TGF Travel (B)Log // February-March 2015

It’s ironic that I write this family “travel (b)log” from the stationary comforts of my desk.  I know—I have no excuse, other than it’s more convenient to publish a blog entry when I’m at home, with the ease of our own internet. :)

The other day, Caleb raced in to announce that it was nearly 60 degrees outside: “Feel it out there—it’s like T-shirt weather!”  (Well Caleb, maybe it’s not quite that warm yet!)  When Sam, Jayme, and Caleb were done with their school studies for the day, they dashed outside to take advantage of the spring thawing in our ditches and culverts.  They rigged up a small boat with kite string and, with Jayme operating the boat, the boys attack it with stones to see how long it will stay afloat.  It’s amazing how entertaining a boat and some kite string can be to imaginative young minds.

We are singing in Medford, Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday—the first concerts in two weeks since our tour to Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri.  (NOTE: Our concert on Saturday with the Medford Performing Arts is a CLOSED event—sorry for any inconveniences; we just got the news.) After having a delightful time with so many new friends (and old ones too!), and after experiencing a nasty virus that attacked our voices this past week, we are eager to restart singing.

Recording our fifth album has been admittedly rather slow, but we continue to learn our plans aren’t always the Lord’s!  We find that we often have to be flexible when we have home-time—it gets quickly disrupted by unexpected, but necessary activities. (Anyone else experience that?)  We are nearly done with all the instruments tracks—Ben has been supervising our progress—and can hopefully start recording vocals soon, once our voices are back up to speed.  (That virus really drained our energy and vocal ability!)

Our Nautilus continues to be a blessing—a mixed one, at times, but overall, we are incredibly grateful for it.  After spending a third of our time last year in hotel rooms, we are thankful to pack our outfits, school and books, food, and other items in ONE spot—no more unloading the bus for an hour at 12 o’clock in the morning!  The aspect of having a home away from home has been likewise enjoyable.  We continue to establish routines in the motorhome to make life smoother (it’s always funny at mealtimes to “dance around” each around in a small space!).  Dad has been busy maintaining the upkeep on the Nautilus.  It had some interesting quirks on our recent trip (everything from furnaces not working on the way out to replacing a mysteriously damaged tire on the way home), and Dad, being the mechanic he is, is constantly trying insure a safe ride to each concert.

Can’t wait to see you all soon!

Joy in the Journey,

Taylor for TGF

P.S. Less than 24 hours after we returned home from our February tour, we got in the van and spent an afternoon in Eau Claire, WI.  Legacy Five was in the area and, since we missed seeing them last year in Minnesota, we made sure we saw them at least once this year.  It was refreshing to sit in the audience for an hour and half and be blessed.  Well, I should restate that—most of us got to be “normal” audience members.  People recognized Caleb and asked Legacy Five to let him sing with them.  :)  So, during the first half, Scott Fowler called Caleb up on “I’m Feeling Fine”.  Here’s the video if you’d like to see what happened for yourself:

2015 WINTER TOUR PHOTO GALLERY

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 

“Ring Christmas Bells” Video

A special thanks to everyone who came to our special Christmas concert at our home church, St. Stephen’s Lutheran, on December 4th! We enjoyed dusting off our Christmas songs, debuting some new ones, and even rearranging some off of our latest CD (you should hear the LAs exciting new arrangement of “Go Tell It On the Mountain” with full instrument back-up now; my favorite part is the ending – it’s awesome!). It was so neat to have friends and family in attendance (Grandpa Pete stayed the weekend and sister Uli came to the concert) – and we made new friends as well. It was a blast!

We were extremely blessed and flabbergasted by the generosity of our friends: St. Stephen’s has been raising money for our family while we’ve been away at concerts on Sundays. Pastor Anderson presented Dad and Mom with their gift, along with the freewill offering. Wow. Thank you all SO much!

We’ve been having a wonderful time at our other Christmas concerts as well! Last night we had an enjoyable evening at Kost Evangelical Free Church in North Branch, MN with friends new and old – thank you Linda for having us come to your church! And, we were thrilled to return to Eagle Bend Assembly of God this last Sunday (the meal was absolutely delicious, y’all!). We’ve been so blessed.


Here’s a highlight from our concert at our home church; enjoy!

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