Sunday Snapshot: {fini flight}

My man likes a lot of things.

But he loves only a few.

First of all he loves the Lord.

He loves me.

He loves his family.

And he loves to fly.

He will be the first to tell you, he’s been infinitely blessed to be able to do something he loves for a living.

Which in turn, blesses me.

Because this guy doesn’t need to spend the weekend on the golf course for some downtime.

Or at the lake with a fishing pole.

He really, really loves to fly.

Sadly, this week brought his final flight in the military.

And, as is tradition on this ‘fini flight’, we were all standing by to watch.

Loaded down with fire extinguishers filled with water.

Aimed directly at him.

The kids just could not believe that they would actually get a chance to spray their dad with water.

In the face.

And Chris was a great sport about the ice cold festivities.

I am so glad the kids got to see their dad doing something he loves so much.

But I think what they’ll remember most, is spraying their dad with a fire extinguisher.

I’m just glad they’ll remember.


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  1. What a fun, fun memory for the whole family….and WONDERFUL photos of you capturing it all on camera!

  2. How joyful and yet sad. I hate that it was the last of something he love so much. And I must say I cannot understand that because flying is m BIGGEST fear.

    How wonderful for your family to be there and to squirt him in this tradition. Hope he get to fly in other venues:)

  3. Please excuse my typos above.

  4. His LAST flight? That makes me sorta sad for him.
    But I’m glad that you all were there to celebrate with him.

    Thank you to your hubby for his service to our country!

  5. I’m so grateful for brave men like your husband!!! And THANK YOU for the sacrifice you make while he serves our country. Great post!! :)

  6. You know what this means, don’t you? Don’t be surprised if you find a jet in your driveway soon. :)
    This was so sweet and kinda sad at the same time. Many thanks to your hubby for his bravery and service for all of us who sit at home and read blogs all day. 😉

    ps. beautiful pictures

  7. Awesome pictures, and thanks to your husband for his service!

  8. Great series of pictures.


  9. What an amazing experience. You are indeed blessed. Those are the memories that really count.

  10. We are blessed to have him serving our country and protecting us. So blessed.

  11. that is so cool! my hubby has a job he loves too – and I always tell people that it makes our home life so much better! I love your photos of your hero hubby’s dousing :) too fun.

    xo ellie

  12. I feel sad for your hubby but really glad that you’ll have such fun and sweet memories that will be forever etched in your heart!!

    Have a blessed Sunday!

  13. I’m (almost) 36 & I’d love to hose my dad down with ice cold water 😉 What memories – adorable kiddos, great pics & a huge thank-ya to your hubs for protecting our country!

  14. What great pictures and wonderful memories!

  15. A bittersweet post, but so cute it made me laugh. Great pictures. What great blessings and memories, and so thankful for his (and your) service for our country.

  16. This is GREAT!!
    Fun Stuff!

  17. Don’t know why I am all teared up. Maybe cause I am a married to a former military man. Maybe cause one of my boys wants to be a pilot. Maybe cause I love my family too. Either way … you captured magic in these photos. I could feel all the emotion!
    Grateful for your husband’s service to our country!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  18. What fun!! Your photos are beautiful, what a greta family memory to capture :)

  19. You are right, it’s great for kids to see that dreams do come true. Happy Weekend!

  20. What a fun day, and what a great way to celebrate Chris’ last flight. Kinda sad day for him, I’m sure but having support of his beautiful family helped immensely. I wish our kids could of seen Bryan’s submarine days! We must tour a working sub someday! Thanks for the inspiration! Truly Blessed we are! And thank Chris for us for his service to us and all Americans!

  21. So sad that he is done doing something he loves so much. What fun those little ones had! So great that they got to see him “earn a living” doing something he loved!

  22. wonderful memories captured here. just beautiful.

  23. A bitter-sweet moment I am sure, but what a sweet memory to carry for the children.

  24. What a beautiful post!!

    I am sure it was a bittersweet feeling being there when he stepped off his final flight….and how emotional for him to see his family standing there waiting for him.

