Article: Spotlight: Angie Graeber (Hemophobic): So worth it all...

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By Sharon Brown on July 25, 2011

We've known her for a long time for the roses and daylilies that she's shared with us. Some of us have also known of her incredibly huge heart. But there's something about Angie you might not yet know; I've finally talked her into sharing with us.

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ImageTrisha_S
Jul 25, 2011 12:08 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
Angie you are in our prayers always. You have done, and will continue t do amazing things with this child. Five years ago my daughter married. After a few months they ended up gaining custody of my SIL's four year old daughter. There are so many similarities in the stories. Our little grandaughter just turned ten and has turned into a beautiful, loving young lady and a joy to us all. It has been a difficult, sometimes heartbreaking road but well worth it. Keep up the good work...it is so worth it all. Group hug
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
ImageHemophobic
Jul 25, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Trish: you inspire me as well with your comments about Sage and the change in her life and her attitude. I know I am not the only one traveling this road, others ahead and those who will follow, but we share a special mission, don't we?

Thank you for your words of encouragement. Smiling
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageMoonhowl
Jul 30, 2011 2:56 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
I read your article with special interest, Angie. It is a wondrous and frightening ride with rewards where you never expected them.

After a year of living at home to complete her first year of college, my daughter, our youngest with 2 brothers, decided she was ready to spread her wings. At the same time the place where I was working decided to relocate to the other side of town (45 min drive) My husband said...Quit. Take some time and finish all those projects you have on hold....and so, I did. I viewed the world as a "retired empty nester" at 45. A jewel of a birthday present. Less than 3 weeks later, I was putting the last touches on the daughter's old room, turning it into my playroom...to sew, read, listen to music and not have to stow everything away. I was drinking a cup of tea complimenting myself on my handiwork when my younger son's ex-wife called. Could our 21 month old only grandchild come and stay with us for a few months? Of course. That was in June 96. By November of 96, she relinquished all parental rights to him and we were granted full and complete custody. Jordan starts his senior year of high school in August and all I can say is what a strange wonderful trip it has been. i wish you much joy and few tears as you love this child into adulthood.

Jean/Moon














What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageSharon
Jul 30, 2011 4:04 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Jean, what a beautiful story! I'm anxious for Angie to see it when she returns.
What a wondrous thing you did for Jordan, and probably, he for you.
ImageMoonhowl
Jul 30, 2011 6:47 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Thanks Sharon. He has been a joy and then he became a teenager....grin. His biggest complaint is that he can't really get away with much. For Mother's day a couple years ago he gave me a T-shirt. When it comes to being a teenager my Grandma has been there and done that...and she still took me to raise.

He gave it to me with a beautiful Thank You card.
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageSharon
Jul 30, 2011 7:00 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh yeah. He appreciates you!
ImageHemophobic
Jul 31, 2011 7:26 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Oh, Jean, your story means so much to me, as did Jon's on another comment thread here. I'm sure I could have done this much better 20 years ago than now, but God in His infinite wisdom has placed a special trust in me now and all I can do is pray for guidance, strength and wisdom for meet the challenge. Alexis is truly a joy!

Hugs,

Angie
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageMoonhowl
Aug 1, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Angie, my Mom always said the Good Lord never gives us more than we can handle. I must admit there have been times in my life when I felt He had greatly over-estimated my ability to cope....GRIN. But in the greater scheme of things I have discovered that many of those trials were blessings in disguise...and Jordan certainly is.

All the best to you,

Jean
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageHemophobic
Aug 1, 2011 11:08 AM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Jean: I've had that very same thought myself, but I do put us in His very capable hands. He has a plan, I know.

Hugs,

Angie
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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