Ring the Bells

Hey everyone! It’s an extraordinarily beautiful, almost-fall day in Houston, Texas. Jackson and I got to enjoy a long walk on the Rice University campus with some friends earlier today. He just woke up from his nap asking for candy corns and his Bibby will be happy to know I obliged. Curtis is taking a quick nap before he goes to our church to teach Wednesday night Bible study on the life of Elijah. I am getting ready to run to the store and grab a mini pumpkin for Jackson for his MDO’s pumpkin patch tomorrow. We are still sniffling a little but we’re on the mend. I hope you all are doing well on this Wednesday afternoon.

There’s been some major buzz online about our dear friend Travis Cottrell’s newest project and I don’t want any of our peeps to miss out! Travis’ Christmas CD, Ring the Bells, was released today. Way to go, Trav! You can read a review of it here on the CCM Magazine web site. You can find the CD in stores, on Travis’ web site, and on iTunes.

Curtis starts humming Christmas songs in July and by October he’s singing them outright and playing them on the guitar. Last night it was “O Come All Ye Faithful.” My man will soon have some CD’s in our LPM online store, but I assure you they won’t be of him singing. We’ll leave that to Travis!



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  1. 1
    Dori says:

    I’m with Curtis! I leave my Christmas selections on my iPod all year long. I just love the interesting looks from my kids and husband when “O Holy Night” comes blasting through the speakers during “dinner cooking” time in mid-July!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait to download my friend’s CD from iTunes in a few minutes. Hearing TRAV sing “O HOLY NIGHT” is one of my most favorite things of the Christmas season!!! Can’t wait.

    Blessings, friend!

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    Toknowhim says:

    Planning on buying it at my local Christian bookstore, and if they don’t have it I will order it online. I got chills listening to some of sample tracks online..

  3. 3
    Hiker Mama says:

    That is sooo exciting…I am sure that it is wonderful as usual!

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    Keri says:

    Yippee!! Will he be singing any of these at Converge in December? Looking forward to it!

    So glad to hear you are feeling better! Perfect weather for football!

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    Chelle says:

    I’ll have to find Travis’ Christmas CD in my area. I love Christmas music and have a huge collection. Thanks for the information.

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    Emmy says:

    Listened to it online yesterday… it is amazing! Can’t wait to get it! Yeah Travis!

    Glad you all are feeling better and in no more need of the Neti Pot! Stick to the tea! : )

    Speaking of hot tea… watched first Stepping Up Video last week and I just adored the story of how you, your Mom and Melissa would drink comfort drinks while chatting and soaking your feet in the tub! I just had to do that with my girls… so about 9:00 the other night I made some hot tea and called my girls(9 and 15) in my bathroom… they were like what are you doing? I drew some bath water and put some peppermint oil in it and we sat and soaked our feet and chatted… it was so precious!

    Love all my siestas! Emmy : )

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    Anonymous says:

    Hi Amanda,

    So glad you all are on the mend. You never would have know in last nights LIT class he was feeling puny. The Spirit of the Lord was all over him. He is such a blessing to LPM. Will keep lifting you all up in prayer that nary a sniffle is left to be found.


    Christine R.
    Houston Siesta

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    ForHisGlory says:

    Bought it last night on itunes!!! Blessings! Tiffany

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    KDLOST says:

    That sounds good! Will have to check it out! WE LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC!! My 2 year old can be found dancing around to Christmas tunes in the living room any time of year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cheryl Barker says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, Amanda. I love Christmas music, too. I sing “O come let us adore Him” all year round to the Lord!

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    Bennett says:

    Woohoo! I can’t wait to hear Travis’ Christmas album (and possibly Curtis’ stuff soon)!

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    Kristy says:

    Here in Louisiana, we are having an almost fall day as well, cool and breezy – absolutely beautiful!! Sounds like a happy family day!

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    Aunt Rhody says:

    I can’t wait to buy this! On another subject, however (since I have no idea how to communicate with Beth any other way) I saw the second DVD of Part 2 of Wising Up this morning and was SO BLESSED. Wising up at work–what a novel concept! Having a great attitude, energy, being persuasive in a sweet manner, standing before kings as women who learn our jobs thoroughly–reminds me of Sarah Palin, no?

