Garms Family Bloops and Blunders…

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite funnies we’ve collected over the past year or so; we laugh so hard every time we watch it!  Caleb’s favorite is “the geek one” (you’ll just have to watch to find out!), and Jayme’s least favorite are the hilarious ones of herself.  :)
You decide which one is your favorite!  Enjoy!
We are looking forward to our next concert at Balsam Lutheran Church in Amery, WI on June 9th and would love to see you there!
But until then, we’ve got practicing to do, and because warm-ups are underway for our next practice session, I will close this short post.  :)
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

Catching Up with the Family

In seeing the last time I posted here was August 1st, I figured it was quite time for another blog! So much has been happening that I do not even know where exactly to start, so I’ll take a creative approach and put my family on the spot with the simple question:

“What two things have happened in your life recently that are exciting, big…or just what you’ve been up to?”
We’ll see how this goes! (I think some people will be easier than others!)
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Caleb: “I lost two teeth recently, and I have been collecting toads and frogs with Sam; I kept a toad for a day, and fed him worms and made a nice grassy home for him!”
Jayme: “I’m very much looking forward to and waiting for the day when we open for Legacy Five. I’ve also been outside a lot, and I have to admit, INSIDE a lot, playing with my LEGO horses.”
Sam: “I’ve been helping Dad work on airplanes, and I have been practicing my slingshots with Caleb. Also I have been trying to learn German, but I have to eat sauerkraut though!” (Grandpa Junker told him he had to eat sauerkraut before he could learn German.) :)


Leesha: “Nothing!” (She then breaks into a giggle.) [Oh, come on! There's got to be something!] “What is the meaning of ‘recently’? How recent is ‘recent’?” [I told you some people would be easier than others! ;) ] ["LEESHA!"] “I was looking at the calendar to see if there was anything important on there! What was your question again?” (Reads question again.) “The Iowa trip is obviously the ‘biggest’ thing that has happened in the past two months. I can’t believe it is already done; I still think we’re planning for it! I think we would have enjoyed it more if we hadn’t been so tired and our tire hadn’t blown – that added an exciting twist to it all.” [Taylor's interjection: Keep your eyes open for more details coming about this incident!] “Nothing much else, except for day to day things: school, practice, making meals, eating meals, and planning meals…and life!” :)
Taylor: “Oh, I’m next! THAT should be pretty easy! The two biggest, most exciting, most exhilarating, the most thrilling, and most invigorating things which have happened in my life are publishing my very first website – made entirely from scratch; it’s amazing my mind hasn’t exploded yet from living in code and Photoshop for the past few months!! – for 4 His Love Quartet (check it out, if you’d like, at http://www.4hislove.com), and purchasing a new, “peach-colored”, wood-toned Morgan Monroe MMS-8 mandolin! I’m especially excited about my beautiful mandolin – I absolutely love it! Okay, those are the big things. Moving on…”
Ben: “Recording our Christmas CD and growing even more skilled at audio engineering over these past 14 months has been exciting! I went from absolutely nothing to what I know today. It has been fun learning new techniques and putting into practice what I’ve already learned. Also, getting to know friends better is something I’ve been shooting for recently.”
[Sam just came in and said, "Taylor, I'd like you to meet somebody." He pulled a toad out of his pocket and it started climbing out his shirt. "Meet Tiny the Toad!" he said. Then a short time later he came in again, repeating, "Taylor, I'd like you to meet somebody". A toad leaped from his hands and started exploring the carpet, with Sam following behind crying, "No! No! Come back here, Teenie!". Finally, big sister Taylor had to intervene, and saved the day by grabbing the escapee and releasing the small reptile outside.]
Mom: “I did something I didn’t think I could do: I came up with my own pattern and sewed curtains for the bus, and actually really enjoyed sewing! In the past, sewing and golf were just two things I wouldn’t claim any knowledge or skill about, but who knows, maybe I’ll get into sewing skirts for the girls of this family! Now, golf….I can honestly say, forget it!! :)”


Dad: “What’s been really neat for me is being home this summer, as in not being an employee. I’ve been around my family and have been able to work on things around the home. The other thing was the tire blow-out last week! I can’t think of anything else other than working on the bus; that’s been my summer!”
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That’s a small piece of “life” from the members of the Garms household! We’ll (Lord-willing) continue to update you on road stories and other family happenings as the days roll on. Also, we have two concerts this weekend; check out our calendar for more info, and we’d love to see you somewhere! :)
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for The Gang

“I have a cold and a cough…”

As February turned into March, we couldn’t help but wonder what was ahead. We remembered thinking last September when we had only one concert, “What’s going to happen that we need the entire month of September off?” September rolled around…and so did the chicken pox, explaining why God allowed us the month off to recover. Well, March, with no concerts has arrived, and yes, the cold and sniffles have invaded our home.

Sam was hit first and now Ben, Caleb, and Jayme have officially fallen ill as well. Mr. Sam, known for coming up with the most unique, slightly ingenious, but mostly silly little diddies, approached me last night with his “Cold and Sniffles” theme song:

“I have a cold and a cough and a sneeze and a wheeze.

I have hives playing hopscotch on my knees.”

*Poor Sammy was stricken with hives from, what we presume, a cough drop, and that explains the reference to hives in the song. (Unfortunately, the hives remind some of us of the chicken pox, so we hope they go away soon.)

All this comes about when we are trying to record our Christmas CD, so pray we recover quickly in order to be in the best vocal conditions for the recording!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

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Tickle My Funny Bone: Early Mornings and Bad Dates

We love to laugh as a family! The kitchen is usually a center for laugh and silly randomness (sometimes, though, it gets a little out of hand!), and in our family, laughter is as contagious as a cold. :) So, I thought I might share the joy a bit.

First, here is a solemn warning to any music group who does not confirm a booked concert before arriving at the venue:

Looks like the last group who sang here ended with a barn burner and forgot to put the fire out! :)

Actually, this was after one of our very first concerts (no, we did not start a fire). While driving to the church, we had noticed a burned-out bar (hmm, shows the result of such places, right?) on the corner and had an idea. When we started toward home later, we pulled over and grabbed a couple of instruments. Ben placed the camera on a pile of equipment (we’re always leaving the tripod at home when we need it most), and we posed quickly, as it was a chilly November afternoon. Thus the picture above!

Next up: a few days ago, I drew a cartoon based on a supper table discussion on one of Dad’s interesting mornings. (Sorry I can’t get it any larger; I would say click on the picture, but I’m having difficulties right now and it’s not working out!)

The scenerios are true…including the last line about seeing which chord on the piano would wake us older kids up (except in reality, Ben was involved in that scheme), I condensed several stories into one. Gives you a picture into the Garms family’s always interesting household!

Hope you might have at least chuckled at this post and your day is a little bit brighter!

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bone.” (Proverbs 17:22 ESV)

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!

Taylor for The Garms Family