Last week’s return home initiated a jolting change of pace. I hate to say it, but I’m busy. The last few nights, I’ve debated whether to stay up and knock things off my list or head to bed to make me clear-headed for tomorrow. Sleep usually wins, and I thank myself the next morning.


There are a lot of projects on my plate right now, but they are all important. They make me happy, and I’m not willing to give any of them up. I have learned so many times before not to stress–everything always works out. Jobs get finished, things get done.

Yesterday was nuts. The to-do list on the side of my keyboard began with a bulleted list and grew by the hour with scribbled add-ons and reminder notes. And so I did the only thing I knew to do–I walked away to spend an hour with my kids, the most effective motivation stimulant I know.

We took an afternoon bubble bath.





Followed by a walk to the mountains.





That one hour–that renewing break of stepping away from the list and into what matters most–replenished my balance and settled my uneasiness. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Photobucket Lainey’s been “babysitting” Poppa’s puppy, and it hasn’t left her arms in two days.



We are once again humbled and inspired by the momentum of generosity for Nella’s 2 for 2 Fund. Thank you, sincerely, for your comments, for sharing, for giving. We (you!) raised $20,000 in 24 hours. Less than two weeks to go…let’s keep it moving.



And finally, a fun Thursday giveaway. I have a few galley copies left of Bloom. What’s a galley, you ask? A galley is a pre-publication press copy that gets printed before a book’s final edits and release. It’s not as pretty as the real thing (the hardback “real” book will have over 100 full color photos printed throughout), but it’s the story which is the most important part.

Three commenters on this post will be mailed a galley copy of Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected, and I’ll write a little note in it for you. Nella read through it and approved it for release, so we’re all good now. It’s a go.


Pre-order a copy of Bloom at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound or Books A Million.

We did this last year and I loved it, so tell me…if you had to focus on one word for 2012, what would it be?

Mine? Contentment. No matter what we are doing, how busy we are, what we have or don’t have…I will be content in the moment.



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  1. First comment..woohoo! Thank you for all of your posts… cheering on for the 2 for 2 Fund! Love you all!

  2. P.S. Cannot WAIT to read Bloom!

  3. I pre-ordered, but I’d love to read a Galley copy!

  4. One word…survival.

    It is going to be a tough one this year…

  5. Nella is simply beautiful. LOVE the tub shots.

  6. I absolutely LOVE your red pants, where did you get those beauties!

    And my word for 2012–embrace.

  7. I think my word will be “awareness”….taking time to stop, look around, and see how blessed I truly am. Even if I don’t win, I’m looking forward to my pre-ordered copy of Bloom!! :)

  8. My 2012 word…patience.
    I’m looking forward to Bloom!

  9. I love the picture of Nella “reading” Bloom. She is so cute! Congrats on your book.

  10. My word is self. I’m having my first baby in July and my goal is not to lose myself come December.

  11. My word for 2012 – discover!
    And I would love to have a copy!

  12. Yay! I cannot wait to read it either, and the one of Nella with the book is BESTILL MY HEART fantastic!

  13. Laughter! ‘Cause isn’t that the best medicine? Laughter can fix anything. I stress too much, too often, and need to realize it’s okay to slow down, relax and laugh a bit. Can’t wait to read your book!

  14. My word for 2012 is survive and graduate. My mother passed away on New Years Day and I have one more semester of graduate school. I just want to graduate and make it through with most of my emotions still in tact!

  15. My word is “breathe”. Last year, my word was “commit” and I over committed myself to too many things which took away from things that really mattered. This year, I want to sit back and breathe — to take it all in and enjoy what I have in front of me. I want to breathe new life in to my family, my home, and my faith! Can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring!

    I also can’t wait to read Bloom!

  16. I so love reading your blog, and can only imagine how great Bloom will be!

  17. International readers can get a copy too?
    If so, I would love to read it!

  18. My word for 2012 – Breathe. Be in this moment and breathe.

  19. My 2012 word: Relax

    2011 was one of the worst years of my life and while I am glad to see it’s gone, its effects on me are lasting and I need to remind myself that I must let go…and relax.

  20. My 2012 word is definitely “blessings”. If I’ve learned nothing in 2011 it’s to focus on the wonderful things I’ve been given and forget about the rest. Thank you so much for sharing your life with the world!

  21. One word: planning! Our wedding, our new house and maybe a puppy?

  22. One word for 2012 – Thankfulness! 2011 was such a hard one medically speaking for my 4 year old daughter that I just need to be thankful for each and every day we are given!!

  23. I for one can’t wait to read Bloom. I am on the cusp of having two babies born into our home, and would love to have this as some late-night nursing reading!

  24. I am SO excited to read Bloom. Pick me! :)

  25. My word: Patience. I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old and I constantly find myself struggling with this.

  26. Would love a copy of your book! Can’t pick a word for the year- I really just want to enjoy my family.

  27. courage …to have the courage to do what needs to be done.

  28. Oh my goodness! I would just looove a galley copy! How fun that your book will be here for all to see so soon?

    My word for this year? Generosity.
    A general reminder to do even more in all my relationships :)

  29. My word for the year is active. Not necessarily in the get-up-off-your-arse kind (although I’m sure that will be relevant often), but in the sense of participation rather than observation. Reading the books instead of hearing about them, crafting the crafts instead of just admiring the blog posts, playing the games instead of just suggesting they are played. I want to be active in my life.

  30. what kind of puppy is that? i don’t blame lainey for snuggling it 24/7! i’d do the same.

    i can’t decide between trust or patience, which kind of go hand in hand. my favorite quote right now is: “trust yourself. you know more than you think you do.”

  31. Would LOVE a galley copy! This year, my word would be “peace”. Less stressing and anxiety, more peace in the moment and being happy with the “right now”.

  32. Simplify – working getting rid of clutter and extra noise.

  33. oh I want to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  34. If I had to pick a word for 2012 it would be “Breathe” Our life is a little chaotic, breathing helps!

  35. One word: live.
    I want to worry less, and live more.
    Love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  36. My word would be live! To remember to live each day to the fullest and to be happy and grateful with what I have. I love reading your blog and am inspired by your openness in sharing your life with everyone. I am counting down the days until your book is released. Congratulations on all your success.

  37. I love you and I love Nella:) You’ve inspired me in my journey with Mabel every day. Thanks for writing and being you!

  38. Just one word??!! I’ll steal yours – contentment. :-)

  39. Can’t wait to get your book! Even better if I win a copy! My word for 2012: Strength.

    Training for my first Marathon: April 15. I need the strength to never give up.

  40. My word is present. As in being present. As in seeing, not just looking, listening, not just hearing, feeling, not just touching.

  41. Very very excited for Bloom – posts are so inspiring as someone with a little one trying to juggle everything. they really help me get perspective.

  42. kelle you are seriously the cutest mom! i love reading your blog, you are so real and so sweet! love your little family!!

  43. Kelle,
    Why do I feel so proud when I see your book?? Must be cuz I love you….even tho we’ve never meant. Doesn’t make any sense to me…but I’m proud of you none the less :)

  44. 2012 word is DEFY.
    I’d love to win a copy!!

  45. My word for 2012 came to me on I-40 between Asheville and Knoxville, on that winding stretch in the Great Smoky Mountains:


    Grace for myself, grace for my husband, grace to enjoy and be aware of all the good gifts God has given me. It’s all grace.

  46. My word is “joy” for way too many reasons to list. But I’ve already scheduled a hectic year as far as work goes, so I am going to have to be intentional about it. I don’t want to miss out on the joy as I try to get through the busyness!

    My to-do list is extremely long this week… maybe an afternoon bubble bath with my girls is exactly what I need!

  47. One word: peace. I would like to focus on finding my inner peace. And I would love to win a copy of your book!

  48. I think my word this year will be “relax,” I am unbelievably busy and stressed with work so far and I need to chill or this year is gonna be a nightmare!

  49. Such a great word!

    My word is “great”. I read this on my friends blog today about someone who met a fabulous man and my friend was commenting on how lucky she was to meet such a wonderful man….she said…

    “That is because I am GREAT and I deserve GREAT things…..”

    That really stuck with me….I will remember all year long that I am GREAT and deserve GREAT things, from myself, the world and others in my life.

  50. OH my… I desperately want to win this!!!!
    My word for this year is BADASS – no matter what I am doing, be badass at it!!

  51. ENJOY.
    With two small children at home and my husband in pharmacy school, it gets difficult to stop and enjoy. Laundry can wait, phone calls can be put off, and pizza CAN be ordered haha. I want to enjoy these years because they are so fleeting. I want to enjoy my daughter learning how to dance. I want to enjoy my son learning how to build lego towers. I want to enjoy taking a break every day at 12:30 and watching my children nap. It puts life into perspective being able to stop and enjoy the things that really matter!

  52. one word…LOVE. love my Lord, love others, love myself. most importantly…love our new little bundle of joy who will be joining us any day now! :)

    p.s. we were honored to donate to the 2 for 2 fund & donated in our new baby’s name (Harper)…will put the print out of your blog post in her baby book since it was her “first donation”!

  53. My word for 2012 would be “enjoy”. I want to enjoy every moment with Owen before he heads off to preschool. I’ve been with him every day since he was born and have been to every appointment and every therapy session, but I haven’t necessarily enjoyed it all. Now I will!
    PS–LOVE the pic of Nella reading through “Bloom”….glad she approved!

  54. Hate to be a copycat, but my word for life (not just 2012) should be contentment. I need to be more appreciative of the wonderful blessings in my life and spend less time counting down to the next big excitement. It is something that I struggle with daily.
    I would LOVE a copy of your book. Even if I don’t win, I am getting a copy the minute it hits the shelves. I may even treat myself to a pre-order, if I can swing it! I can’t wait to read it.
    And as per the usual, beautiful post. Love the pic of Nella staring off, she looks so mature and wise….which I’m sure she is. Happy Thursday!

  55. joy! there is so much to be had and it’s everywhere…if i just look. i’m focusing on finding the joy in whatever i do. wherever i am.

  56. Rally. I will rally in my last year of college before becoming a special education teacher!

  57. My word would be breathe….just take a minute …. breathe….reflect….center yourself…

    Thank you so much for your words and your blog…as the parent of a child with down syndrome and autism you have captured what is really important in the world…
    God Bless You! (wait he has)…..

  58. Serenity. Serenity with life’s ups and downs, serenity with the everyday and day to day. Finding the time for things that give me serenity — photography, knitting, etc.

    Can’t wait to read Bloom. :)

  59. Our word this year is “Create”

  60. my word for 2012 is… “contentment” learning to be content with who I am, where I am in life…and enjoying every moment, not looking over my shoulder to compare to friends and others..but be content with what I have.

  61. My One Little Word for the year is H.O.P.E.:
    *Heart Open, Please Enter
    *Harnessing Optimism and Potential Everyday
    *Harvesting Our Personal Efforts, etc.

    ♥ Thanks for such a generous and inspiring give away! ♥

  62. I cannot wait for Bloom to come out…as much as I adore your blog, I know I’ll love the book 10 times more!

  63. Our word for 2012 – Better – live a better version of ourselves, better at working on our marriage, better at making memories for our babies, better at taking care of our hearts and our souls. I can’t wait to walk down this path with my husband our 3 year old son and our new little baby girl. Will be fan-freakin-tastic!

  64. My word for 2012 is BALANCE. I need to make sure I keep the balance with my life and family. It’s not easy being a working Mom! I can’t wait to read Bloom!

  65. My word is “contentment.” Being a newlywed and living in an apartment in Dallas, it’s so hard to resist “Keeping up with the Jones’s.” I made a goal in January that my 2012 word/theme is contenment, and I’m going to try to stick with that!

    I can’t wait to read your book; pre-ordering ASAP!

  66. I would love to receive Bloom! Please please give one to me!

    My one word mantra for 2012 is:


    No matter how stressful my life will be in 2012 – I will remain Positive.

    Have a good one!

  67. Joy! Choosing joy this year. Last year was too hard with surgeries and a fairly new prenatal diagnosis and too much good had “sad” mixed up in it.

    And pretty please, I want the book? A lot! :)

  68. My one word for 2012 has to be JOY! There is joy to be found in everything, if we only just look–and I intend to do just that.

  69. Faith. Not religious faith but faith in that we are doing the right things for our special babe and her challenges. Faith that our decisions that look crazy to most people will be good for us and our family. Faith that she WILL be ok because we have an awesome team working with us and have had an awesome team work with us in the past.

  70. well if Nella approved it than I absolutely must read it! We know she’s got good taste :) I can’t wait to read it!

  71. I cannot wait to read the book!! My word for 2012 is Faith. For so many reasons.

  72. My one word is LOVE for this year — seeing as I’m getting married in July! I cannot wait for this wonderful whirlwind life to begin!

    Oh, and I’m totally going to be getting BLOOM. I need this in my life, I just know it!

  73. I’ve already hinted to my husband that your book is what I have in mind for mother’s day… but an early copy would be super SWEET.

  74. “Balance”. I have a lot of stuff I need to get done and need to find the motivation to do it. I whether give my kids a afternoon bubble bath or play in the snow:) You have taught me to slow down and enjoy the small things but I also need to get stuff done. With four kids, husband and a house, friends it is hard to balance it all.

  75. My word for the year is “Blossom”. AND I can not wait to read Bloom. I would love to receive a copy of it! Your blog has kept me inspired, present, and ready to Blossom!
    Thank you!

  76. Ahh I can’t wait to read Bloom! Especially now that it has Nella’s seal of approval. My word is beginnings. Beginning grad school and life after my undergrad! :)

  77. What adorable pictures! Would love to win an advanced copy.

  78. I’ve pre-ordered Bloom! I received a B&N gift card for Christmas so this is perfect!

  79. Balance! Trying to keep everything in healthy moderation. Work time, family time, and play time! And, of course, some time to read “Bloom!” I can’t wait.

  80. one word.. for 2012….
    embrace… embrace.. people…

  81. My word for the year…home. We are getting everything in line to buy our house and nothing is more important to me then the 3 amazing people I share this home with.

    Can not wait to read Bloom!!!

  82. My word is “time”~ To make time for the important things,reading books with the kids, counting stars, trips to the beach, making memories and spend less time on the not so important things, like work, and worries, and negative thoughts! Can’t wait for your book!!! :)

  83. What a perfect post for today. I am so thankful and blessed for your blog which is a constant reminder to stop and enjoy the small moments of each day. My word for 2012 is “discern”. This year I am discerning where I am called to be, and what I am called to do. I have a feeling this is something that will never end, but hopefully this year will provide some answers.

  84. my word??? Trust.
    I need to trust someone that I can get through not only this year but section of life.
    Because this too shall pass.

  85. Mine would be time. Time to savor the moment. Quality time with my family. Time to get things done. And, it’s time I read your book BLOOM! Congrats! I can only imagine how excited you are for it’s release come Spring. Have a happy day. Thanks for sharing all you do with us readers. :)

  86. Oh how I long for an afternoon bubble bath! Can’t wait to read Bloom! I’m sure it would be the perfect read in a bubble bath 😉

  87. I love your blog and I know that the book will be even better! Can’t wait to read it.

  88. balance would be our word for the year. But after seeing yours, I debated stealing that one too… :)

  89. Your blog has really taught me to live, laugh and love with ALL of my heart. Thank you. I’ve passed your blog on to a friend who recently had a little boy with that magical chromosome. She’s inspired by you as well. Please continue to share your words of wisdom and beautiful photos.

  90. My word is “peace”. I will work to find peace wherever I go and whatever I do! To show my girl that no matter what the world is doing, you can always find peace with yourself.

    Nella looks to be a voracious reader and Lainey’s maternal instinct is admirable at 4 years old!

  91. You have such a beautiful family! I’m hopeful for a new beginning.. A new year. I can’t wait to read your book!

  92. Our word is “grateful” I am grateful for each and every moment. Just in general having an attitude of gratitude is what we are calling it at our house. :-)

  93. My one word is Patience! The pictures you took during your 1-hour break with the kids served the same purpose for me during this 5-minute break at work. Thank you Nella for bringing a smile to my face and helping me face the last half of my day.

  94. Congratulations on Nella’s 2 for 2 – so beautiful to see the kindness and generosity from an entire world of people.

    As we welcome a New Year, full of hope and promise, my chosen word is grace.

    Grace under pressure, grace when my patience is tested, grace when the 3 year old demands Angry Birds at 4am, grace when the 1 year old won’t give my boobs a moment’s rest, grace when the 14 year old wears the same smelly jeans 2 weeks in a row, grace when there are dirty socks crammed down the couch, grace when bad drivers cut me off, I need some grace.

