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…


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. 🙂 )


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.


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


One of our many pit stops this fall. 🙂


Gas stations are perfect for pick-up games.


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


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…


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!)


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.


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


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


The Garms Family’s resident Civil War Round Table!


Dad and Mom.


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


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. 🙂


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


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. 🙂


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!


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. 🙂




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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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!


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!


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


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

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!)


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.



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.



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

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


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!

Stranded: The Stuck Brake Adventure

August 28th, 2013
Blaine, Minnesota
11:04 AM

Have I got a story to tell you!

If you follow our schedule, you probably noticed we sang at the Kalona Gospel Sing in Kalona, IA last weekend.  We left on Thursday and sang on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  It was a long and hot, but blessed and fun weekend.

When we left Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, August 26th, we fully expected to be home by suppertime that evening. It wasn’t an extremely long trip (only about five hours or so), and we didn’t have any commitments that night. We were highly anticipating a week at home after the Kalona Gospel Sing and before the Floyd Gospel Sing on September 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Yet, as I type on this beautiful Wednesday morning, we are still 45 miles away from home. Yes, Wednesday.

The trip home went smoothly; it was quiet and we made only one rest stop. We had no problems…that is, no problems until the we smelled the smell.

On Highway 169, just north of the Twin Cities, a peculiar aroma filled the Glory Bus. It was putrid, like something was burning. We thought it would pass (as most smells do while traveling) but as we continued, the smell lingered. Some of us smothered our faces in blankets and scarves as Dad decided to pull into his mom’s nearby townhome to check out the bus.

We are so grateful he did.

When Dad stopped the bus, we piled out and immediately choked on the smell, which was stronger than before. Running around the bus, we discovered to our horror the back left wheel well was billowing with smoke. PANIC! Imagine eight Garms racing about the poor old Glory Bus, unhitching the trailer, removing valuables from the bus (Bibles, schoolbooks, computers, cameras, pillows, etc. etc.), and trying to remember the combination to Grandma’s garage to get water and buckets. Ben was also seen by the smoking tires wondering how in the world the fire extinguisher in his hand worked.

The garage was soon opened and a brigade of amateur fire-fighters grabbed whatever bucket-shaped containers they could find and filled them with water. Dad doused the tires several times (the last time laying under the bus) until the smoke finally began to dissipate. We then realized the bus wasn’t going to immediately start on fire, so we loaded our valuables back on board.

Our dear grandma resides in an assisted-living (she had a stroke last year and has been unable to move back), so her townhome was vacant. After an exhaustive search, we eventually discovered a key while Dad called a local truck repair shop.

After Dad was off the phone, we realized we probably weren’t going to make it home that night.

Dad suspected the Glory Bus had a stuck brake, and the guy at the shop shared his suspicions. At first, Dad was told we wouldn’t be able to get the bus repaired that evening, but after another phone call, he learned the shop was open until midnight and could work on it.

We unloaded from the bus all our suitcases, sleeping bags, and other personal belongings and deposited them in Grandma’s house, preparing for an overnight stay. For the trip we had packed along some old microwave popcorn for our hotel stay, so I “made” popcorn, while Dad and Mom drove the Glory Bus to the repair shop.  When they arrived at the shop, they learned from a disgruntled mechanic that the building had just lost power.  (Just the news you want to hear when you bring a vehicle in for repairs, right?  Right.)  They walked two miles back in the blistering triple-digit heat (collecting a golf ball and old steel ball bearing on the way) while we kids enjoyed supper and listened to Classical MPR’s favorite film score countdown on Grandma’s old Magnavox. 🙂

And then, we waited.

Dad and Mom ate supper and we waited. We played a family game of Farkle and we waited. We organized our stuff and waited. We got ready for bed and we waited. We went to sleep and we waited. We woke the next morning…and we waited.

Farkle on Monday night!

Farkle on Monday night!

A call eventually came with an update. First, the power was back on in the shop, and yep, the brake was stuck. All the brakes’ slides seemed dry, so should they oil them? (Dad said yes.) Oh, and the wheels needed new studs and lugnuts too. Lovely.

