“Love you more than life” originated when I was 9 years old, and Dad began writing to me almost every day from Huntsville State Prison, signing off each letter with “LYMTL”. Little did he know how that simple catchphrase would foreshadow his last words in the spring of 1999 – Prayers for Mom and I instead of for his own life to be saved – And unravel a thread of love and sacrifice that I would one day be able to trace throughout my entire existence.

It later became a new tattoo, a tribute I chose to have permanently marked inside my lower lip. I often forget it’s there, but I’ll never forget his love.

It was resurrected when my husband, Zack, made his final decision one night that pursuing a life together was worth whatever potential risks that both of us loving with Cystic Fibrosis, the genetic terminal illness we were both born with, might bring.

But most importantly, Christ embodied this truth when He took my sins upon Himself and died in my place, on the cross that I deserved, so that I may have the remarkable privilege of walking daily, and one day spending eternity, with Him.

This is my story of a life almost lost, my redemption, and its cost, and the lifelong discovery of who our Real Dad really is, along with all He created us to be… Because He loves us more than life.

Love You More Than Life: A Memoir
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