  95. I am so excited for your book!

  96. I am looking forward to your book! I can’t get enough of your writing. You are a talent and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

  97. “Thrive” I spent the end of 2011 feeling sorry for myself. Retrospectively I know I deserve better. 2012 is going to be all about embracing the changes in my life, good and bad, and thriving despite.

  98. Can mine be 3 words!!!? In this moment! It is the only way to live, but still, I have to remind myself of it every day! The the photo of Nella reading your book! :) Many blessings to you guys this year! Any day now, we will be welcoming baby #4! Our 2012 will be FULL!

  99. CONGRATULATIONS on the 2 for 2 fund! That’s AWESOME! …and on the book publication that’s awesome too! My word for 2012 is Peace…

  100. I can’t wait to read Bloom!! My one word would also be contentment…that is something I need to remember daily. I am blessed with so much but yet I always find myself wanting more. I started thinking I need to me more content right around Christmas. Let’s just hope I can keep it up all year and forever!!

  101. My word for this year is happy :o) and excited! Can’t wait to read bloom!

  102. My word for 2012: cherish.

    Realizing my girls grow up so fast and I want to cherish these moments with them, just somehow ‘store’ it so that I won’t forget. Not stress out about stuff, but enjoy my time with them…

  103. GRATITUDE is my word….you can bet that your blog is on my list xoxo Kristin in Phoenix

  104. I love the picture of Nella reading Bloom and I would love to win a copy of it!

    One word for this year-peace. Peace within myself, my choices and the choices other people make.

  105. My word for 2012 is RELAX!

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  107. My word? Fulfillment.

    I can’t wait to read Bloom. And I love the picture of Lainey holding poppa’s pup…and Nalle looking at the mountain.

  108. Oh, I would LOVE a Galley copy of Bloom!!!! I have been basically counting down the days until the book is released! My word for 2012…Peace…..I need to be at peasce with what I have and what I am doing in life because it is good, real good and sometimes I forget that when I’m all wrapped up in a moment. Peace it is!!!

  109. Contentment, absolutely.

  110. My word? Fulfillment.

    I can’t wait to read Bloom. And I love the picture of Lainey holding poppa’s pup…and Nalle looking at the mountain.

  111. Just stumbled on your blog yesterday and I love it! My word for 2012 is SAVOR! Savor every moment with my family. Life just seems to be going by so quickly.

  112. My word: hope. We’ve had a few disappointments lately, and a boost of hope will do me good. :)

  113. I would LOVE to have a copy of your new book! I just love reading your blog and seeing pictures of your precious girls. You are so inspiring. You are so right about being content in the moment. It doens’t matter how big my to do list is, it will never be more important than spending time with my little girl.

  114. Healthy, would have to be my word for this year. I think it’s time to loose the “baby weight” afterall he turned 4 yesterday! Ha, ha (yeah it’s time). I will be reading your book for sure one way or another…

  115. My word for the year is inspire!

  116. My word is spontaneity.

  117. I would have to say that my word too would be content. I will be content with what I have, right this very second and not hope away the future days, weeks, months. I only have a little while before this little family grows from 3 to 4 and I am so happy and thankful for that but I want to be “content” that life will go as it should and I am along for the ride. I am so excited to read your book!!

  118. Absolutely Beautiful! Love your blog. Can’t get enough of it!

  119. My word for the year is “finish”. Would love an early copy of that book of yours to finish!

  120. Present. Living in it; no regret for the past and not too much focus on the future.
    Looking forward to reading your book!

  121. My word for 2012 is LEARN-in a little more than 2 short months, I will be a first time momma to a beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome. The prospect of parenthood both excites and terrifies me at the same time! Lots to learn this year!

  122. cannot wait to sink into bloom!! i have many words that i can think of but the one that stands out the most is faith!

  123. As always these photos are absolutely adorable. Contentment is something we should all strive for, I’m glad you guys have it!

  124. My one word for 2012 is Family. I am recent married and moved to a new house which we are making into a home day by day. I can’t wait to see how our Family looks a year from now!

  125. My first time commenting. I love the pictures of the girls, they are inspirational.

    I have enjoyed following along over the last few years, I know you will succeed in this years goal.

    My word is Joy – I actually decided on this word yesterday, which has prompted this comment. I want to discover the Joy in everything.

  126. I always look forward to reading your posts, they remind me to stay grounded and not beat myself up when things don’t go as planned. Finding balance is so important. I look forward to reading your book!

  127. my one word for 2012 :: soak. too many times i find myself moving through the motions without really soaking everything up.

    the picture of nella in the bathtub – holy eyes! just beautiful.

    happy thursday!

  128. Bubble Baths – one of the best things!! I so enjoy them!!

    I cannot wait to read Bloom!

    My word is – my husband & I hope to start our family this year :)

  129. Must have a copy in hands immediately…………PLEASE!!!!!!! I am so willing to beg for a copy…for real! My 2012 word? Give. Not just giving back or giving to others, but giving more to those around me – my attention, my love. Giving myself much more in return by giving to others. xoxo

  130. My word for 2012 is healthy. I want us to be healthy, eat healthy, my kids are growing and I want happy healthy kids and it starts with my husband and I.

    I loved all your vacation photos, we tried to get away locally to find some snow, but we found no snow, so we hiked around the beautiful lake and got to do things we usually can’t when there is snow.

  131. While I have preordered on my Nook, I would love an early copy of Bloom! My word for the year is change: allowing myself to step into this season of change for my family with peace and an open heart.

  132. Gratitude is my word..and your blog is at the top of my list. xoxo kh

  133. Adventure!

  134. My word would be Happy.

  135. Laid back. I don’t want to stress over the small things, enjoy more time with my baby and cherish every minute I have with her!

  136. I am just settling down to write a blog about picking direction and the decisions I face right now in determining how to do that. Reading Bloom I am sure would provide some much needed inspiration and wisdom. Can’t wait to read it!

  137. I can’t wait to read Bloom… So glad its been Nella approved :)

  138. My one word for 2012 is: Authentic. I’ve been this and that for everyone else and it is time to be me.

  139. I cannot wait to read your book! My word this year is CHANGE!

  140. Contentment. . . I like it!

  141. my word better, we can always strive to be better! A better mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend…..
    i cant wait to read your book, not going to lie i am not a huge reader it has to be a really good book to get me excited, and i am super excited to read your book. you inspire me as a photographer as a wife and as a mother, i love getting to know you through your blog and cant wait to read more about your life in your book.

  142. I can’t wait to read Bloom!!!

  143. My word would be breathe. Just breathe, sometimes it’s all you need to regain focus.

  144. Oh yay! Im looking forward to reading it.

  145. Mine would be “take in the moment” so many times I’m thinking what I’m going to do the next day instead of concentrating on what I have now. Love this blog and
    Love the pictures you take of your little ones…they are something special and so cute!

  146. Oh I would LOVE to get a galley copy of Bloom, I have been wishing it was out already because I really need it right now. My twins have both been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and I am stuck in grief. I need to figure out how to get past that and move forward to find the things that will help them, to fight for them, and to try to enjoy even the bad moments because I don’t want to waste their little lives grieving. So I guess that in a word would be Rising, rising above the grief, the ashes, rising to the challenge etc. I can’t wait to see your book in April!!! Thank you for sharing your life with us readers, I so look forward to your posts!

  147. I can’t wait to read Bloom! My word – appreciate. I want to focus on not letting the stress take over and really just appreciate my family and the simple things in life.

  148. My 2012 word(s): “Patience” all will fall into place in their own time. Until then…. enjoy the “moment”

  149. One. I want to focus on one student at a time, one friend at a time, one camper at a time, one Young Life girl at a time. I want to be fully present in the moment with that one person and give them my full attention.

  150. My one word: Present. I just want to be fully present and in the moment. The to do lists can wait; the sun will still come up tomorrow. Thank you for helping me stay true to the goal and the path.

  151. My one word – peace. In my heart, in my actions, in my words… Can’t wait for Bloom!

  152. Hi Kelle!
    I’m sure you’ll make it through this busy season beautifully and gracefully!
    I’ve commented a few times before but have never told you, as countless others have, that you have inspired me in so many ways. I’ve become passionate about photography because of your beautiful knack for catching the small moments. I’ve learned a new love for writing I never knew I had. And last, I love what you are doing for those with Down Syndrome – for your daughter. I am rooting for Nella and all those with that extra chromosome! Its not enough to say it, but thank you.
    So, anyway, my one word? Confidence. I’m making my way into uncharted territory and it can be scary and intimidating, yet SO very exciting! So, I’m making a daily commitment to choose to have confidence in myself, push my fear aside, and just GO for it!
    Thanks, Kelle. I can’t wait to read Bloom!! I’m so excited for you to have your book released. Congratulations.

  153. My word is the same as last year’s….GRACE! But, I do love your word too. Look forward to reading your book….blessings!

  154. Can’t wait to read Bloom! I love the picture of Lainey hugging the little dog, so adorable! My word for the year would have to be peace. Peace for my soul, my decisions, my life. I keep watching Nella’s 2 for 2 page and am getting excited at seeing the numbers move everytime I get on. :)

  155. My word is relax! I always take life too seriously. Beautiful pictures as always & I can’t wait to read Bloom!! :)

  156. one word: SIMPLIFY

    I would love to get my hands on your book before everyone else!! =)

  157. I so know how you feel these days! Everything is so busy for me, but I made sure to take almost a full hour the other night to just hold and rock Arya. It was the best feeling ever and I’m making a concious effort to do it more offten. I would LOVE a copy of Bloom now!!! I’ve can’t wait for it to be released so I can start reading it. My husband asked me why I want a book, I don’t read books. I said this one is by my favorite blog friend Kelle, you better believe I’m going to read this one!!!

    My one word to focus on for 2012 is Family. I’m making it a point to spend as much good quality time with my huaband and Arya as I can. The house will always need to be cleaned and chores will always need to be done, but time does not stand still, so I don’t want it to slip away from me. I don’t want to be old and wish that I’d made more time for my family. :)

  158. My word is balance!

  159. Peace. A close cousin to contentment . . . I choose peace amidst the craziness! Now to remember that choice the whole year thru . . . that’s the challenge.

  160. Love your blog. I have been quietly following for nearly 2 years now. and am always amazed at you and how you deal with things.

    My word for 2012 is FOCUS because I need to focus.

    Would also love a copy of your book :)

  161. Peace. A close cousin to contentment . . . I choose peace amidst the craziness! Now to remember that choice the whole year thru . . . that’s the challenge.

  162. my one word…purposeful

    can’t wait to read Bloom!!!

  163. Savor~ I am going to savor it all: the birth of (probably) my last kiddo…#3, the beginning of our homeschooling adventure (my oldest is starting kindergarten), and my super rowdy and fun little man who makes me smile & pull my hair out ;o)

    Would love one of those galley copies!

    Jen G.

  164. I’m new to your blog…I found you through Babble’s top 100…Congratulations!

    I’ve started blogging because my son suffered a stroke the day of birth. He’s doing great at 9 months and I’m so thankful. Sites like yours, remind me of the joy of parenting…even if our child may be special.

    My word is Love. I think love conquers a multitude of problems. I’m juggling my own illness, single parenting, my son’s therapy, and preparing for a large move. So love for my son, my sister, and myself…will hopefully get me through in one piece.

  165. Faith- Sometimes I need to remind myself that I cannot be in control of everything and that I need to trust and have faith that everything will work out. We all have our highs and our lows and we always make it through. Sometimes, it is easier to focus on the bad though. I guess it is just something I need to work on…

  166. I believe I’ll go with Contentment as well. 2011 was full of so many changes and in 2012 I really just want to focus on moving forward and being content. Grief from loosing my brother comes and goes, frustrations of being a newlywed pick at me from time to time – but I will be content. I will be fully present. I will thrive!!!!

  167. Always love your posts. And, cannot WAIT to read BLOOM!

  168. My word for 2012 would be “acceptance”….to accept wherever you are each day in this journey we call life 😉

  169. ooh early copies of the book! i’d love to get my hands on it. although i’m still gonna order a regular copy cause i love me some pictures.

    that puppy is adorable!! is it a poodle?

  170. My word would be love. I’m going to spend this year working on loving everything amazing and great that life has to offer. I’m very, very excited for this year, and to read Bloom! :)

  171. My one word? Challenge! I am going to challenge myself all the live long year.

    Can’t wait to read the book, rather I get it here or buy my own copy.

    xo from Cleveland!

  172. My word is simply “family.” I’m a single mom with a 2 year old daughter and sometimes I feel sorry for us that we don’t have a real family. But we are a real family. And I will treat us that way and make sure that throughout this year and always she feels/knows that we ARE a family! Just us two!

    As always, I love the post :)

  173. My word of the year is going to be balance. That will be especially important and difficult for me this year, as I just found out that I am expecting #2 right around my son’s second birthday. I have already asked my husband to get me Bloom for Mother’s Day, but I would be delighted to get it in advance. I can’t get enough of your posts. Thank you!

  174. would absolutely love a copy… however I’m headed to Naples for Easter- maybe you will have a book signing around that time when it is released??
    My 2012 word- ENJOY- hoping to just enjoy each day and watching my daughter grow and learn (she’s 16 mos old)
    looking forward to seeing what you come up with for Nella’s birthday :-)

  175. My word would be satify. I want to be satisfied with whatever comes my way, and not stress so much over things I cannot control…Let it be!
    Can’t wait to see the book…Love the photo of Nella reading! Both girls are just dolls!

  176. The pictures of Lainey and Poppa’s puppy melt my heart! So much love!

  177. Cannot wait for Bloom!
    My word of 2012 is EMBRACE.
    Going to embrace each and every moment and make them count.

  178. “Anticipation” just waiting to see what unfolds this year…

  179. My one word is thankful. Sometimes the fast pace of this life makes me forget all that I truly have to be thankful for.

    P.S. I wish Bloom was available like yesterday!

  180. Breathe is my word for 2012. Cliche, maybe, but I’m not above cliches! :)

    Looking forward to reading your book, whether I win it or not!

  181. my word is peace, I need peace in my life for the things that have happened.

    I’m dying to have that book, count me in kelle hampton!

  182. My word for the year is “YES”. I need to knock fear out of the way and say yes to more things in life!

  183. been following your blog for nearly two years now. would love to have a copy of bloom. oh, my word is selflessness. :)

  184. I love your Blog so much, it inspires me to slow down and take life as it comes and not get stressed out by the small things (which I really do alot)!!! this year I’m going to work on that :) and hopefully have a much happier outlook on things, don’t get me wrong i’m thankfull everyday for the things I do have need to stop worrying about the things we don’t it will all work out :)

    Thank you for being such an inspiriation to so many people and I can’t wait for the book to come out :)

  185. I love your blog! Your words have a way of speaking to my heart. It’s like good medicine for the soul. :)

  186. Can’t wait to read Bloom. My 2012 word would be persevere. This is the last year we will have early intervention in home. This is the first year my little love will be in day care. I am trying to get through all the though decisions I have to make.

  187. Cannot wait to read Bloom!! I love reading your blog!! We were blessed last July with our sweet lil girl who also has alil something extra!!!

  188. Love the afternoon bubble bath pictures!! I wish I could fit in the tub with my 4 kiddos to do that. I can’t wait for the book to come out!


  189. Word for the year…stop. Stop and enjoy the moment instead of constantly planning our next move.

  190. One word: Hope. Because with hope comes peace.

  191. I love this and everything about this post.

  192. My word is “beautiful”. Because, life IS beautiful…even when it sucks.
    Excited about your book!!!

  193. Perseverance

    I miss teaching so desperately it is painful. The market is saturated with qualified, unemployed educators, and I am one of many desperate for a job. Many days I want to give up, but my passion is students–teaching students. I need to persevere and remind myself what my dad always says, “It is going to work out for you punkin, it is going to work out and you will be fine.”

    Can’t wait to read Bloom (galley copy or not), I am thinking of recommending it to my book club (i.e. wine club with a book we read), and a galley copy would help! :)

    Love your blog…truly. Even as a non-mom!

  194. I can’t wait to read your book!

  195. Savor. I’m learning to live more in the moment and savor the little things – like their smiles, their giggles, their drawings, their heartbeat, their thoughts, their accomplishments, as well as my own! Each day, each moment, each breath is a blessing and I can not take that for granted. I am in love with the pics of Nella and your book & Lainey with the puppy.

  196. I think contentment says it all. The one words wraps it all up in a pretty little bow. Would love to get a jump start on reading your book! Have a Happy Weekend!

  197. I cannot wait to read your story! The grace of God is truly a beautiful thing.

  198. One word: Aware

    I have a 22 month old little boy, and baby sister is due in April. I want to be aware of every second I have left with Karson as an only child…and aware of every moment baby sister joins us…and every moment I have TWO littles in my house.

