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