Earnie Graham and her family shared laughs and tears with an auditorium filled with several hundred new friends while the nation got a peek into her life Sunday evening.
"I'm nervous and excited and ready for it to calm down," she said Thursday in anticipation of her premiere on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition .
It's been a whirlwind couple of months for Graham, her 22-year-old daughter, Tiffany; and her 10-year-old son, T.J.
On Dec. 2, after a surprise visit from Extreme 's Ty Pennington, the family was swept away on a weeklong vacation to Disneyland in California.
When they returned, it was one surprise after another. The family's termite-infested house on McCain Way had been replaced by a spacious, three-bedroom home; a handicapped-accessible cabin had been built at the Camp Tanglewood Girl Scout Camp in Columbia County; and the family found itself in the arms of more than 4,000 hands that had helped make their dreams come true.
"She's cheesing from ear to ear," Tiffany said of her mother before the premiere.
Hundreds of friends, neighbors, volunteers and sponsors filled Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on Sunday evening for a four-hour Extreme Makeover celebration.
Stephen Beazley, the president of Bill Beazley Homes, which sponsored the build, thanked those in the crowd for their selflessness. Augusta's makeover attracted more volunteers than any other makeover project, he said.
Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles read a proclamation from the mayor making Sunday Bill Beazley Homes Day in Augusta.
Graham said she was so happy for the blessings her family has received and can't wait to pass those blessings on to others. As part of the Extreme Makeover family, the Grahams said, they have committed to traveling to other makeovers in Georgia to help another family's dreams become reality.
"Tonight was spectacular," Graham said. "I feel like we're stars, like we're on the red carpet."