Hurricane Sandy

We were so lucky, and we never lost power at all.  If you look at the turn the storm made, the Boston area was spared the devastation that could have occurred.  I haven't seen what happened in Nantucket, but it looks like the damages on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard weren't as bad.  The North Shore was hit worse, but it pales in comparison to what we have all been watching on the news.

Thank you for your well wishes and prayers.

I am originally from Long Island, and I lived in Manhattan and worked downtown for four years.  Then I moved to New Jersey.  I grew up going to the beach on Long Beach watching my boyfriend surf.  Our family spent summers in Coney Island and as kids growing up in Long Island, Jones Beach was a familiar place.  When I lived in New Jersey, I spent many summers at the Jersey shore and the devastation is like something you only see in the movies.

I woke up this morning so saddened about all the people without power, and who have lost their homes.  As I watch the news, my heart is heavy.

Knowing the spirit of the people that were hit with this storm, I know that they will be strong and rebuild.  The miracle stories will emerge, reminding us all why we are proud to be Americans.

As I watched people patiently waiting on line for gas in Long Island, and the amazing men and women who rescue, I was reminded why I love our country and it's people.

I have to be honest, that this election had begun to turn me off completely.  With the ugliness of this campaign, I had lost heart.

This storm has reminded me of the passion that our elected officials and our government has for protecting all of us.  My heart has been renewed, as I listen to the Mayor of Hoboken walking the streets and worrying about her people; how tired and weary yet vigilant the Governor of New York, and New Jersey are in their attempt to get the necessary help that the people need.

This storm has made all of us be reminded of what is truly important.  No matter which team we are on, we are all the same and it's the people that matter most.

Life Wins.
While we were weathering the storm, I designed some fabric designs.  I thought you might enjoy a calendar for 2013.

If you would like any of the images on this post for your personal use, please take them home.

Stay safe.   I know that our prayers will help lift up the people,  who have been touched by Hurricane Sandy.

Vee said...

This storm has been very sad for so many, yet, like you, I am thankful that utter devastation did not happen all up and down the Eastern seaboard. What NJ and NY are coping with is more than enough. God bless them all and may the rest of the country rise up and help where we can as this nation always does.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I was praying you were out of harm's way, Karen. I've been checking in with other friends, and my high school BFF lives in Queens (teaches at Columbia) and is fine. THANKFULLY.

We went through this same sense of shellshock with the three hurricanes in FL and then Katrina. I just wrote about it on another friend's blog, but it was truly life changing for all of us. I had family and friends who lost their homes, but thankfully their lives were spared. All except a young boy who died from a bite he received. Those people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and NOLA are still recovering, and it's been years. But you have to give them their props for trying. And you have to give the people who helped a round of applause for helping. And they still need help.



Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

I am glad to hear that you are fine and safe Karen. I too am so saddened to see the devastation that Sandy brought to NY and NJ. After living through several hurricanes in Florida, I know how long and how hard it will be to bring things back to a new normal.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

So glad to hear that you are safe and my thoughts and prayers go out to those that have been effected.
Love the sweet calender, birds and teatime, both so sweet.

Enjoy the rest of the week

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful post, Karen. I am sure you are saddened by all the devastation you see of those places that were/are near and dear to your heart.

It's true- when tragedy strikes we react without thought to party or politics-we realize that we are all God's people- Blessings- xo Diana

Blondie's Journal said...

I was hoping to hear from you, Karen, to know you were alright. The only good that is coming from this storm is that people are uniting and giving of themselves to help repair the damage. I am just a Midwestern girl, but my hear aches for everyone involved in this destructive storm and I am so proud to say we are The United States.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear friend. I am so worried about a dear friend in New Jersey and I am guessing she has not returned my emails for lack of power. This is something you DO see only in the movies, but what a movie cannot capture is the true compassion of the people of which you speak. Hugs to you and prayers for all. Anita

Dolores said...

I've thought of you often. It's so good to hear you're okay.

Your post is wonderful!

My heart weeps for everyone living in the devastated areas.

Cinner said...

Karen I am so glad that you were safe, it is so sad. Your post says beautifully what I feel in my heart, somehow a renewed strength. Big hug today, Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear it missed you too. We have experienced several, including Andrew and Katrina, down in So. Florida so we know the strength of humanity when we come together in unity. It is division and hardened hearts that cause devastation and chaos greater than any storm. I have no doubt these folks will rebuild, I just pray that we may all learn deeper truths from this and are reminded of how petty pride is.
Much love,

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Karen!
Thanks so much for checking in on me -- we really were so fortunate to escape Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage! So many of my friends were not so lucky and tomorrow I'll be helping with some of the relief effort in a local neighborhood that was devastated by the storm. There is so much to be done, but everyone is doing their best to help.