The waiting continued throughout breakfast, and lunch, and come suppertime, we realized again we weren’t going to be home Tuesday night either. Dad kept calling periodically and each time there was a new complication (for example, they “couldn’t” find parts locally, so it was looking like they’d have to order them from Memphis, TN; Dad quickly informed them studs and lugnuts were available locally).

Our food from the weekend’s travels was almost gone, so we raided Grandma’s pantry with expired canned and boxed foods and had a dinner of old bacon, pork and beans, chow mien chicken, cornbread stuffing, salmon patties, asparagus, and hotdogs. (Thankfully, there was a gas station within walking distance, so we were able to pick up a few essentials, like eggs, butter, milk, and water.)

Ben and Sam doing dishes.

Ben and Sam doing dishes.

We enjoyed playing games with each other to help pass the time:

Leesha and Caleb engrossed in chess.

Leesha and Caleb engrossed in chess.

The epitome of boredom: Mom playing "Barrel of Monkeys".

The epitome of boredom: Mom playing “Barrel of Monkeys”.

Sam and Caleb deep in a Boogle competition.

Sam and Caleb deep in a Boggle competition.

It was so weird, yet so natural to be stuck at Grandma’s townhome. We had everything we needed to get by (even old food in the pantry!) and we had each other. We were safe, and extremely grateful the bus did not start on fire (which it might have if we had not stopped in time). Yet, here we were, stranded, with no way to get home. We kept wondering why God wanted us to be there, and why we couldn’t go home. It was an exceedingly odd situation.

Tuesday night passed, and some of us actually got some sleep that night.  🙂  Wednesday morning we received word that, surprise, surprise, a tire was flat on the bus.  (We don’t know how or why.)  It was sent across the street to a tire shop and though they couldn’t discover any damage (strangely) simply refilling the tire took all of Wednesday.

While we waited Wednesday, we took the opportunity to pull my keyboard out of our nearby parked trailer to examine and finish some of my original songs and work up another new song by a friend.  Exciting!

Taylor engrossed in songwriting.

Taylor engrossed in songwriting.

Around 5:00 that evening, we finally received word that the bus was ready to go.  Dad and Mom once again, braved the rush-hour traffic (on foot, mind you!) to pick up Old Glory while we kids cleaned Grandma’s home and prepared our belongings for moving out.  It was so thrilling to know we were actually going home.  When the old Glory Bus finally drove up, we were more than ready to climb aboard!

Thankfully, no other oddities occurred during the travel home, and it was grand to eat supper at our own house.

It was like we had lived in “limbo land” for a couple of days – as though we were caught in a time warp.  We don’t know why the Lord allowed this strange trial, other than to keep us reliant on Him. We were needing to reorder a new batch of our “Thank You, Lord” CDs, but this $1200 repair bill taught us our timing is not necessarily the Lord’s timing.  God likes to teach us to trust in Him in all things!

“Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9, ESV)

Well, there is the promised adventure for you!  As we always say, “You never know what’s going to happen next on the Glory Bus!” 🙂

Signing off…for now.

-Taylor for TGF

June 2013 Recollections

What a busy spring we had (can you believe it’s summer already?)!  We’ve already had some wonderful road trips and met lots of wonderful people.

If you follow us on Facebook (you do like us on Facebook, right?), you probably have been reading the interesting journey we’ve had with our friend Mal.  (If not, here’s a post that will give you an idea of what’s been going on.)  During the month of June, we made a number of trips to different hospitals and assisted-livings; it was a roller coaster ride with cancer, surgery, and recovery.  Mom has given much time and energy to assist Mal, and though he is recovering his strength, his dementia is progressing rapidly.  We do appreciate your prayers for him and our family during this season.

Visiting our friend Mal.

Visiting our friend Mal.

