Creative Zone.
Only Tuesday.


5 years ago, we all witnessed a tragic moment in time.  Every year on this very day, I can't help but to think what we were doing on this fateful day. Alan Jackson said it best in his song, Where were you? (Oh yes, I am a country fan as well!) We were stationed in Maryland, I had just dropped my oldest to school, and we were on our way to an orientation for Ethan's new preschool.  On the drive there I kept hearing the news over and over about some Twin Tower, not really stopping to listen to it all, just kept switching the tuner. 


All of sudden there was traffic on base, gates were being closed down, and I finally heard what the announcer had been trying to say. A sense of panic and fear crept up, as I reached over to find my cell phone. How am I going to pick up my son?  These gates are closing. Call Rodel, where is he?  After hours of traffic, I met the rest of my family at home.  We were glued to the tv as we witnessed the horrible scene over and over again.  Only to find my oldest son, starting to draw pictures of an airplane crashing into the towers.  I cried, we all cried.

Ground Zero one year later, there was a fence blocking the surroundings, hence the lines in the pic.

I have never been so affected that I was engrossed by the media, by the moments leading to, and after such tragedy. Weeks after, the wound of watching thousands of people lose their life from a senseless act, still affected us. Weeks turned into months, then years.  We are all still thinking about it. These pictures were taken at Ground Zero, a year later.  My friend had won a trip to NYC to be on the set of The View (of course at that time, there were different hosts).  So we took the bus, then hailed a cab (yikes), and got to our hotel. 3 days and 2 nights, just us 2 (oh and I was 4 months pregnant with Isabel!). Seeing this up close and personal, defintely set out a somber mood. It almost seemed so surreal.

All along the fence, signs and notes for loved ones lost.

Going back in a little sliver moment in time there.  How was everyone's weekend?  Was it pretty uneventful like mine?  Well despite feeling like I may be coming down with a nasty cold, I just wanted to scrap!


Have you all seen the new Making Memories Cheeky Abby Collection? It was a different look for me, very girly! But it was perfect for my Birthday Pictures! I LOVE, I SAID LOVE the TEXTURED TAPE! So I did not hesitate to buy The Album to scrap my birthday photos! And I'm done!  But I will share them tomorrow!  Have a great day!


Sarah Bowen

your photographs of ground zero are amazing and very moving. i think we can all remember where we were that day and the pain and sorrow we felt, just hope we can all learn from it , ya know.


what a day, I remember it all too well.. we had been active duty for a month... so new to the whole thing... I was on a conference call with work and we cut it short to see what was going on. dh called and said don't leave the house and he didn't know when he would be home... very scary, lots of tears, by 4 he said ok, go get erik from school and get him home... lives changed, new perspectives on life, new reasons for doing things....

and I wish you lived closer! would have loved having you at the crafty night!


girl, you must know how much 9/11 affected MY LIFE. I remember the 2 hours formation I had when my commanding officer told us, we are definiately going to the Middle East, non negiotable. My Parents were so scared, but strong about it, but girl, it is amazing how tradegy can change your life, it truly affects everyone, you hear me?


Wow, great pictures and great post! That day is still surreal to me. What a sad, sad day. The world, as we know it, changed forever in that day...


Wow, those pictures are really touching. I too remember where i was that day. I was at work (highschool) teaching, I actually just finished my last class when i went on my break and saw most of the staff around the tv in the principles office. I was glued. It felt like i was watching a movie that we were all in. Thanks for sharing and reminding us to give thanks for Gods many blessings despite of the tragedies.

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Great post! Your pictures from a year after are amazing!
That day will live in my memory forever. Just one of the saddest, hardest things I ever had to watch and experience. Still affects me today!
I bought the exact same MM papers and I really love them. Can't wait to make a layout with them!!


Oh yeah, I remember the day exactly, the whole day. I was getting breakfast ready for Ethan and heard in the background (of course the TV was on) some news events. At that time, even the news people weren't sure what was happening. Then, I saw the second plane hit while I was telling my husband (on the phone) something weird is happening. I was four months pregnant at the time too, so I had to sit down a few times that day, just to lower my blood pressure. Horrible day and horrible stories.

I'm so in the creative mood and want to go to Michaels, but there wasn't a coupon this week! What are they thinking? I'm thinking of creating an album with the proofs in them from yesterday's photo shoot. The kids are my friends sons, so it would work as a great present for her. She's also not picky at all and would love anything she was given.

Have a great day and I hope you are feeling better soon! I miss talking to you and thanks for the email regarding the railroad tracks controversy. I noticed she's written me back, I'll have to see what's up now.


Cute girl! And 5 years ago on this date, I was pregnant with my son. I was asleep and had NO idea what was going on. My mom called me frantic and asked me if I had heard from my brother (he was in NY at the time) I told her no and asked why, then she asked me if I knew what was going on, and I said no because I had been asleep (I was on bedrest with my son, so I was in the bed a LOT, lol)so I turned on the TV and was terrified. But turns out my brothers unit wasn't actually IN NY, but very close to it. WOW. Still gives me chill bumps.

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