I finished the book bloom in two days. It's written by Kelle Hampton a famous blogger and photographer that I've followed for the last two years. I had a lot of thoughts on the book and figured I'd share. If you read or are reading the book, I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts! Feel free to leave your commentary in the comments section below.
-I bought the book. I don't buy books, but I wanted a hard copy of this one because I enjoy looking at the photos and re-reading sections.
-I was disappointed she edited the birth story of Nella from the original she posted on her blog. (If you're new to her story this link will fill you in).
-I was anxious to hear how she and her husband met, a story she saved for the book. I was a little disappointed and surprised that that part of her story was so ordinary and that she was brief. There weren't many details on their dating/marriage relationship.
-I was shocked by how many stories she shared that were never written on her blog: Nella gets RSV, her husband is told to relocate (out of state) or lose his job, a cancer scare, 3 miscarriages, her parent's divorce, her insecurities with raising a child with special needs, her worries about the future, etc. She leaves out most of her struggles and heartache on her blog.
-It was nice knowing how her story ends (since I read her blog), but learning the other details that she didn't discuss on the blog. It was a little bittersweet too because her baby and Andrew were a few weeks apart. Both of our babies are toddlers now!
-I was curious as to why religion doesn't play a part in her life, especially considering that many people who go through tough circumstances lean on their faith. I found it sad that her past experience with her church led her away from belonging to a church.
-I think she is sincere. A lot of women criticize her for not being "real" or her pictures being "too perfect" or faking her happiness. I believe she is happy, that she makes a concerted effort to be happy. "We can choose to be afraid or we can choose to live. And I choose to live. Because an increased likelihood of having your heart broken also carries with it an increased likelihood of finding yourself the happiest you've ever been in your life."
-I worked with special needs students heavily (mostly children with autism and DS) and some of the parents were so angry. Angry at their child's disability even years later. I was scared of working with parents like this because they took much of their frustration out on teachers and the school system. I couldn't quite fully understand their anger until I read this book and could see first hand how much grief and anxiety these parents carry around.
-Really liked that she ended the book where she began; in the room where her daughter was born. When they go to revisit her friend says, "I swear the room was twice this size." "Because what happened in that room seemed to big to fit into that space."
-She talks about her life as "before and after" her daughter's birth and diagnosis. It really had a profound effect on her and her outlook on life. She talks about how everything was different after her birth: running into old friends, going home to see the welcome sign she created before she left for the hospital, before she knew.
Overall, good read with so many inspiring quotes. If you like reading her blog, you will enjoy the book. This was one of my favorite quotes "No matter what, there's always a new day, a clean slate, an opportunity to begin again and vibrantly live out our 'one wild and precious life.'