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:
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
P.S. To all you Southern Gospel lovers…click here to read our first post on SouthernGospelBlog.com!
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
As I walked into the kitchen earlier this morning, I found Sam, Jayme, and Caleb diligently doing their school. And as I neared Caleb, I found he was just itching to tell me something.
“Taylor,” he began, “I’m a soprano!”
Well, this was breaking news! For about a year, Caleb has insisted he was a bass. He would go for the dive during our concerts, and try to sing a bass harmony whenever we sing together at home. He has often asked Ben to hit a low note to prove he can hit it too. He’d play a low note on piano, let out a growling noise, and then joyfully exclaim that he “could hit a C”! In fact, if you remember from the “I’m Feeling Fine” video with Legacy Five, he gave bass singer Glenn Dustin a run for his money!
Since I had known he was a soprano for a number of years, I feigned surprise, curious to see what caused this change of mind. “So, what makes you say that?” I asked.
“Well, when I try to hit those bass notes, those were actually lead notes! The notes I thought were low were lead notes! I’m actually a soprano!” he exclaimed with the joy of discovery written all over his bright face.
Later, sounds of joyous, high-pitched singing were heard from the bathroom (FYI: all Garms family kids have debuted in the bathroom; the Garms Family singers have been singing for almost 25 years ago in this special “concert hall”).
Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for the Garms