  199. It is so ironic that you asked about “word of the year today”… I have my word (phrase) of 2011 on a necklace around my neck (peacefully balanced) and caught a glimpse of it in the mirror this morning and have been thinking ever since of what my word of 2012 should be… and I think it will be SPARKLE! To sparkle from within & in each moment.

  200. I love the huggy picture of Lainey and the pup…awwwdorable! My word for 2012 is BELIEVE.

  201. My word for 2012 will be “ACCEPTANCE” and I would love a copy of this book!

  202. My 2012 word “relax”. Life is so hectic between working full time to basketball practice, baseball, cheerleading, etc. I want to take time to “relax” with my kids! I can’t wait to read Bloom!

  203. OMG I SO WANT TO WIN THIS, however if i don’t my birthday’s in april and this book is on my wish list.

    My word for 2012: Present. as in be present in what i’m doing. I want more vivid, complete, emotionally connected memories, and in order to have i need to really be present, to do what i’m doing while i’m doing it. If i am not more present in things, the experiences don’t imprint as clearly in my mind and as a result, my memories of them aren’t as clear.

  204. Content in the moment… I love that!

  205. Content in the moment… I love that!

  206. One word… faith. Faith in things working out the way they are supposed to. Faith in God. I WILL have faith this year!

  207. Hmmm, one word. I think it will be anxious. I want to have another baby and start a business this year…oh goodness…I just need to psyche myself up for the change!

  208. Hmmm, one word. I think it will be anxious. I want to have another baby and start a business this year…oh goodness…I just need to psyche myself up for the change!

  209. Love the picture of Nella reading. If I had to pick a word, it would be clarity. I think. :)

  210. Active in 2012.

    Soapy wet toes in a nice warm bubble bath would be great right now. I could get lots of magazine reading done in a full bath right about now.

  211. I have two, I’m carrying over last year’s of balance, but I’ve learned to do that, I need to SIMPLIFY.

  212. I guess if I had to pick one word it would be CROSS. as in crossing boundaries in my yoga practice, (handstand anyone), crossing things off my bucket list, learning not to be cross when things don’t go my way or seem out of my control, and finally crossing the threshold of being an adult, and learning how to embrace every aspect that it entails-both the good and the bad.

  213. Can’t wait for the book!

  214. My word for 2012 is FAITH … faith in God that he will provide, faith in myself that I will be the best Mama I can be, faith that even the little times I spend with the kids will count. FAITH that all will be well.

  215. Simplify. Around the house, in what we eat, in the activities we choose, and in how we fill our days. Kind of like enjoying the small things; this year I want to enjoy the simple things.

  216. Absolutely cannot wait to read this book!! Love your blog and your sweet family!!

  217. I’d love one of your books!!! My word for the year is “LOVE”. I am working on learning how to love everyone! :)

  218. my one word is JOY… and if I don’t win a book, no worries, i’ll buy one… can hardly wait to read it.

  219. Love that…contentment. Makes so much sense and yet we seem to always forget. Love the pics as always…Lainey and the pup…OMG!

  220. My word is waiting!!!!

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  222. My word is present -I have to work on being present and taking in the moments with my 2 year old and 2 month old sons. I can see that time will pass too quickly. I know I will enjoy reading your book!

  223. I would love a signed galley of Bloom! If I don’t win, please come to our fabulous new independent bookstore in Nashville (Parnassus, co-owned by author Ann Patchett) to sign a copy for me. As for a word for the year, I’m having trouble choosing just one!

  224. I would love a signed galley of Bloom! If I don’t win, please come to our fabulous new independent bookstore in Nashville (Parnassus, co-owned by author Ann Patchett) to sign a copy for me. As for a word for the year, I’m having trouble choosing just one!

  225. Home…

    I keep pushing my home to the back burner, it is literally where my heart is, but as the world creeps in my home and its occupants get pushed aside. This year I vowed to make them my priority. Our family motto for 2012 has been Hearth and Home!

  226. afternoon bubble bath + walk to the mountains…how perfect.

  227. My 2012 word is develop.

    I’ve been coasting for quite a while with quite a few things that I’d like to do some day if I have the time and get the right training and…and…and.

    This year is for taking the time to develop those skills so that I can start doing the things I dream of.

  228. I would love a signed galley of Bloom! If I don’t win, please come to our fabulous new independent bookstore in Nashville (Parnassus, co-owned by author Ann Patchett) to sign a copy for me. As for a word for the year, I’m having trouble choosing just one!

  229. SO excited about this giveaway. I usually don’t enter, but this is too good to pass up. I am so very excited to read your story!

  230. I did susannah Conways free 2012 workbook and my word I chose was ‘balance’ I’m really busy this year with my job and running my own business but that’s ok if I can balance that with quiet times, family times, household chores etc.

    I tried to pre-orderbloom last week but had a few problems, maybe coz I’m in australia? I’ll try again next week.

  231. Intention. I need to live with more intention; love more, laugh more, accept more, speak more intentionally….not just go through the motions….be present. Example: Our kids are changing, and are not the cuddly perfect creatures they were last year, so after ordering every parenting book on 6 year olds…I just want to accept her, love her, know her, speak to her with intention. I need to live each day ad not get caught up in all my to-do’s that I forget to just love her…and look at her as I once did.

  232. I would love a signed galley of Bloom! If I don’t win, please come to our fabulous new independent bookstore in Nashville (Parnassus, co-owned by author Ann Patchett) to sign a copy for me. As for a word for the year, I’m having trouble choosing just one!

  233. I would love a signed galley of Bloom! If I don’t win, please come to our fabulous new independent bookstore in Nashville (Parnassus, co-owned by author Ann Patchett) to sign a copy for me. As for a word for the year, I’m having trouble choosing just one!

  234. My word: patience. As I am closing in on five full years of trying to become a mom, I know that in order to get through whatever is ahead, I will (continue to) need patience.

  235. I’ve got this book on my wish list! Would love to read it now!

  236. Preorder, check! Expedited shipping, check! Now to ‘relax’, my word for 2012. But secretly, I’m chomping at the bit to read pages and pages of your beautiful stories, thoughts and inspirations!

  237. I will focus on Happiness.
    2011 was a rather unhappy year, self imposed too.
    Changing that in 2012!

    Would love to read your book!

  238. My word is ‘listen’. My husband would love that I have that as my word. I am always trying to get out what’s in my head, what I need to do next, etc., which is good for me, but not always for the other person. I’m trying to shepherd my kids to the next thing so we’re on time or plan for the next moment, and along the lines of being in the moment, I need to listen to my family because sometimes you don’t get a do-over to hear it all again. And on the flip-side, to be heard. Can’t wait to read your book. And how do you get so much done with two girls? I happily play with my kids and feel the weight of my to-do list grow, but cannot tackle it with my two boys–they just don’t let me! And then procrastination grows deep within and it’s a nasty little cycle! :)

  239. My word for 2012 is: kids. Take time out of every single day to enjoy my babies. I let last year get the best of me with having a husband deployed, and I was literally just trying to make it through each day with my head above the water. I didn’t really get to enjoy my children. This year I WILL do that!

  240. My word for 2012…joy. I want to remember to find the joy in all circumstances.

  241. Lainey hugging the pup and Nella making her editorial review … melts my heart!

    My word for 2012 is “intention.” Living with intention. Being present and purposeful and mindful in all I do. I’ve been winging it for far too long in some important areas of life that cannot be successfully run in an ad hoc fashion!

  242. I can’t wait for Bloom! You’re writing and positivity always leave me in a good mood.

  243. My one word for 2012 is MEMORIES. Our girls are 4 1/2 and almost 2 and such fun ages as I am sure you already know 😉 Looking forward to making so many more memories this year.

    Love the photo of Lainey w/the poodle; adorable! And the close up of Nella’s eyes. Thanks for the smiles :)

  244. Patience. Can’t wait to read the book!

  245. I would love a galley copy!!!

  246. Beautiful as always. My 2012 word is Patience. My dad always said it was a virtue. Despite my best efforts thus far, it remains a virtue I still strive to master.

  247. Would love a galley book signed by Nella and Lainey :) I’m going to have to borrow your word of the year because I’m always striving to be appreciative of the now and not wait until something better that may or may not come tomorrow!

  248. My word is Trust: To trust myself and my skills to move me forward in this time of unknowing leading up to and after college graduation. You definitely help me to focus on today and not worry about what I cannot change.

  249. You have an AH-MAZING way with words…I am so thankful to Hallmark for helping me find you (your blog). One of their sponsored posts sucked me in! Thanks for sharing your thoughts AND your family, I am often living vicariously through your tales.

  250. My word for 2012…Fearless…I don’t want to sit on the sidelines of life and have my dreams pass me by!! Looking forward to reading Bloom!! $20,000 in 24hours…awesome!!

    Tina J

  251. Can not wait to read your book. Love all the pictures! :)

  252. My word would be patience. It seems as if we can’t catch a break here lately, but if I can just hold out things will get better. I also need to learn more patience with my family, my husband and kids. They definitely are not the cause of my stress, but sometimes they are the ones who pay for it with my snippy moods. They aren’t deserving of it, and I need to do better.

  253. My one word for this year is NOURISH. I cannot wait to read Bloom. I would love to read the Galley copy. Cool!!!

  254. I preordered a copy, but would still love a copy for friends etc!! My one word for this year would be release – I need to let go of all the “have to’s” and learn to just accept where we are at right now and learn to love the moment we’re in! It’s hard not to stress about finances at home, deadlines at work, but learning to let it all go and enjoy my son needs to be the most important no matter what life throws at us!!

  255. One word: Determined! I am determined to shed this outer shell and get back my prebaby body, I know Its in there;)

  256. I cannot wait to read Bloom, I will also be preordering the book.

  257. Ever since I was connected to your blog over a year ago I have pored over your beautiful words and pictures and watched Lainey and Nella grow. You are an inspiration.

    Thank you.


  258. My word for 2012 would have to be CHOICE – i have a choice about how I react to everything. Tone

  259. Can’t wait to read “Bloom!”

  260. My word is intentional and I would LOVE a copy of that book!


  261. Can’t wait to read Bloom!

    My word for 2012 is the same as before ‘Forward’. Keep moving forward, cherish the memories of the past, but don’t lose sight of what’s to come (all in due time of course!).

  262. You’re girls are absolutely adorable! The bubble bath looks heavenly!! I really enjoy your blog and know that I would LOVE your book! I cannot wait to read it!

  263. My word for the year is happy. It’s to remind me that I truly have so many things in my life to be happy about — and I need to stop focusing on/stewing over the (compared to other people) few bumps in the road I experienced in December & not let them define me.

  264. Joy! Our baby girl (Leighton) will go in for open heart surgery this Spring. The fear of her medical issues can consume me and I have to mentally push those things away and fill my soul with the Joy her life brings me. My life can be filled with medical appointments too and I have to make time for activities that bring me Joy as well, exercise, painting furniture, and sewing. I learned that the last week of 2011, and so that is my focus for 2012.

  265. my word is determination. I look forward to pics of Nella so adorable!

  266. Oh, Kelle, how I love your blog! Am so excited about your book and thrilled you are getting this opportunity. Praying for 2for2. What a monumental and inspiring challenge you have taken on!

  267. i am SO excited to read your book, kelle! i love the idea of having a word for the year, but i’m having a hard time deciding on one. i’m thinking mine will be “grow” — i want to grow in my physical fitness, my faith, my relationships, my adventureous-ness (wow, is that a word?).

  268. My word for 2012 – now. I need to remember to focus on what is happening now, whether it is my two year old holding my hand or my 4 year old asking to be picked up. Now is the only thing that matters…..

  269. One word: SLOW DOWN. Oops that was 2 words:)take life at a much slower pace and enjoy its every blessing.

    Cant wait to read this book!

  270. oooooo my goodness, that photo of nella reading your book is PERFECTION!! love it :)

    my one word: do. i want to “do” thigns this year that i haven’t done…like travel! and just let things go :)

  271. Hope is my word for 2012. Extravagant, unreasonable, massive, obnoxious, beautiful, moment-shifting, day-making, life-changing, world-shaking hope. That little word sure packs a punch. Bring it.

  272. 2012 word: Release

  273. My word for 2012 is STRONGER. Not just strong, but STRONGER, growing more strong every day – physically, emotionally and mentally. I’m going to fight for what’s important to me this year and stand up for myself!

  274. Love the pic of the toes in the tub and of Nella with the suds on her head…how adorable! And, my word? Focus. I need it. I’ve been doing pretty well…but it’s only the 12th:). I would love one of your galley copies! And I’m still going to buy the hardback too!
    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  275. My ord for 2012 is present. As in I need to BE present.

  276. How many times can I comment, so I can up my chances of winning? (JK) My word is Rise: I have a busy year coming up and I am gonna rise, no matter what!

  277. Yeah, on the $20,000 in 24 hrs! We will hit the goal.

    My word for the year…Intentional.
    Intentional in my mothering. Intentional in things with my husband, mother, sister and friends. Make every moment count.

    Intentional in writing this comment in the hopes of getting an early copy of Bloom which will, of course, make me more intentional! :)

  278. One word huh … ok then I well then I will go with priorities! I have big plans to re-evaluate (almost picked that as my word) and ensure everything I do fits in with our life goals and try to not stress so much about the other stuff. Wish me luck :)

  279. My word for 2012: Goals
    I really want to focus on reaching some goals that i’ve made instead of pushing them aside for another year!
    Would love a galley copy of Bloom and even if I don’t win, I’m very excited to read my pre-ordered copy! :) Thanks Kelle!

  280. Peace is my word for this year. It’s a make or break year for one big reason, and whatever happens, whether the universe sees to make my wildest dream come true… or not, I will find peace in what will be. I will find a new normal. Peace.

  281. I already pre-ordered a book but I would love a little note from yours truly.

    My one word would be gracious. I have a lot to be thankful for!

    Here’s to 2012!

  282. Love this post!! My one word for 2012: Patience. Lots and lots of patience….Congrats of the book!! Can’t wait to read it!!

  283. My word is enjoy. Enjoy the journey I’m on, enjoy the challenges I face, enjoy it all.

  284. my word is courage. i heard a great quote that says, “courage is fear that has said it’s prayers and decided to move forward anyway.” i love that.
    congrats on bloom. i can’t wait to read it! xo

  285. My word for 2012 is grateful! I’m so grateful for everything I have in my life and all of the other things to do…it’s just “stuff” : )

  286. Ok, seriously, that picture of Nella reading your book is the cutest thing ever!

  287. Peace. I will be at peace with who I am, even when I mess up, because there are always second chances. I will be at peace with where Kamdyn is, even if my hearts wants so desperately for her to reach a goal, because she will get there.

  288. My word: Love. I need to make sure my loved ones know they are loved. I don’t say it enough and I know I am privileged to feel it everyday. I have a lot in my life to love!

  289. 2012 word – relax… with all the stresses and things to do, sometimes we forget to just.. relax!

    excited about your book! thats so awesome!

    happy almost birthday to nella!!!

  290. lovely words and pictures as usual. I think contentment would be a good word for me too :)

  291. Full! I am really good at just letting my life pass me by. So I want 2012 to be my fullest year yet!

  292. My Word: FOCUS
    Can’t WAIT to read your book!

  293. My word for this year…kindness. My resolution is to “be kind”. When frustration shows up or impatience swells, i will repeat to myslef to ‘be kind’.

  294. appreciate: I want to appreciate things that I DO have, rather than focusing on what I don’t have. Rather than being annoyed that we don’t have a bigger place to live in, I want to APPRECIATE that we do have a place to live.

    can’t wait to read Bloom!

  295. Oh yeah, and my word for 2012: patience… I need to learn to slow down and little and enjoy my growing family – baby #3 coming in July! xo

  296. Cant wait to read your book, your blog is so inspiring, i can only imagine how good your book will be.!! Your girls are precious.

  297. My word is spontaneity. I’m saying yes more and just going with the flow. Congrats on writing a book! That’s a big accomplishment I would love to read it.

  298. I cannot Wait to read Bloom!!!!! I’ve been reading your blog since Nella was born and I just love it!

  299. discipline will be our word for the new year. in getting our budget in order, our health in order and our faith in order. yikes! :)

  300. REST

    2011 was nothing short of chaotic. It’s time to just be and rest!

  301. Oh my..I have already pre-ordered 2 copies of your book but I really want the one with a note in it from how greedy is that! My girl and I our hanging in bed today after a long night of all that comes with the flu, she has her color back and she is reading this with me and when she saw Nella in the tub with the bubbles she said she is soooo cute..I have to agree with her!

