Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir

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Harper Collins, Apr 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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“In her tender and genuinely beautiful memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us to not simply accept the unexpected circumstances of our lives, but to embrace them like the things we wished for all along.”
—Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy

Bloom is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir that celebrates the beauty found in the unexpected, the strength of a mother’s love, and, ultimately, the amazing power of perspective. The author of the popular blog Enjoying the Small Things—named The Bump’s Best Special Needs Blog and The Blog You’ve Learned the Most From in the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards—Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and stunning four-color photography as she recounts the unforgettable story of the first year in the life of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome. Poignant, eye-opening, and heart-soaring, Hampton’s Bloom is ultimately about embracing life and really living it.


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A book that started as a blog to keep family updated on their first born child ended up a book about the life changing event of having a second child
, and not just a second child, but a second child with Down Syndrome. Although I may not be a mom and may never become one, I still found lessons in this book with ways to handle difficult ways with grace, courage and surrounded by close friends.  

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I wanted to like this book. I pre-ordered it with the understanding that a special bookplate, autographed by none other than Kelle herself, would come in the mail shortly as a bonus for pre-ordering. That was two months ago. In the meantime, I have permanently "lent" my copy of Bloom, with the caveat that the lendee toss it in the garbage or pass it along when they're finished. Just don't return the thing to me.
The book was hopelessly derivative, as is Kelle herself. There is nothing original about her.
I admire her productivity, and I love her interminable photos of her children, especially poor little imperfect Nella, the crux of Kelle's hand-wringing dilemma: what will the neighbors say?
I'm so happy Kelle has friends. I can't imagine being around her for two minutes, Dude, without wanting to cold-cock her,


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About the author (2012)

Writer and photographer Kelle Hampton chronicles the simple joys of motherhood and daily life on her popular blog, Enjoying the Small Things. An advocate for individuals with Down syndrome, she has been honored by both the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), receiving the NDSC National Media Award in 2010. Kelle lives in Naples, Florida, with her husband, Brett; their two daughters, Lainey and Nella; and her stepsons, Austyn and Brandyn.

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