Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir by Kelle Hampton

By Kelle Hampton

“In her delicate and really attractive memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us not to easily settle for the unforeseen conditions of our lives, yet to include them just like the issues we needed for all along.”
—Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling writer of Two Kisses for Maddy

Bloom is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir that celebrates the sweetness present in the unforeseen, the energy of a mother’s love, and, eventually, the superb energy of standpoint. the writer of the preferred web publication having fun with the Small Things—named The Bump’s top specific wishes weblog and The web publication You’ve discovered the main From within the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards—Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and wonderful four-color images as she recounts the unforgettable tale of the 1st 12 months within the lifetime of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome. Poignant, eye-opening, and heart-soaring, Hampton’s Bloom is eventually approximately embracing lifestyles and very dwelling it.

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This isn’t happening,” I moaned. “Please make it go away. I want to wake up. ” And Katie would stroke my hair and Heidi would bury her head into my shoulder and both of them would whisper over and over, “You’re going to be okay, Kelle. You’re going to be okay. ” I CAN’T EXPLAIN THAT EVENING. I SUPPOSE IT’S HORRIBLE to say you spent the first night your daughter was born in that state of agony, but I know it was necessary for me to move on to where I am today. And, knowing where I am today and how much I love this soul, how much I know she was meant for me and I am meant for her, knowing the crazy way our souls have intertwined and grown into each other, I can say all this now.

I knew the minute I saw her that she had Down syndrome and nobody else knew. I held her and cried. Cried and panned the room to meet eyes with anyone who would tell me she didn’t have it. I held her and looked at her like she wasn’t my baby and tried to take it in. And all I can remember of these moments is her face. I will never forget my daughter in my arms, opening her eyes over and over … she locked eyes with mine and stared … bore holes into my soul. Love me. Love me. I’m not what you expected, but oh, please love me.

I wanted that book, and I needed it that very second. So we ventured in, and he played downstairs with our two-year-old, Lainey, while I wandered up in the self-help section, thumbing through titles until I landed on the only copy—A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. Later at home, we put Lainey to bed and I drew a bath and climbed in, heaving my round middle over the edge of the tub and sinking into warm suds with my new book and a highlighter in hand. And I read. And read. And read.

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