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

Hello May, Goodbye April!

Hello Friends!
May has speedily come upon us and Jayme says it has come in like a lion, given the storms we experienced in our area the past two days.  Last evening around 2:40 a.m., all of us except Caleb woke to huge crashes of thunder and continuous lightening.  We were racing about to close windows, mopping puddles of water, and watching the intense storm from behind rain-streaked glass.  Then we all went back to bed to rise again in the 5 o’ clock hour to attend a National Day of Prayer breakfast at 6:30 a.m.  :)
Our concert season has launched fully now!  We had three concerts in April, and the first at Open Range Cowboy Church in Isanti, MN on April 15th.  It was great to start up again at a familiar place with familiar faces!  Pastor Joe and Linda are great to talk with and we appreciate their hearts for the Lord.
Setting up on Saturday before the Sunday service at Cowboy Church.
The most unusual place for Sam to set-up his drums – behind the baptismal tub!
We all agree this is the most unique use for a Great Adventure Gospel Band CD.  :)

 Next, on Wednesday, April 26th, we traveled to Edina, MN and sang for the Edynamoes!  We had a lot of fun making new friends and having our Grandma Garms in the audience, as well as a couple we’ve met at several concerts.  While the Edynamoes had their meeting, we hung out in a separate room and enjoyed going through a few of our songs in a very impromptu practice session.  :)  Special thanks to Carol for being so accommodating and kind to us!
Leesha, Jayme, and Caleb watching Ben closely.
Ben.  Don’t ask me why he was so interesting.  :)
Christ Presbyterian Church; it was actually styled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
After the concert, we rested in the garden for a while, enjoying the beautiful day.
No comment.  :)
This Sunday we had a fabulous time with the folks up at Barnum United Methodist Church in Barnum, MN. We had never sung in Barnum, though we had often passed it on the way to Moose Lake and Duluth, so we liked seeing a new Minnesota town.  Pastor Gary and the congregation were so fun to spend our morning with and, while I did not take any pictures, I edited some videos from the service for y’all to enjoy:
Out of His Great Love
I’m Feeling Fine
Mountain with His Hand
May you have a wonderful, God-blessed weekend!  We are excited to see the Ball Brothers in concert (Lord-willing) Sunday evening and then are looking forward to our next concert on the 15th at Camp Lebanon, MN.  Hope to see you along the journey soon!
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF 

Legacy Five and Great Adventure Gospel Band

Legacy Five with Great Adventure

We were exceedingly honored and humbled to be asked earlier this year to open for Legacy Five on September 23rd, 2011. (Our first reaction was, “NO WAY!” :) ) We are very excited (and yes, VERY nervous) to “warm up the audience” for our “Favorite Quartet of Today”, and are looking forward to a night of fun and praising the Lord. (And yes, we still claim the front pew!)

The concert starts officially at 7:30 p.m., but our set begins a short time before then. Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 at the door, so order yours today to join us for this special concert! (Click on the Legacy Five button to get more details and order tickets.) We would love to see you there!
And please pray we don’t get chicken pox or any other illness this year which would hinder our time in Baxter! :)
P.S. If you would like to view our latest e-newsletter with other newsworthy items, including information about the Glory Bus and the Christmas CD, click here.

“On the Air” – Radio Stories and More

Well, this is an old blog (it was drafted about a month ago); we just never got around to posting it! Since it’s stories are still interesting, I decided to post it anyway. :) Enjoy! -T for TGF
4/27/2011

Yesterday morning, I knew I had to get up.
My alarm had gone off several times, and it was calling me out of slumber. As I officially woke up, I suddenly had the thought: “We’re on the radio. I just know it. What if I don’t turn on the radio and I miss us?” :) Suddenly wide awake, I flipped on my radio, tuned to KTIG 91.5 (MCBI/KCFB), and heard several familiar voices going into the transposed chorus of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”.

I barely had time to really hear it, as I raced out from the girls’ room to tell whoever was awake that Great Adventure Gospel Band was on the radio! Jayme was up, diligently doing school, and Dad and Sam were doing independant airplane work in the Cities, so I couldn’t share it with them. And I dared not wake Ben, Sam, or Mom! (But I did wake up Leesha.) Jayme and I raced back to our room and I turned up the radio, and we enjoyed the last part of the song with sleepy smiles on our faces. The radio announcer, Phil Kvamme, came on and said, “Oh yeah, you can do-do-do right along with them! That’s the Great Adventure Gospel Band, the David and Kris Garms Family.” Then he proceeded to give details of our upcoming concert at Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes, MN this Saturday. (Learn more about the concert by clicking here.) That was so fun to hear ourselves on one of our favorite radio stations! :)

Then, this morning, we all were up before 7:30 a.m. (nowadays a rare feat for us “older” people!) and sitting around a card table with headphones all on our heads, gathered around the home/cell phone (it’s our way of doing conference calls), listening to a local radio announcer introduce us to the listening audience of KBEK 95.5. He, our family, and the promoter, Pat, of our concert at Siloa Lutheran Church took part in a radio interview about the upcoming concert on May 1st (for more info about this concert, click here). That was a fun experience as well, and after the interview, the radio played “Were You There”.

Oh yes, we also heard “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” again on KTIG this morning…and the entire family was able to hear it this time. :) We all gathered in the boys’ room, in the same place where we recorded the song, listening to the very familiar tune and words float through the home. Caleb couldn’t stop singing along with it and bouncing his feet over the edge of Ben’s bunk bed! :)

I always wanted to be on the radio, but as an announcer. (Ben, Leesha, and I would use my old karoke machine to record radio broadcasts for KHFT – Kids Having Fun Together – and had a blast pretending to be DJs! Oh the memories…) But, the Lord has taken the dream further, and surprised us with different radio ministry opportunities. What a neat outreach for our ministry! We pray people are blessed by our music and God’s message.

It’s amazing to see where the Lord is leading this little group from Braham; we continue to be excited about His work through us, and are content to be wherever He leads us. We don’t desire to be anywhere we are not supposed to be, and we will continue to be the best we can be wherever we are. But that’s another post for another time.

Oh, and here’s another thing for sharing: Great Adventure Gospel Band to play at Siloa – you may enjoy this newspaper article, especially if you haven’t heard our “Great Adventure” story and band beginnings in a nutshell. Luke Reiter, writer for the Isanti County News, came to our home to do a feature article a while back, and while the new article is very similar to the first, it still gives you a very concise and well-written synopsis of who we are and what God has done in our lives.

Have a great, God-blessed day!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF