Photo Re-Cap (February – May 2016)

Hello friends!

A short blog post, I know—but you will have get the scoop on family happenings in the next ministry update! (You are subscribed, right? 🙂 ) I have had a number of photos sitting in a folder—waiting patiently to be shared—that I’ve conglomerated into this small gallery. Several of them are from friends on Facebook, others from Mom’s phone, and then the rest were snapped on the family camera (thus the different looks!). There are so many stories connected with each of these photos and adventures, but regrettably I don’t have the time to highlight them all. The pictures will just have to do the talking for me.

Enjoy this run-down of happenings from our Florida trip in February to just two weeks ago!

Blessings to you all!

Taylor for TGF

“My tongue will sing of Your word, for all Your commandments are right.” (Psalm 119:172)

 

Fulfilling the call…once again

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Today we set out from our comfy home to a fresh adventure of many miles, many faces, and much music. This trip of three weeks has snuck up on us—and yet we are desirous to accomplish what the Lord has planned. As always, there has been the rush and stress of ensuring we have all the outfits, equipment, food and random essential items that we might need stuffed in the Nautilus. It’s an all-consuming task until we finally pull out of the driveway and wave goodbye to our house and cats. (Let’s hope Sam won’t forget his tennis shoes this time!)

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Our practices have been intense lately, with a focus on harmonies (wait till you hear what Leesha, Sam, Jayme and Caleb did with “My Heart is a Chapel”!), arrangements (you will never recognize the new “Boundless Love” arrangement), and fine-tuning intonation. When we step on stage at Bar None Cowboy Church this Thursday, all the elements of practice will (hopefully) flow into auto-pilot and the Message of Jesus will be the focus.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep our perspective on why we spend hours in practice, why we pack and leave our home for weeks on end. Sometimes—well, honestly, more times than we like to admit—we gripe about the inconvenience a practice session causes or shrink from living from one Walmart to the next. We get comfortable with being “normal” folk who only venture out to church or grocery shopping during the week.

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We need the reminders, like Dad praying before practice: “Even when no one else is listening, Lord, may You still get the glory.” We need to take a breath amid the mountainous stacks of clothes that there’s a reason for this: “…whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” (Colossians 3:17) We need to recall the purpose behind “The Garms Family”.

Our family isn’t setting out to bring joy to faces and hearts, find an outlet for our musical bents, or just because we want to see the sights across the country. The reason we go is because we have been called to go. We believe beyond any doubt that God has called us to utilize music for His glory and to draw people to Himself. There is no way we can deny His calling on our lives: We’ve come too far on this journey to not see the clear leading of the Lord these eight years.

So, tomorrow, when the last pair of socks is jammed into a drawer and the final bay on the rig is locked, we’ll be accomplishing a greater feat than successfully getting eight people packed for three weeks: We will be humbly fulfilling the calling to go once more—for the glory of God.

 

We have been called to be children of God,

Into the fellowship of His dear Son;

Chosen, adopted, and saved by His grace —

In Christ we are now a new creation.

 

CHORUS

We’re living the call, spreading the Word,

Sharing the Good News to those who have erred.

United in faith, to God we give all,

We have been chosen — we’re living the call.

 

In Jesus we have been redeemed by His blood;

Freed from our sinfulness, covered in love;

It is our joy now to call others too,

That hearts be encouraged with from hope above.

 

BRIDGE

Called by God, to be saved — our punishment has been waived.

We proclaim Jesus Christ, Whose life for us He sacrificed.

 

“LIVING THE CALL”
Words and music by Taylor Garms
Copyright © 2014 The Song Spot, BMI
From the album Arise to the Call

We gratefully appreciate your prayers and cannot wait to see y’all soon!

Buckle up for our latest video!

There are some fun videos coming to our YouTube channel (wait for future installments of the incredible duo, Sam and Caleb!), beginning with our latest, “Life as a Family Band”.  We wanted to give you a glimpse into life as a family band, so we collected clips from the past couple of months to make this video. Watch closely for all the hilarious scenes and let us know which part is your favorite! 🙂

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6)

TGF Travel (B)Log // February-March 2015

It’s ironic that I write this family “travel (b)log” from the stationary comforts of my desk.  I know—I have no excuse, other than it’s more convenient to publish a blog entry when I’m at home, with the ease of our own internet. 🙂

The other day, Caleb raced in to announce that it was nearly 60 degrees outside: “Feel it out there—it’s like T-shirt weather!”  (Well Caleb, maybe it’s not quite that warm yet!)  When Sam, Jayme, and Caleb were done with their school studies for the day, they dashed outside to take advantage of the spring thawing in our ditches and culverts.  They rigged up a small boat with kite string and, with Jayme operating the boat, the boys attack it with stones to see how long it will stay afloat.  It’s amazing how entertaining a boat and some kite string can be to imaginative young minds.

We are singing in Medford, Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday—the first concerts in two weeks since our tour to Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri.  (NOTE: Our concert on Saturday with the Medford Performing Arts is a CLOSED event—sorry for any inconveniences; we just got the news.) After having a delightful time with so many new friends (and old ones too!), and after experiencing a nasty virus that attacked our voices this past week, we are eager to restart singing.

Recording our fifth album has been admittedly rather slow, but we continue to learn our plans aren’t always the Lord’s!  We find that we often have to be flexible when we have home-time—it gets quickly disrupted by unexpected, but necessary activities. (Anyone else experience that?)  We are nearly done with all the instruments tracks—Ben has been supervising our progress—and can hopefully start recording vocals soon, once our voices are back up to speed.  (That virus really drained our energy and vocal ability!)

Our Nautilus continues to be a blessing—a mixed one, at times, but overall, we are incredibly grateful for it.  After spending a third of our time last year in hotel rooms, we are thankful to pack our outfits, school and books, food, and other items in ONE spot—no more unloading the bus for an hour at 12 o’clock in the morning!  The aspect of having a home away from home has been likewise enjoyable.  We continue to establish routines in the motorhome to make life smoother (it’s always funny at mealtimes to “dance around” each around in a small space!).  Dad has been busy maintaining the upkeep on the Nautilus.  It had some interesting quirks on our recent trip (everything from furnaces not working on the way out to replacing a mysteriously damaged tire on the way home), and Dad, being the mechanic he is, is constantly trying insure a safe ride to each concert.

Can’t wait to see you all soon!

Joy in the Journey,

Taylor for TGF

P.S. Less than 24 hours after we returned home from our February tour, we got in the van and spent an afternoon in Eau Claire, WI.  Legacy Five was in the area and, since we missed seeing them last year in Minnesota, we made sure we saw them at least once this year.  It was refreshing to sit in the audience for an hour and half and be blessed.  Well, I should restate that—most of us got to be “normal” audience members.  People recognized Caleb and asked Legacy Five to let him sing with them.  🙂  So, during the first half, Scott Fowler called Caleb up on “I’m Feeling Fine”.  Here’s the video if you’d like to see what happened for yourself:

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