This was my FIFTH year of being a part of JAZZ NATIVITY! Now before I continue, let me explain… this isn’t a nativity reenactment! We always seem to confuse people with that! This is a CHRISTMAS JAZZ CONCERT! It started ten years ago, and it has grown every year since! We now have FIVE shows, over 2 hours of numbers, professional lighting teams, Starbucks on-site sponsoring the event, and a total attendance of over 2000 people! It is QUITE a production!
One year I missed being a part of Jazz Nativity because of a destination wedding, and let me tell you, I will NEVER do that again! We loved that wedding, but we really missed being a part of Jazz Nativity. It’s almost like it doesn’t feel like Christmas unless we have this weekend at church!!!
So this year was a little different for me. I’m 30 weeks pregnant. Now… I don’t know how many of you have ever been 30 weeks pregnant and have had to stand in front of hundreds of people at a time and PERFORM… but it’s a little intimidating! There’s a 3 pound little girl pushing against my diaphragm, and I have never had such a lack of AIR during a performance, but we made it through!! One day we’ll show her these videos and tell her she was performing before she was even born! Who knows if she’ll be musical or not, but she sure did like it when the trumpets and saxophones would play! She moved all around during those numbers!!
Jazz Nativity is a lot of work for a lot of people. David Esleck and Rich Moncure make the musical performance side come to life, and then there’s an entire team of people who make an incredible number of things happen behind-the-scenes! When we begin our wedding season this coming April, they will be starting to plan Jazz Nativity for Christmas 2017 ! It’s such a commitment, and we’re so grateful for their hard work and dedication to making the show better and better every year!!! Enjoy some images from this past weekend!
Ps. Jazz Nativity friends there are SO many more pictures to come! These are just some favorites!
And thanks to Tyler Herrinton for always being our life videographer! :) This is from his iPhone, but we’re glad to have documentation of me trying to catch my breath and make it through my song!! :)
There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!
Another month. I had forgotten just how fast it goes when they are this tiny. One minute they are in 0-3 month clothes and the next you’re unpacking 6month options!
How is it MARCH already in 2021?! This year is flying by and we’re getting closer and closer to the beginning of wedding season! At least we are here in Virginia! It’s my honor to get to introduce you to some of our KJ Students who are doing the hard work of educating themselves and growing their businesses! My hope is that their stories and advice will be an encouragement to anyone wanting to grow and feel confident before wedding season picks up!
Welcome to a brand new installment of KJ Student Spotlight!! It’s always a good day on the blog when we get to introduce you to some of our students and share their wins and advice!!! These three students have taken courses, watched Youtube episodes, are KJ All Access members, use our templates and have invested in themselves time and time again in order to grow their businesses! They deserve this recognition!!!
Here it is! Post one of twelve! I’m committing, once again, to blogging my favorite images each month of Everett’s first year and I’m excited about it because I know from past experience that this is truly the BEST motivation and accountability to stay on top of family editing!!
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!