    As a violinist and music teacher, I have been in position to see those with bad attitudes fired on the spot. I have seen those who play well inspire abilities in me that I didn’t know I had. I have played before administrators and governors and heads of corporations and even Miss America (long ago, when I was in college), and thought of that verse when I was not inspired to be disciplined and practice as I should have. But, there is always more, and I was also convicted to push ahead and learn more in areas where I have been afraid. Thank you, Beth for this important teaching!

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    Patty says:

    I am glad you are feeling better and I wonder what costume Jackson will wear this year? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love to hear Curtis’ teaching on Elijah because that is where God has me in the Word right now. Is it being taped?

    My friend bought me Travis Cottrell’s Christmas cd and I can’t wait to get it. I have been listening to Christmas music for awhile and I love listening to the Carpenters Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a great night. Pray for me because I haven’t felt well all week. Sinus issues and stomach issues. Yuk!


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    pam b from sc says:

    Oh, don’t tease! Is your hubby really going to have some teaching CDs on the LPM website?

    Joy! Joy! Joy!

    Now I’ve got the Christmas spirit!

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    Anonymous says:

    Glad to hear you guys are on the mend Amanda…. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Will definitely check out Travis’
    CD. Can’t wait….it sure is hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner. Where does the time go.
    Enjoy your fall…we here in NO MI are going to be enjoying some bodacious colors in the next two weeks. Then of course comes the work…raking up those bodacious colors.
    Blessings from NO MI
    Bible Bunny up here

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    acer4u73 says:

    i’ve tried getting the cd on itunes but my computer has been doing weird things. i will wait until i see it here:}

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    Go-Between says:

    How Wonderful! Thanks for the heads up! I’m with your husband – we are already listening to Christmas songs and we just watched White Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, we love Christams songs cause they are so full of hope! And who couldn’t use a little more hope! I know we can!
    Glad you are feeling better!

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    bethany says:

    I had the joy and blessing of being front row at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Ca. this weekend to see our own Miesta Travis along with Max Lucado, Anthony Evans, Mandissa, Sandy Patti, and Nicole Johnson for the 3:16 Live Event. It was so awesome and my favorite part of the evening was listening to Travis sing! I had the opportunity to purchase the christmas CD at the event but only had a little bit of money so bought the “found” CD instead! I wish that I could have bought both!
    I’ll definately get the christmas one soon though!
    BTY: I am a year round christmas music listener too! Love the music!

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    Abby says:

    christmas music and fall weather…not a better combination out there ๐Ÿ™‚ …well i lied…add a pumpkin spice latte and then we’re closing in on perfection ๐Ÿ˜‰

    glad you’re feeling better. i just told my best friend that i was about to throw up from my candy corn indulgence today. no. self. control. going to pray about that now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    love ya’ll

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    Karen says:

    Your husband isn’t the only one with the early holiday music playing! We already have Christmas music playing here at our house! Yep – started that a couple of days ago I do believe. I’ve already been in the mood for some Christmas movies as well. In fact, wanted to watch a particular one the other day but couldn’t find it at the library. Stink! (Like your Mom might say here, if saying “stink” is bad I surely don’t know about it!) Last year, my family (my husband, myself, and our children) started a new tradition for Thanksgiving. It was our first time actually celebrating Thanksgiving by ourselves. We usually travel to my family get-together for Thanksgiving but couldn’t last year. We made a big Thanksgiving meal together. I have such fond memories of turkey baking in the oven all night and waking up to the wonderful smell that permeated the house. We did the same – cooked the turkey all night. Oh it was wonderful! For our meal, we brought out the china that was my grandmother’s. We used nice stem glasses for our drinks. During the few days leading up to Thanksgiving we watched various Christmas movies. Then on Thanksgiving Day we saved our favorites for a traditional Christmas movie marathon: “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye – “It’s a Wonderful Life” with James Stewart – and I believe we watched “Christmas in Connecticut” with Barbara Stanwyck and/or “Holiday Inn” with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. As you can tell, we love old movies. Anyway….I do absolutely LOVE this time of year. Fall is my all-time favorite season. I love the crispness in the air, the beautiful display of colors the leaves bring, the smell of bonfires, nice warm soups to warm you up, the smell of spiced candles burning peacefully in the house, snuggling up under a warm comfy quilt, and pulling out the sweatshirts and sweaters! Oh yeah – I love Autumn!!!!! Just a sidenote – as if this post weren’t already long enough. We made a major move this year and now live in the same town my parent’s live in! I love it! This year, we will get to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family and will probably still do our tradition that we started last year – just probably the day before.

