Well let me tell you...there are some JV Kids over here who've got some real talent too!
Tonight was our annual JVK Talent Show and it was the highlight of the day!
As our JVK specialist, Claire got things started by introducing the show, and then turning it over to the oldest JVK who emceed the evening.
Judah and I sat in the front row, excited for his first ever JVK talent show!
This year's "senior" group, six kids from Czech and Slovakia (three sets of siblings!), started off with a video introduction to the evening. They're a clever bunch!
First up tonight was Lia and Myah, from Czech and Poland, beautifully and so meaningfully singing the worship song, "No Longer Slaves". Honestly, they brought me to tears as they sang.
Next up were a set of siblings from Czech, accompanied by their dad, singing a Czech folk song!
Five year old Roman was up next with his dad and sister. When they started and he was still just hanging on to his drumsticks I wasn't sure what to expect.
But his talent totally took me by surprise.
He's a GOOD drummer! His dad said that his skill surpassed him a year and a half ago, which is saying something since his dad is quite a good musician. It is so fun to see this talent being nurtured at a young age.
I'm not quite sure I got pictures of all the acts, though I was sure trying to. I know for sure I missed a couple of budding pianists because I'd moved to the floor with Judah, which meant I couldn't see their heads as they were so small behind the music stand on the piano!
But next up according to my photos was this interview done by the senior kids.
It had been their idea to ask these three, Tyler, Claire and Jacob Hash, to come up and talk about what it's like to be back in JV now as adults, serving in JV! All three of them have arrived on the field since last year's Thanksgiving. For Tyler it had been ten years since he'd been at a Thanksgiving, and six since Claire and Jacob had been to one!
One of the sweet things about JVK is how much the older ones care for the younger ones.
This piano duet was done by kids from two different families in Czech; the younger one wanted to play but needed someone to play the second part. Asher volunteered to help our Adam, which was just the sweetest!
We not only have musicians in our JVK but some artists too! Gabe was showing off his many artistic creations. And they were so good!
I remember when this teenager first played drums at a JVK Talent Show a number of years ago.
And now here he is, playing a very complicated drum part to a punk rock song!
Judah was very impressed (he just got an electronic drum set for his 3rd birthday!) and played along with Caden as he drummed!
|Earlier he'd listened to him practice and didn't need his ears covered; however adding in the music meant he needed dad's help so he could still drum along, but not with quite as much noise!|
I love the range of talent among our JVK. Shaylee from Slovakia made some delectable homemade peanut butter cups and invited five volunteers up to taste test them as she explained how she made them!
Back to our budding artists! Gage asked Chris to come up, saying that he was going to be drawing what he thought he'd look like as an old man!
In reality he'd already drawn the picture, but it was such a clever way to display his talent!
Different JVK rotated in and out of my lap throughout the evening, including these two cuties, Era and Noel!
|And do you notice how my son photobombed our selfie?! HAHAHAHA TYLER!|
The seniors had not only thoughtfully divided up who was going to be the emcee for different acts, but they also included some fun audience participation to spice up the show!
I can't remember if they had a name for this game...but basically the instructions were to act out certain items with a partner.
Any ideas what this item was??
|A creative version of a violin by Kyle and Amy!|
And this was a flashlight by Chris and Kelly from Poland!
Another one of our artists, Caleb from Czech, had his art ready to go in a Powerpoint presentation. So impressive!
Jaylin from Slovakia sang gorgeously, accompanied on the piano by her brother!
And Míša from Czech played a very complicated piece in a duet with Shelby! Being a pianist myself I loved hearing them play together!
Next up were two "Veggie Tale" rappers!! Oh my, these two friends, Toby and Hampton, were so good!
As the program is going, the little kids roam a bit which is fine, as long as they don't interrupt their other JVK's during their acts. I'm so impressed by how well the kids do at managing themselves, even this little guy!
I heard later that Asher spent a half hour in Papa's arms, some time in Aunt Claire's, and then he came to sit with me for a bit.
But that didn't last long! He has discovered his fellow JVK and he likes them a lot!!
I literally felt like I was watching my grandsons move into their JVK-ness right before my eyes tonight! It was so sweet to watch the older ones caring for them, and even instructing them!
Jayce is another one that I remember from days gone by, when he was just a little guy, performing at the JVK Talent show. And now look at him, almost all grown up! And his guitar playing has gotten so good over the years!
Next it was Sammy from Czech's turn to come up and play his violin. Sam from Slovakia did a short interview with him, asking at one point if he likes to play the violin.
His sweet response elicited such a giggle from all of us when he said, "Not so much" in answer to Sam's question!
But then he went on to play his violin while we all sang along!
Next up were best friends, Cece and Julie, singing a Czech folk song in their "oh so adorable" Czech folk dresses!
Hannah, one of our senior girls, brought her ukulele and shared a song with us that she wrote!
Inspired by something God taught her on a ski trip last winter with the older JVK, she wrote a song to express it. Oh how lovely her gift is, both in voice and in lyrics.
The final act of the night was introduced by Tate (who'd already performed at the piano with his sister!).
These are two sets of siblings from Slovakia who decided YESTERDAY to learn a swing dance and perform it for us all!
I found out later that the boys have NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS!
You would seriously have never known...they were all so good!
Their sisters must have been good teachers because they pulled this off flawlessly. I seriously wanted them to do it again for us as it went by all too fast!
I think this talent show goes down in history as the best, and the longest! We were there for an hour and 45 minutes...with kids and adults "all there" the whole time!
It's an evening we won't soon forget. And I'm already looking forward to next year's talent!