Thursday, October 16, 2008

Go to 50 States: Check.

Hey, everybody. Checking in from Delaware. We are doing well. I slept until almost 10, eastern time. What? I can't believe it. So glad to wake up on my own and feel rested. For some reason, though, my voice is really tired today. Must have overtalked during our day off. Imagine that. Could also be the vast amounts of unhealthy food I ate yesterday, topped off with one of the most delicious pieces of red velvet cake I have ever eaten, last night at about 9pm. We stopped for a quick dessert in some little cafe in NYC. Had a great time laughing and eating. There was a man there who apparently has no fear of making any bodily sounds in a public place. We got to laughing so hard, I thought we were going to throw us out. And for some reason, I felt really codependent, and didn't want to laugh, because I didn't want the man to feel bad. Of course, it was his own choice to emit said sounds in a PUBLIC RESTAURANT. But still. My sincere desire to keep our tickledness on the down low only made us laugh more.

So Delaware is the last of the 50 states for me to visit. I can't really believe I have been across this whole country. I am so thankful for every second of ministry in every state that I have been privileged to be a part of. I have some favorite places...but I can say this: our country is beautiful. Every corner. Every mountain. Every city. Every countryside. Every flat land. Every shore.

From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans...

Nevermind.

Anyway, I am a thankful man this morning.

Here are some pics from our day off in the city:

These two guys keep us rolling. Ron and Rich. They are AMAZING.



Rich takes great pictures too, by the way.



It would be too easy to say that we were jumping for joy. So I won't.



Ate dinner here. It was good. And I PROMISE you that the Soup Nazi's apprentice works there.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ummm, Trav, that sore throat you are getting is probably God getting you back for stopping at Dunkin's yesterday and being mean to Bethie! (She told on you on her post! LOL)

Seriously, dude, as a vocal coach, I feel the need to tell you this.... take care of your "instrument"... it's the only one you'll ever get! Drink lots of WATER.... don't talk too much today... Stay away from the sugar and junk food...

Holly said...

Praying for your voice. Praying for God to open all the pipes for a marvelous display of His splendor tonight.

PS Congratulations on a job well done--50 states and only God knows how many hearts have come to know Christ through your ministry and Beth's. Praise Jesus!

Anonymous said...

What!! You are not going to Conn

Kelli said...

LOVE the jumping picture... :)

jennyhope said...

I love the pics and that cracks me up about the soup Nazi's. They just don't have our southern hospitality.

ocean mommy said...

I'm so glad you all had FUN on your play day. Just read Beth's play by play and laughed so hard at the Dunkin' Driving.

Praying for you all tonight!

stephanie

Anonymous said...

Travis, I know you're a guy, but please, more details. Beth's post is hilarious and I want to hear your side of the adventure. Y'all are so very blessed to have this group. I know you know that, but gosh, it gets a girl right here, ya know? Talk about koinonia.

My study group just watched the first installment of Stepping Up. I had no idea you were leading worship. What a wonderful treat. I raved so much about you, I think you'll see CD sales rising in a certain area of Arizona. Absolutely LOVE the Christmas CD. Especially can relate to the "Christmas emotion." I was in tears for much of the CD - in a good, worshipful and grateful way.

See? Details aren't so hard!
Blessings onya, dear bro. Praying for the throat, too.
e in AZ

hisfivefooter said...

I'm not praying for your voice, for I believe it is a gift, but I am praying for your selfish and I must admit, somewhat vengeful? attitude by Not Getting Dunkin Donuts for You Know Who. Made it worse by sending pics! Ouch! Zing! The least you could was pre-warn her you were going to stop! And I thought you were SOOOOO spiritual! LOL! Heard you made some serious Wardrobe Investments! Pics please- the fact that even Beth thought you had good taste, was saying something! Me and jennyhope were waiting for fashion pictures! Between Beth's fuzzy slippers, cute boots (which were made for walking) and stuff from Strawberry, well...such vain imaginations on my part! Buying your Christmas album off of i-tunes. LifeWay, if you can believe it, doesn't have your CD in yet! Has Dino, but not you! Zing! That's gotta hurt! Praying for all of you daily!
Lisa in Kirkland, WA

davec777 said...

Love the pictures! Take care of yourself!

Abby said...

awww why the restraint...take your hands out of your pockets :)

Inksstillwet said...

Looks like y'all are having a wonderful time! So beautiful there this time of year. The jumping pic is hilarious. What an honor to serve the country in the way that y'all have done! May He continue to show off as He does so well!
Blessings, Amy in OK

Cameron Magee said...

Get that voice in check, man. With you in all of our prayers, I have faith that the LORD will clear you up, and get those vocal chords in shape for the next stop on the tour.

I am loving keeping up with you through this blog, and seeing all these photos of the bunch along the way!

Have fun man, I'll be mentioning you and your 50-state achievement on the air today!

Wow, even Hawaii and Alaska, NICE!

Kelly S. said...

First thing that came to mind from the pics: "Ya'll ain't got a lick of sense". (that is totally a complement)

Congratulations on 50 states in 10 years!!!
praying for your voice!

Wanda said...

Awwwww! Sound effects at the restaraunt? Bless his heart! heehee!

Love the pictures!

Party on.....LPL crew!

You deserve it!

Dionna said...

I have been hungry for Dunkin Donuts ever since Beth's post. Just sayin.
You all have such a blast together. I want to hear about the fun new clothes you got! :)
I think it's so cool that you've been able to go to all 50 states. We went on a family road trip this summe and I got to see about 15 states - went as far as Nashville, Kentucky, Chicago - etc (I'm from Idaho). You are so right. This is an amazingly beautiful and diverse country. I love the rugged mountains and I love the beautiful plains. I am so hungry to see more.

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Love, love that jumpy picture. I want one too! Hmm...gotta go talk to my sis, who's a professional photographer.

Profbaugh said...

NYC! I am so jealous (in a godly way of course). Love the pix and the stories. I think I'm living vicariously through you, Beth, praise team and support staff. You all are having WAY TOO much fun!!

Love ya lots,
~Cheryl

whittakerwoman said...

One day...I will be to all 50! Congrats. So...What one is your favorite? H

all4boys said...

I love the pic of you and Beth jumping for joy. Crazy! Y'all look like y'all are havin' a blast!!!!

Adam said...

Sooooo depending on where in DE you are.. Potentially maybe like an hour away...
Those pics from NYC look great. We only live like 1hr 45min from the city but we havent been there in like 4 years... such a good time.

Anonymous said...

soup nazi???? was elaine there? yadda yadda yadda..no soup for you!

ha ha ha...karon mathews
seinfeld fan

twinkle said...

Father in heaven, restore Travis' voice and let him sing praises to You tonight better than ever! Let Your Holy Spirit write on the hearts of the ones who are there using Travis and the praise team along with Beth and her mighty passion for Jesus. Thank You so much for giving them the strength and the talent to share Christ in all these states. Continue reaping a harvest from every seed You have planted through them. How humbled I am at Your Great Love for me and for all of these passionate pilgrims traveling through life serving You. Bless them, Lord. Bless them indeed. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Tara said...

Hilarious pictures! Thank you for sharing- What a fun day you had!

And I agree: What a beautiful country we live in...

Praying for your voice, Travis...

boomama said...

"...keep our tickledness on the down low" keeps making me very tickled.

Lindsee said...

I love that you say "tickled", because I do to. And frankly, I get way too tickled at the most inappropriate times, also. And then of course, the laughter does anything but subside.

Glad y'all are having a fabulous time!

Love the pics!

Lindsee