Life, Music

A Grand Gesture and The Lumineers at 24,000 ft

Romantic gestures are always appreciated by this little hopeless romantic, but this one at 24,000 ft took the cake.

Matt flying off the wing of the tanker

Last Tuesday Matt’s squadron surprised all the spouses with a last minute appreciation day and the opportunity to ride in a tanker to watch them refuel! Now, to bring everyone up to speed with pilot lingo (I’m still learning), here’s a quick summary: Matt flies the F-35 fighter and when the plane travels for more than a couple hours, it gets refueled mid air by a KC-135, refueling tanker. In order to refuel, this long pipe looking thing, or boom, drops out of the tanker and hooks into the jet, allowing for more gas to pump in. So basically, I had the opportunity to lay at the back of the plane with the boom operator and watch him in action up close, wind blowing my bangs wild and all. It was also the first time I got to see Matt fly…swoon. If that wasn’t enough, there’s more…

Matt flying up to the boom to get refueled

As I’m laying at the back of the plane, watching Matt fly up, I notice there’s a note for me on his dashboard that I can clearly start to see as he gets closer. It says “Hey Steph – Dead Sea”. Now this is where The Lumineers come in. Before Matt and I started dating and were good friends, our appreciation for the same types of music was really a big part of our friendship and lengthy conversations. One day, we started talking about how much we both loved the Lumineers and more specifically the song, Dead Sea. Matt then went on in depth about how his love for the song is all in the lyrics and how powerful he thought they were. I hadn’t paid much attention to the meaning of the lyrics and asked him what he meant and he pointed out a specific part of the chorus:

 Like the dead sea
You told me I was like the dead sea
You’ll never sink when you are with me
Oh, lord, like the dead sea
Whoa, I’m like the dead sea
The finest words you ever said to me
Honey can’t you see,
I was born to be, be your dead sea


Framed photo of the Dead Sea

This, along with 100 other fleeting moments, that felt like forever are what eventually pushed our cherished friendship to more. Fast forward to our first Christmas as a very new couple, where I had a little romantic gesture of my own planned. I gifted him a framed picture of the actual Dead Sea. Of course, I was a little nervous, because I wasn’t sure if he had placed as much meaning as I had to our little conversation we had months ago. I cringed as I watched his face, slowly opening the parcel. Then a big smile started to form and with wide eyes he said “you remembered”. Now the photo hangs in our first home together, the vinyl of the song plays in our living room and the words “Dead Sea” find themselves at the end of emails, little notes, and on the dashboards of F-35s. Now I can’t top sending you clever notes in the sky, but I can write you a blog post. So this ones for you babe. Love you…so much.

Dead Sea,

The song, Dead Sea, can be listened to above and is on the Lumineers first and self titled album. The full album and vinyl can be found here. Its one of our very favorites! Enjoy 🙂



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  • Reply Hannah Q.

    Awww stephanie this is so darling!!! Love it so much.

    May 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      aww I’m so glad you think so! thanks for reading beautiful 🙂

      May 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Jas @All that's Jas

    This is the sweetest thing I’ve ever read. May you two be each other’s dead sea forever and ever more!

    May 6, 2017 at 2:33 am
    • Reply Stephanie

      So nice of you to say Jas! Glad I could finally offer you something as sweet as your desserts 😉

      May 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Maureen

    Had to pull out the tissues for this one… Love you both!

    May 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      haha us too, Matt included 😉 It was fun writing it. We love you too!

      May 6, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Jenny Ruhnke

    Steps that is the cutest freaken story ever! You and Matt 😍

    May 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      aww thanks girl! I appreciate you reading it. and let talks about you and your beautiful little family! Hope you all are doing well 🙂

      May 6, 2017 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Britt Wells

    How romantic! And that sounds like an incredible experience to watch him in action!

    May 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      it really was! unforgettable. thanks for reading Britt 🙂

      May 6, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Heather Lovelett

    This is literally the cutest ever! So so romantic! I love it, awhh!

    May 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      yay! Thanks Heather. glad you enjoyed and wasn’t too sappy 🙂

      May 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Nancy at Miles For Family

    Wow, what a neat connection! Keep those romantic gestures going.

    May 8, 2017 at 11:53 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      Thanks Nancy! Agreed, can’t get complacent 🙂

      May 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Ok this is the sweetest thing ever!! I love having little ‘inside jokes’ or phrases that only my husband and I know. And his note for you in the dashboard… wow, what a sweetheart! Thanks for sharing Stephanie, I loved reading this!

    May 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      aren’t they the best!? Judging by your IG I bet you all have some pretty cute ones too 😉

      May 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Bhupendra Singh

    Loved your article. Thanks for sharing a beautiful experience from your life. Will give a listen to the song Dead Sea.

    June 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      I’m glad you thought so! Thanks so much for the kind words. Hope you enjoy 🙂

      June 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    That’s so sweet! What an amazing experience!

    June 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      it really was! Thanks for stopping by Jenni 🙂

      June 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Tina


    June 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      thanks Tina!

      June 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

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