One of the most exciting happenings in June was the arrival of Jayme’s new mandolin.  She sold her violins that she had outgrown and used the money to purchase a Loar LM-500.  She is thrilled to finally have her own mandolin (and is already becoming a better picker than I am)!

Jayme's new mandolin (she sold her old violins to buy it).

Jayme’s new mandolin (she sold her old violins to buy it).

The weather finally warmed in June, and of course, warm weather means working and playing outside!  With the wonderful rain we have been receiving, our lawn has been demanding numerous “mowings”.  At least once a week, Dad, Ben, and Sam fuel up the mowers and spend the day cutting grass (and dandelions).  The only downside to the warmth and rain are the mosquitoes.  Eek!  They have been particularly nasty.  We have also enjoyed playing games of “Horse” with the “new” basketball hoop Dad recently hung up.  Our grandpa gave us his old hoop earlier this spring – the same one much smaller versions of Ben, Leesha, and I tried used to shoot hoops with – and Dad mounted it on our garage.  Sam, Jayme, and Caleb (or as they call themselves, “The Pioneers”) can often be found having some serious basketball games!

Tis the season for outdoor sports!

Tis the season for outdoor sports!

June found the Glory Bus heading into northern, southern, and western Minnesota…and even into Wisconsin!  We enjoyed going to several new churches and sharing brand new songs.  Our first stop for the month was at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN.  It is our grandpa’s home church, and he’s been wanting to get us there for quite some time.  So, Cindy Rupp, Hosanna’s extremely talented music director (seriously, she’s probably the best piano player in Minnesota!), invited us to sing during worship on June 8th and 9th.  Grandpa couldn’t have been any more excited! 🙂  Despite a dying water pump on ole Glory, we made it safely to Mankato and had an absolutely delightful weekend.  It was refreshing to worship with and minister to the people of Hosanna!  And it was great to spend time with grandparents, 1st and 2nd cousins, and other family members.  Grandpa took us out to eat at Old Country Buffet on Saturday and wowee, was that good – and filling!

Here’s a video of Sam, Jayme, and Caleb sharing “Boundless Love” (one of the songs on our new CD, “Out Front”) at Hosanna:

Regrettably, I didn’t get any pictures at our next stop, Living Savior Lutheran Church in Nisswa, MN, but we had fun meeting up with friends we have gotten to know over the years!  Thanks to Dick and Mavis Erickson for inviting us up again, and special thanks to Mayor James Wallin for the brats and beans – they were fantastic!

We had sound issues before the concert in Nisswa, and we decided that we needed to set-up our equipment in our house to E-Q the troubling frequencies.  So, for the next couple of days our home was filled with all our sound equipment.  It had been years since we practiced with microphones and speakers, so it was a very beneficial time for us.

We spent the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd in Wisconsin for the Blessed Assurance Gospel Fest.  Linda and Kurt Holtz hosted the event and we were glad to be able to attend this year again – thanks Linda and Kurt for asking us to come!  Also at the fest were The Herrlinger Family, Gary Froiland, Almost There, Rich Eberly, and Cindy Begert.  It was enjoyable to visit with friends we’ve made over the years.

That Sunday morning we sang at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield, WI; what a fun, supportive congregation!  It was a special opportunity to join them in worship.  Pastor Joel Deaner-Rogers and his family were great to meet and talk with.  We hope to come again soon!  (And thanks for the rolls and mugs, y’all!)

Pastor Bob Benard invited us this year to come back to Eagle Bend Assembly of God, Eagle Bend, MN the weekend of June 29th and 30th, and we were excited to return.  For one thing, Pastor Bob makes the best grilled pork chops ever (his secret is his secret seasoning!), and for another, the folks are so kind and encouraging.  There was a community concert on Saturday evening, and we sang during worship on Sunday.  Mom and I even played piano for a couple of congregational songs!

Here is a photo gallery highlighting the concerts I mentioned above.  Enjoy:

We look forward to meeting you somewhere along the journey!  God’s blessings to you today and always!

“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.” (Psalm 25:8-10)


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Pictures taken by Taylor and Jayme