Article: Spotlight: Angie Graeber (Hemophobic): Follow-up in memory of Sharon

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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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ImageHemophobic
Oct 11, 2016 12:20 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
I am posting this here in tribute to our dear friend (and my heart sister) Sharon, who passed recently.

We are now 5 years beyond the date this article was written and I wanted to bring everyone up to date
on my life with Alexis. She is in fourth grade at a private classical Christian school, which I am happy to
be able to provide for her. She takes gymnastics and piano and has competed (and won a few ribbons)
in her gymnastics level. She continues to make the high honor roll at school and I am so proud of her
I could just burst!

That being said, I would not be honest if I didn't admit that there are challenges involved with raising a
child at my age, which is now 73. Children are different today than when I raised my own and even my
grandchildren's time. Partly, I suppose, it's a result of being exposed to all the media that surrounds
everyday life, but there are sassy days and there are days so wonderful I can hardly believe it. She
continues to amaze and astound me with her intelligence, her (sometimes) maturity and her inquisitive
mind and I continue to thank God for this child.
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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

Imagenap
Oct 11, 2016 12:44 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Nice of you to follow-up, Angie. I wish more of the Spotlight guests would do so.

I understand the limitations of raising a 7 year old when you're 73. Because at 69, I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old under my care. Almost totally. I love it and I can handle it, but for how much longer? I may have to give them back to their parents one of these days.
Anyway, best of everything to you and your sweet young great granddaughter.

Are you still working?.
ImageHemophobic
Oct 11, 2016 2:10 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Nancy: I retired in 2012 when Alexis started school because my hours as a court reporter were not the regular
9-5 and I knew it wouldn't work with school, so I went out 2 years earlier than I had planned to. I am fortunate,
though, that I can still work on transcripts at home and generate a little extra income to pay for those gym classes
and other extras.

Best wishes to you with your grandchildren. They're fun but they can be exhausting!
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

ImageZanymuse
Oct 11, 2016 3:02 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
What a lovely young lady Alexis is growing up to be. Thank you for updating your story for us. Sharon would be delighted too.
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Imagevic
Oct 11, 2016 3:55 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Thank you Angie - Lovey dubby Lovey dubby I remember reading this first time around and it touched my heart then too. My, how she has grown Crying

I agree with Zany - Sharon would be delighted Lovey dubby




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ImageHemophobic
Oct 11, 2016 4:39 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Vic and Zany: Sharon has been beside me every step of these years. She has let me
vent, celebrated special events and milestones and encouraged me more than anyone
will ever know. She was indeed my "sister of the heart" and I will never stop missing her
or thinking, `What would Sharon have done?'

Sharon, you are so loved here.
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

Imagevic
Oct 11, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Crying Lovey dubby Group hug
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ImageZanymuse
Oct 11, 2016 5:58 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Angie, anyone who has been that much of an influence and presence in your life will always be with you. Sharon died, but she will always be there in your heart when you need her, whispering her encouragement in your ears. All you need to do is listen.
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ImageHemophobic
Oct 12, 2016 5:03 AM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
You are so right, Zany, and I treasure every moment Sharon and I spent, if not together physically, together
in spirit. I will make sure that Alexis knows that her Aunt Sharon cared for her in a special way.
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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