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Love me. Love me. I'm not what you expected, but oh, please love me.
That was the most defining moment of my life. That was the beginning of my story.
From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, a thriving photography career, and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl.
But when her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister, Lainey, had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome—a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle's fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.
With lyrical prose and gorgeous full-color photography, Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life—a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Kelle writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky."
One of my very favorite books it is touching and honest and I can read it again and again.Published 12 days ago by K. Burns
Read in two days and recommend as a great inspiration to take up courage and embrace all that is this life. Lovely job Kelle!Published 1 month ago by Jessica Heber Miller
LOVE Kelle and her Blog "Enjoying The Small Things"! I've given this book as a gift before too!Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Mitchell
I read this book while pregnant with my second child. I found it very real and an amazing story of how life does not alway happen as we expect. Great read!Published 3 months ago by bkmam
Kelle Hampton's down to earth, honest depiction of the raw emotions that seized her heart throughout the first year of her family's journey to raise their sweet Nella, serve as an... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Theresa Mayes
The book touched me deeply. I don't have
children but could relate to the love little Nella brought to life in the pages of her mother's story, powerful, positive and... Read more
Great read. I have followed this writer through blog/Instagram and have to say her honesty is as alarming as it is comforting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca P.