    Happy Autumn and looking forward to a Winter Wonderland ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Fran says:

    I CANNOT wait to get my CD. I’m thinking I’ll give some away to my boys teachers as Christmas gifts. I’m ready for some Christmas!! So proud of Travis. Can’t wait to get my ears on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ashley Griffin says:

    I love Travis. And I can’t wait for it to be Christmas time!!

    Way to go Trav!

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    Shell in the City says:

    I just listened to the CD on Travis’ website. It is awesome!! I am definitely going to buy it. I LOVE getting new Christmas CD’s every year!!

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    Rebecca says:

    Im the same way as curtis! I listion to CHRISTmas songs year around on my ipod! LOL i love it! It was a beautiful fall day here in Colorado too! i love the fall! I cant wait to get travis’s new CD! Im way excited! Congrats Travis! I love ALL of you girls! The moore’s, Jones, I cant spell melisa’s new name, and all you other siestas! U all mean so much to me!

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    Moose Mama says:

    Just ordered the CD. I listen to Travis’s music at work, in my car, on my ipod. Love, Love, Love his music.


  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    We are planning to get the CD also. However, we are even more excited, Travis and others will be traveling to my church (Camp Hill, PA) in December to sing it live. A little side note: Our music ministry pastor told the choir about the concert and my husband and good friend are in the choir, so I go in to listen to the choir after bible study last wednesday, to wait for my husband. When they were finished, my good friend came charging down the platform and down the center aisle to the back of the church where I was sitting, and said, “You will never believe who is coming to our church in December” I said who? She screamed…TRAVIS! We both screamed. Needless to say, we are very excited to hear him. My friend and I went to Rhode Island to see Beth and worship with Travis’ team. We were blessed in every way. And Beth, I remember….God gives you “Everything You Need” to do it His way. That is so true! Thank you. God Bless.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    I am going in the morning to get mine. Love Travis. Thanks for the heads up!

    Forever His,

    Phil 4:8

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    JoAnn D says:

    My five year old grand daughter, Summer, made me laugh the other day. She knows Beth Moore from the videos she sees me watch and one time asked me if Beth liked kids. I said “Are you kidding? She loves kids!” So recently, on our way to meet an aunt she doesn’t know she asked me did this lady like kids. I said “Oh yes, she likes kids very much!” Then Summer queried: “As much as Beth Moore does?” I laughed and said “Well maybe not THAT much!” So your mom is now the gold standard in measuring adults who are kid-friendly!
    JoAnn D, Norfolk, VA

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    jennyhope says:

    I was shocked when I saw it out on Sunday night!! I am so excited!!

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    Melanie says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to get my copy! Love, love, LOVE Travis’ music.

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    donna says:

    I bought the cd on Travis’s web site! I havn’t gotten it in the mail yet but am looking forward to it. If you go to his website you can also buy an Freedom Bell for $10.00 and they will send an “American Heroes” New Testament bible to an American Solder serving around the world!

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    Terri_in_Alabama says:

    I pre-ordered the CD from Travis’ website. My copy of it was delivered on my doorstep this past weekend. All I have to say is that it is totally awesome!

    Glad y’all are feeling better! The sinusey kind of stuff is really, really bad this year.


  34. 34
    Travis says:

    Thank you, Amanda!

    I have some CD’s coming your way, to the office…

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    Kiki says:

    Thanks for letting us know! I have a Christmas playlist on my ipod, and in fact, was listening to Christmas tunes last evening. I especially love Avalon’s Christmas CD and will be happy to add Travis to my collection!

