Raising a Toast

I just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU! I appreciate all the support that I have been given these last few days as I have laid it all out there.  I have been really up and down on whether or not this is the right thing to do. It’s REALLY HARD TO BE SO VULNERABLE. I have never been more open about anything, let alone about something so deep. I whole heartedly want you all to know, I appreciate all the messages, texts, phone calls etc. They have all been very strengthening. At this time, I also want to shout out to those who have now been willing to open up to me. So many of you are going through something that is bringing you so much pain and I am so grateful you have been able to let go of some of that pain through reading my blog or talking to me directly. There are also many of you that have gone through pain indirectly. Maybe from being a friend or family member of mine throughout this process or maybe through your other family and friends. I want you to know, that I am so grateful to you for taking your time to read this and learn about what you too have been going through. I am also so grateful that you have sent my blog to the people that you believe are in need of it. Please continue to do that.

With all this being said, I have been ever so nervous that I might say something that will come across wrong and that I may hurt people’s feelings. Please know that this is just my story and it is just my point of view. I know everyone handles things differently and while I write these posts, it is my intention to try and show all angles. But of course my view will be most dominant because its coming from me. I don’t want anyone to read this blog and feel guilt of any kind. My hope and intention, is to simply teach, educate, inspire and hopefully get people more comfortable to talk. I feel like this is a subject that is so misunderstood and I have felt so strongly that I needed to help educate as many people as possible and that includes myself.

I also want to give a shout out to my amazing husband who has gone through this journey with me and is now supporting me as I write our life’s secrets to the world. I truly cannot be more amazed by the person that he is. He is my strength, my light and my best friend.

With all this being said, let us raise a toast to life. Let’s toast to the joy and the pain, the sun and the rain and all the stuff in between. Let’s toast to our heartache and sorrow,  the unexpected tomorrow and all the knowledge we gain. Let’s toast to our Savior above, his example of love and our efforts to be like him. And lastly let’s toast that we may have trust in him as we repeat all of this time and time again.


2 thoughts on “Raising a Toast

  1. Sarah Ostler March 26, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Beautifully written and expressed. Love reading this everyday and feeling your depth of life, its ups and downs and inbetweens! Through all of your experiences the love and joy come shining through as you testify of your hope in the savior! Love you so much!

    I apologize to all of the readers for the attractive family pics in the car, but hope you, got a good laugh. Andy is fast with that camera when he is in an imp mood, but of course we were the perfect models 😉


    • bekaphilipp March 28, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Thanks so much mom! I appreciate you reading this and also helping me through this! As for the pics, I think it should be me apologizing to you. I just couldn’t help myself. Ha Ha!


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