After Extended Silence…

Hello Friends!

As you have probably noticed, our family’s blog has been relatively silent – word-and-update-wise – though we have posted quite a few videos as of late.  This is mostly due to my negligence and striving to limit my computer time.  Apologies!

The Garms family has been happily enjoying life as family.  The days are filled with unexpected adventures and daily lessons, and we continue to travel day by day the journey God has placed before us.

Some of you might know that our friend Mal fell last week after coming home from a doctor’s appointment.  He has been steadily weakening, and the fall was inevitable as his shakiness has increased quickly over the past few months.  He had decided to cease the weekly Walmart trip several weeks ago because of the difficulty and weariness of walking.

Mal actually had a good appointment on Thursday and allowed Mom and I to push him in a wheelchair to the various parts of the clinic.  When we returned from the trip, he was worn out and walked unsteadily into the hallway to his room.  On the threshold of the door between the main part of the house and Mal’s room, his foot caught and – boom, BOOM! -down he went.  Dad and Jayme both saw the fall and Dad quickly raced to assist him.  I had just been debating about whether or not I should continue walking with him to his room, and was horrified to hear the crash.

After landing squarely on the floor, God spared Mal from any broken bones and major injury.  He only experience minor bruising on his nose, a cut on his forehead, a hurt finger, and soreness.  Just minutes before, I had been praying for God to put a bubble of protection around him, and God certainly did that!  Praise the Lord!

We are firmly in the midst of “birthday season” now, with Ben’s 21st birthday speedily approaching and Sam’s 12th birthday yesterday.  How the time flies…

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of our “Great Adventure”!  If you’ve never read the (simplified) story, check out this link.  We have begun to watch footage from that special season of our lives and have been finding “memorabilia” (like the Olympic torch drawings and the subsequent letter from Dr. James Dobson, but that’s part of the story that isn’t mentioned in the “simplified” version you’ll read online!).  What amazing memories!  It is so wonderful to see the hand of God so intricately involved in our lives.

The calls are beginning to come in for 2012 and our concert schedule is beginning to fill up.  If you’d like Great Adventure Gospel Band to come to your church or event, get in contact with us; we’d love to talk with you!  We are looking forward to our fourth year of ministry and what the Lord has in store!

We pray you all are well.  We encourage you this new year to delve into God’s Word daily and wholeheartedly love and serve Him in all areas of your life, as we also strive to do.

Blessings and Joy in the Journey with Jesus!
Taylor for the Garms Family        

The Chronicles of Sightings: Riding “No-Handed”

Earlier this summer, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb challenged me to try riding bike without holding on to the handlebars: “no-handed”, as they call it. Mustering up my courage and relying on the fact I can ride bike with only one hand, I took up their challenge. After several near crashes and wimpy attempts, I finally succeeded in riding “no-handed” for more than five seconds, using all the balance tricks I could think of and riding very slow! My little siblings applauded me, and then showed off how long they could ride with “no hands”! 🙂
Thinking of that experience brings my mind back to September 27th, 2010. I was at our home church uploading Caleb’s first “Legacy Six” video when I got the call from Dad: he lost his job. A great fear gripped my heart as Dad told me the news. To be certain, we’ve always dreamed of Dad being home with us, but it seemed so sudden, and it definitely wasn’t our timing. If it had been our will, the band would have been so busy that Dad would have to quit his job and we could easily transition into full-time ministry and concentrate fully on expanding it. But God had other plans.
You see, throughout this year of unemployment for Dad (and even without unemployment supplements!), we have learned to trust in the Lord, to lean on Him, and rely on Him for all of our needs. We have been riding on faith, “no-handed”, you could say, as we let go of our plans and expectations and lay ourselves in God’s gracious Hand. Have things been scary and uncertain at times? Yes, no doubt! But, time after time, we have watched God provide for all of our needs. We have not missed a single house payment or bill, we’ve never been hungry, and have even been blessed above our expectations. Time after time we have spotted “sightings” of God’s Hand of provision working in our lives.
Let me give just one testimony of God’s amazing provision: last week, bill time rolled around, and Dad and Mom wondered how they were going to cover the bills. The day bills were due, an envelope came in the mail with a sweet note of encouragement from someone who attended a recent concert…and enclosed was a check for the amount needed to cover our shortage! What a precious gift it was, and did we praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Yes, this has been a “no-handed” ride of faith, a journey of joy, and we are looking forward to what’s ahead! Thank you for all of your prayers, and remember to praise God for His wonderful provision.
As a close to this post, here is a song we sang this last Friday in Baxter, MN, which has come alive to us through this season of trusting:
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
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

Springtime Is…

Springtime is coming! Finally, after a long winter which began in October, the sun is beginning to be a frequent visitor and the temperature has begun to rise to 40+ degrees. This past Monday, we enjoyed spending some time outside, treasuring the warmth when it comes.

Springtime is…

Baseball season! Sam, Jayme, and Caleb were just itching to throw the ball to each other.

Taking care of our homestead. Ben is in the process of cutting down a tree (SCAREY! Makes my heart flutter!); he may be six-foot-three, but he is no match for this tree! (I just heard him announce he’s going back out for another chopping expedition; did I mention how close this tree was to the house?)

Mud: one of the least favorite aspects of spring around our land. In fact, “mud” has become synopsis with “spring” around here!

New life. The trees are beginning to bud, and our mamma cat had five kittens!

Walks. Mmm, we can go outside and stretch our legs every once in a while! About time!

School coming to a close. Leesha is diligently wrapping up another school season. Good job, sister!

Lots of pictures. My (Taylor’s) “Arms Length Photography”. 🙂

Snowball fights? Okay, reality check: it’s technically still winter. And yes, that means a few more chances for snowball fights. 🙂

Popcorn! Well, I guess this is year-round…and every single weekend. Our family has multiple traditions, and “popcorn night” is the all-time favorite. Friends gift us with popcorn for Christmas because we love it so much!

And, yes, this is not necessarily a sign of spring, but Mom is actually sledding down the mound behind our house (our pathetic sledding hill)! She fulfilled a promise she made to all of us that she would go sledding this winter. 🙂 Now that was a monumental event!

“For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell…” (Song of Solomon 2:11-13a)

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!

Taylor for TGF

Post-script:
Check out our latest post on SouthernGospelBlog.com! We’ve been having lots of fun writing and commenting (it’s good typing/spelling/grammar practice for Sam, Jayme, and Caleb!).

Caleb responding to comments.