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What a Wonderful World

From Kate:

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you………

Louis Armstrong was onto something when he wrote the words of What a Wonderful World. When I hear the song I think of having the ability to stop everything you are doing to just capture a moment.

This past Saturday, as the GETty Crafty Craft Fair was in full swing, I got a chance to stop and capture a moment. What I saw simply warmed my heart and restored my faith in the human spirit. I witnessed friends of past and present enjoying each others company. I was so happy to spend the day with my parents, Auntie and cousin. I enjoyed watching the sweet reunion of old friends. I observed families embracing a beautiful Saturday together. I heard the sweet sounds of children playing and laughing. I saw people of all walks of life enjoying a gorgeous fall day for a common purpose…….for our little owl, Miss Getty.

My heart was overcome with emotion knowing that Saturday was not just a craft fair, not just a fundraiser, but the purest form of community. Community makes me feel whole, makes me feel like this tough journey Mark and I are on will not be in isolation.

This beautiful day could  not have been possible if it weren’t for the vision, planning, and determination of our dear friend, Stacey. You are simply a special gift to our family. You have given our family peace of mind, which is so valuable right now in our lives. Thank you.

I want to thank everyone for coming out to spend the day with us and to help raise awareness for SMA,  and raise some needed funds for Getty’s medical needs. To all the vendors, family, and friends that made this day so special, we thank you.

Mark and I have been so humbled by the outpouring of love and support. We appreciated every person that gave us a hug, asked how our family was doing, offering support and understanding, and asking for more information about SMA. We were equally humbled by the obvious love that people have for Getty.

Getty is such an enormous share of our entire world. The moment she came to our family she has always seemed to command the attention of all around her. I was overcome with joy when I gave birth to her, but I knew there was something about her. Yes I am her mother, but she was a gift to everyone. It has always felt like it would be inappropriate of me not to share her with the world. I will say this for the rest of my life, Getty is a gift. She is here for a greater purpose and I am aware of that. She is our teacher.

She has never spoken a word in her life, yet she inspires people to do great things and appreciate life. She may never walk a single step, yet she motivates people to mobilize for a cause.

Oh, Miss Getty, we are so honored that you are our daughter, and we are so incredibly joyous that you have solidified our family with peace and love.

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  • Ava Lemert says:

    My humble rendition, I hope you like it 🙂
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  • gettyowl says:

    Ava that was simply gorgeous. Getty and I listened to it for her nighttime lullaby, thank you so very much.

  • Ava Lemert says:

    Thank you, Kate. I also have a version of “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” which is one of my favorite Disney songs from Cinderella. I wanted very much to sing it to Getty but I didn’t want to be an intrusion, I’ve done that a few times at all-ages shows, and it’s such a joy to do. I’d love to send it to you but I don’t have your email, that is, if you would like it 🙂 mine is
    Have a sweet night!

  • Anastasia Liebler says:

    Just wanted to say goodnight and sweet dreams. I love you all so very much. Thank you Stacy for all of the hard work you have put forth.

    Sweet dreams sweet owl. I love you and will see you soon. 🙂

    With all my love,
    Anastasia L.

  • Michelle says:

    Baby Getty,

    We are sitting here with our mama listening to that beautiful song, we love to look at all the photos that your mama and daddy put on this site. We tell our mama all the time how cute you are and whenever we see owls we tell her “oh baby Getty would love that”. We love you so much and can’t wait to visit with you, Auntie Kate, Uncle Mark and of course Cooper!!

    claire & isabel

  • gettyowl says:

    We can’t wait for your visit!

  • AUNTIE JAMA says:

    Thank you for letting Tessa and I join in and be a part of such a WONDERFUL DAY! Kate – this song is so incredible (one of my favorites) and describes the mood of this day – the people, the smiles, the conversations, the weather ~ but most of all the reason that bought everyone there – GETTY OWL! You & Mark have gifted this world with such an unbelivable treasure! Today she is 7-months old and look at the people she has touched and has already made so many beautiful impressions on. Those BLUE EYES AND FULL LITTLE LIPS make you smile just thinking of her………we can hardly wait to see you~soon ~ and this time Auntie will be better so I can hold & kiss you forever……….Love all of you! Thank you again for the beautiful gift ~ GETTY GIRL ~

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