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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 perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, and a thriving photography career. When she and her husband learned that they were pregnant with their second child, they were ecstatic. But when their new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her sister, Lainey, had at birth. As her friends and family celebrated, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome—a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.

With lyrical prose and gorgeous 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bloom is one of the most emotionally stirring books I’ve ever read…This story is a reminder that perfect, when it comes to human beings, is such a relative (and irrelevant) term…and that a mother’s love for her child is a powerful, eternal, unshakable force.” 

    Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

  • “In her tender and genuinely beautiful memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us to not simply accept the unexpected circumstances of our lives, but to embrace them like the things we wished for all along.” 

    Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy

  • “A constitutionally positive person…Hampton makes a convincing argument that grief and disappointment can be transformed into compassion and joy.”

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  • “Kelle Hampton…reminds us that life may not always look pretty or perfect, but it is always beautiful…She has indeed made of her life something ‘wild and precious’ and her book, like her two beautiful girls, is a bundle of joy. I finished it reluctantly and with a full heart.”

    Claire Fontaine, author of Come Back

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About the Author

Kelle Hampton, a writer and photographer, chronicles the simple joys of motherhood and daily life on her popular blog, Enjoying the Small Things. An advocate for individuals with Down syndrome, she has been honored by both the National Down Syndrome Society and the National Down Syndrome Congress. She lives in Naples, Florida, with her husband, Brett; their two daughters, Lainey and Nella; and her stepsons, Austyn and Brandyn.