Monday, August 13, 2012

New Name, New Website!

Hello friends!

Well, it's official!  We are no longer "The Great Adventure Gospel Band", but "The Garms Family".  After much prayer and deliberation (and we repeat, much prayer and deliberation), we've decided to go by our family name as we travel and sing across the country.  You can read more about the name change on our new website,

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Blessings to you all!  We pray for you and hope to see you soon!
The Garms Family (TGF)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

How a Reading Light Became a Substitute Headlight

Who would have thought this little reading light would have become our only light on the highway as we traveled home from our concert at Balsam Lutheran Church in Amery, WI last night?  Not us, that's for certain!

As Dad, Ben, and I moved toward the bus after the final items of our equipment were packed into the trailer, Sue - part of the concert committee at the church - said goodbye and wished us safe travels.  I thanked her for all her help and kind words, not really considering what may be ahead for us within the next half hour.  

As we all settled into the bus, Dad immediately called us to prayer, saying on the way to the church, he had noticed the speedometer was acting funny, and upon starting the bus for the return trip, he discovered we were losing battery power.  He prayed for the Lord's protection on our way home.  He then shared it was very possible we would lose the headlights because the battery was only at 14 volts and rapidly dropping.

My mind wandered back to everyone who wished us safe travels, and though they said the phrase sincerely, they would have never guessed how much we needed their prayers.  Caleb interrupted my thoughts with the question, "What do we do when the headlights die?"  How was I supposed to answer?

We kids observed the headlights dimming from our back seats, silently eating our food as the 10:00 p.m. sky provided utter darkness around us.  And, as we neared the city of Grantsburg, WI, the bus's headlights faded away.

The lights from surrounding farm houses gave a little light for a few seconds, but when we entered a stretch with absolute no light, Dad suddenly cried out, "I can't see the road!"  Slowing down, he precariously drove the bus, and fear gripped us all as we noticed an approaching car coming over a hill.  

Whispered prayers were heard around the darkened bus, and then Mom got an idea.  Before the headlights went out, Mom had gotten out her reading light, preparing to read.  "Hey Mom," I had half-joked as the sudden light blinded us kids in the back, "if the headlights do go out, you could use that instead!  It's bright enough."  We then hilariously imagined Mom with her reading light and Ben with his cellphone light hanging out the sides of the bus to light up the road.  Now, in the moment of crisis, Mom decided to try it.

With Mom pointing her little reading light at the white line on the road, Dad could see enough of the line to keep him carefully driving the bus up and down the hilly highway to Grantsburg.  The craziest part of the trip (well, actually, it was all crazy) was one vehicle with its brights on, flashing us, trying to tell us to turn on our lights.  We must have looked pretty scary - a large, ghostly bus towing a dark trailer, crawling along without any lights.

The Lord graciously protected us on that dark stretch by providing brightness to our travels through a dinky reading light.  We all breathed a sigh of relief and a prayer of thankfulness as we pulled into a gas station in Grantsburg - but what to do next?  We began to wrack our brains, and started to go though friends we could call at 11:00 p.m. who would possibly have a battery charger or a spare battery.  Mom suggested our friends the Nuckols, who live not too far away from our home and relatively close to WI.  Dad called Mr. Nuckols, and he graciously came so late at night with a battery and jumper cables to help.   

Dad and Mr. Nuckols checking out the bus battery.
Dad and Mr. Nuckols put his battery in the bus, which provided a little power to the headlights.  But they were uncertain of the safety for the trip home, so Mr. Nuckols escorted us in his minivan back to Minnesota and Braham, providing light for the way home.  (Thank you so very much, Mr. Nuckols, for being so giving and sacrificing of your night to help us stranded folkies out!)  By the time we arrived home, it was about 1:00 a.m., and our family was super tired and very grateful.

This afternoon, Dad began poking around to discover what needed to be repaired.  After looking the bus over, he says the fact that the battery got us all the way to our concert and halfway back is amazing; a normal-sized battery wouldn't have done so.  The alternator is completely dead.  Our Lord definitely was watching over us and intervening in the frightful situation! 

We had a wonderful time with everyone at Balsam Lutheran last night and praise God for His presence at the concert, on the way home, and every moment of our lives.

Just another great adventure on this journey with our Lord!

Blessings to you all!
Taylor for The Garms Family   

Saturday, June 2, 2012

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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

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 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Dad and Mom!

Happy Anniversary to our wonderful parents, David and Kris! 