    My word for 2012 is really know what is important and what to let go of.

  302. My word for 2012 is love. To remind me stop and share how much I love each and every person in my life.

  303. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Bloom…. <3

  304. Can NOT WAIT to read Bloom!!!

  305. Discovery
    I’m growing as a preson thisyear and discovering who I am and want to be. I’m watching my kids discovery this wonderfully crazy life. I’m loving the new year!

  306. I have posted all over twitter and facebook to talk about Nella and your experience… SO inspiring. My word would be adventure….. This year is going to be on of adventure and I need to be open to embrace the adventure with open arms… Prayers to you and your family!

  307. My one word would be….Confidence. I will try to feel confident in my life – my job, my home, my relationships.

    This is a great giveaway – I’ve pre-ordered my copy already too :). Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  308. My word is ENJOY!
    I’m studying abroad in Spain right now, and as much stress and how badly I just want to be home right now, I’m going to ENJOY my time here!
    Can’t wait to read bloom! It’s on my birthday wish list!

  309. Engage is my word for 2012. Engage with my kids and husband more. Work, computer, etc. will always be there. I think we all get caught up on checking Facebook or get sucked into the internet at times. While the internet and blogs are inspiring and provide connections, it’s easy to get caught up in it all. I have found myself getting caught up in it so I’m taking a step back and giving myself scheduled times to be on the internet.

  310. Believe….6 years ago we were told we would not have children of our own and also had been through some really difficult beginning stages of adoption. Here we are now with three adopted children and one biological child! The oldest two are 3 months apart and the youngest two are 5 months apart! This year we are believing anything is possible!

  311. My word:: fulfill.

    I want to make sure everything is taken care of as best as I can!

  312. My one word this year is SIMPLIFY. At 38, I have decided that a career change is in order and I am heading back to school. My goal for the year is deep breathing and keeping it simple for my two boys, my husband and myself. Let the adventure begin!

    Happy New Year to you and your family, lady!
    Jenny V

  313. One word for 2012 is serenity…learning how to stop worrying about what might happen tomorrow and learn to live in today.

  314. My 2012 will be about: Inspiration…
    Not only trying to see the best in EVERYTHING.. I want to be INSPIRED by EVERYTHING! I am so excited to read your book. I read your posts everyday and have gotten the ladies in my office hooked as well.. We play “The Playlist” in here everyday, great tunes :) Thanks again Kelle!

  315. Though I already have my copy on preorder from Amazon I would love, love, love to have a copy right from the wonderful author!

    That photo of Lainey holding Poppa’s dog – that is LOVE right there. So sweet!

  316. My focus word for 2012- relax.
    I love reading your blog to see how you step out of your normal day and realx. You take an hour walk and feel rejuvinated. I want to learn to be relaxed and find time for the important things in life- recently I have been to work-dinner- clean- sleep- work- dinner- clean – sleep and so on.

    I cannot wait to get a hold of your book!!

  317. My word for 2012 – learning. I want to keep learning. Oh how I’d love a copy of Bloom! Thank you for the giveaway, Kelle!

  318. Love the bubble bath in the middle of an afternoon idea! Sounds perfect.

    My word for 2012 is joy. I want to find it in the everyday, in the moments, no matter what is going on around me.

    I can’t wait to read Bloom. Your writing captivates and inspires me. Thank you.

  319. My word for 2012 is grateful. I’m so grateful for my life and what I have that my to-do list, cleaning and all of the little things that stress me out is just “stuff” : )

  320. In 2012 I srtive to be “aware”, to be aware of all that is around and of me. I have been inspired to be more aware of my thoughts, emotion, actions and reactions, the sights, sounds and smells around me. Being aware has made me feel more alive and appreciative, and become a better mother, sister, wife and daughter.

    I just wanted to say thanks for helping me get to this better place of awareness. Thanks for the inspiration. You have no idea.

  321. The word that I would say is peace. My life seems crazy right now and all I am aiming for is a little peace. I would love to win the giveaway! :)

  322. One word: peace. Always striving for it, striving to spread it, always staying aware and appreciative of it. Peace be with you always. :)

  323. i’m working on CALM this year. reading your blog in the evening helps me to unwind most days… just one more way to keep calm and enjoy life. thanks for your amazing blog and for sharing your parenting!

  324. I proclaimed my word of the year to be ‘presence’ – with my kids, my family, my friends. Whoever I’m with, they will have my undivided attention.

    A galley copy of Bloom would be such a gift!!! A read am I excitedly anticipating.

  325. My word is discipline, but I like yours better.

  326. Thank you for sharing your lives.

  327. My word is happiness.after getting out of a 5 year dead end relationship, i am focusing on me and what makes me happiest this year. When i am truely happy that is when true love will come my way

  328. My word for 2012 is language because I truly do hope that my son will finally start to talk this year!

    Love the pic of sweetly grinning Nella on the bench and would love to receive one of the galley copies!

  329. My 2012 word: THRIVE. Would love a copy of your book! But don’t worry, I’ll buy one if I don’t win one.

  330. Word for 2012: LOVE. Just LOVE, pure and simple. <3

  331. Family. We have moved to a new town and have more time to spend together so I deem 2012 the year of family. Can’t wait to read your book!

  332. Loved this post! I will LOVE to win a copy of Bloom!!!!! Doesn’t matter that I pre-ordered it already.

    My word? Love……


  333. My word for 2012 is Simplify. With another move looming, I know that the more I can simplify in terms of tasks, belongings, goals, etc, the more enjoyable this year will be.

  334. Hi Kelle!

    Can’t wait to celebrate 2 for Nella!

    My word for 2012 is FOCUS. Being productive is necessary and multi-tasking is a skill, but I need focus to make my world right.

  335. I love words for the year. Contentment is a beautiful concept. Awhile ago I wrote a post on my word for 2012 “Believing Beautiful.” I need to start believing that I can be beautiful- I see it everywhere else- it’s time to see it in myself. Hopefully the belief will come.

    Your last post made me cry. It was inspiring and beautiful. I hope the rest of the funds come in. Keep living your beauty.

  336. I love reading your blog and seeing the super sweet pictures of your kiddos.
    One word – so hard to find one word. How about Become. I want to become a better Christian, mother, wife and friend.

  337. My word for the year is … relax. I need to stop and enjoy my babies!

  338. My word for 2012 is HOPE. :-) Can’t wait to read your book!

  339. I just have to say that I look forward to every new post from you! Your blog inspires me on a daily basis to be a better person, and especially a better mom! Thank you for doing what you do! I cannot wait to read your book, to be inspired even more!

  340. My one word for 2012 is “be”. I tend to get wrapped up in the non-important. I need to “be” myself, “be” there for my kids, “be” the person I long to “be”.

  341. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ BLOOM! My word is momentum. Last year was a great year and I’d love to keep the momentum for 2012! Love y’all!

  342. If I don’t win it, I’ll buy it! Either way it’s mine. :)

  343. Oohhh! I’ve had your book on my Amazon Wishlist for months!

    My word for 2012- positive. I’m attempting a more positive approach to work, parenting, marriage… life in general!

  344. Productive. I have all these projects I want to do and have started the year out right by painting my china cabinet. Not finished yet, but hopefully soon!

  345. I’d love to have a copy of your book- and finally learn your love story with your Hubbs :)

  346. thanks for giving us a chance to win BLOOM!

  347. Love your posts more than you know. <> :) I’ve been trying so hard to sum up my goals into one word since late December–I (almost) have it… but, not quite yet. :)

  348. I would love a copy of Bloom. Looking forward to reading it!

    My word for 2012 is PRESENCE. Try to be a bit more present; ex. put down my phone and be with my little guy.

  349. Can’t wait to read Bloom! It will be a highlight of my year i am certain! My word of the year is nourishment! Nourishing my body with good foods and my soul with good memory makers!

  350. Faith. I want to be full of faith this year. Last year I was full of fear. Fear of sickness, harm, fear of the unknown…and spiders, of course. With a lot of prayer and surrendering, I want to replace that crippling fear with steadfast faith.

  351. Your photos today are beautiful as always. I’d love to read Bloom – so I’ll be ordering a copy even if I don’t win.

    My word for the year is Family, I think. I haven’t quite decided but it seems to be the word that keeps coming to me. Having just moved across the Atlantic to California from the UK, family seems so far away and more important than ever. Plus I’m expecting our first baby in April so we’ll have a little family of our own.

  352. Word of the year.. “Explore.” I need to spend more time exploring. Exploring my talents, my motherhood, my ability to serve others and explore the world we live in. I need stop being stuck at home. Explore.

    Thanks for your constant inspiration. You (and your little family) rock rainbow and shinny star socks. =)

  353. I left my other post and completely forgot my word. I guess it would be LIVE! Not just exist, but really live. Make each moment with my kids something to remember, do things with them besides sitting around the house watching TV, try new things, really experience life! I have a 6 and a 2 year old and if something should ever happen to me, I want them to remember me as someone who LIVED life, not someone who just watched TV, messed around on Facebook and let life slip away.

  354. I pre-ordered “Bloom” months ago, but I would love, love, love a galley copy!

    I have never done a “word” for the year but decided I should for 2012. My word is “dedication”. Dedication to my God and church, my family, my friends and myself and I am so very excited to fulfill the gaps in that dedication from prior years. Kelle, I can’t thank you enough for the inspiration you give me each and every day! You are truly an amazing wife, mother and friend “one I just haven’t met yet”.

  355. I already have a copy on pre-order, but man would I just die to have an advance copy, and signed to boot!
    You and your blog are amazing. Thank you so much for writing the beautiful and inspiring words you do.

  356. My one word for 2012 would be ENJOY. I can get uptight and controlling and those two things take any enjoyment out of a moment. So for this year, I am going to ENJOY.

  357. I already pre-ordered my copy of ‘Bloom’ but would loooooooooooove a sneak peek!
    About to donate to the lovely Nella!

  358. forward! i need to focus on moving forward in 2012 and not dwell in the past or things that happened in the past! your blog helps me do just that…think forward to the good things that are to come!

  359. My comment of 2012 is loyalty.

    I look forward to your book! Let us know when your book will be released! I’ll be one of the firsts in the line to buy the book. :)

  360. my word? create. my husband and I bought our first house, and I can’t wait to make it a home. I also can’t wait to read “Bloom”!

  361. My word is Breath. I want to be better at letting extra stresses sit on the sidelines while I take care of more important things, picking up the extras in moments when it’s appropriate.

  362. Love, Love, Love the mountains. It is amazing what our little beauties see in life. Our word for 2012 {advocacy}.

  363. I would love love love to win one of the copies! and my word for the year is magic!

  364. I can’t wait for your book! The pictures of your feet above, remind me of nella. :) I’m so bad at deciding on one word, perhaps it’s SIMPLE…? Keep it simple, don’t do too much, enjoy the little things, spend time with my baby. :)

  365. Oooooooh! Pick me! Pick me! I am SO excited to read your book!

    Lovely, as usual.

  366. So excited for Bloom! My word for 2012 would have to be “give”. I need to give more. Give my time, my love, my attention, etc. to so many things. Definitely something I need to work on. Take care!

  367. My word for 2012 – gratitude. A reminder to focus on the good things.

  368. My word would be dedication…. to my goals, my relationships, the things I want to accomplish in 2012.
    Love the picture of Lainey holding the puppy so tight!!

  369. Looking forward to Bloom. Continued contentment to you!

  370. I can’t wait to read Bloom!!
    My one word for the year is “Patience”! I am starting my own daycare, buying a home and raising two young girls…I will need patience!

  371. Happy New Year Kelle! :)

    “Happiness” is my goal.

    Happiness no matter what…because if I’m happy it filters down into all parts of my family life…like a ripple effect.

    Congratulations on your upcoming book. I would love a signed copy if I’m lucky enough :) and if not then I’ll be purchasing one when they become available.

    I love to read other people’s journey’s of challenges, to see if I can find something to put in my tool box…apart from the fact I love your insight and writing style.

    Sending an Aussie hug.
    with love
    Diana x

  372. That picture of Nella in the tub with her hand on her chin kills me! You’re such a good momma!

  373. We chose two words….the first is Gratefulness – to be thankful in all circumstances and to look into all aspects of life and see where the riches dwell and be grateful for them.

    The second word is Excellence – we have two teens and sometimes “good enough” rules the day. As a family we want to learn to strive for our very best in everything we do. It’s only when we know our limits that we can push past them.

    I am touched by the picture of Lainey loving on the puppy!! Children love with such abandon!!

  374. Oh my! You put into words exactly my feelings! Feeling overwhelmed? Get away with the kiddos for an hr! Beautiful pics!! I preordered ‘Bloom’ back in August- I cannot wait to read it!!! I would love one of these pre-published versions! ;). My word this year is- Trust. I must learn to trust that everything will turn out ok. We’ve been trying to get pregnant with number two and with no luck- while 4 of our friends are all expecting within 12weeks of each other- it is a little discouraging sometimes but I just have to trust that it will all turn out the way it is supposed to! Thanks for inspiring me and motivating me to keep my chin up and stay positive! <3

  375. contentment might be the word for 2012. i’ll take it too. content with the messy house because my kids are living and loving life. content with the homework because we are learning and growing. content with all that worries me because i have things that need me.

  376. My word is HOPE because I’m finally starting to feel it again. I feel like I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m gonna make it.

  377. I cant wait to read your book!!

  378. Love reading your posts…they always seem to motivate me somehow. Thanks!

    My word…motivation!

  379. I have thought a lot about what I want to accomplish this year and the things I would like to change but until now I hadn’t thought of a word to sum it all up. My word is increase. I would like to increase my patience with my daughter and husband and increase the amount of quality time I spend with them. I would like to increase my physical and mental strength. I want to increase my friendliness and understanding towards others. And finally I would like to increase the number of people in my family this year!

  380. Grateful. Grateful for what I have, not focusing on what I don’t have. Yes, someone out there has it better than I do…but other people have it a lot worse.

  381. My word for 2012 is GRATEFUL.

    I’m trying to be grateful for all that I have and not dwell on what I don’t.

  382. My word would be relax.
    It was a very stressful year for my family & my husband and I have decided that this is the year to relax and spend some time with just the two of us, away from the chaos!
    Love your blog, it always makes my day much brighter just by reading it! :)

  383. One word: peace. Cultivate it, live it, thrive in it.

    I was JUST looking at the Bloom pre-order page on Amazon yesterday! Would love to win a copy. I desperately need something awesome to read right now. :)

  384. I LOVED that you did that one word description last year. It has turned into my blog title and now my tag name. It’s funny to think that I’m exactly where I dreamed, drempt, had dreams of as a child. Of course I don’t have it all figured out or know enough but i’m here: “ARRIVED, only the journey is just beggining.” I will stick with it for another year. Blessings to you as your littlest one turns TWO!

  385. It’s so exciting to have raised so much money in such a short amount of time. Not to mention, highly inspiring. I’m looking forward to buying Bloom!


  386. Peace.

  387. My Word? Beauty. My beautiful babies, my husband’s beautiful sparkly blue eyes, the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, snowflakes on my daughter’s long and beautiful eyelashes, my son’s kisses and the way he giggles when the dog licks his beautiful face…Beauty is everywhere.

  388. Abundance is my word for 2012. I want to focus on completely filling my life abundantly with love, laughter, passion, travel,friends and family. We all love you and yours so much!!

  389. My word will be “allow”. I will allow things to unfold and allow myself to feel they way i do and not think and fight and push to make things the way i think they should be. Can’t wait to read bloom!

  390. I’ve been having a rough week and yesterday after donating to the 2 for 2 I went back and reread Nella’s birth story! I had a good cry and felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders! Sutter turns 2 on Monday and I was once again reminded of how far I (we’ve) come in the last two years! It’s an amazing journey and one I proud and happy to be on!

    My word for 2012 is motivated!

    Thank you for all that you do for the Ds community – I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

  391. Ohhh! I’d be thrilled to get a copy! My heart truly needs it. My word for 2012 is: Gratitude. XO

  392. My word…patience.

  393. My word is home. With bAby number two set to arrive any day I know I need to be more ok with spending lots of time at home. So I am learning to embrace it:)

  394. My word would be relax. I tend to stress over things that I shouldn’t. I cannot wait to read Bloom!!

  395. 2012 word: celebrate – fully, wholeheartedly and at any given moment.

  396. Your girls are adorable!Can’t wait to read bloom!

  397. My 2012 word is generosity. I want to focus on what I can do for others, and I’m confident that will come back to my family in spades.

