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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."
Aside from really enjoying so many great photos on nearly every page, I don’t have much to say about this book that’s good. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Angie M
Thank you for this honest and raw account of your transformation. Your heart is beautiful! May it continue to bloom with humble gratefulness. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Melanie Cripe
The author of this book is a talented photographer, very creative.
I chose this book thinking it was a true story about a family touched by the birth of a special needs... Read more
One of my very favorite books it is touching and honest and I can read it again and again.Published 1 month 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 2 months 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 4 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 4 months ago by bkmam