    Beautifully captured Stefanie….these photos definitely tell a story of love and joy:)

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend~



  25. I’ve seen this with commercial pilots, except they use fire trucks & hoses. I have to say I like this version of the tradition MUCH better. It’s so great you got it on film, but it will be something your kids will never forget. Chris (& Stefanie), thank you for your service.

  26. What a fun tradition. What’s next for him?

  27. Dear Chris and Stefanie,
    Thank you for sharing your faith and for your dedication. Especially this Memorial weekend we are thankful for brave and courageous men like Chris! How bittersweet to have the last flight flown but how fun for your children to share in it! That was so much water!!! Your photos are absolutely joyful, quite the memory for your family!

  28. awwwwwwwwww– loved this!!!!!!!!! love the picture of him in the plane- i bet this was very bitter sweet– loved the post:)

  29. Congrats to Chris on this change in his life, sorry/sad to see this chapter end. Great pictures. Best Wishes, Stacy, Bruce and Melissa

  30. I’m sure it was a bittersweet day. But you captured it wonderfully in your pictures!

  31. So sweet.
    I’m sure this is a bittersweet time for him since his military family is his “family” too. So grateful for 1) good Christian husbands, who 2) are great Christian Dads who also 3) are not only willing to serve but HAPPY to serve us and our great country. So glad our military has not just #3 but also #1 and #2!
    I’m sure having a wonderful Christian Mom/wife at home has been a blessing to him in his service, too!
    Thank you and him (and your whole family) for allowing us to borrow him for service.

  32. Awesome!!!! Wish we could have been there to spray him too. Love ya’ll

  33. It is great that he does something he loves! I absolutely love that your family got to be there for his Fini Flight. You’re right the kids may remember the water more but it will always be a treasured memory.

  34. What a bittersweet moment, Stef! Thank you for your family’s service to this country!!! So glad you all got to share that with him!

  35. Awww…bitttersweet! :Love your photo story….What’s next for Chris?

  36. First- thank you to your husband and your family for faithful service to our country! The sacrifices made are appreciated beyond words!

    I’m sure it was a bittersweet day for you and your family as well, but what an awesome memory made as well!
    Beautiful pictures of the moment!

  37. You captured all of the day so well. It left me feeling sad for him and wondering what God has in store next? I hope it is something he loves equally. Big hugs to you.

  38. Awwww…..Stefanie! What a bittersweet day for you all I am sure. The closing of one chapter and the opening of another to come. Love, love, love the water pics! :) And how priceless to see you kiddos watching their daddy on this special day! :)

  39. Way to go AF brats!!! (I never liked being called a brat, but my dad was also in the AF for several years)

  40. What a FUN post and so very cool for your kiddos to see their daddy doing something he loves. :) Hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)

  41. Stef – brilliant work – you captured both the images and the feelings!

    But more importantly – thanks to all of you Chris for your service directly – and to your family for their service as well – it is well and truely noted here.

    Chris – there comes a time when all of us need to stand down and make room for the younger guys – and they’ll do just fine – even though I too sometimes wonder if they can steer!

    Thanks – you are relieved sir.

    hugs – aus and co.

  42. Amazing!! Love it, and what a great memory for your family. Awesome that it was so close to Memorial Day too. Thanks for all the sacrifices your family makes for the rest of us.

    Steph…could you privately email me? I have a question for you, and was having a hard time finding your email address.


  43. Stef,
    I am just catching up!!!! Your pictures of this momentous occasion for your family are AWESOME!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what God has planned for Chris next!!!!!!

    Jeff wants to know what kind of plane that is!!!! :)


  44. These pictures are absolutely amazing, Stef…..just fantastic……the emotion and excitement were evident. I, too, thank Chris and your family’s sacrifices for his service to our Country. I know that with the drive and ability that man has that whatever is next will be just as stellar…..and he has the perfect partner in crime right by his side to make the journey even more fun than the destination.


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