Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Congratulations EMMYMOM!  You have won the copy of Bloom!

Young and Relentless

I've been a reader of Kelle Hampton's blog for a long time. Enjoying The Small Things inspired me in all areas of my life.  She made me want to be a better mom and wife and to plan amazing birthday parties!

Our April 2012 book selection is Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir by Kelle Hampton.

From Amazon....

 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."

 I'll be giving away ONE copy of Bloom to a lucky reader. Leave me a comment saying you WANT the book and I'll draw from the names at 10pm Friday night. Good Luck!

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  1. Oh I have read her blog too! She is so inspiring and I love her photography. Would love to win a copy

  2. This looks soooo good! I wanna win!!!

  3. I just ordered it!!! Eeeek! So excited.

  4. Ahhh, I love Kelle's blog! I have been reading it for a few years now. Can't wait to read her book!! :)

  5. I saw the preview YouTube video of this book when it came out a few months ago, I so wanted to read it! Thanks for choosing this book, now I get to read it! Yes, I want to win a copy!

  6. I haven't read her blog! I'll have to bookmark it and stop by. The book sounds good!

  7. It sounds amazing...looking forward to being back on facebook on Sunday and back in the club ;)

  8. Ohhhh this sounds like one I might need to have as an actual book rather than on the Kindle! Looking forward to reading it!

  9. I would love to read this book!

  10. Sign me up! I'd love to win a copy!


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