Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tagged :)

So, about 2 months ago, my friend Marley tagged me to answer some questions in my blog. It took me long enough. I enjoyed answering them :)

1. "Saved by the Bell" vs. "Family Matters"--whicht one is better? Why? "Saved by the Bell," because Zach Morris is really attractive. Also, I really love teenage dramas. (Ridiculous, I know.)

2. What is your favorite gift you have ever been given? This is really hard and I have a terrible memory, so it makes it really hard to think about "EVER been given." I’m just going to go with one of my birthday gifts this year. Jason gave me several bottles of wine. I love that he put so much thought into my gift… to give me more of an experience rather than something material. Because, wine is such a wonderful experience…
Also, it was a gift that lasted a long time, considering I have not drunk all of the bottles yet.

3. If you could have one talent, what would it be? Something musical. I would love to be able to just play some instrument, even if it was just by ear. I know this could be attained… I have such little motivation, though! If the talent could just be magically bestowed to me, that would be awesome.

4. What song reminds you of your teen years?
Any N'Sync or Backstreet Boys music. Those were the good 'ole days :)

5. If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would go to Italy. I would love to see all the beautiful sights there and experience Italian food and wine first-hand!

6. You have a Friday night at home all to yourself...what do you do? I clean and organize and stay absolutely busy until I am dog-tired. Then I fall asleep. I am so lame.

7. If you could choose to be born into another culture, which one would it be? Why? I don’t think I would choose to be born into another culture. I guess if I had to choose, it would be something European… only because their countries and lifestyles seem so elusive, alluring, and leisurely.

8. What is the worst advice you have ever been given? To break up with Jason. That obviously did not last long at all.

9. Whose story from the Bible do you most connect with? Definitely Martha. I am too busy and worried and hustled to take a moment and just visit with the Father sometimes. I want things to look and be perfect… when really I have no control over that… and what I really need is to spend time with the only One who is perfect and can make all things perfect.

10. What is your favorite hymn? "Great is Thy Faithfulness." Morning by morning… so thankful my God is faithful even when I am not.

11. If money were no object, who would you like to give a gift to? What gift? I know that I would gift my sister… I would probably buy her the log cabin about which she daydreams.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Hello fellow bloggers! I have absolutely no excuse for not blogging. I did start a new job in August... but that's a terrible excuse! I'm back to complete the 30 Day thing I began A LONG TIME AGO in one blog.

So, here goes...
Day 23: Favorite Vacation
Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of this vacation... because it was taken nearly 10 years ago before I had a computer, and I have never scanned the pictures.
Anyways... my favorite vacation ever was in July of 2003 to California with Jason and his family! We were there for 10 days and we visited lots of places in CA. We began in Los Angeles. Swooning over the star-studded town, we visited the Ivy Restaurant, toured Beverly Hills, and gawked at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Packed into a rental car, we made our way to Disneyland in Anaheim. Of course, we had a magical time :) After meeting Woody and Jessie and riding James and the Giant Peach Ferris Wheel, we took a night off in Anaheim to watch "Mamma Mia!" After our fun adventure in Mickey Mouse's territory, we traveled up the coast of CA to stop at Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea. This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. We walked on the beach, shopped, and listened to bagpipes that play every afternoon! Our next city to discover was San Fransisco. Listening to the seals bark, we checked out Pier 39. We walked around downtown and ate at the neatest restaurant called "Foreign Cinema." One of the most memorable days of our trip was our last... Allison's Birthday! Wineries and the Redwood Forest are not too shabby activities to do on your 10th (I think!) birthday!
This was, by far, the most unique vacation. I am crossing my fingers for us to head back out west as a family pretty soon in the future!

Day 24: Something you've learned
Oh good heavens... what one thing can I chose to share with you? I certainly learn something every day. Recently, I have learned a lot about how you cannot please everyone. As long as I am seeking Christ, honoring my husband, and doing my best in all I do... then that's really all I CAN DO! Someone is always going to have an opinion... and a criticism. But, my allegiance is to Christ, not to man! Thank goodness.

Day 25: Put your Ipod on shuffle, share first 10 songs.
1. The Lady is a Tramp - Frank Sinatra
2. Immortality - Celine Dion
3. Home of the Blues - Joaquin Phoenix (from Walk the Line)
4. Jesus Doesn't Care - Point of Grace
5. Seasons of Love - Rent
6. What Makes You Think You're the One - Fleetwood Mac
7. If I'm Not In Love - Faith Hill
8. Prayer - Celine Dion
9. Take it Back - She & Him
10. Then You Look at Me - Celine Dion

Looks like I love Celine Dion...

Day 26: Picture of my Family

My Parents, Dusty and Amanda, me, Jason, and my sister, Bethany at Disneyworld in 2010!

My In-Loves! Emily, Nancy, Allison, Jason, me, Jeffery.

I'm so blessed to have two incredible families!

Day 27: Pets
Jason and I bought a less-than-a-pound Yorkie in May 2009 and our lives have not been the same since! She fills our whole hearts with happiness!
Dixie Doodle

Day 28: Something that stresses me out...
Well, the thing that probably stresses me out the most is not hearing from Jason when I know he could be driving. I get so worried if I've not heard from him! I just need to know that he is safe!
I also get stressed when things aren't picked up and clean... because I'm crazy!

Day 29: 3 wishes
1. I wish that all three of my sisters would find husbands who seek God's heart passionately.
2. I wish that my mom's brain would heal completely.
3. I wish that when people made vows (covenants with God) that they really realized what they were doing. Marriage is a vow... it is for life.

