Photo Recap (Fall 2016 Tours)

 

Wow! It’s difficult to summarize these past months! We have traveled thousands of miles, sung to hundreds of wonderful people, experienced one break down, and have been blessed in more ways than we could tell! Here is a quick photo overview from our adventures in September, October, and November…

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Soundcheck time for Fall Senior Day at Camp Lebanon, Minnesota! We love singing for these dear friends!

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Some attendee came over-prepared! (I don’t think they used these after all. 🙂 )

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The Floyd Gospel Sing! It was held indoors this year because of the rain, wind and mosquitoes! The table spot we had on Friday was eventually overrun with people on Saturday—that building was packed! People love this sing in Floyd, Iowa! As always, it was great to catch up with friends (like Sam, Jayme, and Caleb’s pen pal, Devin!) and make new ones.

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The Reggie Saddler Family! Wow, they brought so much to the Floyd Gospel Sing! We were blessed by their music and Reggie’s testimonies.

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One of our many pit stops this fall. 🙂

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Gas stations are perfect for pick-up games.

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Our friends make sure we get our fill of “fruits and veggies”. (We definitely like their version of spinach! 😉 )

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Glenvale Church of God in Marysville, Pennsylvania—this was a HUGE highlight for us! After spending five days with these wonderful people last year, we were hoppin’ excited to return for a concert! Such a blessed time of sweet fellowship, hilarious fun, and marshmallow gun battles! I’ll spare you the details…

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We don’t often visit tourist sites while on tour. But, if we sing in Pennsylvania, there’s one place that we always try to make time for: Gettysburg. Since we have studied the battle and its soldiers for over 11 years, each visit is a thrilling chance to learn something new. (And a chance for Caleb to wear the jacket he “tailored” himself!)

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A hike up Big Round Top was requested for this visit! On the steep climb, we kept our eyes peeled for witness trees; Ben stopped and counted most of the rings on this one, and we determined that it had “witnessed” the battle.

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Caleb and Leesha (our Gettysburg gurus) taking in the heights of Big Round Top.

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Leesha posing by a monument to one of her favorite generals.

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The Garms Family’s resident Civil War Round Table!

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Dad and Mom.

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Devil’s Den is always a favorite spot to explore.

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Another highlight was singing at Dad’s cousin Otto’s church in Bluffton, Indiana. Some of us thought it was pretty neat to sing in a gym, and even shot some hoops after the concert. 🙂

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Sam, Jayme, and Caleb waiting for Ben to finish “ringing” the room.

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A rare picture of life while traveling down the road! Here Sam is doing algebra, with a couple of other students getting a head start on their high school careers. 🙂

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There’s nothing like the northland! As much as we love the Eastern and Southern states, we always cheer whenever we enter the fresh air and familiar scenery of the North!

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The Nautilus at a final pit stop before arriving home after the Eastern mini-tour. It survived two two-week tours this fall, but broke down after a weekend run in October. We’ll save that story for a later time. 🙂

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HOME!!!

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Somebody was happy when the Nautilus turned into the driveway. 🙂

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Laundry after a tour. In the end, this amounted to 20 loads. Big hurrah for our laundry professional, Mom!

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Gorgeousness! The view from our back “yard” when we arrived home, looking toward our neighbor’s pasture.

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A new sight at the Garms home: Practice and babysitting our grandson and nephew! He eventually fell asleep during this practice. 🙂

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We love the Midwest Quartet Convention! A friend picked up my camera while we were onstage and snapped a couple shots. 😀

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Caleb and Jayme with our good friend Tommy Bruce of Still Water. (Caleb tried to do bunny ears. 🙂 )

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While we treasure the fellowship with everyone during Midwest Quartet Convention, we especially treasured our grandparents this year! It was so good of them to come and enjoy the weekend with us.

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Let’s just say this gathering of Sam, Caleb, and Brad Kemp of 4 His Love made for some laugh-your-socks-off moments. Including an epic conversation about sidehill gadgers. Don’t ask.

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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bridgeton, Missouri: one of our 25 concerts this fall. What an unspeakable privilege to lift up Christ our Savior! What a joy to share and connect with wonderful people across the country!

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This concert at First Baptist Church in Kearney, Missouri was incredibly special. First, we got to sing with our dear, dear friends 4 His Love (we’re super bummed out that we didn’t get a picture together!) and the funny, talented Tim Lovelace. But even more than his humor, we appreciated his genuine heart for the Lord and people—such a rarity!

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We may or may not have stayed up too late on November 8th for various reasons. 🙂

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Photo from Facebook of our concert at Unity Missionary Baptist Church in DeWitt, Arkansas.

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by the night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.” (Psalm 92:1-4)

We look forward to seeing YOU down the road soon!

Blessings and joy in the journey,

Taylor for TGF

Photo Recap (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)