Hi Y’all! It is November and that is always the month I am reminded that there are tons of things that I am thankful for in my life. This year November will be known as the Month of Thanks. I am going to do 30 days of Thanks here on Geeky Bloggers Book Blog! Each day I will highlight one author (and the book they wrote that moved me) and one blogger (and their awesomeness) that I am thankful for! These are not in any particular order and by no means is 30 going to cover everyone that I love.
I am thankful for Kelle Hampton and her bluntness as she chronicled her journey (Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir) with her down syndrome daughter. I had never been touched directly with knowing someone who learned their child was going to have Down Syndrome till a couple of years ago. Bloom helped me understand my friend’s journey and more importantly educate me to some of the other things I needed to know.
With that being said I want to point out the DSG (Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas) has Calendars for sale for 2013. Not trying to sway you or anything but Jensen Ackles is in it! If you didn’t love him before (don’t tell me because I don’t want to lose respect for you) then you should love him now!
“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 am thankful for Tina from Tina’s Book Reviews! Tina and I always have the best conversations as we tend to pretty much have a weird knack for having similar experiences. However she is far more creative on her blog than I am with her Chatting with Authors feature and Saturday Spotlight! You can just tell that she has a knack for presentation and brilliance. I am glad too because I have found many an author through her. She also reads a wide range of books so you are always in for a treat when you visit! I just adore Tina though for her personality and wit—the rest is just icing on the cake!
During her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children named after book characters: Lizzie a beautiful cattle dog mix (Pound Pup) and Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Pound Pup). Gathering with friends and family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.
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