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MMDT #12 Back from Super Storm Sandy

Elements used:

Page pattern #54

Sand grid paper

Chocolate brown and light tan card stock for mounting photos

Brads – This layout is about surviving the storm and coming back even better. At first I didn’t want to use any embellishment, but then I realized I wanted this to be a fun page filled with visions of the future on the beach, and the brad beach balls gave my page just the right amount of playfulness.


I drew letters in the sand for my alphabet tiles spelling out Belmar.


Anyone who lives on the East Coast and especially New Jersey understands how devastating the Super Storm in October 2012 was to our community. My post for this challenge about the Alphabet is a tribute to the resilience of the shore of New Jersey and the entire East Coast. My boys and I were very fortunate because we only lost power for 12 days and the food in the freezer didn’t make it. Others’ lives were completely turned up side down. I know you have all read about the storm and its effects. I am not going to re-hash all the devastation. My post is about re-building the shore.

These one inch tiles are one inch squares of the new boardwalk. This is the first sign of the restoration and I liked the way the tiles frame the other photos.

I grew up coming “down the shore” from New York all my young life. Every weekend we would travel the hour and a half to spend the weekends at my grandparents’ summer home here in Belmar. My memories are of my cousins and my siblings getting up early and eating breakfast out in the back yard next to the garage which was fully set up as a kitchen. Refrigerator, stove, freezer and of course tools. Coffee was brewing and grandma sat at the picnic table with us telling everyone what her plans were for the day while we had our eggs and bacon and hard rolls. Then it was off to the beach. Grandma usually cooked some of her best Italian dishes while we were gone. I don’t know why she never came with us, but she was always there with a feast when we got back.



The beach in Belmar was really fun. There were arcades, miniature golf, volleyball games and sandcastles with all kinds of eateries from little dinky huts with great food to ice cream stands, bars and restaurants. There were souvenir shops on every block and the beach spanned about 20 blocks.  I learned to swim at the beach and I remember the rougher the waves, the more I liked it. I never came out of the water. I wound up being a very good swimmer. At about 4 o'clock we would leave for grandma's house, an "outside shower", and a barbecue or grandma's feast.

This week I finally got to the beach mostly for this project and of course to see the progress that was made since Sandy hit. At first, it hit me hard. There was almost nothing but boardwalk and the ocean just beyond. All the shops on the boardwalk were gone. There were about four businesses using trailers that were hitched together. The pavilion was gone. I am told it will be bigger and better by next year. There was something very heart wrenching and heart warming about it all. Everything was gone, but then the boardwalk was brand new and there was life. Although it was about 5:30 after work, there were children and families there winding up their day at the beach. People were playing volleyball and throwing Frisbees. There were no dunes between the boardwalk and the sand, but that will come back. I realized Sandy only beat us down temporarily. Signs of re-building were all around. There was a spirit among the few shop owners of hope and pride of re-building. It was very peaceful and yet exciting to see it all in the early stages of coming back to life. I left the beach that day knowing each time I come back it will be even better.

The photos I chose tell the story of a great day at the beach filled with great colors of the ocean and Belmar written in the sand for my alphabet theme.





Shared by Dale Hill on June 22, 2013 | Memory Date: June 21, 2013
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Wow. What a story to tell. I love that you focused on the rebuilding with the photos of the new boardwalk. I hope you print out the stories you shared on this post and attach it somehow to your page. It is an amazing story that will surely be passed down from generation to generation.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  July 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm   
Dale, your story and page gave me goosebumps! I had no idea you lived in Belmar! I grew up in Point Pleasant! Haven't been back in a while, certainly not since the superstorm. I was heartbroken seeing the footage in the news, and your story reminded me of the resilience of the area. There are always big storms that do a lot of devastating, like the big flood in Sea Bright several years ago, but the community always comes back stronger than ever! Good for you! I'm glad your family only lost a freezer full of food and I hope the rebuild is better than ever! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  July 1, 2013 at 2:17 am   
A great story - I'm glad you were able to capture the emotion as well as the event. The boardwalk tiles are great!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  June 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm   
Awesome story!! Love the "boardwalk" picture tiles. The blue colors, sand lettering,and beach balls really pulls it all together. Great job :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  June 27, 2013 at 12:24 am   
I totally agree with everything Andrea said. I love the color choices, the writing in the sand, and the little beach ball brads. It's a very warm, inviting layout. The story behind it all is very moving, and also very hopeful and encouraging. Thanks for sharing.....great job, Dale.
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  June 24, 2013 at 3:04 am   
"There were no dunes between the boardwalk and the sand, but that will come back. I realized Sandy only beat us down temporarily." This sort of said it all for me - love the tribute Dale and this is my favorite of your work so far. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 24, 2013 at 2:32 am   
I love the "stronger than the storm" theme and the "before the storm" memories you shared with us. These are the memories to be cherished from one generation to another. The color and photo selections worked well together. Thanks so much for encouraging us through your art.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  June 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm   
Warm memories and a warm feeling layout. The crisp blue of the ocean and warm wood and sand tones just feel 'comfortable' to me. I like seeing the town name in the sand, too. Great story of your family gatherings at the beach, the devastation that occurred from the storm, then the story of rebuilding and what is yet to be. The back story, says so much, thanks for including the details.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 22, 2013 at 4:59 am   
     

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