Review of Kelle Hampton’s memoir, “Bloom” by Meriah Nichols, deaf mother of a child with Down syndrome. There is us. Our Family. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the. BLOOM. Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–a Memoir. by Kelle Hampton Photographer writer Hampton is the author of a popular blog.

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As the parent of a child with a disability, it’s hard to see your child put herself out there, to try to play soccer or to go on a school field trip and see it not work out like it does for the other kids whose parents don’t even give simply participating a second thought. I appreciate her After reading a review of this book on Jessica’s blogI started reading Kelle’s blog from the beginning.

BLOOM by Kelle Hampton | Kirkus Reviews

I LOVED this book and it made me really see where she is coming from in her sometimes over the top attitude and it made me appreciate the detail she puts into everything she seems to do.

My husband and I had the advantage of knowing beforehand, so by the time our son arrived, we had gotten past the surprise.

Well, this touched me very much, and I felt like I had my face pressed to the glass of what our lives could’ve looked like had everything been different.

Before her hammpton daughter’s birth, she plans music to play as she is giving birth, creates beautifully decorated gifts to give to her new baby’s visitors, makes a ‘big sister’ shirt for her oldest daughter, writes a welcome message to the new baby on her chalk board at home, chooses a calming scented lotion to smell as she gives birth, etc.


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

The author was whinny, self-pitying and annoying. I loved learning about her childhood and her life growing up and then how she ended up in FL and meeting Brett, since I’ve always wondered about that anyways. It feels more like looking through a family album than reading a memoir. To me, this is such a hopeful story and one that makes you smile through the tears. What’s that expression, “Show, don’t tell? Are people laughing and having a good time? I don’t claim to know the author’s heart but I read the book she put out and thanks but no.

There was a problem adding your email address. Finding Beauty in the Unexpected is a captivating, soul-soaring story of a mama whose love for her children knows no bounds. Maybe whining is the wrong word I want to be more like this!

My heart broke for Kelle’s child.

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir

Would I recommend the book? I have a list of books that I recommend to people who want to learn more about Down syndrome, and I’m not going to be putting this one on it. She has an expansive network of friends who were all there, ready and willing to support her through this journey.

Her support system is enviable. I felt like I was watching a young something woman who is still learning who she is and was thrown something unexpected and decides to quote her “rock it out. There is a lot of good in this book: I really didn’t read the synopsis and didn’t know how much this book would move me when I put it in my shopping cart.


It doesn’t mean that you don’t love your child or accept him the way he is.

Maybe in a few years she will be able to write a sequel that tells a more complete story. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. I wish hampyon book took more of that approach and even dealt with the struggles that Nella faced, not so much the self centered nature of the perfect looking author!

It did take a while for Kelle to face and bkoom this, and it took the help of the warm loving family and friends for her to do so.

The thing is, however I am not the kind of person who would usually pick up ke,le book. I identify with the difficulty of accepting that your child has a disability.

I appreciate that life is beautiful and should be treated as such, but it’s ok to have bad days and ‘fess up to those, too. You might not feel it. I only gave this 2 stars because I really didn’t feel like I related to the story or the author’s voice. What kept running through my mind while reading this is that for Kelle Hampton, friends are very important.

Even though my daughter is now 21, I still experience some of the same feelings Kelle had with her infant daughter. I get it, I very well understand the positivity and the attempt to normalize.