Thursday, November 1, 2012

Grateful, mindful and ready. A True Xoxo Girls Challenge

It's the first of November.
Happy Day of The Dead for those of you honoring loved ones who have passed.
I am honoring my Grandmother, Guillermina Martinez Hernandez, who passed last year.
A post on that later this week.

My day will be spent figuring out how to get to my daughter in the Bronx whom I haven't seen in 5 days due to bridge and tunnel closings during Hurricane Sandy.

We fared well through a historic storm and even though the recovery will be long, things could have been much worst.
I was reminded more than once than once this week, that scrapbooking is first and foremost a way to tell your family history.

Here's my take on the November True Xoxo Girls Facebook Time Line Sketch
For the True Xoxo Girls November Challenge: Facebook timeline sketch. Please swing by and join the fun.
: American Crafts Ready, Set Go papers, Doll Thickers , Hambly circle transparency, Basic Grey alphas, My Mind's Eye journaling stickers and Maya Road star pin.
Doesn't this look like a killer challenge? I think you should try it!
We watched the water creeping our way and wondered if we would need to take in our neighbors on the first floor.

Things got really scary when the electric plant across the river exploded and lit everything up in eerie shades of blue. 
Then the whole east side of Manhattan went black. Only the Empire State Building still shone.

Sunday Mayor Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation order for everyone in Zone A.  We sent Lola to Grandma T's but decided to stay. A closer look at the flood zone map revealed that our building is actually in "Zone C"- but Zone A is literally across the street. The water never came close but all our escape routes were cut off- bridges and tunnels were all closed due to flooding. This was only a category 1 storm. Next time we will ALL leave.
Just some of my thoughts.

The water receded and when morning came, our neighborhood was fine.
Thank you Mom Teresa and Mom Reyna for being so AMAZING during the storm- you two are the  parenting examples I know.
Thank you Dave for being strong and smart when I was freaking out. 
Thank you New York City. 
We will get through this and the next one too.

Day of the storm we visited the pier. The water was already on level with
the board walk. Never seen anything like it. 
Feeling grateful, thankful and blessed,


  1. definitely a moment in history to preserve...well done and a great thing for Lola to read when she gets older...I know you are missing baby girl but just be safe!

  2. TFS - a very topical layout at the moment!

  3. You really captured "the now". I love that! You rocked the sketch, too--great interpretation. Glad you are all safe and that you had support to get through. Wishing you an easy time getting to Lola today, and keeping your fair city and all of Sandy's victims in warm thought and prayer through recovery!

  4. This gave me goosebumps. Both the whole thing overall and reading your thoughts and feelings. Am so glad you are safe - and yes, even gladder to read that next time (I hope it's a LONG way off) you all go to safety x x

  5. Oh my, so glad your safe and I think it is great that you had a great way to document it.

  6. First off - so glad you are all ok! That really was quite a storm! Also, that layout is so fab! That is quite the sketch and you did it perfectly. The speech bubbles are awesome and I love all the other bits and details!

  7. grateful and thankful you and your family are okay. My cousin lives in Williamsburg and made it through thankfully. Living in Oklahoma, we are so used to the tornadoes and the devastation they cause. Our prayers and donations are being sent to all those affected. I think I am going to take on this challenge at xoxo girls...I loooove this sketch...time to drag out some soccer tournaments of my nieces. :)

  8. Awesome LO and I am so happy you are all OK. Have been thinking about you xx
    Lowri :-)

  9. Yup...The reason we scrap, brilliant page, tells a big story.
    I love this so much and am really glad you fared well in the storm.
    PS thanks for leaving me blog love too xx

  10. Wow. thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. I can't imagine being away from your baby and not being able to get to her. I'd be a freak (more than the usual freak.) So glad you are safe and sound. You'll be so glad you documented this!

  11. It could have been so much worse. But doesn't take away that it was bad. So glad you are all okay and reunited! Couldn't imagine

    A 12x12 layout?! Wow, you rocked it! Love how you scrapped this event. Very cool!

  12. Wow, glad you weathered the storm safely and even have a page made already! Great layout.


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