend vibes … until I dodged his first kiss. He was in mid-conversation and came flying at my face like a thief in the night. So I was like, ‘No.’ Then I thought, ‘Oh, I didn’t know this is what was happening.’”
The couple was so in love, Ayesha decided to attend the same university — Davidson College.
Their first, real first kiss took place in the driveway of Stephen’s parents’ house in Charlotte, North Carolina — the same place he asked Ayesha to marry him.
Stephen recalls the moment he popped the question, “It was in the same spot where we had our first kiss — in the driveway of my parents’ house in Charlotte.” Ayesha interjected, “In the rain.” Stephen continued, “Yeah, it was like The Notebook. The plan was to act like we were going to a family cookout. So we pulled up to the house, and I stopped in the middle of the driveway, got down on my knee, and went into my spiel. Little did I know the whole family was looking out the window, videotaping the moment.”
On July 30, 2011 — after knowing each other since middle school and almost three years after their ‘unofficial’ first date — Stephen Curry and Ayesha Alexander finally tied the knot.
It was a very intimate ceremony with their closet family members and a few of Steph’s teammates from theGolden State Warriors.
When asked why they got married so young, Stephen replied, “I was 23; she was 22. But I knew I had found the right woman and I wanted to start a life with her.”
With Stephen’s crazy NBA schedule on the road, the couple admits that their faith, the “FaceTime” app, and date nights are just a few of the things that helps keep their marriage strong.
After almost five years of martial bliss, Ayesha shared some insight on how to have a Godly marriage, “The advice I’d have is to make sure that regardless of what’s going on individually in your lives, make sure you come together in the evenings and pray together, or just talk about your day. I think communication is just key, and I feel like especially today, with social media and the internet, there’s a lot of distance between people. Make sure you make time for each other as often as you can.”
In a world full of broken marriages, it’s a beautiful thing to see how Stephen and Ayesha honor each other. During Stephen Curry’s MVP speech, he made sure to let the world know just how important his wife’s support is.
Curry shared, “I gotta start with my wife. We met when we were 14, 15 years old in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the last seven, eight years have been amazing. We’ve both grown into adults, we’ve moved cross country together, started a new life, and you’re my backbone. You allowed me to do what I do, to focus on my basketball, my career, and still have a family. The sacrifices you made are unbelievable. And I can’t thank you enough for who you are as a person, how you challenge me, how you inspire me every single day… I love you so much that I can’t thank you enough for just being there for me, day in and day out. Whether I have a good game or bad game, we lose or win, I go home and things are good. And that’s comforting to know and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me. You deserve a round of applause, for sure!”
But Ayesha admits that marriage hasn’t always been easy. Being the supportive wife that she is, shortly after their wedding, Ayesha put her acting on hold and said ‘goodbye’ to the career she’d worked so diligently to build, so that she could travel alongside her husband. But the biggest surprise of all came just a few weeks into their marriage.
Ayesha shared, “I was figuring out what my career path was going to be. Then shortly after we got married, I found out we were pregnant with Riley. She was a borderline honeymoon baby. So that became my next move. I struggled with that for a while.”
The young couple felt unprepared, but they knew in their heart of hearts that God’s plan is always best.
On July 19th, 2012 — just eleven days before their first wedding anniversary — the Currys welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Riley Elizabeth Curry.
Life for the new little family-of-three was hectic. But despite Stephen Curry’s busy schedule, they always found a way to be together.
Little Riley eventually received national attention in an adorable post-game interview with her father during the 2015 NBA finals when her father won his first title.
Stephen recalled the moment little Riley stole countless hearts across America, “I have to walk past the family waiting room to get to the interview room, and Riley wanted to hang out with me. She had that look, like she wasn’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer. So I said, all right, come with me. She sat up there, and that’s when her personality shined bright. I tried my best to answer the questions even while feeling under the table and checking out of the corner of my eye — where is Riley? She’s got a great sense of humor. Now she’s the star of the family. If we go somewhere without her, the first question people ask us is, ‘Where’s Riley?’”
Last year, the adorable little family grew from three to four and Riley finally became a big sister. On July 10, 2015, the Currys welcomed their second beautiful baby girl, Ryan Carson Curry.
Early on as a new mom, Ayesha found herself discouraged by all of the negative media surrounding young mothers. Because of this, Mrs. Curry decided to do something about it.
Ayesha shared, “After having my daughter, I kind of made a career change, and so I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do where I could be home with her and still have something for myself.
My main reason for doing all of this, is that I felt like at the time being a mom and being a wife wasn’t considered cool, and maybe it was a little bit looked down upon.
So I decided to start the blog [“Little Lights Of Mine“] just as a place where I could share all of my recipes, because that’s what I do, I love to cook. I figured, why not try and make a career out of it?”
On her blog, Ayesha covers a wide range of topics from recipes like fresh baked bread, to modesty, and her faith in Jesus Christ.
Additionally, Curry launched a few products including olive oil and adorable waterproof aprons, and is currently writing her first book, “The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith and the Joy of Eating Well,” which is scheduled to hit bookshelves nationwide on September 20, 2016.
Aside from being a supportive wife and proud mom, Ayesha is known for having a strong — yet modest — fashion sense. In a world full of half-dressed celebrities willing to bare-all, Mrs. Curry’s powerful stand for modesty is a beautiful thing.
Ayesha recently took to her Twitter account to share her powerful message:
“Everyone’s into barely wearing clothes these days, huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters. Just looking at the latest fashion trends. I’ll take classy over trendy any day of the week. #saturdaynightinsight”
Additionally, Ayesha never misses an opportunity to share her faith. The young mother’s blog is plastered with inspiring messages of hope and some of the proud wife’s favorite Bible verses.
Despite each of their successful careers, the beautiful power-couple remains as humble as they come. And time after time, Stephen and Ayesha Curry prove that their faith in Jesus Christ; their marriage; and their little family comes first.
Just before Mother’s Day, the Curry’s sat down with Parents.com to share the joys (and struggles) of parenthood, and what they had to say couldn’t be more real.
Ayesha shared, “The amount of stuff you get done in a day is insane, Like what were we doing with our time before kids? It’s an event to get all four of us out of the house at once. When we get in the car and we’ve brought everything and everybody has socks on, it’s like a dream come true.”
When it comes to Stephen’s parenting, Ayesha loves that despite his world-renowned basketball skills, he remains down to earth,
“The thing I love about him is that he’s not too cool for school. He’ll get down on the floor and play with the girls. He’ll put on dress-up clothes if he has to, and he’s very patient, which is something I’m not. We balance each other out.”
Despite the chaos of parenting, the Currys encourage others to slow down and enjoy the ride. Stephen shared,
“I think about the milestones from my childhood, and what it will be like to watch our kids go through them. Taking Riley to her first day of school was a whirlwind. I can’t imagine what middle school is going to be like, and high school, and graduation. All those little checkpoints are going to be fun, and there will be ups and downs along the way. Watching our children go through those life experiences is amazing.”
I’m so grateful for godly couples like Stephen and Ayesha Curry, their love and devotion to each other is a breath of fresh air. While reading Ayesha’s powerful stand for modesty and purity, I couldn’t help but think of Proverbs 31:30, which reads,
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Thank you, Ayesha Curry, for reminding the world of what true beauty looks like. Your unashamed faith in Jesus Christ; unwavering support for your husband, and love for your daughters is a beautiful thing to behold. America needs more women like Ayesha Curry, please share if you agree!
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