Book Review: Bloom.

When I first read Kelle Hampton's blog a while ago I was taken aback by the photography, because, I mean -- have you seen it? But when Kelle shared the birth story of her sweet little Nella, it moved me to tears. You know what I mean, it was the "sitting-in-front-of-your-computer-screen-trying-to-keep-the-sobs-under-control" kind of tears.

Then, she wrote a book. And my blogger friend wrote a review about it and I put it on my summer reading list and read it and cried through it this past July in Ohio.

So, let's start, shall we?

Book: Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
Author: Kelle Hampton

I knew the story going in, but reading it again, this time with a different perspective, moved me.
This read was eye-opening for me; the exercise of breathing through someone else's experiences is sometimes a gift.

Kelle's second child, her daughter, Nella, was born with Down Syndrome - she and and her husband had no idea until they met her. No warm up time; no months to figure out how this was going to affect their family. This is so comparable to the throngs of other parents who have experienced that moment, too. That moment when they just know that their child and their lives henceforth are going to be more than a little bit different than what they expected.

"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."

Oh, chills.

But there's more!

I underlined so many parts of this book, friends.

"My sister told me that she wished I could see what she saw -- because what she saw was wonderful. She said I was lucky - that I'd been offered a shortcut to what life is all about when some people search for it their whole lives and never know. She said I had a secret - a secret to happiness and that, while people may look at me and pity me, in time I'd feel like I knew something they didn't. 'Someday, Kas," she said, 'you'll feel so happy in spite of their pity glances. And you'll wish so badly you could let them know - that you could show them what life is about.'"

Emotionally - this book touched me. I respect anyone who can be that sheer, that authentic with her experiences.

There were portions of the book that were slow... but the essence of this book is lovely.

Read it.

Paperbacks start at $8.99. It's also available for the Kindle and in hardcover. See here. Or, remember, there's the library.



  1. I'm so glad you read it! I gave it to my mom to read. I hope she liked it as much as we did. I underlined tons of things too. :-)

  2. I got chills just reading your review...and I love her blog! Guess I know what is next on my reading list! :-)

  3. I wanted to read this but I just think about the book and start crying. Not sad crying for her, but more like how amazing these little kids are and how blessed that I feel having Henry in my life.

    I don't know if I can read it. Did you cry through the entire book or were there plenty of happy/funny moments to balance you out?

    Their story is amazing and what I love is her honesty and the fact that looking at the pictures it doesn't seem like they treat her much differently than a child without D.S. I use to volunteer for 2 years in special education in college b/c that is what I wanted to go into, and it always bugged me when limitations were put on people because the teachers THOUGHT they can't do something instead of letting them at least try to see if they could do it. That girl seems more "normal" (whatever the hell that means) than most children out there and you just want to smooch her.

    Did you find the book inspirational? I probably could use some good mommy inspiration :)

  4. I love her blog, her first day of kindergarden post was a tearjerker...- can't wait to read the book too!

  5. I loved this book. I love the way she writes. She was so honest about her experiences and I think that while not everyone will be in that exact position, there are definitely parts of her experience that other Moms can learn from.

    I was crying by page 12, and cried multiple times throughout. But they were good cries, mostly because of how beautiful she writes, not because I felt sorry for her.

    She has some really amazing friends too.


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