  398. Word of 2012: PRESENT…..not letting my time slip away from me and enjoying the small thing:)!!!!

  399. I think my word would be hope- hope that 2012 will be brighter than 2011.

    And I cannot wait to read more of your story!!

  400. Cannot wait for your book! Reading your blog is on my daily to-do list…you never disappoint :) Keep up the great work that you do for all people!

  401. My focus is happiness. If you really look, you can find happiness in just about everything. I love your blog, Kelle.

  402. HOPE. I recently found out the chance of my hubby and I having more babies is slim to none:(. But I am HOPEFUL that even this very sad news will open the door to beautiful things!

  403. Your girls are adorable!Can’t wait to read bloom!

  404. 2012-I want to inspire others-you inspire me and I want to pay it forward:)

  405. So I just had to share this with you. I was reading this post when my 4 yr old daughter came up to me and said “what’s her name?” she was pointing to lainey. I’ve shown her the blog before here and there but I don’t think she ever really got what it was or who you are. I said “that’s Lainey, she’s about your age. She is a couple months older than you but you are both four” Then I went to a picture of Nella and said “that’s nella…” and she was all “aww…” I said ” she has down syndrome like sissy, and she’s going to be two soon. It’s her birthday in a couple weeks.” She got all bright eyed and said “MOMMY….maybe we can go to her birthday!!” haha I told her that you guys live very far away…and that we probably couldn’t go. (of course she doesn’t realize you have a gazillion fans and we can’t just waltz up to your house, like we’ve been friends forever. :) So I told her that nella’s mommy would post up pictures of her birthday and her party and that when it was time I would show them to her. Her response, ” thank you mommy! do you think she will make a video, i really like videos!” haha so there you go… I just thought it was so sweet the way she thinks. and just a side note we never really told our kids “your sister has down syndrome” I’m pretty sure they have no idea what that even means, but they must just hear us talking to people and on Ava’s birthday I made them shirts with puffy paint that looked like the ones you can buy and they picked the ones they wanted. savannah’s shirt said “my sister has designer genes” and Kyah’s said “I love my sister with Down Syndrome” so i think thats where she got the idea that ava has down syndrome. smart cookie!

    As for the post…beautiful. The first couple pictures are like dejavu…im sure there are pictures from 2011 with you in red pants? (maybe) in almost the same two positions with nella possibly same location. haha

    the picture of lainey with her scrunched up “i love this doggie face” is adorable. and of course nella always delivers. I just LOVE the pics with the “big girl ponytail” when they are able to start wearing their hair in ONE pony at the back…it’s like they’re officially big!

    I love what you did in your hour!! I wish i had a bath that big. haha Just chilling with the kiddos is SO the best way to relax, and recoup.

    Hope you get all your projects done, and are pleased with the results. Go go go mama! :) you can do it. hehe

  406. Oh my. I can’t tell you how amazing it would be to read a Nella approved galley copy of your book. Your site is the site I go to when I feel down in the dumps. You pick people up, including yourself and put things in perspective. I don’t know you, but I DO know I like you. And those sweet littles of yours. God bless ya Kelle Hampton. Let your freak flag fly. Over and out! Lacey

  407. patience :)

  408. My word for 2012 is STRETCH. Congratulations on the book. Can’t wait to read it- galley copy or not!

  409. Can I steal your word Contentment? And then I’ll use it until the day I die. Year after year.

    I bet Bloom is amazing.

  410. Ahhh! Just pre-ordered a copy of Bloom for my bestie!! So excited! We’re gonna get it & read it together when it comes out =) ALSO, freaking love Nella’s overalls! My daughter needs those!

  411. My word is “will.” I WILL do this. It WILL be okay. It WILL all work out. : )

  412. Nonjudgmental – I’m trying my best at it this year!

  413. Such a busy and EXCITING time for you and your family!

  414. Very excited to read your book! As 2012 will see my first maternity leave end, my word would have to be “balance”.

  415. I’ve already preordered, but would love a special copy from you and Nella :)

  416. My one word…Courageous. I want to be more courageous to always be myself and to do the things that matter most to me and my family. I would love a copy of Bloom! Thanks for the courage you display in your writing and the way you prioritize your life!

  417. I’ve already preordered, but would love a special copy from you and Nella :)

  418. My word for 2012 is LIGHT. Be it, radiate it and look for it, even in the dark places. Excited for Bloom! Hurry up and get here already April. :)

  419. I would love to read your book early!!!! Love your blog and your pics!!!!

  420. How big is your bath tub that all 3 of you can fit in it!! Mine can barely hold one person!!

    Cannot wait until Bloom is released!

    My one word for this year is.. Optimistic.. I have always been a glass half empty kind of girl but I plan to change that this year :) xxx

  421. my word for 2012 is ‘release’…love the photos, as always!

  422. Peace…but I love Contentment as well. Stop being sad my kids are growing faster then I can believe, and just enjoy every day I get to spend with them. Jessica Anderson

  423. Fearless!!

    Love the bubble bath pic of Nella with her hand on her chin…so cute!

  424. Upheaval…in hard ways but good ways, I’ve been stretched.

    I love your beautiful blog Kelle!

  425. I just love the last photo of Nella! She is adorable 😀
    My one word would be bloom – to move beyond my comfort zone and just BLOOM!

  426. Yay for bubbleBaths!!
    One word…Strength. I have to find a way to dig down deep and be the strongest me I can for my growing family.

  427. Can’t wait to read your book! I know it’ll be great :) ~Hannah

  428. My word is Mommy….I want that to be my #1 job. Can’t WAIT to read your book!

  429. There is something healing about water. When I feel tired or out of sorts, a hot bath always makes me feel better. You and your girls are beautiful. I enjoy your blog and pictures.

  430. I’d so love a sneak preview of Bloom! can’t wait to read it! my word this year is “play”…meaning play with kids and also to take the pause button off a lot of things in my life. :-)

  431. Present. I am a SAHM but there are some days I am not present in my kids lives. I am just the boss, the cook, the cleaning lady. I want to be the mom who will put all that aside and dance with my kids.

  432. my word(s) for 2012: let it be.
    I would LOVE a book, but if I win… could you sign it. I would LOVE to give it to a friend, that your words have helped so much.

  433. I really lucked out the day I stumbled across this blog. Your writing and photos are inspirational to me-because of this blog I’m making a point to stop, take a moment, and really think, “today is my favorite day.”

  434. I’ve noticed lately as well that stepping away from the list of to do’s and spending time with my little peeps brings all the perspective I ever need :)

    I like your word for this year. Such a good thing to focus on. I chose “Nourish”

    I’d love love love to win one of these books! I’ve been reading your blog since Nella was 2 weeks old and I continue to be inspired and encouraged. I look forward to reading bloom, whether I win it or buy it.

    You go, mama!
    Lisa Gonzalez, a homeschooled Michigan girl now living in Jersey.

  435. Usually, my theme is LOVE so maybe I could stick with that. I also need to remember to BREATHE, and STOP, and LISTEN, and be ACTIVE and PRESENT! I am an indecisive person, so asking me to pick one of anything, well that’s a big challenge. Maybe I need to try to keep things SIMPLE. ?

    But anyway… I have missed you. I have gotten away from checking in on you as often as I’d like to, but I’m going to try to make it a priority again! When I do miss I inevitably will spend hours trying to catch up, so I may as well allow myself weekly doses of Hampton!

    I finally shared you with the rest of my “friends” on Facebook. Yes, you’ve been my little secret. :) I shared the ONEder Fund video from last year and added the link for 2 for 2 as well. You are an inspiration to us all, I just simply adore you and your sweet family. The girls are growing so fast and so beautiful. Thanks for all you do!

    I cannot wait to see your book! CONGRATS!

    Mommy of 3 boys

  436. i think my word for 2012 is hope. My husband and i after being blessed with one little boy, have decided to try for another baby and the road hasn’t been as smooth as we would like. We hope that 2012 brings us a little pink plus sign that turns into a baby before Christmas!

  437. My one word just came to me. DRIVE! I need to drive forward with so many things this year! I posted on Nella’s 2 for 2 on my blog yesterday and it makes me smile to think I had anything to do with helping that $20,000 in 24 hours! Simply amazing. It also makes me smile to know I am not the only momma that has bubble baths with her 4 year old. *smirk* Love Lainey’s toes. And her baby sitting skills. *They both have their eyes closed!?!* That’s a real loving hug right there. And I completely feel like a dorkus….I was like, “Mountains? They have mountains in Florida!?!” And then I laughed. Of course they do!!!!! :) Sign me up for that galley copy. I’d love one….Cheers!!!!

  438. Peace. For my heart, my family, my life. Thank you for being an inspiration to women and mothers alike. You are being the change this world needs.

  439. ANXIOUS

    I will be anxiously awaiting our little bundle of joy until September when Alyssa becomes a big sister!

    Love your blog Kelle!!
    Rosa :)

  440. My word would have to be appreciate. I really want to take the time this year to appreciate all the blessings in my life and to truly be grateful for the things I have instead of wishing for bigger and better ones.

    Love the picture of Nella reading!!

  441. My word this year is SIMPLIFY!! We have too much and need to buy less and love what we have!

    I have been looking to pre-order Bloom, maybe fate had it that I will win!!! :)

  442. Galley copy?? I would luv one of those!! My word for 2012 is ‘accept’.
    accepting what I can do, and what I can’t do! here is my blog post from it

    I’m an avid reader and luv your blog! You inspire me daily to try harder, and be better for my 4 :) Thank you!

  443. I forgot my one word…hmmm…. Faith! I typically try to focus on being content so I would say that…but we are about to begin embarking on a journey that is requiring a huge leap of faith…will continue to require me to take leaps of faith, rest in faith, rely…etc….so yes.

    I am taking a leap of faith and need to be assured in faith!

    (we are beginning the process of adopting a little boy with down syndrome from russia! So exciting but scary at the same time)

  444. I don’t know how many times I can tell you that I live for your posts. They enlighten me, they always make me smile, and most of all, they inspire me. (In more ways then one.) So, my one word for 2012 is EMBARK. I plan on embarking on many new adventures and actually making it a ME and MY BABIES year.

  445. I adore your blog. I wish you had the time to create a new post every hour of the day because I would be there waiting every hour of the day to read each post! ha!

    My word of the year…savor.

    Looking forward to reading your book when it hits the stands!

  446. My 2012 word is self-fulfillment (though that may be a hyphen cheat). I’m 26, and feel like I spend so much time trying to tick off life-marks in the to-do list that others have created. This year, I’m working on making my OWN life to-do list, and checking off the things that matter to me, and not the rest of the 20-something world :)

    Can’t wait to read Bloom, I can’t imagine the pleasure of curling up with your inspiring words for multiple written pages, sounds amazing!

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  448. Dot tells me “Bloom” is amazing. From the picture of Nella reading it she agrees…..My word for the year is accept. I need to accept that I was given a little lady with special needs for a reason, and accept what I have and be very content.

  449. Dot tells me “Bloom” is amazing. From the picture of Nella reading it she agrees…..My word for the year is accept. I need to accept that I was given a little lady with special needs for a reason, and accept what I have and be very content.

  450. Love your blog Kelle. My word is “Up”. I’m “up” for loving more this year, saving more this year, embracing more this year, etc. etc.

  451. I hope, hope, hope I WIN!!!!!

  452. Love your blog Kelle. My word is “Up”. I’m “up” for loving more this year, saving more this year, embracing more this year, etc. etc.

  453. Love your blog Kelle. My word is “Up”. I’m “up” for loving more this year, saving more this year, embracing more this year, etc. etc.

  454. With my dad in hospice care at home, our word for 2012 is LIVE! We plan on not wasting any moment.

    I’m so excited to read your book! :)

  455. My word for 2012 – enjoy!
    i totally pre-ordered your book but a galley copy would be the bomb because patience is not mystrongest virtue!

  456. My word for 2012 – enjoy!
    i totally pre-ordered your book but a galley copy would be the bomb because patience is not mystrongest virtue!

  457. I hope, hope, hope I win!!!

  458. I love your blog. It inspires me all the time. I look forward to seeing a post from you!! My word of the year, EMBARK! To focus on me and my babies.

    Have a great weekend!!

  459. My word is BREATHE. We had a heckuva 2011 and I need to remember to breathe in 2012 so I don’t miss all the good while stressing about the bad!!!

  460. One word: inspiration. I want to find inspiration for my family, my career, my home, my life in general. I want to be inspired by the things others do, and apply it to my own life.

  461. your blog has been such an inspirattion to me to stop and enjoy my children. I have 11 month old twins at home with me full time and I often let the to do list get the better of me. Thank you for sharing how beautiful life is!

  462. Wow!!! I’d love one of your books!!! Thank you!

  463. Grace. Grace means undeserved favor. I hope to give & receive grace this year! Cannot wait to read Bloom & would love to win a copy! :)

  464. Accomplishment.

    We’ve spent the past year pretty contented but I have a lot of tangible goals for our family in 2012.

  465. One word – hard to do, but I would have to go with “grateful”. If we are grateful for it all (good & bad), then the rest falls so wonderfully into place. My feet hit the floor each more with something to be grateful for on my mind. . . . Pix r awesome as usual. xoxo

  466. I would love a copy… you are such an inspration to me.

    I get giddy when I see a new post is up!

    My one word for 2012 is Hopeful… I am hopeful that this year will be the year my sweet girl finally gets the new heart she so desperately needs.

    Thanks Kelle!!

  467. My word is LOVE!!! I can’t wait for the book :)

  468. I can’t wait to read Bloom! A personalized copy from you would be awesome :)

  469. I would love a copy of your book! Truth…..I’m going to read your book no matter what, which means I’ll probably be buying a copy. My word for the year is “shine”! I’d say happiness but I want it to mean more than that!

  470. My one word would be “enjoy”.
    I want to enjoy every day as if it is my last. Embrace the present and keep hope for our future. So many times I feel like my day just slipped away. I want to change that. I want to be able to look back on the day and SMILE because I made it worth while. Even if it is something small. :o) Thank you for blogging and sharing your life and girls with everyone!!!

  471. Can’t wait to read Bloom, i’ve already preordered my copy! Of course one signed by you would be extra special :) Hmmm, if I had to pick a word for the year it would be serenity. Being a stay at home Mama of two, there is always something to be done, somewhere to go. Some days it can really frazzle me, and I would like to find peace in it all this year. Learn to slow down, relax, take it all in and enjoy it. Serenity. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?

  472. My word for the year? Strength. I need to be strong for my family. I want to be able to do it all. I go back to work on Tuesday to 25 excited fourth grade faces and I will be so missing my two faces at home, Emmett(23 months) and Silas (9 weeks). I will need strength to be a working mom (with a great husband) and not let the work get in the way of the mom.

    Love your blog, girls and boys, and words. Looking forward to reading bloom when it comes to my house in April!!!

  473. My word for 2012 would be time – as in making more time for my little boy and my new photography hobby. Really looking forward to Bloom! You are an inspiration!

  474. My one word for 2012 is ~*GROW*~

    We are expanding from 4 children to 6 and we will be going to China to bring our two blessings home. I know that not only will the family grow but I will grow as a person and a mother.

    I can’t NOT be changed by these children. They come from hard places of abandonment, abuse and neglect…even in the orphanages there is horrible abuse and neglect.

    We are in the final stages of fundraising to bring our two treasures from afar and I would be grateful for any that would consider helping us bring these treasures home!

    My heart will grow, my patience will grow, my creativeness will grow, my ability to hold a child who is crying and mourning their past and understand how to help that child will grow!

  475. Oh, please let it be me. Please!! I love your blog and have enjoyed it from the beginning. SOmetimes I forget we don’t know eahcother and when I tell people about you I say “my frind… oops she doesn’t actually know me, but…” Love how you LOVE with your everything.

  476. The one word that I will focus on for 2012 is BREATHE! Yes, it’s a natural, existing part of our daily lives and we cannot exist without breathing, but with all of the stress, to-do lists, graduate school, full time job, motherhood and soul searching, I need to remember to just breathe. Breathe in, breathe out. Take it all in and let it all out. Life doesn’t slow down and by breathing, I can only hope to keep up with all of its surprises and gifts.

  477. I would be tinkled pink to win a galley copy. How cool.

    And my word for the year: growth

    We are adopting a blessing with an extra chromosome and I know that this year we will all be “growing” in ways we never thought possible.

  478. Dot tells me ‘Bloom’ is amazing, and from the picture of Nella reading it she must completely be happy with your work.

    My word for the year is accept, I need to accept that I have been given a daughter with special needs for a reason, and accept what life throws at me.

  479. my word for 2012 . . . . grace. to live gracefully, love gracefully, and open myself to recieving grace in the big a little moments of life. thank you for always inspiring me!

