Sunday, August 28, 2011


I've never been one to enjoy change. Change is hard for me. I enjoy the regularity of the same routine every day, the same job, the same people in my life, and the same old things. Most of the times I've been stressed throughout my life have been due to change. I had mono the first few months of my freshman year at BYU. Come to find out I had caught it b/c of the stress I was feeling from many different changes I had experienced in such a short amount of time.

Well, I'm going through a lot of change lately. A lot. I'm feeling nervous and excited all of the time. Some of the changes I'm making are:

1. Quit a WONDERFUL job to do an internship for graduation
2. Not having a job, and therefore, living off of only Rob's income
3. Grandpa Shaw died last week, and we're missing him
4. Saying goodbye to people I've grown to love b/c life goes on, and people go different ways
5. Getting ready to meet a lot of new people (mostly senior citizens) and hoping they like me
6. Rob has a lot of night classes, so we will have less time together each day
7. Still getting use to our nursery calling. Loving it, but each week brings new surprises
8. Looking forward to graduation and feeling lost on where I'll end up when it's all over

Though change is hard for me, I'm grateful for the things I learn through it all. Yes, sometimes I have to say goodbye to some people, but other people quickly come into my life, and I'm grateful for them. It's amazing how much change can refine and strengthen us. We learn more about who we are and what we are capable of. Though I dislike change, everything always turns out right.

Elder Marvin J. Ashton said,
"Yes, there is pain in change , but there is also great satisfaction in recognizing that progress is being achieved. Life is a series of hills and valleys and often the best growth comes in the valleys."

So here's to change, new experiences, and growth!


  1. i'd like to pull an 'efy moment' and relate ashton's quote to an experience i had this weekend.

    i hiked timp! crazy, right? anyway, i realized that although the hike up was painful, long, dark, and treacherous...the view at the end of the 'hill' was incredible and definitely worth the pain i was feeling in the 'valley'.

    i, too, have experienced a lot of change in the past couple of months and i'm sure i'm not out of the storm yet, but i do know that change is for our benenfit. the lord requires a lot of change on our parts for us to be worthy of his kindgom. we cannot become who he needs (and wants) us to become if we do not allow ourselves to change and be changed.

    i love you, tiff!

  2. Oh you guys are amazing! Thanks for always being such a good example of how to look on the positive side of everything! Love you!

  3. Hey cute girl! You are such a positive thinker. I love reading your posts and learning so much from them. You are wonderful. I hope that I get to see you soon. And by the way... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!