When I first read Kelle Hampton’s blog a while ago I was taken aback by the photography, because, I mean — have you seen it? But when Kelle shared the birth story of her sweet little Nella, it moved me to tears. You know what I mean, it was the “sitting-in-front-of-your-computer-screen-trying-to-keep-the-sobs-under-control” kind of tears.
Then, she wrote a book. And my blogger friend wrote a review about it and I put it on my summer reading list and read it and cried through it this past July in Ohio.
So, let’s start, shall we?
Book: Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
Author: Kelle Hampton
I knew the story going in, but reading it again, this time with a different perspective, moved me.
This read was eye-opening for me; the exercise of breathing through someone else’s experiences is sometimes a gift.
Kelle’s second child, her daughter, Nella, was born with Down Syndrome – she and and her husband had no idea until they met her. No warm up time; no months to figure out how this was going to affect their family. This is so comparable to the throngs of other parents who have experienced that moment, too. That moment when they just know that their child and their lives henceforth are going to be more than a little bit different than what they expected.
“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.”
But there’s more!
I underlined so many parts of this book, friends.
“My sister told me that she wished I could see what she saw — because what she saw was wonderful. She said I was lucky – that I’d been offered a shortcut to what life is all about when some people search for it their whole lives and never know. She said I had a secret – a secret to happiness and that, while people may look at me and pity me, in time I’d feel like I knew something they didn’t. ‘Someday, Kas,” she said, ‘you’ll feel so happy in spite of their pity glances. And you’ll wish so badly you could let them know – that you could show them what life is about.'”
Emotionally – this book touched me. I respect anyone who can be that sheer, that authentic with her experiences.
There were portions of the book that were slow… but the essence of this book is lovely.
Paperbacks start at $8.99. It’s also available for the Kindle and in hardcover. See here. Or, remember, there’s the library.