Back in October, our entire family got to see The Hunts in concert at a fall festival. Seth and I also got to see them live at The Norva a year prior to that. They know how to put on a good show and are a family jam-packed with talent (this song is one of my personal favorites). For those of you who aren’t familiar with them or their music, they are an indie-folk band from Chesapeake, Virginia. Their band is comprised of 2 sisters and 5 brothers: Jenni and Jessi (who are twins), Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison.
I was privileged and am thankful that Jessi Hunt took time to answer some questions for an interview–my very FIRST interview for this blog!
I found her responses very encouraging to me in the stage of life that I’m in and I hope all you creatives out there will be encouraged as well!
What does your day-to-day look like as you try to balance family and creativity? Do you practice and/or song-write at a specific time of day or do you fit it in as you can? How do you make everything flow or fit considering you still have regular responsibilities like laundry, meals, taking care of kids, etc?
My day to day schedule is so sporadic!! I have 2 sons: a 2 year old and a 7 month old nursing baby, so I never know how my nights or mornings might go! A couple days a week I go to band practice for about 3 hours while my sweet mom watches my boys. I set those few hours aside for music and creativity. I usually try to get house chores, exercise, Bible reading, dinner prep, “school time” (for my 2yr old), and outside play time all done before band practice. Obviously I don’t achieve that every day….or even most days, so I just do what I can and roll with it.
Also, I’ll say this….if I didn’t have my husband’s support in all of this, then I wouldn’t be still a part of the band. If I wasn’t able to keep my children with me while I travel or do shows then I wouldn’t still be pursing the band. It hurts my heart to say that because the band has been my life forever! But now my first priority is my husband and my children. I just like to take one day at a time and see what works best for us!
How would you advise the creative moms out there who still want to paint or sing or write or you name it—how would you encourage them to pursue their desires but still balance everything else?
I would encourage mamas like this: being a wife and mom is a FULL TIME job in itself. And it’s a beautiful job!! Definitely not glamorous, but it’s a God-glorifying calling.
Managing our homes is what God has called us to do! [“…to have children, to manage their homes.” 1 Timothy 5:14 “and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home…” Titus 2:4-5].
When you’re standing over the kitchen sink scrubbing dishes; you’re honoring the lord! When you’re folding laundry, changing diapers, caring for your children and cooking meals for your family; that’s managing your home and serving the lord! I think that’s PLENTY of a ministry!! But some of us are a little crazy and like to add even more to our plate! Haha.
I think it’s awesome to be creative and use your gifts and skills, but just be sure that it’s a happy balance that compliments your family.
Kind of along those same lines, do you set aside a specific time to be in the Word?
I try to spend time in prayer and reading the word each morning after my husband has left for work and before the kids wake up…even if it’s just 10 minutes! But on days when that doesn’t happen I love to turn my bible app on and listen to several chapters while we’re eating breakfast or doing chores.
I know you and your brothers try to get away and do a writer’s retreat. When you do that, do you have a goal for how many songs you complete while you’re together?
We do a song writing retreat about every other year. I used to go and stay for the whole retreat but now that I’m married and have kids I just attend for a couple hours each day. Our goal during the retreat is to get away from the distractions of everyday life and create new ideas and write as many new songs possible.
Where does the inspiration for your songs come from?
Inspiration for our songs comes from our experiences of life. We love to write songs that are real to us.
Is there a song-writer (or song-writers) who/whom you look up to?
I’m an oldies girl. Some of my favorite songwriters are the Beatles, Carole King and James Taylor.
If you could take your music somewhere new in the world, where would you want to travel?
I’ve always wanted to travel to Israel and Greece!!
The Hunts have a concert at the Z in Virginia Beach in February. Click here for more details on this event. Also, if you scroll down to the bottom of this page of their website, you’ll find a beautiful song from The Hunts sisters called “For Our Sons.”