Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Hey, everybody! Merry Christmas to you. I hope your Christmas eve weekend is off to a good start. We are in Boone, NC with my family. We have a short visit here before we head home for Christmas on Sunday. My dad is riding back with us to Franklin to spend Christmas with us. We are so excited to have him with us in our home. It has been 6 years since he has been able to come to our house (he wasn't able to travel for years when my mom was sick and still with us). Woo hoo! Cuz is coming to town!

I have had some friends from my past lurking around this blog this year. And I just got an email from one of my favorite teachers ever - my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Surber, this past week. You people need to let me know you are out there!

My sister is frying bacon as I type. Just the smell of bacon frying makes me happy. I mean really happy. Is it wrong to enjoy this bacon while my kids are watching Charlotte's Web?

I am so mad that I missed the "Clash of the Choirs' show on NBC. Yes, I read Beth's blog about it. I even made the mistake of calling them during the last 5 minutes of the final show. She was all out of sorts because she thought I was calling about the show (which I wasn't). She loved the show. Rats! Will they re-run it? Somebody let me know if you hear anything about that.

I did watch Duel a couple of times. Did anybody else watch it? I watched because the host - Mike Greenberg - is one of my favorite sports journalists. I listen to him every morning on talk radio. The game was hard to figure out at first. But I liked it. I don't know if it will last, though. Any thoughts? I love game shows, and it's a life goal of mine to be on the Wheel one day. I am a master of the Wheel. Bring it on, Pat and Vanna.

I hope you all saw my best buddy, Denver, take 3rd place on "The Next Great American Band." I am so proud of him. They did a great job. I would have to see him win, of course. But I am glad he is free of having to be bound to all of the contracts that the winner finds themselves tied to. So he is free to do whatever he feels led to do. Yippee...we are proud of you, Denver!

I will close with some Christmas pics of my kids. I hope your Christmas is filled to overflowing with the love and peace that Jesus came to give us all. Blessings to you!


Cindy said...

Hey Travis,

Thought we were going to have to come and drag you out of Cold Stone. :o) Glad to have you back in NC. That is great that your Dad gets to spend Christmas with you in TN. I also missed Clash of the Choirs. I wish I would have watched so I could see what Beth got all excited about. My dream is to be on Deal or No Deal.

Do you know when you will post your 2008 calendar (other than the LPL and WOF dates)? I hope you can make it back close to WNC.

Hope you and your family have a very blessed Christmas.

Cindy in Weaverville

Todd Benkert said...

Merry Christmas from one of your lurking friends from the past :-)

I pray you have a blessed holiday!

boomama said...

If loving bacon is wrong, I don't want to be right.

And I really think you need to start pulling a Patti LaBelle when you lead worship - just kick your shoes right off when the Spirit moves. COME ON, NOW.

Merry Christmas, Cottrells!

Deidre said...

Oh, your children are gorgeous! We're heading into the big town of Boone today (and Blowing Rock, ofcourse - my favorite place on earth to go).

Merry Christmas, Travis to you and your sweet family!

ocean mommy said...

Merry Christmas to your family too.

We LOVED Clash of the Choirs. It was awesome, and over much to quick! It made me realize just how precious singing for Jesus is. I can't imagine life without music and using that passion for music as a way to worship Him. I watched all these incredibly gifted singers from all walks of life singing their hearts out and thought what would I be doing musically if I didn't have Jesus? Where and how would that passion be used? As usual, I just can't watch a show and veg out, I let my heart get all emotionally involved. I'm so weird like that! :)

We were bummed Denver didn't walk away with the win last night, BUT were glad that the Clark Brothers did. (they were our second favorite) Both of those groups are crazy about Jesus and He made all the difference in them during this competition.

Looking forward to hearing you in Atlanta in January! (Our former Worship pastor is letting us come with he and his wife that evening. The owner of Pine Lake Music, I think that's the name, is in his church here around Hotlanta)

Have a very blessed Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Hi Travis,
I just wanted to say we really enjoyed Denver on G.A.B. He did really well, and I was glad, if Denver didn't win, The Clark Brothers DID ! They seem like nice Christian young men!