  480. My focus word is “calm” and I already need to start remembering that… I have a new little one expected to arrive at the end of March, a slew of therapy appointments lined up for my 2 year old who was recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS and a husband who will be going across the country for almost 5 months of training for his job!
    I just need to remember to breathe and stay calm and remind myself that I CAN do this and we will all survive!

  481. Great pictures – especially love the ones of Lainey lovin’ on the pup. How sweet.

    Really looking forward to the release of Bloom! So excited! Any chance there will be a book tour?

    It’s hard to narrow 2012 down to one word, but in spirit of my desire to find myself and learn my purpose in life my word is: kismet.

  482. My word for 2012 is sparkle. After losing my dear 15 year old cousin in November, the mission of our entire loving family is to carry her amazing sparkle forward for her. For me, that means many things…smile more, laugh more, sing more, dance more, share more, volunteer more, love more…

  483. Dear Kelle,

    I am new to this blog, having found it in a roundabout way last December. My first read: Your North Pole Party. What a delight to “travel” along with you! I immediately added you to my reader. I have since read several back posts to acquaint myself with your sweet family. I feel a kindred spirit here as I am a mom of 5, my first (twins) being born with major complications and resulting “specialness.” I know of the joy your speak of in your life — it may not makes sense to the world, but the heart gets it! You are an inspiration and an encouragement. I love reading your honest words and watching along through the lens of your camera. Thank you for being transparent.

    My word for 2012: CELEBRATE!

    So far . . . SO GOOD!

  484. Oh, I would LOVE a signed copy of the book! Nella always reminds me of my precious Eva, who is about a year older, has the same hair and also the designer genes.

    Our whole family shares “Patience” as our word of 2012. Eva uses a lot of sign language, so in trying to explain to her what patience is, we finally settled on waiting with a smile (sign “wait” plus “Smile”).

  485. I can’t wait to read the book! Whether it’s a galley copy or the real deal, I’m going to read it. :)

  486. I preordered Bloom from Barnes and Noble for my nook tablet. I am looking forward to reading it.
    My word to focus on this year is love. I am going to love myself and my family more!

  487. First, congratulations on the fundraising! That is amazing! I posted to my facebook page yesterday and many friends LOVED your post! As did I. It was so beautiful.

    Second, I can’t wait to read your book Bloom! Your earlier post, The House of Motherhood, is something I read in the shocking days after my son’s birth (he has rare birth defects of the abdomen and spine) and through all my hurt at that time, that beautiful post you wrote, is one of the few things that could describe how I was feeling. I am sure your book will be a healing force for me too! Thank you!

  488. I love the picture of Nella in the bathtub , so cute ! My copy was given to me as a present for Christmas I can’t wait to receive it!!!! But I would love a copy with a note in it!!

  489. my word this year is “re-try”.

    re-try things i’ve tried already and that i know i could have done a better job on. re-try things now that i’m equipped with more wisdom and experience. the word re-try will conquer regret.

  490. I think contentment is a great word choice!
    And I cannot wait until I can get my hands on Bloom! I know it’s going to be amazing!
    Love the midday bubble bath! :)

  491. Thanks for being so real and letting us readers get a glimpse into your world. I like the idea of one word for 2012…mine would be faith. Faith that everything happens for a reason and faith that no matter how hard life seems to be it will always get better! Happy 2012 Hampton Family!

  492. One word…tranquility. This year is about finding peace and stillness in the hectic and often frantic pace of life. Its about sitting back and recognizing all the great things in life and finding a “calm” in that fact.

  493. one word-KIDS!
    Have my fingers crossed for 2 for 2

  494. My word: memories
    I want to remember to step away from all the extras and just make memories. With my kids, my husband, my family, my friends.

  495. my word: change – no excuses! I CANNOT wait to read Bloom!I have many family members that I will pass it along to also! Happy Bday Nella!

  496. I love reading your blog. It’s real and just heartfelt. I wait for every update and I’ve learned to take an extra minute to enjoy the little things too! Much love!!

  497. My one word would be purpose…live each day with purpose! :)

  498. I would love to win a copy of Bloom (signed by the author :)! I donated to Nellas fund yesterday and Im so excited its growing so quickly! My word last year was contentment and I need to use that same one again but this year I think my word will be change to peace (I need it, Im back in school….from pharma sales to nursing, with 2 small kids at home) everythign will work out, it always does I just need to have peace!

  499. My word for 2012: “adventure”. Embarking on my first year since age 5 not being a student, starting my first real job as a NICU nurse, and moving to a new city.

    And I would LOVE to have a copy of Bloom!

  500. My word for 2012 (thanks for asking) is JOY!, reading Angela Thomas’ book Choosing Joy, and so far it’s working. Finding joy in every day things. Your blog is a source of joy to me as well. Would love to get an early read of Bloom.

  501. oh.em.gee. that picture of Nella, the close-up with her sudsy hand on her cheek and bubbles in her hair, quite possibly the.cutest.picture.ever.

  502. My word . . . moment. Because i need to learn to live in it! I’ve already pre-ordered Bloom..can’t wait! Until then, I will be trying to live in the moment!

  503. Cannot wait to read your book, Kelle! My word is anticipation…for the arrival of my 2nd baby and to watch my 1st grow up.

  504. I’ve never left a comment on your blog before, but I will say that I would love a galley copy of Bloom. I’m preparing to give birth to a little girl in less than 28 days who has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida. Like you, we were chosen to take a path we didn’t plan with our little one, and fully anticipate it making us better people. I appreciate your words and support of our special kids, disabilities or not!

  505. My word for 2012 is celebrate. Last year was the year of grief, after my father died tragically in March. This year I want to celebrate his life and legacy– and my life too.

  506. One word: Joy. Not happiness, Joy.

  507. Oh man I’d love to get my hands on a copy of the book! Your girls are absolutely beautiful and so are you. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!

  508. I’m going to copy you & say contentment. I want to be happy in the moment & find away to work through the things that take away from this. I can’t wait to read your book!!

  509. You have a beautiful family and an inspiring story!

  510. I laughed out loud at the picture of Nella reading Bloom. So cute!!

    One word: Mommyhood 😉 Enjoying time and learning new things to be a wonderful mommy to my six month old son.

  511. I can’t wait to read your book! The sooner the better! And a message from you would be great!

  512. My word? Trust. Because I need to learn how. To trust myself, my family & especially God. I can’t wait to read Bloom.

  513. 494 comments so far… People are wanting that book, sista! :)

    My word for 2012 is “Patience”. Yep, I need to be more patient which leads to more loving, more accepting and a greater bond with those I love.

    I can’t wait to see what Nella’s birthday celebration looks like. I loved the party design for #1. You have great ideas. :)

    Enjoy your day!

  514. My word? Trust. Because I need to learn how. To trust myself, my family & especially God. I can’t wait to read Bloom.

  515. My word is BLESSED. We are expecting our first babe in about a month now. I can’t wait to meet him. I know every day I am blessed to have this little guy inside me, and I know our family is blessed to have him too. I can’t wait to read Bloom!!

  516. My word would be…anticipation. I have alot coming up this year and i’m slightly terrified, alot nervous but mostly super excited.

    Put me down for Bloom. Really enjoying your posts at the moment.

  517. My word is BLESSED. We are expecting our first babe in about a month now. I can’t wait to meet him. I know every day I am blessed to have this little guy inside me, and I know our family is blessed to have him too. I can’t wait to read Bloom!!

  518. Can’t wait to read your book! My word is “peace”, with peace of mind, peace in my heart, etc., all other things tend to fall into place. As always, I cherish your blog and amazing photos!! Continuing to celebrate the birth of your precious gal, knowing how many have been blessed because of it!

  519. That photo of Nella reading Bloom was so sweet it brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. What a wonderful family you have.

    My focus word for 2012? Definitely peace.

  520. Nella is getting so big! Both girls are getting more and more beautiful w each post!

  521. Oh, please please please send me a galley copy of Bloom. I would probably gobble it up in one night. I would seriously be so honored. I don’t comment very often but I read your blog religiously and I’ve cried over so many of your posts (mostly happy tears). If you pick me, I might die of happiness…sadly, that’s not much of an exaggeration.

  522. My word for the year is “presence”. With 3 young boys in our house, things can be a tad busy. I vow to take many moments away from the craziness each day and relish in the right now. I’m hoping that will slow down time because, man! The last 9 years have flown by!

  523. If the writing and photography in Bloom are as wonderful as your day-to-day blog post I’m sure it will end up being one of my favorite books. I have a blog post scheduled for tomorrow promoting Nella’s 2 for 2 celebration fund :)

  524. I think my word for the year is ENJOY. I’m going to have 2 under 2 very shortly and I don’t want to spend hours and hours stressed and worried and exhausted, I want to truly enjoy every moment when they are still so little!!!

  525. My word for 2012 is Goal. This year, I will reach my goal and start a family <3 You are so inspiring!

  526. Present…not as in gifts…but as in ‘in the moment’. I want to be in the moment with my family…it’s hard as a mom. But, that is my goal for 2012.

  527. I fell in love with Nella the first time I saw her and have loved following her progress. We have also been blessed with a special boy. I would have to say my word is “joy”. Joy in each day, joy in the the positivitiy he has given to this family, and especially joy in his every accomplishment. He is the “joy” of this gramma’s life.

  528. 2012 – Embrace

    I am so excited for what this year has to come for you Kelle, Congratulations! You have every reason to be content… great word, great focus.

  529. My word…patience

    Can’t wait to read the book! :)

  530. Can’t wait for your book!!!

    My word for 2012 – focus – focus on my girls, my crafts, my photos. Less focus on the stuff that just doesn’t matter!!!

  531. Thank you for every word that you have written! Your words breathed the inspiration and passion back into my everyday…it had been missing for awhile! Now, at the beginning of 2012 my word is BE! I want to BE in the moments everyday, BE me and no one…nothing else. At 31 I realize finally that it is enough to just BE me!! Thanks for the inspiration I cant wait to read your book, Im sure I will be inspired by that too! You are a bright light! *Namaste* Alea

  532. My word is perspective. Balancing work and family is a struggle and I’m trying to put everything in perspective to understand not everything is the end of the world.
    Thank you!

  533. I am having a hard time deciding on my word, but I’m going to go with: FAMILY

  534. My 2012 word is “Cherish”! I need to stop and cherish every second more!
    I would be honored to read your book!

    Have a Happy day Kelli!

  535. My word is calm! I’m far too anxious.

    I LOVE those spotty tights. Fabulous!

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  537. I can’t wait to read your bookand would love to be one of the “first” to get to!
    My one word…self-acceptance <3

  538. Word for 2012: Patience. I have 2 year old twin girls and I will need it.

    You blog is amazing and I am inspired every time I read a new entry.

  539. My word is CELEBRATE. We had a tough year last year and we are gonna rock it out in 2012 and celebrate our lives and our two beautiful little girls. We’ve got so much to be thankful for and you really help me remember that with each post.

    I’ve already pre-ordered from Amazon but I would LOVE a chance to have a signed copy. Please pick me!

  540. My 2012 word is: Relax or should it be Enjoy? If I relax about all the stressfull parts of life, I just might enjoy living it more! 😉

  541. I’ve preordered Bloom, but would love a galley, too!

    My word this year is commitment — limiting them, prioritizing them, and giving fully to them. At the top of my list — my marriage.

  542. My word for 2012 would be “family”. We’re going to be moving across the country to be closer to some members of my family (can’t wait to be closer to my mama again), as well as welcoming a new baby to our little growing family this summer. Once we move, I will no longer have to work outside the home, and I am VERY excited for the opportunity to stay home and take care of my 2 kids, play with them more, make more homemade meals, get more organized, plan more family activities. Family is definitely a big one this year. =)

    Good luck with the 2 For 2!

  543. I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blog before… but I love love LOVE your little girls. I did the Buddy Walk a few years ago with my high school and it was so great. Not sure what my word of the year is yet, but I really like yours: contentment. Getting ready to graduate from nursing school and need to realize (and keep being reminded) that God’s plan is better than any I could ever have for myself.

  544. Off the top of my head I’d say “cherish” to remind me to cherish each and every day, not getting too bogged down with my own to-do lists to stop and play with my girl or go for a walk. :)

  545. An afternoon bubble bath sounds wonderful. Good idea – thinking I’ll do that with my girl today. :)

    Can’t wait to read your book – if I win it now or when it’s released. <3

  546. my word is: expectation. not having more of it, but letting go of “what should be” and trading it for more of “this is EXACTLY how it should be”.

  547. Creating…this year I am making the time to sit alongside my kids and create. Art/crafts/a mess, all of the above! As I am getting older I realize that the art of making things gives me simple pleasure.

  548. My words this year are peace and abundance. Thanks for your blog…I love reading it and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book:)

  549. Rest….and joy

  550. Love the bathtub shots…what sweet girls! I cannot wait to read Bloom!

  551. Last year my word was ‘gratitude’ (largely inspired by your blog and the near demise of my precious relationship). This year my word is ‘confidence’. I am 25 and actually feel grown up for the first time ever. I am someone who finds it difficult to say no, lets people walk all over me… this year that stops. I am going to have confidence to say no, confidence to say yes to things I work normally say no to, confidence in my decisions, in myself and who I am. I will no longer defend non-offensive character traits to those who might be a bit different. I will stand up for my personality, my beliefs, my friends and my family. The past two weeks I’ve already grown so much and I cannot wait to see what this year will bring.

  552. I can’t wait to read the book! I love the photo of Nella proofreading for you! :) I don’t have a “word” this year per-say, but I’m focusing on spreading kindness and compassion.

  553. Amazing how something so simple as a bath and a walk can make things right again.

    As for my word for 2012 – that is a tough one – Peace. Peace with myself, my family, my friends. Peace in my actions, words and thoughts. Giving Peace out in all my interactions

  554. Calm.
    Calm when someone cuts me off while merging onto the highway. Calm when the checkout girl at Nordstroms has attitude because I want the sale price. Calm when the man at dance let’s the 100lb door slam in my face while I’m balancing a car seat and two 4 yr olds.

    Can’t wait to read your book-long time follower who would love to gift the gallery book to my sister in law(who turned me on to your blog).

  555. Calm.
    Calm when someone cuts me off while merging onto the highway. Calm when the checkout girl at Nordstroms has attitude because I want the sale price. Calm when the man at dance let’s the 100lb door slam in my face while I’m balancing a car seat and two 4 yr olds.

    Can’t wait to read your book-long time follower who would love to gift the gallery book to my sister in law(who turned me on to your blog).

  556. 2012 one word: growth. trying to live out the lessons I am learning and keep moving forward :)

  557. How exciting, I would love to win a copy. I’ve been struggling with my one word. So many swirling thru my head, so many goals, wishes and hopes for this new year. (Last year was truly one of the worst for us.) I wanted something that was more action-oriented, less introspective and passive, so I’m thinkin’ SOAR. The sky’s the limit, baby!

  558. Of course I’d love to receive a copy…! 😀
    *keeping my fingers crossed*

    One word for 2012: lighter.
    I hope some heavy duties will be lighter, I hope hubs’ worries will be lighter and finally I hope I’ll be a little lighter, also!!!

  559. My word this year is patience. With two rowdy boys at home and a little girl on the way I need to keep my cool (I’m not always good at that!).

  560. My word for 2012 is… treasure.

    As a mom of a son with Fragile X Syndrome, I have learned to focus on the overflowing beauty he brings to my life and to treasure every day I have with him.

  561. I cannot wait to read your book – you are such an inspiration and your photographs are gorgeous!
    My word for 2012 – ENJOY

  562. One word: GRATITUDE

    How can I show others I am grateful for their presence? That I appreciate them for who they are?

    Today, I can show that I am grateful for your blog because it ALWAYS brings a smile to my face! :) thank you for that smile Kelle.


  563. love. love harder, love deeper, love without abandon. myself, my family, my business, my people.

  564. My one word for 2012 is contentment. I’m always wanting the next BIG thing and I need to realize I have all I need. I can’t wait to read the book! :)

  565. Calm.
    Calm when someone cuts me off while merging onto the highway. Calm when the checkout girl at Nordstroms has attitude because I want the sale price. Calm when the man at dance let’s the 100lb door slam in my face while I’m balancing a car seat and two 4 yr olds.

    Can’t wait to read your book-long time follower who would love to gift the gallery book to my sister in law(who turned me on to your blog).

  566. My word is growing… I want to keep growing in who I am, the things I do, the things I say, the things I read, how I mother, how I love, how I move mountains (big and small), how I advocate for my little guy, how I see others, and how others see me.

