I will be the first to admit I hate change. I love the way things are, especially when it comes to my family. Each of these pictures has been a little tricky for me to take, but especially picture 3.
Life is full of many things, especially lasts. Last day of school, last game, last kid at home, last night without the missionary tag, last day at home with the family all together, and the list goes on. But what we often forget is that each of these lasts have to happen before the firsts can begin.
First day of the new job, first night in the new house, first grandkid, first area, first mission companion, and that list goes on.
I have a hard time with the firsts because they're so unknown, they lack all of the comfort of lasts. The thing about firsts is they lead to some of the very best things in life you didn't even know needed, but lasts can make you worry that things will never be that way again.
While all of those things are true there is one thing that comforts me through all the first and lasts. That is that with the gospel there may be firsts lasts, seconds, thirds, but NEVER ends. The Savior and Heavenly Father have paved the way through their beautiful plan to keep the most important things in our lives eternal. I remember how much knowing I was sealed to my family in the temple helped me be fearless when I began my journey as a missionary and now it's what helps me look beyond my silly big sister sadness and focus on the exciting futures of both my little brothers and my parents as they too have new firsts around the corner.
Because I know no matter how much things change one thing will be the same and that is the fact that I have these goofballs for eternity and I've never been more grateful for that knowledge and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints being something that I've always had in my life.