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

Happy Birthday Mom!

Alas, the TGF blogger is behind, behind, behind! Our dear Mom’s birthday was October 21st, on which she, once again, turned 29+ years old. 🙂
Happy (belated) Birthday, Mom!
Mom at MWQA – October 21st, 2011
KRIS
Kind
Radiant
Industrious
Selfless
We were at the Midwest Quartet Convention during Mom’s birthday, so unfortunately, there was no cake, no ice cream, and only a handful of cards later that evening. 🙁 But there were plenty of birthday greetings from everyone who found out it was Mom’s special day!
The impromptu poster Dad and we kids made for Mom and hung up at our booth.
Here is the most unique birthday greeting Mom received during the convention:
We love you Mom! What would we do without you? 😉
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

Recorded at “The Cave”…

We are home from a four day “tour” in Iowa. On Thursday we left for Altoona, Iowa and enjoyed our time there for the Midwest Quartet Convention. Lord-willing, we’ll post more stories and pictures from the awesome weekend.
But here’s something we’ll quickly share: Our friends, the Nuckols, came over to our home studio this summer and recorded a song for a music video. Here is the finished result. Didn’t Ben do a great job with the audio? (And he also played accordion and upright bass, as well!)
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
TGF

Members of the Midwest Quartet Association

Hi Y’all!

We received word a few weeks ago that we have been accepted into the Midwest Quartet Association (yes, this blog announcement is behind – sorry!). We filled out an application last year and were so happy to hear the news! Years ago when we were first starting as a band, we dreamed of possibly applying for membership, so this is a neat step in the Great Adventure.

For more information about the MWQA, please visit: http://www.mwqa.org/.

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

P.S. This is unrelated, random, but pertinent to our family band: a friend shared with me (thanks Amy!) that a photographer, Eric Vest, for the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival recently posted pictures of the fest on his blog, and if you do some scrolling, you’ll spot us in his photo collection (look for people in orange, an accordian, and a weird sepia picture toward the bottom of the post! 🙂 )! Click here to view the photos, and if you go here, you’ll find a few more photos of different members of the family (again, just look for the orange outfits!).