Merry Christmas! Yes, December 25th, 2014 has come and gone, but who says we can’t celebrate and rejoice in the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ any day? We were so glad to be able to remember the birth of our Lord at home and to worship at our home church. After 75 dates and over 25,500 miles across the United States, we are off the road until next year and relishing these moments of refreshment. Plans are also forming for our fifth CD, Arise to the Call, to be recorded in January — Lord-willing! (We can’t wait to tell you more about it!)
It is our prayer that you had a wonderful Christmas season, cherishing your family and praising God for His good gifts. Remember, Jesus was given UNTO YOU! He is the only source of peace, joy, and love; hope and salvation can be found in no one else.
We have much news from this year and will be sending out a ministry update via email soon — stay tuned! In the meantime, here are a couple pictures from our family’s Christmas Eve photoshoot.
Dad and Mom.
Our answer to the question: “Do you guys ever fight?” :)
It’s finally snowing in Minnesota! We have heard from friends as far away as North Carolina that they received snow before we did in the swamplands of Braham. Surprising, huh? We played one Christmas song during our practice session today and immediately it began to snow. We had to laugh at the Lord’s timing!
It has been an incredibly long time since I last updated our blog — and it is not because I have a lack of stories to relate! Far from it. So much has happened to our family within the past couple months that it is difficult to know how to even begin sharing the adventures.
And so, I’ll keep this short for now. The Nautilus — yes, good Ole Glory Bus has been replaced! — is nearly packed and ready for a trip to Kansas this weekend. The instruments are all around me, snug inside their cases and waiting to be loaded tomorrow morning. It’s a long travel day tomorrow, and I really must be wrapping up a couple food items for the trip.
I really want to bring to your attention that our family’s press release has been updated. We keep noticing a sorely outdated release appearing in papers, and some friends kindly brought to our attention yet another press release, filled with typos (our fault!). If you are hosting us at your church or event some time in the future, we would encourage you to use the one available on our website now and discard any previous one.
Oh, and just for fun: Here’s a picture a friend of ours caught at our recent concert at Emmanuel Baptist in Duluth, MN. I love everyone’s expressions! We were trying out a new harmony technique on a family song — and Laura captured everyone’s thoughts through her lens: “Oh, are we going to pull this off?”
Someday soon I’ll have to write some real updates. (Those were so fun to write and read!) We do look forward to meeting you somewhere along the road! What a joy to walk with our Savior and share His good news!
It is always a long process to plan, record, and produce a new album. From the song selection to finally sending off the master, it is time-consuming — though thrilling (for the most part ). And there is nothing more exciting than finally seeing UPS pull up and deliver the finished project to the front deck.
We have been anticipating Tried and True ever since our first CD, Thank You, Lord. Ever since we started singing, people have requested particular songs after a concert, and we have been mentally keeping a list of those songs for years. In January 2014, we had a family meeting to narrow down the top requests — our “tried and true” songs — we had collected. It was a little difficult, to say the least! For good measure, we also selected several of our family’s favorites as well.
For the past six months we have been preparing this project with love and excitement. These songs are the ones that minister the most to our audiences, and includes the oft-requested, “Mountain with His Hand”, written by Taylor.
We received 1000 CDs of Tried and True today, and we’re praising God. Knowing we had a very busy month in August, we had been praying that the shipment would arrive before the end of July. Today is July 29th, and God is right on time — as usual! We are praying this album will minister to those who listen to it, and that it would bring a blessing each time the songs are played.
The very first CD from the shipment!
You can purchase the CD on our music page and hear clips below. Take a listen and let us know which clips you liked hearing the most!
Welcome to the FamilyThe Garms Family0:50
O, Say But I'm GladThe Garms Family0:50
Who Can Do AnythingThe Garms Family0:50
I Want to Know MoreThe Garms Family0:50
Mountain with His HandThe Garms Family0:50
The Old Country ChurchThe Garms Family0:50
When He ComethThe Garms Family0:50
God Has a PlanThe Garms Family0:50
I'm Glad I Know Jesus IsThe Garms Family0:50
Nearer My God to TheeThe Garms Family0:50
Thank You, Lord, for Your BlessingsThe Garms Family0:50