September Printable --- FREE

The verse I'm sharing today has historically been my very favorite verse of all. :) I love the promise of strength that comes from trusting and hoping in the Lord.  I love the poetry in the phrasing and the imagery of the eagle, one of my favorite animals.

Hope you enjoy the art!


Just download, print at home or at a copy&print center, and frame!
Click here to download this FREE 5x7 print!

This print is free for the month of September,
after which it will be listed in my shop for $5.
Remember, all of the previous free prints offered
here are now available for purchase in my shop!

Our Story -- Part 3

So sorry for the length of time in between posts.  It's been a busy summer!


Over the next few months, Drew and I became better friends.  At the youth leaders' Christmas party, which I attended as a student leader, I realized I had a crush on him.  I felt like the silliest girl on earth -- because it was like every other girl in the youth group also liked him -- but he had such a dynamic, magnetic personality, that it seemed out of my control!

One of my friends somehow got his phone number and showed me with the biggest smile on her face, ready to share if I wanted it, too.  Not that we planned on using it, ever, but we were giddy with the possession of something so personal.  I didn't copy it down, though; the only way I wanted that information was if Drew gave it to me himself.

And a couple weeks later, he did.  We were at some youth event, and it was so nonchalant.  Like, "Hey, in case you need to reach me, or in case we get separated, here's my cell."  (I, of course, gave him mine in return.)

I was so triumphant... and completely aware of how idiotic it was!

And then he started texting me, which was just becoming popular.  We had an ongoing argument over which texting method was faster, ABC (which he used) or T9 (which I used); it finally resulted in a text-off... in which T9 won.  Duh.  We also exchanged IM screen names at some point and we would chat while he was in one of his law classes.  (Not recommended, y'all -- Drew claimes that was the only class he didn't do well in.)

For my 17th birthday, he got me a little dreidel, which was kind of an inside joke between us.  I still have no idea where he found one in March, but he somehow managed it.

People started asking me about him and it was always awkward.  How was I supposed to respond?!  "Oh, yeah, I really like him, but I'm 16/17 and he's 23!"  Plus, he was always really friendly to everyone, so I never felt like I got special attention from him.  In my mind, it was always completely one-sided.  I mean, it would be weird if he liked me back, right?!

In May, Drew went back to Texas for the summer.  The first two months of the summer, we talked on the phone regularly, maybe 5 nights a week.  I got home from work between 11 and 11:30 every night and he would call me and we would chat late into the night.

And then one day, I asked myself what I was doing.  I knew if we kept talking this frequently, I was going to start liking him too much and that it was going to hurt a heck of a lot when the inevitable happened.  Suddenly, I became convinced that he was going to meet someone that summer.  He was probably even going to come back engaged.

So I decided to cut the friendship off then and there.  I stopped answering most of his calls, and when I did pick up, I never allowed the conversation to last more than a couple of minutes.  My friend and I were going on an overseas missions trip in July, and I kept making excuses that I needed to pack or prepare.

Finally Drew got the hint.  His calls tapered off, and so did the texting.  And by the time I left for Bulgaria, I felt like I was completely over him.

I'd love to say I had a hard time letting him go, that he was hard to forget, that I thought of him all the time.  But if I'm honest, I hardly thought about him at all the rest of the summer.

The first time I saw him at church that fall, I felt a little zing of excitement, but I quickly pushed it away, firmly telling myself that we weren't friends anymore.

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) for me, nobody had ever told Drew that.

. . . to be continued . . .

New Etsy Shop!

I'm super stoked to announce the opening of my Etsy shop!  WHEE!

There isn't much there yet, but I'm happily working away on some new designs!  Eventually I hope to have invitations and more, but for now it's just prints.

If you missed any of the free prints I've posted here since March, I have them listed in the shop at $5 each.  Going forward, all of the free prints posted at Sufficient Grace will be available for a month before I move them to the shop to be sold, so check back here at least once a month to see what I've got new for you! ;)


Sunday Beach Trip

This past Sunday, we took the kids to the beach.  In our three years of living in Houston, we've only made the hour-long drive a handful of times.  I don't really know why, other than the fact that Drew and I aren't that into beaches.  (Seriously, we went snow-skiing on our honeymoon.)

The kids, on the other hand, absolutely love the beach.  And I found myself enjoying it a whole lot more through their eyes and experiences!  I can't wait to go again! 

Building sandcastles with Daddy was a highlight!
This kid is a fish.
She's not afraid to get a little dirty. ;)
Last time we were at the beach, he wasn't walking.  This time, he was running.
Mr. Independence.
Everything is more fun with a giant shovel.
Beach princess.
Daddy's devoted little helper.
My heart!
Favorite shot of the day.  I love the adventurous spirit that Drew is cultivating in our son.

August Printable --- FREE

Today I'm sharing a verse that has been a source of encouragement to me for a while.  Whenever I read this scripture, it brings to mind Psalm 46:10:  "Be still, and know that I am God..."  

What a great reminder that when I am still, trusting in the fact that He is the Lord, I don't have to worry because He is fighting for me.  It makes me feel peace in the midst of all the things that I face daily, knowing that I have a righteous advocate who speaks to the Father in my defense.  Ah!  Love it!

I hope this verse comforts you as much as it does me!  Happy printing!


Just download, print at home or at a copy&print center, and frame!
Click here to download this FREE 5x7 print!

This print is free for the month of August, after which
it will be listed for purchase in my Etsy shop for $5.
(Etsy shop is currently being stocked!  Yay!)

All previous free prints will be retired to the shop on August 8.
If you want them for free, download them today!