  567. Pick me, pick meee! I am so anxious to read your book, I cannot even tell ya’. My year for 2012? Faith. I’m newly married, and shocked to find out we are already expecting a baby that we probably weren’t ready for, but this year is all about FAITH for me and I am stoked to see what 2012 brings to the table. xoxo

  568. Word for the year…patience & faith..but that’s two so: Faitence? :) he he he

  569. my 2012 word: focus

    i’m juggling a lot this year (as we all are!) and i just need to keep my eyes on the prize(s) so i can stay sane and excited about everything :)

  570. Grateful!

  571. My word for 2012 is also “believe,” and I’ve learned I need to mature my beliefs from the childlike ones that still move me (anything involving “magic,” wishes coming true, or even being proactive and making your dreams come true [like Kermit and the Muppets, my belief inspirations]). I’m struggling a bit because I had two chemical pregnancies last year and just miscarried last week at 8 weeks pregnant. It’s challenging my beliefs and at the same time is making them stronger. Instead of dwelling on what I believe about outer forces or even God, I’ll be exploring more of what I believe about myself and my place in this universe. I look forward to getting so grounded in it that it can’t be shaken by disappointing experiences.

  572. My word is simple. Enjoy the simple, keep it simple. I tend to make things complicated whether it’s deciding where to apply for a new job post-grad school or what kind of salad to make with dinner. Simplicity is what I need. It keeps me focused on what is important.

    Love that picture of your Lainey Love hugging that dog.

  573. My word for 2012 is BALANCE. Balance between work, family, school, health, my time, volunteering etc.

    This past year was about being present – thanks to one of your blogs. I’ve been working hard on being in the moment and not always thinking about the next one.

  574. Grateful!

  575. Very excited about your book!!! It is such an accomplishment! I’d love to add “author” to my list!! My word for 2012 is Faith – Faith in God’s timing.

  576. Love the picture of Nella sitting in the grass wearing polka dot tights. She looks so much older!

    My one word (which I read some where and loved)-More. More reading to my kids, more laughing, more being a mother, more being a wife, more singing, and dancing.

  577. Love. Focus on Love.

  578. ohhh I would love a copy of your book. I can’t WAIT to read it and will share it with all my friends. Your writing is inspiring and I always read your blog when I feel overwhlemed because it has a calming effect. My word for 2012: Patience.

  579. Devotion. Devotion to where I am. To my son, my husband, to my job (while I’m there), to every moment.
    And I think a bubble bath is the perfect way to step away from a to do list.

  580. Our word would be embrace! I want to embrace this cross country move, the challenges and joys that meeting new friends brings, and, God willing, a little soul come August!

  581. Inspiring post! Great word for the year. My word for the year is Grace. I love that word, its my oldest daughters middle name. I want to receive more grace from others, and give so much grace than I did last year.

  582. My word for 2012 is focus. Focusing on being in the moment, to enjoy the time with my littles, while they’re little–two and 4 months. Focus on helping Will develop his speech to hear all the wonderful thoughts he’s got floating around in his head. Focus on my 4 month old, Jack, so that he grows loving his big brother, and knowing that he’s loved too!

    I can’t wait to read Bloom–early or not!

  583. Unwritten. That’s my word for 2012.

    Why? Because I’m constantly surrounded by amazing people at a job I love. We work together to try to find a cure for pediatric cancers. I was just offered admission to graduate school. I have a handsome 6 month old baby boy at home, the only blood relative I’ve ever met. I get to marry his daddy on July 28, 2012. It’s a good life, but the best is yet to come. The rest is still unwritten…

    Love your blog!

  584. I can not wait to read Bloom! My word for 2012 would be, comfort. My best friend passed away in April and so I’m just looking for comfort for my grieving heart this year.

  585. CHANGE. Embrace it, own it, love it. That’s my word for 2012. :)

  586. Betcha this is a great read! Will keep my eye out for it but winning a copy would be great! My word for 2012 is PEACE. (speaks for itself me thinks).

  587. I choose “Joy”. This is a big year for me: finishing up grad school in May, moving from TN back home to MD, and getting married in August. I choose joy, no matter the stress, no matter the work load, no matter the to-do list. I choose joy.

  588. I absolutely can not wait to read your book! I am truly inspired by you……I check daily to make sure I am not missing anything. You make me want to be a better mom, wife and person in general. Cheering you guys on for the “2 for 2″!!

  589. Hope, as in hope that 2012 will treat us better. Got a diagnosis after two years of infertility that makes it very difficult to conceive, then my FIL passed suddenly and unexpectedly two weeks before Thanksgiving, so my husband in not only dealing with his grief is dealing with his father never knowing our children. Hope is the word I am trying to focus/meditate on, to try to bring some positive back in our lives.

  590. my word for 2012 is grateful. u are such a gifted writer… you inspire me! have a happy thursday!

  591. My word for 2012 is savor. I want to savor the time I have with family and friends and truly live in the moment.

    I pre-ordered Bloom but would burst with happiness to get an autographed copy. Crossing all my fingers and toes hoping I win!

  592. My word for 2012 is Laugh. 2011 was a very trying year with my son having a boarding accidents, which resulted in a concussion and back surgery. And after 28 years of being together with his father, we decided to go separate ways. So I bought a house. Needless-to-say, I am hoping 2012 will be full of laughter.

  593. Heading on over to donate to the 2 for 2 fund! What amazing work everyone is doing! And I really want to read that book! Here’s crossing my fingers…I never win anything! Haha!

  594. As always love your pictures and your blog!

  595. I think my word for the year should be “Reflection”…. I have a 7mo old son and his baby sister due in June… I find myself constantly rushing around to get stuff done during the day, wondering how we’re going to handle two babies under one, and worrying about the “bigger picture” instead of slowing down, reflecting on whats in front of me, and enjoying every second. Your blog constantly reminds me to slow down and savor the fleeting moments… for that, I thank you!

  596. HAPPINESS. I want to be happy in life whether we don’t have as much money as we want, or get to travel as much as we want, or have to work more than we want, I still want to be happy :) And of course want my family to be happy also!!!


    I’m going to need it.

    Can’t wait to read Bloom!

  598. one word – dreams.

    would love the galley copy. your words are so inspiring.

  599. my word for the year is appreciate (i hope). we don’t have much peace around here, with four kids ages 6 and under, but i hope that i am able to enjoy the big and small moments that come with being so lucky as to have four great kids.

  600. Ooh, I just pre ordered a copy of bloom yesterday but a galley copy, would be even better. Can’t wait to read it regardless!

  601. Me me me me…I want your book, and a note from you! I love your blog, I love how you are so open and can relate to other mom’s out there! Happy Early Birthday, Nella!

  602. Discipline. Which is going to start by walking away from the computer….would love to read your book!

  603. Thrive!

  604. I missed Tuesday’s post but will be contributing! My neice Lucy has DS, I find your blog so inspirational!

  605. My word for 2012 is “Be”. To be in the moment, to be with the one’s I love, to be surrounded by a life I don’t deserve, to be grateful for every breath and every moment I have.

    May you have a wonderful day.

  606. One word. It would have to be Peace. I’m looking for peace 2012.

    Looking forward to your book!

  607. My word for 2012: FAITH. I need it this year. I love the picture of Nella with her nose in your book! :)

  608. Motherhood.
    I work full time out of the home, but also a full time as a mom. I found that the work-life balance has been very challenging, so this year, I am going to focus on my number 1 priority: my children. The following short story was my inspiration:

  609. My word for this year is “confidence”. It is about time I was confident in all aspects of my life. (o:

  610. My word is hope. 2011 was a terrible year for us. miscarriage, unemployment, bitterness and yelling. 2012 offers a more promising outlook!

  611. Oh, how we’d love an early copy of Bloom! (Beyond the excitement of reading your story, those galley copies take me back to my college-job-in-an-independent-bookstore days). Word of the year = joy. Finding joy in the everyday. Also: Nella = too much sweetness to handle. How do you let go of those cutie-pies long enough to snap their pictures?!

  612. My word for the year…trust. Trust that things will work our, trust that I will make the right decisions, trust that people will follow through and do the right thing. Just trust.

    Love your blog, always and can’t wait to read Bloom.

  613. Wow. I love the pictures and your advice on just stepping away for a moment when you are super stressed. I will follow your advice.

    My word for 2012:Love
    My fiance and I are getting married next month but anytime this year he is supposed to get deployed over seas so i will love him as much as i can while he is here, and i will love him as much as i can while he is gone. I will love the time with him, and love the memories and the moments we have together.

  614. That last picture of Nella killed me dead. Seriously. That smile is incredible.

    My word for 2012 is chase. I’m not going to settle. I’m not going to sit back and let my desires get away from me. I am going to chase them and, maybe I won’t catch them every time, but I’m damned well going to try.

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  616. I can’t wait to read Bloom!

  617. I love your blog!! I am a Special Ed teacher and love watching your girls grow and Nella’s progress!!! I have 3 kids in my class that have down syndrome that I love more that anything and that are like my own children. it is so encouraging to see what you are doing for NDSS!! Thank you!! Hope to get to read Bloom!!
    Ps you should check out He is also doing great things!

  618. My word for 2012 is the same as it is for every year – “PEACE.” It’s a good word :)

  619. Amazing. I thank you for this post. I love it that even though you are so busy and debate going to bed or working on the list of things to do…you stop and take a bath with the kids or take a walk. We so easily get caught up in being busy that we forget to look at the important things…. I am going to try harder to take walks with my son even though I should be cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping…or whatever. Going to try to find the time to being with my most important things… my family. Thank you! Oh and I love the picture of Nella reading. Your girls are beautiful!

  620. My word is gratitude. Can’t wait to read Bloom!

  621. Can’t wait to read Bloom. This is one of my favorite blogs I follow each and everyday. Your motivation and inspiration is stunning! The girls are adorable as ever! Thank you for keeping me motivated!

  622. I would love to win your book! I already plan to order it on my Kindle when it comes out! :)

  623. My word for the year would be FAMILY. I’m going to enjoy every minute of watching my girls grow up.

    Congratulations on the success of the 2 for 2 fund!

  624. Oh, that picture of Lainey with her Poppa’s puppy, where they both have their eyes squeezed shut is precious!
    My word for 2012 is going to be: me. I have been noticing that I have not been the mom I want to be to my children (age 2 1/2 and 5 months) or the wife I want to be for my husband. I had become pretty disgruntled. And I realized its because I RARELY do anything for myself. So, this year I am making it a point to take time every day to go on a run/walk (with only the dogs) to clear my head and help me refocus on what is really important. 2 weeks into it and the hubs has already pointed out how much happier and more relaxed I have been. I’ve certainly noticed a difference, too. And, my babies are happier because i’m happier! And as an added bonus, I’m getting to work off all the baby weight! SCORE!

  625. My one word for 2012? Appreciation. Though it seems like some weeks I’ll never make it through, (nursing school, single mom of a two-year-old, work full time nights at a hospital, and decided to add a diet program on top of that) I’m trying to take a little time every day to just sit with my girl and thank God or whoever for all that I have and all that is being made possible.

    Love the picture of Lainey with the puppy. She’s getting so big. And I can’t believe Nella’s almost two! time goes by so fast

  626. 2012 for me is about gratitude!
    Learning to be thankful for what I have– and in turn be content!

    I would love love to win a copy of your book!

    I’d also love to babysit that puppy! 😉

  627. My word for this year is FLOURISH!
    And my tagline for 2012 is “Flourish Baby Flourish”

    With the mindset that in all that I do this year, all that I want to accomplish I want to flourish in it!
    I want to be someone who brings life wherever they go, refreshment, not only for myself, but that when others are around or near me they feel refreshed and empowered to FLOURISH!

  628. The word of 2012 in this house and in my brain (most days!) is Intentional. I want everything I do to be for a purpose…your post helped with that…taking a moment away from “the list” to breathe and spend time with what and who matters most! Love it and looking forward to Bloom 😉

  629. My word for 2012 is thankful!

  630. My word is optimism: I am expecting my first child in July, and I am thrilled, but also a bit terrified. There will be a lot of change a I transition from a working wife to a mom at home with my baby. It’s a dream come true, but I want to hold on to appreciating all the good things in life even as I face its inevitable challenges. You are an excellent voice for optimism, Kelle – keep it up!

  631. You inspire me and give me so much hope! Looking at the pictures of beautiful Nella makes me SO very thankful that I have my Alec – love those twinkly little almond eyes! Just like Nella, when he smiles, his whole face lights up. Thank you for ALL you do/write/inspire.

  632. Oh my goodness!! My heart is racing… I want that galley copy!!!!!!!!
    My word this year is patience. Patience with myself, with my kids, with my never-feels-like-it-ever-slows-down life. If I can multiply my patience even a teeny tiny bit this year, everybody ends up winning.

  633. My word for 2012-“Release”.

    Thanks for you wonderful inspiring blog! Happy Day!!

  634. Very excited for your book!

    My word this year is “open”. I always say I am up for anything. I beg for adventure and excitement, but I honestly don’t think I have ever really been open to the unexpected. Open to strangers turning into friends. Open to challenges that could turn into passion. In 2012, I am going to focus on preventing pre-judgment, worries and negativity from getting in my way by being open to everything.

  635. How timely!!! I kind of need this kick in the pants, a bit of a condensed soul-searching if you will.

    My word: Balance.

    Much like you describe with your hour-long immersion into your children, I must find a way to balance out the stress of my busy life too. And I believe, like you, that our kiddos are the place to find it. Thank you! And bravo!

    CAN’T WAIT for “BlOOM”!!!

  636. I cant wait to read your book! And if Nella approved it I’m sure its awesome! :)

  637. Wonderful wonderful fundraising!
    And is there anything more delicious in the whole world than those sweet feet?

  638. Hey, I’ve been a silent follower for a while now. You have inspired me to enjoy everything that happens and to take a step back and stop stressing. I’m still a college student but I dream about my future children all day and I hope someday I can be as great of a mom as you are.

  639. Wonderful wonderful fundraising!
    And is there anything more delicious in the whole world than those sweet feet?

  640. Appreciation, that is my word. We have a beautiful 16 mo old and another on the way. I started following your blog after Nella’s birth. You continue to inspire me everyday. Congratulations on your book!!xoxo

  641. Love that you took time out of your busy schedule for an hour with your kids..this describes exactly what my focus is going to be for 2012.

    The word SLOW. I’m going to stop being so caught up in the busyness of life and I’m going to slow down. Life can be such a whirlwind, passing by quickly if we don’t slow down and take it in. I’m not ever going to be so busy I can’t take 20 minutes to just sit and play with my kids. There is nothing that can’t wait.

    ps. I can’t wait to read your new book!

  642. My one word? Movitation — I’m going to have our third baby in june, and I know I’m going to need the motivation to keep up with my almost 4 year old and 2.5 year old when the baby gets here!

  643. I love the picture of Nella reading- she’s such a little scholar :-) 2012 word of the year- Adventure. We hope to have many adventures in 2012.

  644. Love the picture of Nella “reading” the book!

    My word for 2012: Peace. I need to start to be at peace with my circumstances, and learn from where I’m at in life without yearning for the things I want in the future. (I guess that’s somewhat similar to your word- contentment).

  645. Kel I have been reading since the birth of Nella and I know that your blog has made me a better mom to my 2 year old and my 1 month old. You are amazing and your blog has helped me to see the perfection in LOVING each moment. P.S. I DO want a book bad, and if I don’t receive the free one will it be available on Kindle?

  646. Savor.My husband and I just had our first baby. A little girl. I get the privilege of being able to stay home with her. I want to savor every moment of our lives this year because I know it will never be like this again.

    She is already growing so fast and I know that in the blink of an eye she’ll be one and we’ll have another on the way because life is fast paced and crazy like that.

    So my word is savor because I intend to slow down this year. Drink in my new baby. Drink in my husband. This fast paced crazy life is going to slow down and I’m going to let the taste of it– my new life– her new life–linger.

  647. Self… As in be true to myself this year!

  648. My word for 2012 is Commitment…There are so many things that I start and never follow through with… This year, I will be commitmented to complete some of those things.
    Cheering you onto victory of raising that $200,000. I have no doubt it will be accomplished :)
    Oh, I would love a copy of your book. I have it is pre-ordered and can’t wait to read it.

  649. I stopped doing resolutions years ago because they just didn’t work for me. Instead, I did what you talked about…picked one word that I wanted to practice and pray about for the new year. This year my word is Love. I’m pretty good at loving the people it’s easy to love, when it’s easy to love them. I want to learn to show love when there is no easy about it!

  650. My word for 2012 is PRESENT. I think that was my focus for last year too and I felt like I was more present than ever so I want to keep that growing! So whether it was official or not last year, it is this year! I’m looking forward to Bloom — it’s going to be my birthday present to myself (great release date)!