Aren't they such a great looking couple? :) 
Dad and Mom: May God richly bless you both as you journey along together!  You have been such godly influences and we have learned much from your example. Thank you for your commitment and your desire to honor God and each other in your relationship. We love you! ♥

Perry Tanksley 

I once thought marriage took 
Just two to make a go.
But now I am convinced
It takes the Lord also.

And not one marriage fails
Where Christ is asked to enter.
As lovers come together
With Jesus at the center.

But marriage seldom thrives
And homes are incomplete
Till He is welcomed there
To help avert defeat.

In homes where Christ is first
It's obvious to see,
Those unions really work,
For marriage still takes Three.

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
The Garms Family

Friday, March 9, 2012

Great Adventure Gospel Band is on Facebook!

Hey Y'all!

Yes, we actually took the plunge and started a Facebook account!  Check it out, like it, and share it with your friends - we'd love to connect!

Blessings on your day,
The Garms Family

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy 21st Birthday, Ben-"Jamin"!

Do you wish to know the most visited post every written on our family blog (besides the Legacy Six post)?

Time after time, we receive visitors (Hello Visitors!) searching for "What to say on a 20th birthday card", and on this particular post, you'll see there are plenty of random messages and Bible verses with which we filled our 20th birthday cards.  Ben likes to claim the large amount of traffic is due to his popularity.

Ha, ha.

Today, Ben has become "ancient" (as I am prone to call my friends who reached this ripe old age).  21 years old.  Wow!

Brilliant (to quote our cousin Noah who is spending the day here with Grandpa)

Oh, and did you know that Ben looks like Josh Groban?  After one concert a while back, several older ladies came up to me and said among giggles, "Oh, your brother - he, well, he looks EXACTLY like Josh Groban!  You tell him that, okay?"  I didn't have a clue who Josh Groban was, and I didn't have to tell Ben either, for then they promptly went and delivered their message for themselves!  Since then, multiple other people have informed us of this opinion as well.  And our thought is, Well, we can see how they say this...sometimes.  :)

Ben chose Jeremiah 32 to be his birthday scripture; here's a selection from it:

And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.
(Jeremiah 32:38-41 ESV)

HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY, BEN!  We love you dearly!

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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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        

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy 12th Birthday Sam!

With his zany smile and sharp wit, 12-year old Sam has brought countless smiles to our faces and doubled us over in laughter.  His knack for crazy facial contortions keeps us in stitches, and yet his thoughtful perspectives add plenty of depth to our conversations.  (And Sam's comedic dance moves on stage often leave audiences laughing till their sides hurt!  Too bad people don't see the ones he does here at home!)

Sam on his 12th birthday - January 18th, 2012  (The picture on the bottom left is his signature "Senator Sam" pose!)

Silly (and serious simultaneously!)

Sam randomly chose a psalm today (after first suggesting 117), and landed at Psalm 131, which is only a verse longer than 117.  :)  He then chose Psalm 132 so we could at least all get a verse.  But here's a verse from 131 I thought I would share for Mr. Sammy:

"O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore."
(Psalm 131:3 ESV)

Happy 12th Birthday Sam!  We love you dearly and remember, "Be responsible, young man!" :)

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

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry, Merry Christmas!

The Garms Family - Christmas Eve 2011 | From Left to Right: Front row - Sam (11), Caleb (8), Dad (David), Mom (Kris); Back row - Jayme (10), Ben (20), Leesha (17), and Taylor (19) 
We pray you and your family had a delightful, most blessed Christmas; ours was relaxing and reflective, and we enjoyed our time at home.  May you continue to be blessed exceedingly throughout the rest of this year, and into 2012!

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons."
(Galatians 4:4-5 ESV)

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
The Garms Family

Happy 10th Birthday Jayme!

"Jaym-Jaym", "Giggles", "Jollylegs", and most recently "Pipsqueak" (I called her that from stage during our last concert, and people afterwards kept coming up and calling her "Pipsqueak"!)...all these nicknames describe our little Christmas joy, Jayme.  We celebrated her 10th birthday on December 22nd, and now she goes around exclaiming, "I'm a decade old!"  :)  She had been counting down the days to her birthday for several months (yes, really!), and was so excited when the day finally arrived.  Jayme was doubly excited when Grandpa Pete and cousin Noah were able to spend the day as well.

Jayme - December 22nd, 2011
Joyful (mostly!)

Our little fiddler - December 20th, 2011
Jayme chose Psalm 62 as her psalm for the day:

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.

Happy Birthday Jaym-Jaym - we love you dearly!

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for TGF

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Concert Video Highlights

Hello Friends!

Here are a few video highlights from some of the Christmas concerts we did this December.  Be blessed, and may your hearts be filled with the Joy of Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
The Garms Family