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    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Yay, beautiful day:) I am blessed to know you are on the mend, Little Momma and fam! Oh, this makes me happy! I really like Travis’ music! Good:) I will be looking for Curtis’ CDs:)

    Have a blessed day, ya’ll:)

    Luke 7:50(AMP); Psalm 68:9-10,19-20(AMP)

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    Anonymous says:

    I’ve never heard his music before; but I plan to visit the Lifeway christian music store soon and check it out. This could be a great Christmas gift idea! It’s been rainy in our area but not stormy thank goodness! God Bless!

  38. 38
    Sooz says:

    Woohoo..saw this the other day while reading BooMama’s blog. So exciting and I just love the name of the CD. That song is great!
    Love it!

  39. 39
    Deanna says:

    Glad y’all are on the mend. Can’t wait to get Trav’s CD. I’ve been playing Christmas music at work for a couple of weeks now. I’m happy to hear there are other Christmas music nuts out there too. LOL!!!

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    Susan Williams says:

    Kristy’s right… it’s a beautiful day in Louisiana today!

    YAY! Travis has a Christmas CD! I listen to only Christmas music from Thanksgiving until… well… until I’m ready to listen to something else. I can’t wait to hear it!

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    aguhmom says:

    sweet sistas – if you love the sound of Josh Groban – you will
    love even more the sound of Travis

    the difference is you are in
    TOTAL WORSHIP MODE the whole way
    through this cd
    you will be transported to the
    feet of Christ in gentle love


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    Sister In Christ in Fort Smith says:

    I received the 2 c.d.’s I’d ordered off Travis’ website on Tuesday. That night I sat down and listened to the whole thing and it is wonderful. You will be blessed by it, even in October!


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    Lucy says:

    I got my preordered copy in the mail on Monday and have been listening to it since and I love it. It has 2 of my all time favorite Christmas Songs on it and I love Travis’ song Jesus Saves. I am enjoying it. Thanks Travis!!

  44. 44
    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    Curtis ~ You are my Christmas singing hero!!! I start singing in July. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yummy candy corns for Jackson!

    Candy corn is one of my favorites and I have them ALWAYS sitting out during the BER MONTHS, FALL A DAYS & HARVEST SEASON!

    Someone asked me " what are the BER MONTHS "
    SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER!!!!!!!

    Precious Amanda, I am pleased to hear that you and your "2" boys are feeling better.
    *Sniff salt water and it will give you a quick recovery.
    Thank you to all the sweet Siesta's that have left me email notes regarding the LOSS OF SASSY our Cat!
    BETHANY brought tears to my eyes by her sweet words and prayers! JC too!!!

    Beth & Keith I now understand how you felt after the passing of your precious Beanie and Sunny dogs.

    Beth, Amanda, Melissa ~ Thanks again for this LPM BLOG that Siesta's of the world can share our hearts and love of JESUS with uplifting friendships and Covenants together!

    With "Heaven Bound" blessings,
    Kim Safina

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    Jennifer San Marcos says:

    Thank you for letting us know about this! I love to hear Travis sing and I can only imagine how wonderful this CD will be.

    The praise band at our church sang “Go Tell it on the Mountain” a couple of weeks ago. It’s amazing how these “Christmas” songs can be year-round praise songs.

    God Bless,


  46. 46
    Kimberly and Grace says:

    I can’t wait to get his CD. We all love Travis in our family. Grace and I were listening to him on the way to church last night and she said, “Mama, can you believe we were so close to him? He was right there in front of us!” (San Antonio) It was so cute. Yep…we love him!

    Glad to hear you all are feeling better. We all had a stomach thing last week. No fun!


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    Nesha says:

    I will download it tonight!! I have heard some of the tracks and I can’t wait to listen to them all.
    My husband has already pulled out the christmas movies to watch. I don’t think I am ready for them just yet.

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    cindy says:

    Just beautiful!

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    Anonymous says:

    If its not to personal to ask, how did “Bibby” come about? Just curious!

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    Shell in the City says:

    I just bought the CD today..love it!!

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