This weekend we had a special gift to be together as a whole family: Dad, Mom, Whitney, Ben, Taylor, Uli, Leesha, Sam, Jayme, Caleb, and Mal...and let's not forget the two (outdoor) cats, Daffy and Timmi, Whit's guinea pig, Kingston, and the animals which like to visit every once in a while, "Peter Rabbit" and "Rusty the Rooster" (except our pheasant friend did not show up this weekend). :) The Triple "F" Ranch was true to its name: Faith, Family, and Fun!
Whitney moved back home three weeks ago and is trying to rearrange/refocus her life. It has been neat and interesting to have her home again, as it has been almost six years since she has been involved with the family at home. Uli, our foster daughter/sister, had some extremely difficult times last year while she lived with us (she lived with us for a total of two years) as she began healing from trauma in her past. She is now currently living at a foster home not too far away from us, and we are now so privileged to continue being a part of her life through phone calls and visits. (We love ya, Uli!) To get the entire Garms family under one roof at the same time was so special.
After we were settled in after attending church, we set up the tripod and snapped a family photo. (Never pass up one of those opportunities!) See above to check it out!
Oh yes, we also took this Sunday afternoon as an opportunity to run through a couple new songs. While Leesha and I did dishes (on a side note, when people ask if we have a dishwasher at home, we kids quickly reply, "Right here!"), I peeked into the living room as Mom, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb were practicing a song, and couldn't resist taking a few photos. Here's my favorite...
I can't reveal what song it is, nor how Ben, Leesha, and I will be creatively involved with it-you'll just have to attend a concert in the near future!
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
Taylor for the Garms Family
P.S. Sam, Jayme, and Caleb are singing the weirdest version of the hymn, "In the Garden", as I prepare to publish this blog. Trust me, though it's in three part harmony, you do not want to hear this one! (You never know what they'll come up with next!)