Monthly Archives: February 2012


Here it is (thanks to the totally talented and AMAZING Dave Tebbutt)

It makes me smile and get goosebumps EVERY time I hear that song 🙂

I HEART Ben Rector!!!

I am in a mushy place these last few weeks, so bear with me…lots going on in my life.

xo Dani

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Posted by on 02/29/2012 in Uncategorized



December 2007, Mark Brien got a job at Bethesda-where I have been working since 2002.  We instantly clicked and just got along so well.  I am fairly shy, but at work I am in my element!!  I am me;  can be blunt, confident, loving, caring, silly, fun, honest and passionate.  I wish this was the ME I saw all the time!! (working on that!)

So early in 2008, I had just returned from a trip to Cali with an old high school friend – A-MAZING.  I loved every minute of that trip and will remember it forever!  Well Mark and I were texting a lot – I know – super lame! Anyhow – one thing led to another and just last week, it was 4 years that we have been together!

We got married October 23, 2010.  It was totally an amazing day.

Everyone always tells you, your wedding day is the best day of your life. it’s true.  🙂  There were a few monumental reasons it was amazing for me.  I got to marry a guy I never thought I would meet and get to have all to myself 😉 I declared in front of over 200 people, that MARK ANDREW SPENCER BRIEN – you are the one for me.  That isn’t scary is it?!?! It for me was also an expression of accountability.  Anyone who knows me knows I was scared to commit.  Not because I am afraid I will cheat, or can’t be in a monogamous relationship – it is for fear of failure.  Marriage isn’t always going to be easy, and that is scary for me – much less scary now.  I know that Mark and I will fight together through whatever and I mean WHATEVER comes our way, and make it out still breathing, loving and stronger than before.  Another reason I loved my wedding day was that you get to have basically everyone you care about, all in one room and all for you!  Wow – talk about feeling supported!!  I felt like Mark and I got to tell everyone and ask for God’s help, that we want to start this crazy journey together have a blast while doing it!!

We have 2 of the CUTEST dogs alive 🙂 see for yourself!

Our first year of marriage was….amazing, difficult, adventurous, fun, hard and perfect.

Mark lost his contract full time position right before we got married (a pregnant woman from another area, “bumped” him out), and therefore, there were lots of tough times/months; things we NEVER thought we would face…ESPECIALLY in the first year of marriage.

We travelled to Barbados for our honeymoon, where a hurricane hit.  It was an experience to say the least.  A hurricane hadn’t hit there in almost 40 years, but obviously on our honeymoon, it would!!! We then left for St. Lucia, which was pretty much destroyed by the hurricane also. We had the best time though, played games by candlelight, (there was no power for days!) went swimming, read, talked and explored!

A couple months later, we went with friends on a cruise of the Carribean – sooooo fun! We saw so many places and spent much needed quality time together.

Mark got a full time job late summer 2011 and now he is permanent there!

We own 1 rental property, we sold the other house this past summer. (2 was too much)

I still work at Bethesda full time and my husband now works full time in Oakville at a place called ROCK

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Posted by on 02/28/2012 in Uncategorized