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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I also stopped going to the school based support sessions because it cost me personally too much emotional energy.

BLOOM by Kelle Hampton | Kirkus Reviews

I would never have given it a half chance if I hadn’t wanted to live inside her story so hamtpon. I lived in Fort Myers bampton a while, and I would describe the culture there as fairly shallow. I think most of us create a life for ourselves in our mind and envision how life is going to be, as Kelle did. View all 3 comments. As much as I agree with both the high and the low raters of this book, I’m choosing to remain in the middle.

Seeing the world through the eyes of an innocent, non-judgmental child would be a smart thing for all of us to do from time to time. Hampton writes about her “trials” of unexpectedly becoming the mother of a down syndrome child.

I am not the kind of person who klele usually pick up this book. Now understand, she is no writer, and you know it within sentences. The book truly transcends its writing.


If you appreciate memoirs, stories of family, books that detail adversity and rising above. You should read it. I just had no clue that anyone has a reality like this one. Never once does she share secrets or mistakes learned along the way. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. That is understandable, bkoom I wanted more from this book. I found it at Target and picked it up for the photos that are interspersed throughout of the author and her daughter and family.


I was on a road trip with my husband while I was reading this and more than once he looked over at me and asked me to take a break because he couldn’t take my sobbing, this book just tore at my heart and I couldn’t help it. It is quite possibly one of the most heart wrenching stories ever and I was even more excited to read this book.

I have a child with Down syndrome. Raising a special needs child is a personal journey.

The second I saw that picture I remembered her birth story, which is the start of the book. I had never heard of Kelle Hampton before I read this book.

Basically, it sounds like she’s lived much of her life in a wonderfully close and fun sorority. That said, I think every parent of a child with special needs will grieve and not just once, but many times over and over through the years. Bloo, found the book blook compelling, told with love, with beautiful photos, taken with love.

It is not about what it’s like to have a baby who is born with Down syndrome. Bloom is real, honest, gut-wrenching. Her references to “community” and “the net” designed to suggest that she really cares about the vloom good and making a world where everyone is accepted for their own merit. For anyone that has been challenged with infertility, it might be extraordinarily painful because as I know from personal experience, you might want to punch someone who isn’t just plain ecstatic about having a baby, period.


It probably didn’t help that Kelle continually refers to herself as a “rockstar. Cried tears hamlton heartache, joy, and understanding through out this whole book. I wish this 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!

Thankfully that word receded after awhile. As the parent of a child with a disability, it’s hard to see your child put herself out hxmpton, to try to play soccer or to go on a school field trip and see it not work out like it I blopm with the difficulty of accepting that your child has a disability. Keole expected this book to be a memoir about what it is like to raise a special-needs child. It did take a while for Kelle to face and accept this, and it took the help of the warm loving family and friends for her to do so.

I want to be more like this! Life doesn’t always dish out what we expect or have planned, but Kelle’s story shows that you can move forward and plow through life’s challenges and come out a better person on the other side.