As promised earlier this week, the time has arrived to welcome a new contributor to SouthernGospelBlog.com—or, more precisely, eight of them!

You met the Garms Family last fall when their youngest, Caleb, was featured in this Legacy Six video. They’ve been active participants in the comments since. Recently, after they made a comment expressing interest in blogging about Southern Gospel, I invited them to give it a try here. They said yes!

Perhaps the most unique aspect we can be looking forward to is the range of ages and perspectives they bring—from middle-aged parents to a seven-year old! Here is just a preview and a taste, as each shares thoughts on joining:

Dad (David)

“SouthernGospelBlog.com has been a positive part of our family’s cyber life. We’re excited to see the latest postings, read the captivating comments, often laugh, as well as identify with the topics. It makes for great discussion around the kitchen table! Our family is humbled to share this home-grown perspective spanning a couple of generations from little Caleb to Mom & Dad.

Mom (Kris)

“Exciting! Our home life has been a buzz with Southern Gospel Music and all it entails since falling in love with the Cathedrals music in 2005. We love this genre with the powerful message of hope in Jesus Christ. May God use our time together on this blog to honor Him and give Him all the glory and praise for this music and the lives (like ours) that have been changed.”

Interestingly, that was within a year of when I discovered the Cathedrals’ music myself, as my first exposure to Southern Gospel! That would’ve been mid-2004 for me, I believe. – Daniel

Ben (age 20)

“How amazing it is to have an opportunity like this! Thank you, Daniel, for giving us the chance to share our thoughts and to support your blog. I’m praying we will be a welcome addition to SouthernGospelBlog.com, and I hope you readers and commentors enjoy this as much as we will!”

Taylor (age 18)

“It has been a joy to read and participate on SouthernGospelBlog.com for the past four months, and now it is an honor to be active contributors. I personally am excited to learn more about this amazing genre through our time here! It is actually a dream come true for us, as Ben, Leesha, and I used to talk about starting our own SG blog even before we had discovered Southern Gospel Blog. By the way, Daniel, do you really know what you have gotten into? Do we, for that matter? :)”

I think I have a pretty good idea! But we shall see! – Daniel

Leesha (age 16)

“All I can say is, God is truly amazing! God moves in mysterious ways and this is another incredible twist on the journey He’s put us on. I’m very humbled by the position Daniel has given us. I have enjoyed reading SouthernGospelBlog.com and can’t believe I’ll be a part of it!”

Samuel (age 11)

“This is interesting! It’s going to be a new experience. I can’t wait to get into it and find out how it turns out. Otherwise, it’s just another part of my daily life.”

Jayme (age 9)

“It’s interesting that this will include us kids. In a way it scares me, having people looking at our comments. I’m looking forward to being a part of it [SouthernGospelBlog.com].”

I think you’ll be the ones doing as much as anyone to make it interesting! And I mean that in a good way! – Daniel

Caleb (age 7)

“It sure is going to be exciting and really, really fun! It is interesting that people are going to look at my comments. That makes me feel weird, to think others are learning what I think about things.”

Might as well get used to it, my friend! One of these days, plenty of people who have never heard of Daniel Mount will have heard of Caleb Garms! – Daniel