Hey Y'all!

I am Texan, Jesus LOVER, Widow, Wife, Mother and Stepmother, Friend and one who loves deeply and who has a lot to share.

I wrote most of the content here during the most difficult season of my life, the sudden loss of my husband of 18 years, Pastor Todd Wortham in August of 2011. As God has proven so faithful, He has provided beauty from the ashes and 7 years later I am know remarried to my Boaz, Jeff Dayton, and we are now living in Charlotte, NC with our children. I hope to get back to writing and pick up where my story left off. Thank you for being patient while Live For More is a working out some kinks…more to come!


The power of the written word

The power of the written word


In a day and age of texting, emails, tweets and Facebook messaging the written word does not seem to be as popular.  I like a lot of the world  text, tweet, blog, Facebook and all that stuff but I do still love to receive a written word in the form of a card or letter.  I am trying to remember that there are others who love to hold a card or hand written not in their hand as much as I do, so I hope to write more personal notes in the future instead of relying on convenience.  After losing Todd I realized how much more I cherish the cards, letter and hand written notes I received from him and how I wished I had not thrown anything away ever!  That's why I was thrilled to tears when I opened a Bible I had not used in a while and I found the following words written on a piece of paper by my precious husband. What a joy life has been with you.  I really can't imagine going on this journey loving and caring for people with anyone else.  You are not just my wife you are a faithful disciple.  Your actions and attitude bring great encouragement to me, the family and the church. I am so proud of who you are and how you represent me.  I love and adore you!

Your devoted husband,


This note was written on August 9, 2009 exactly three years ago today and just 4 weeks before Wells Branch Community Church would launch and open its doors for the very first service.  No matter what I was feeling before I received that note, in an instant I knew my husband was proud of me, that he loved me and wanted no other to walk this journey with him, WOW!!

SO as I sit here 3 years later getting ready to mark the year anniversary of Todds relocation to Heaven, I am overwhelmed all over again at the LOVE and PRIDE my husband had in me.  At times I may feel inadequate for the great task that is before me but I read this and remember Todd believed in me and loved me beyond measure.  And my God LOVES and ADORES me more!  And by His great power,  His ability and confidence,  I will make it!  Now that is an AWESOME thought!!

I wonder if you realize just how much your love and adoration toward your own family will impact their lives?  I pray Todd's letter will encourage you and spur you to tell someone you love today in a letter or card just how much they mean to you.  Thanks for allowing me to share this with you!

Praying YOU will find the strength to Live For More too!


The actual letter:



I want to live like that!!!

I want to live like that!!!

Make a wish...

Make a wish...