Merry Christmas!
Kelly S.

Rachel said...

Hello Travis!! We were rooting for Denver and were so proud he did well. I think it's cool that believers in Jesus still won!
Thanks for your Christmas wishes and we send them right back to you - your minsitry is wonderful and we pray that you and your sweet, darling family is so blessed in the New Year with the incredible adventure our Lord Jesus has for you!!! Take care and drive safely! Blessings!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray said...

Childlike wonder...beautiful kids!
Your life reveals the glory of our beautiful Christ. II Cor 4:6,7 a Treasure in a jar of clay that we know the all-surpassing power of what you bring to us is from God. Your music has so brought God to me this year Travis, and I cannot thank you enough. Enjoy every minute of Cuz---sounds so Cajun, my dad was a Cuz. God's hand is so on Denver---we had so hoped he would win. Merry Christmas to you and your fam---you are a man who has opened his humble heart wide (II Cor 6:11).

Darlene R. said...

Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family have a very blessed time together.

Holly said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Who can resist those smiles at your home??

Yes bacon and Charlotte's Web is hilarious!!

I saw one night of the Clash of the Choirs. It was good, but we didn;t have time to watch every night. 'Wish it came on once a week!

I didn't understand Duel. I think my Mama brain needs simplicity for games!

Enjoy your Daddy! Praying over your family!!

connorcolesmom said...

Have a great time with your family and enjoy spending time with your dad. I love the pictures of your children and that sweater Lily Kate has on is so stylin' and cute on her :)
Merry Christmas and God bless,

Patty said...

Trav you missed the best show! Ms. Labelle was showing Jesus and she was moved to kick her shoes off at one point!! I hope they re-run the show because it was so much fun!!

Ahhh, bacon frying. I love that smell and I am cooking a big breakfast on Christmas morning. I also ordered a deep fried turkey for dinner that I am really looking forward to eating!
Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year!!!

Fran said...

Merry Christmas to you too Travis and clan!!! As always, your children's pictures just made me smile....they are each just beautiful!

May God shine brightly in your heart as you share the love of Christ this Christmas.


AbbyLane said...

Merry Christmas Cottrells!!!

Laura and I owe you a kid-free night when we get back... ;)

~Ang said...

Merry Christmas to you all!

Anonymous said...



jennyhope said...

Seriously Travis the Wheel of Fortune tour bus came to bham and i was devastated that I didn't get to try out for the show. LOL! I am not exagerating! =) I have dreamed of being on that show forever. I even made like 5 posts about it.

The kids are so cute! Glad u will get 2 see your dad. merry christmas.

Profbaugh said...

I can't believe you missed clash of the choirs! Oh my. . . what a fun and inspiring show.

Merry Christmas Travis!! May you have a wonderful holy-day celebration with your family. Enjoy the time with you dad in your home!!

Much love from the "Baugh"humbug family,

Anonymous said...

Travis and Angela,
I am moved to say of your kids...not only are they absolutely beautiful and handsdome, but the light of the Lord God is upon them. I can't wait to see and hear from them the words and songs the Lord leads them to minister to the body of Christ. I see a Prophet, a Priest and a Princess Warrior in their eyes.

May they grow up understanding the time and know what to do...


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Cottrells! Enjoy the Boone and we'll see you soon. Don't forget guy's movie night (afternoon) next Friday! Bring your Pops, too!

Kelly S. said...

Merry Christmas, Cottrells! Your children are beautiful. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Season, and how special to get to share it with Dad!!

I'm with Cindy on the '08 schedule. I can't wait to see if you'll be in ETN or WNC. I've promised my girls they get to go next time I do, and they are holding me to it!!

So proud of Denver, they handled themselves so well, and I'm glad I became familiar with their music. They're awesome!!