Day 30: a picture
This is our most recent picture... Charity Ball 2012.
Alright friends! That's all for tonight. I will try to start blogging more :) It is therapeutic if I actually take the time to sit down! Love ya'll!

Monday, August 1, 2011

day 22: my favorite city

i am never more happy than when i am in oxford. just a quick stroll around the square
or driving through campus brings a smile to my face.
so i have compiled a list (certainly not complete because i can't possible think of them all) of the things i LOVE about oxford:
...all the incredible dining. any price range, any taste buds... oxford has something for you! a few of my faves include ravine, rice & spice, and bottletree bakery.
...little to no traffic.
...ole miss football and basketball games.

...beautiful scenery.

...regents school of oxford and my family there :)
...fbc oxford and my 4th grade sunday school kids.

...local businesses who know you and want to take care of you.

Even though I didn't grow up here, I feel more at home here than I do anywhere else. I love it and I never wanna leave!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

day 21: picture of yourself

So.... I like taking pictures ha! This is a collection of pics from 2005 when I graduated to this spring (2011)! Enjoy - I sure had fun looking back through all of them!

2005 - about to go to a play at the BLT
2006 - right after I had gotten engaged!

2007 - at my wedding to Jason Michael!

2008 - at our honeymoon in Paris! oooh la la!
2008 - in Boston, MA inside a church :)

2009 - with the cards I won playing Apples to Apples with sweet friends!

2009 - at Comic Con for the first time!2009 - in New York City trying to figure out how this line is art at MOMA
2009: excited about my Hungry Caterpillar book for Christmas!

2011 - enjoying a walk around Ole Miss when we got 10 inches of snow!

2011 - cheesing for Jason on his b-day and supporting my Rebs!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

day 20: nicknames

so i've never had one official nickname. i have lots of different ones and none of them are consistent and some aren't even used anymore.

here are some of them throughout the years...
blondie - official nickname from my father from the moment i finally had hair instead of peach fuzz until now
eugenia - occasional nickname from my father... it's complicated
daneeka - what people called me when they wanted to aggravate me :-P
darnika - friends from youth group thought this was humorous
"d" - i only had one childhood friend call me this and he never called me anything else
dannie - my baby sister calls me this to this day
dan dan - my sisters-in-love decided on calling me this and it's stuck. alot of people now use this nickname, which i like
dan - when someone doesn't feel like saying another "dan" ... i'm called this alot too

and my husband calls me a plethora of sickeningly sweet nicknames like baby girl, sweetheart, pookie, baby, blah blah blah he loves me :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

day 19: something you miss

i miss waking up early on the weekend to go down to my grandparents house to tend the garden.
i miss childlike imagination - playing with toys and having imaginary friends.
i miss dating my husband like when we were in high school... so much mystery, not being able to spend the night together, having to wait and be pursued... so sweet!
i miss living in the country... walking around outside however i want :) quiet, animals roaming around, birds singing louder... peaceful.
i miss forensics speech and debate... being a part of a team, a family of friends.
i miss my great grandma.... who always had a sweet smile, never judged a soul, and made the best cowboy cookies ever.
i miss shopping for school supplies... the smell of brand new pencils and paper... labeling everything with your name... the first day of school.
i miss four wheeler riding with my dad.
i miss helping my paw paw with the chicken houses.
i miss going to the creek and discovering the woods on foot on my own.
i miss having my best friends Kayla and Suzanne to spend the night - baking and watching movies... oh and talking until we can't keep our eyes open anymore.
i miss being a kid... not understanding the intricacies of family and relationships which can sometimes lead to pain and heartache... being innocent and pure... carefree and without anxiety.

most of all...
i miss my mom. i miss the person she used to be. i miss the woman that raised me and became my best friend. i miss talking to her and shopping with her and laughing with her. i miss her more than i miss anything else.
i am grateful for who God has made her to be now, but still miss the mom i knew.

remembering the sweet memories,
danica layne

Thursday, June 9, 2011

day 18: something you regret

i really just don't like that word! i am just of the mind set that everything happens for a reason and i would not be who i am today if it wasn't for the moments, experiences, mistakes, etc that i have encountered.

so i'm just a sore sport on this blog day... cause i don't regret!

i love my life! i love who God has made me to be and how he is constantly working on me! in fact, one of my favorite songs goes along with my ideals, so i'll just share that with you!

"Change in the Making"
by: Addison Road

There's a better version of me
That I can't quite see
But things are gonna change
Right now I'm a total mess and
Right now I'm completely incomplete
But things are gonna change
'Cause you're not through with me yet

This is a redemption's story
With every step that I'm taking
Every day, you're chipping away
What I don't need
This is me under construction
This is my pride being broken
And every day I'm closer to who I'm meant to be
I'm a change in the making

Wish I could live more patiently
Wish I could give a little more of me
Without stopping to think twice
Wish I had faith like a little child
Wish I could walk a single mile
Without tripping on my own feet

I'm living a redemption's story
With every step that I'm taking
Every day, you're chipping away
What I don't need
This is me under construction
This is my pride being broken
And every day I'm closer to who I'm meant to be
I'm a change in the making

From the dawn of history
You make new and you redeem
From a broken world to a broken heart
You finish what you start in everything
Like a river rolls into the sea
We're not who we're going to be
But things are going to change

I'm living a redemption's story
With every step that I'm taking
Every day, you're chipping away
What I don't need
This is me under construction
This is my pride being broken
And every day I'm closer to who I'm meant to be
I'm a change in the making

I'm a change in the making
I'm not who I'm going to be
I'm moving closer to your glory

under construction as i blog,
danica layne :)