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)
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:
2015 WINTER TOUR PHOTO GALLERY
A propane stop in Ames, IA…with 12 inches of snow!
Traveling to our first concert in Iowa.
The pilot and his co-pilot.
Dad and Mom looking over the program.
Our favorite part! Talking with friends old and new at Bar None Cowboy Church, Newton, IA!
Leesha hymn-searching in Union City, TN
We love coming to this area!
Trying to figure out which door to use. 🙂 (Long story.)
Dad and Mom heading to the laundry room at a TN campground.
Having fun at the campground’s playground in Tennessee!
Caleb and Taylor in Tennessee.
We made a stop at a historic Nashville cemetery.
We are grateful for the people who have served in our nation’s military.
Home is wherever we go!
Photo op in the Ozarks of Arkansas!
Setting up at Good Shepherd Lutheran, Carthage, MO.
The Nautilus at a Missouri Walmart, braving the ice storm.
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!