December 26, 2008

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve morning, I awoke feeling a little bit ill.

This was not morning sickness.

No, this was a small case of the jitters. In just 5 short hours, my first-born son would be playing his drums to accompany the children's choir at our church's three Christmas Eve services.

All along, I had pictured a little rinky-dink church service. What did I know? I had never been to one of our Christmas Eve services. But I should have known better. Nothing our church puts on is rinky-dink in nature.

Dress rehearsal the day before clued me in real fast. Professional sound-people racing to and fro...directors hustling by...the lights turned down low with spotlights on performers...gulp. Of course Finn had a very small role in all of this, but still. This was an actual production.

At that rehearsal, I somehow decided to go and sit directly behind Finn's drums, to hear what was going on. And it's a good thing I did. John was on the piano, Uncle Mark was playing his guitar, cousins Emma and Brooke were part of the choir and Auntie Paula was directing the choir. When John started to play the piano, I felt a bit panicky. Finn and I could not hear a single thing, except wild static blaring directly at us from a huge speaker. Finn started playing his drums anyway and we could just barely hear the faint sounds of the children's choir.

Something had gone terribly wrong. Finn was basically playing in the dark. Finally, I gathered my senses and hailed down a sound guy.

"Finn needs to hear his daddy playing the piano", I frantically explained.

A few moments later, the sound guy fixed the speaker and we could hear John playing the piano. From then on, things went fine, without a hitch. But still, I was a bit shaken. I had a whole new level of respect for the whole sound system and how completely dependent we were on these sound guys.

Hence my nerves that next morning. And excitement. Let's not forget excitement. John and Finn were not phased in the least. 

I guess I was going to have to be nervous for the both of them.  I consoled myself with the fact that this whole production was to celebrate the birth of our King, and that it was not about any of us anyway.

My mom drove down to watch and before we knew it, we were sitting in a darkened audience waiting for our Finn-boy.

And then his tiny little face emerged behind his enormous drums.

John and Finn playing together under the green spotlight. Oh gosh, Finn was oh-so-serious.

Everything went well and it was all so, so cute. Finn did his thing...the kids sang...they did this for 3 separate services. Whew!

I am a terrible videographer. Here is my feeble attempt to capture some of this action on my point-and-shoot(During the song, members from the audience were participating by hanging stars on the stage--that was kind of chaotic).

Watching John and Finn play together was the perfect Christmas gift for me. I could not have asked for more!


  1. Oh Davi, Finn...and John...did such a wonderful job! When I saw his name on the bulletin, I was nervous for him too. But your boy is a pro and one day that video will be on "Before They Were Stars" :)

  2. I'm just reeling from this post because I just now found out that you are related to Emma and Brooke. I can't believe I hadn't figured that before.

    SO cute. I would be so nervous for my little guy too! You have such a sweet family!

  3. Wow! I'm so impressed! Finn did a GREAT job. =) What a cool Christmas present for you.

  4. Awww, Davi, I'm gonna watch it about 200 more times! He did so wonderfully! Thank you for taping it!

  5. That was so cool.... finn's first performance... How very Cool!!!

  6. He was definitely my favorite part of the whole program!

  7. Davi, Steve says, "Good job, Finny, always finish BIG!"

  8. Malachi said, "wow! That kid is GOOD!" I agree!!

  9. That is impressive!!! What a big and exciting night for him (and you guys). I think its sweet that he got to play with his daddy too. :-)

  10. I'm so sad we missed the performance. Thanks for the little video. He was so cute. You're heart must have swelled with pride watching your two men on stage.

  11. Davala! Finn did an amazing job. I am so impressed by him! Loved seeing you on christmas...see you soon doll!

  12. I'm was SO proud of him. I tried to take pictures too, but my point and shoot did not do his tremendous performance justice=)

  13. Now that is a precious father son experience. You boys are just amazing Davi!

  14. He really did steal the show, you know!

  15. So very cute! Your heart must have swelled with pride to see your hubby and son playing together!

  16. Ohmygosh his grand finale was the best!! HAHA! He did SUCH a great job. I love his lil' rocker outfit too! Simply precious!

  17. Davi,
    Oh my gosh!!! Finn is my hero!!! The best part was back stage when he would enter the "green room" after his performance. I'd give him a high five as he came to retrieve his "nemo". So serious, he just bee-lined it to the corner where he hid it each time!!! That boy is a better drummer than any junior higher I've heard. Didn't even hit the rim, and that took a lot of effort at his size. I am in his fan club for life!!!!