Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bloom by Kelle Hampton...R&G!


I have a tremendous book to tell you about today...Bloom by Kelle Hampton.  This book chronicles the author's amazing journey to find joy when life is at its' most unexpected.  Here is the scoop as well as a video (grab those tissues)!

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."


Reviewed byMom contributor Robin got first dibs on this book and here is what she had to say...

 I loved this book!Bloom is an amazing memoir told by Kelle Hampton. She pulls you right into her inner circle of friends. You feel like you are in the delivery room with Kelle as she gives birth to her much wished for second daughter. You feel Kelle's pain and sorrow at the unexpected outcome of her delivery. Kelle takes you along on her journey of firsts.You cry right along with her on this bumpy trip.She shows you that it is okay not to be the perfect Mom giving the perfect reaction.I highly reccommend this book.

Before I handed this book over to Robin I read bits and pieces and was touched by Hamptons obvious love for her family as well as her honesty.  The pictures included are absolutley breathtaking.  This book would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift.  Pick up your copy today on Amazon....
I am delighted to tell you that the publsiher, Harper Collins is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Bloom by Kelle Hamptom! Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! Click "read more" to use the Rafflecopter entry form.
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40 comments:

~Dawn~ said...

I cannot wait to read this book...I love Kelle, Lainey and Nella. :)

Linda said...

I bought this book on kindle and love it. I can relate so much.

slb3334 said...

go with the flow.

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Anna-Leigh McClelland said...

Sometimes you just have to let things go...easier said than done though ;-) annaleighmcclelland@yahoo.com

DebbyM said...

I think that you need to be able to rely on the support of your friends, family and faith to get through the unexpected tough times. And remember you don't have to be "strong" all the time...its ok to be taken care of once in awhile. And to learn to live through it -- and grow with the experience.

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momma8385 said...

I find that if I pray and ask God to help in my time of need and also when things are going well life that God will help me through anything. I feel God need let's us deal with anything more than we can handle. God is awesome. Thank you for this giveaway.
:) Jeanne, jeannebates_t@yahooc.om

Nancy said...

Pray!

Nancy
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Nancy said...

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Nancy
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RILEKAT said...

take things moment by moment and remember to breathe!

RILEKAT said...

I found you through online-sweepstakes.com
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casey aubut said...

I try to remember God has a plan for me! I have followed Kelle blog for years- she is such an inspiration~!
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casey aubut said...

found you through the moms day event!
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Kathy Davis said...

I always pray, and try to find something good in the situation.
Kathy Davis
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Leah Baird said...

Just relax all will be okay. Stress does not change the situations. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

MomLovesDeals said...

Leaning on friends and God!

Anonymous said...

take deep breaths
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Anonymous said...

heard of your site through bloggiveaways.blogspot
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B. Wilson said...

Drink a glass of wine. Or two.

B. Wilson said...

I heard about your site through blog giveaways.

sandyandcosmo said...

I remind myself that things could always be worse and that worry is a great waste of imagination.

pmj said...

just keep plugging along

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Renee said...

I think that taking some time to think before you react is an important first step in dealing with the unexpected.

Renee said...

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Sarah said...
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Ms. Flick said...

I take things one day at a time:)

awhartness said...

My advice for dealing with life's unexpected moments is to turn to God. He will guide you through all of life's moments if we just turn it over to him. He wants to do this for us.

awhartness said...

I heard about your site through Tight Wad in Utah.

theladya said...

I believe that everything happens for a reason so that's how I deal. ~ Angie Bailey

ani hearts japan said...

Looking to God for his grace and understanding.

ani hearts japan said...

I heard about you through tightwad in utah

Aimee said...

I would love to win this book and donate it to my local library. I live in a small rural area and our library can always use good new books! Thanks
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Mercedes said...

My child has a syndrome, as well. My advice is to accept that our lives will change, but don't expect it to be any less full. Nobody's life goes exactly as planned, and the joy is in the surprises. :)

Veann Grigajtis said...

Just do your best.

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

hang on and think of it as a ride
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Anonymous said...

Roll with the bunches and pray!!
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Anna Galanos said...

Stick it out. No matter what.

burmmy77 said...

take one day at a time. everything will work out in the end.
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Paige said...

i know god wont give me more than i can handle

mightynaynay said...

You just have to accept and embrace all that is thrown your way. Because we always find a way to get through it.

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