  651. Fulfillment! I have a lot of goals and plans and dreams and I want to make them come true. Can’t wait to read your book – winning an advance copy would be awesome!!!

  652. Loving the polka dots! My one word for 2012 is de-clutter. I need to de-clutter my house, my mind and my life. That is my goal.

  653. i have already pre-ordered, but would LOVE the nella approved first edition also!

    our word for the year is ‘calm’… we will strive to be calm in all situations… except when there is ice cream involved… then the calm quickly morphs into the sheer excitement!

  654. I was totally gonna say Contentment too! That would be my first pick, but in the interest of originality, I will say. Acceptance.
    I’ve never been an alcoholic nor do I ever plan to be one, but the serenity prayer always resonated with me “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”

    I heart your sweet girls. I wish I had a tub as big as yours… I often try to do the same, but we just end up squished and cold.


  655. I suppose my one word for 2012 would be family. More so than every this year. My mother almost died of live failure in September and is now on a transplant list and my husband and I are trying for children. I have always loved my family, but this year I want to take it up a notch. An extra phone call, surprise visit, extra date nights with my husband. Reading you blog makes me realize that it’s important to step away from “busy” and be with people you love. Thank you!

  656. Gratitude. In 2012, I will be grateful for everything–good, bad, and indifferent. Everything happens for a reason :)

    Would LOVE to have a copy of Bloom, thanks Kelle!

  657. I think my one word would be “embrace.” We have a lot of change coming this year, and I want to embrace it all with a positive attitude. Can’t wait to read your book!

  658. My word for 2012 is HAPPINESS. I have had a difficult few years and want to find more joy in my life this year. Love the bathtub photos!

  659. One word: Breathe

    I have a son due in a month and a daughter that is 16 months. I want to remember to breathe. To relax. That whatever hurtles I run into are just temporary and I will make it through.

  660. I think my one word would be “embrace.” We have a lot of change coming this year, and I want to embrace it all with a positive attitude. Can’t wait to read your book!

  661. I’m going to have to go with “contentment” also. So much has been going on here. I have a partial mestectomy scheduled at the end of the month and I have been struggling with happiness for awhile. I find myself disappearing on your blog and others for beauty and reminders of all the small and wonderful things in a day. Speaking of that, I should go and have a tea party with my little girl. Cheers to you. A copy of Bloom would be great!

  662. Embrace! I want to embrace this life and live it to the fullest. Each and every moment, good or bad has something to learn from. What makes the Galley copy so special is your personalized note!

  663. After an exhausting and emotionally trying beginning yt this week, I am reminded of whet matters most, and that at the heart of it all is love. My focus this year: grace….

  664. I think my word for this year has to be BREATHE. It gives me the space to make concious rational decisions about my next move whatever it may be relating to, and I know I don’t stop and BREATHE enough. Love that picture of lainey with the puppy – eyes tigthly shut with joy!
    Much love x

  665. Thank you for having the bravery, honesty and confidence to share your life with the world. You are inspiring and affirming 😉
    My word of the year is Appreciate.

  666. My word for 2012 will be enjoy. I want to spend meaningful quality time with each of my kids and really get to know them and enjoy the blessing that they are in my life. Can’t wait to read Bloom!

  667. Present.
    That’s what I need to be. Present. Because my head knows this is the time of my life!

  668. My word for 2012 is Explore! I want to explore my talents! I don’t know if I have any!

  669. Can’t wait to read Bloom. I’d love to win a copy – but I’ll be buying one when it’s released no matter what!

  670. With a toddler and a baby on the way my word is EXPAND.

  671. My word for 2012: compassion.

  672. I always look forward to your blog posts so I can see what you guys have been up to. Contentment is a great word for 2012, I think I might have to adopt it also.

  673. I love your afternoon bubble bath! What a fantastic idea!

    My word for 2012 is Live. I want to make sure to take each day and live life to the fullest. I have an almost 3 year old and one on the way and I want them to know what it’s like to live and be happy. :-)

    Thank you for inspiring your readers, Kelle. I just love reading your blog.

  674. eeeeekkkkkk!!!! Bloom is finally coming out! can’t wait! although…it’ll be nice to get a galley copy from YOU, Nella and Lainey. :) so glad that God has been using you guys to help others! what a blessing!

  675. My word for 2012 is perseverance. I will persevere in meeting my goals, and in the way I relate to others. I will persevere in my health and fitness goals.
    Love those red pants you were rockin…

  676. Wisdom- it’s been told me that my budding gray hairs are supposed to represent wisdom, but I’m thinking they may be ahead of the game! Maybe I’ll get the wisdom to match them this year.
    fyi- the picture of Nella with the bubbly face is, after a full year of following, my absolute favorite picture of all time.

  677. So E.T.S.T comes in my google reader, and I check google reader here and there throughout the day. When I see that a new E.T.S.T has popped up, I try to just skip to the next item because your blog is like my dessert, I like to read it after the littles are asleep, while I unwind before bed. But what happens is that I decide to just peek at some of the pics, and halfway through the post I realize I started reading somewhere in the middle! I just can’t resist! So I go back to the beginning, and read the whole thing, and then usually revisit it later for a more thorough read. Thought you might like. I’d love to snag a galley copy of your book! I can’t wait until it is released. My word for 2012 would have to be authenticity, being more true to myself.

  678. my word for the year is focus. it’s time to focus on the important things so i can actually get them done without distractions. easier said than done!

  679. Relax! Stress is so unhealthy and stressing over things you can’t control doesn’t do you any good. I can’t wait to read your book!

  680. 2012: Renewal. Remember the qualities of myself that I love the most and bringing them back. Plus maybe shedding a few lbs while I’m at it 😉 Can’t wait for Bloom!!

  681. i think mine would be “Leap”…there are so many things that i want to do and am scared to do but I think this year I am going to leap in with both feet and just try. if i fail, then i fail. and i’ll try again.

    so excited to read this book!!!!

  682. I am so excited about your book! You should do a book tour to the midwest! :)
    My word for the year: Quality.
    To make sure every moment I spend with my kids, my friends and family, at work – is quality time.
    Can’t wait to hear all about your big plans for Nella’s birthday party!

  683. My word: listen. I need to learn to LISTEN more to my kids, my husband, myself and God, instead of doing everything I think everyone else wants me to do!

  684. Resolved :) xo

  685. selfless

    can’t wait to read bloom!

  686. My word for 2012 is BLESSED. I have been blessed so much this year and sometimes we fail to see just how blessed and lucky we are to be making it into another year. I would love to be one of the three to win in this post. I, like tons of others, LOVE your posts and it is a favorite on my computer that I check regularly for updates. And to have the book signed by you personally would just be amazing!

  687. My word for 2012 is “simplify.” It’s far too easy to get bogged down by the things I “have to”, “need to”, or “should” do and I want to remember to leave time for the important things: my husband and my son. Also leaving behind the drama and resentments. We just moved (5th time since we married) and I’m truly committing to making a fresh start and enjoying life more. Bless you and your family!

  688. My word for 2012 is BLESSED. I have been blessed so much this year and sometimes we fail to see just how blessed and lucky we are to be making it into another year. I would love to be one of the three to win in this post. I, like tons of others, LOVE your posts and it is a favorite on my computer that I check regularly for updates. And to have the book signed by you personally would just be amazing!

  689. the words that will be living just under the surface of my consciousness this new year are:
    remember but don’t dwell, keep moving forward.

    i also vow to take many, many, many more pictures:)

  690. Thanks for being such a great daily read in my routine – I would get lost without a little Kelle Hampton inspiration! My word for 2012 would be “faith.”

  691. My word is OBEDIENCE. I want to be obedient to God’s call for my life, to be willing to do as He asks.

    Looking forward to reading your book! I hope you feel blessed by all you for the DS community!

  692. My word for the year is EMBRACE – because I want to practice embracing everything that comes. The good, the bad, the unexpected, the everything-in-between. :)

  693. My word is YES.. yes to everything I’ve been saying no to since my baby was born last year. Yes to taking out more time for myself during the day, yes to romancing my husband more often and yes to a very bright and happy future with lots of positive thoughts for my baby girl who turned one today. I know you get it from everyone all the time, but you have seriously changed the way I look at the world. Your attitude is so inspiring. In a country where there are no support groups to speak of, your blog, your pictures and your Nella have been my support. Thank you for that. Lots of love all the way from Pakistan :)

  694. Breathe! Give it all a few moments before getting upset, before saying yes or no …

  695. My word will be JOY as a reminder to find joy every day in the big and little things.

  696. Cant wait to read the book!!! My one word would be SIMPLE!!!! To just be a simple mom…

  697. Savour. I am going to be on maternity leave again in the next few months and I want to remind myself to enjoy every precious moment with my daughter and new baby. Time flies, and you never know what tomorrow will bring. So I plan to spend time savouring what time I have with my kids.

  698. Opportunity. Because there’s so much out there!

    Your blog is fabulous; your girls are gorgeous and you are living the dream!

  699. would LOVE a copy of your book…regardless, i will certainly be purchasing it in april!

    also, i think ‘contentment’ is the perfect thing to strive for in 2012. i think i might just try it myself!

  700. My word…happiness. Cliche, but so needed this year.

  701. Would love a copy of Bloom! (though I plan to purchase it regardless). My word for 2012 is SAVOR. Thank you for sharing the precious little years with us.

  702. I couldn’t pick one word this year, so I picked a phrase – the inspired now! To start the year, I’m focusing on filling “the now” with lots of fun.

    As an aside, my husband and I are adopting an “unbusy” policy this year. We’re going to do our best to make choices that protect our time, but when we have a big to-do list our mantra is going to be “We have enough time!” Whatever gets done gets done, and the things that go undone didn’t need to be done in the first place.

  703. Would love a copy of Bloom! (though I plan to purchase it regardless). My word for 2012 is SAVOR. Thank you for sharing the precious little years with us.

  704. I’m sooooo excited to read your book, I would pee my pants if you picked me. I am leaving on trip on the 28th and all I keep telling my husband and friends is “I just want Bloom to be out already. It’s the only book I want to read!!” Pick me! Pick me! Pretty please!? :-)

  705. Would love a copy of Bloom! (though I plan to purchase it regardless). My word for 2012 is SAVOR. Thank you for sharing the precious little years with us.

  706. Would love a copy of Bloom! (though I plan to purchase it regardless). My word for 2012 is SAVOR. Thank you for sharing the precious little years with us.

  707. I’m so excited to read your book!

  708. THANKFUL.
    My husband is getting out of the Marine Corps. this month. I have waited four very long and stressful years for 2012 to come. Thankfully, he survived two Afghanistan deployments and I did too. This is a year to count our blessings that he is safe and and that our relationship is stronger than ever. As we begin to move “home” I am excited what the future holds for us. I’m ready to start a family and get back to doing what I love. I haven’t been able to work this year and I have missed all the great kids I get to work with in speech therapy. I would love a copy of your book to read while we move and readjust back to civilian life. You are such an inspiration to me and I hope I can be as great of a mom as you someday :)

  709. I would LOVE to win a copy of your book!!

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  711. Thankful. I have been given so much and have 3 prized gifts (my 2 amazing girls and my hubby). I need to remember to be thankful everyday…no matter what the world throws at me. Thankfulness always makes life full.

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  713. My word for the year is “encourage”. There should be more of this going on in the world, so let it start with me! You are a great momma and an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your life and love!

  714. I love that last picture of Nella – so sweet!

    I think my word would be APPRECIATE. I really want to remind the people I love how much I appreciate them and how much they mean to me. I also want to appreciate all of the wonderful moments I have with my 2 year old, Zoe. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how much I appreciate that she is my daughter and that she became our daughter through adoption. :)

  715. Savour. I am going on maternity leave again this Spring and my goal is to try to savour every moment with my daughter and new baby. Time flies, and we never know what tomorrow will bring. So instead of taking it all for granted, I am going to slow down, pay attention, and savour every moment (the good and the bad). Your blog has taught us to appreciate all moments – good, bad, unexpected, unplanned, spontaneous. And I thank you for that. And your daughters are beautiful!

  716. Love your blog. Its such a great inspiration! I truly believe in the importance of taking time out of our crazy days to spend time with the ones we love. Thats all that really matters in the end!

  717. Oh and my word is balance. I just had my first baby in November and am in love. I have to go back to work in March and I am already thinking about how to go back to work as a mom – with balance. Work just won’t get the amount of attention it got before and that’s just the way it is. Will I still be good enough?

  718. hmmm… a word, a focus for 2012… PEACE.

  719. I couldn’t donate much, but I hope my $25 makes a difference 😀 I can’t wait for your book to come out either!

  720. One word: LOVE

    I’m about to have my first child in Feb. I want 2012 to be filled with lots and lots of love.

    You are an inspiration Kelle. I can’t wait to read your book.

  721. I can’t wait to read your work! (Winning a copy would be great because I have been more than broke since heading back to school. Learning more than makes up for the lack of luxuries though, and it’s exciting to be on my path!)

  722. Love!!!!!!

    Love my children until they feel it seeping down into their cores, love my husband until he feels it throughout his day, love my friends, love my neighbors, love those that are hardest to love, love the lady who bags my groceries at Walmart.

    In the words of the Beatles:
    “all you need is LOVE”
    I certainly can’t get enough of it so this year I certainly can’t give out enough either.

  723. You are amazing! My 2012 word is grateful!

  724. My word this year is definitely ‘attitude’. The past few months have been mountains and valleys and I haven’t had the best attitude which can sometimes make everything more difficult. I realize that I can CHOOSE my attitude without ignoring the emotions that I’m feeling. I can still feel AND have a positive attitude.

  725. Love yours posts, they make me go away and look at life differently. Love all your photos through the blog, stunning! Would love to read Bloom, cannot wait for it to come out!

  726. my 2012 word….continue

  727. My word is “Balance”…..

  728. Your girls are so precious! Love that picture of Nella reading Bloom! My word for 2012 is motivation.

  729. Joy – to find the joy in every thing no matter the circumstances.

  730. My 2012 word is MIRACLEs- to see all the miralces in this world exactly the way they are and for amazing miracles of healing.

    I LOVE your blog….so beautiful. ~Jill

  731. My 2012 word is MIRACLEs- to see all the miralces in this world exactly the way they are and for amazing miracles of healing.

    I LOVE your blog….so beautiful. ~Jill

  732. My 2012 word is MIRACLEs- to see all the miralces in this world exactly the way they are and for amazing miracles of healing.

    I LOVE your blog….so beautiful. ~Jill

  733. I am in love with this post!!!

    My one word: Trust

    Trust in the Lord with all you heart, lean not on your own understanding.

  734. My goal is simplicity. Taking things as they are, enjoying them, not over thinking or worrying… Just, well, ‘enjoying the small things’ you could say;)
    Your blog has taught us a lot, Kelle. I can’t wait to read more in Bloom!!

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  736. I love yout blog. it makes me happy.
    my word is simplify. . .and I am surely working on it!
    thanks, and I can’t wait to read your book, some way or another!

  737. Once again…wonderful post! My one word would be: Grace.
    I want to handle all situations (big & small, happy & sad, etc) with more grace.
    I am looking forward to the release of your book, have pre-ordered it, and am patiently awaiting it’s arrival…but would love a galley copy, especially if it has a special note from you or maybe even a signature from the girls in it! :)
    Best of luck with your fundraising efforts. You WILL reach your goal in no time. NDSS (all of us touched by Down Syndrome) is extremely lucky to have you on their team.

    Keep it up Kelle, you rock!!

    Sherri, McKenzie & Macy

  738. My word for 2012 is Acceptance. I want to learn to love myself for exactly how I am now….40lbs over weight or not.
    Accept the things I cannot change.
    Courage to change the things I can.
    Wisdom to know the difference.

  739. Can’t wait to read your book! =)

  740. I adore all of the pictures in this post! Nella’s close up in the tub and Lainey hugging the puppy – perfect! My word for 2012 is Enjoy. I’m focusing more on taking the time to enjoy life, family and friends.

  741. My word is Patience. Last year was long and hard and this year brings a lot of big changes for us. My almost 7 year old isnt taking our pending move across the world very well and we are clashing BIG TIME. I need to work on my patience for both of us!

    And I’ve pre-ordered your book on my Nook already. Cant wait!

  742. INSPIRE is my word for 2012. First to be inspired be others and second to inspire others.

  743. Satisfied. This year I am going to be satisfied with what I have.

  744. Can so relate on that ‘To Do List’ and as such, I’ll ‘bullet’ my thoughts on this post:

    °LOVE the lantern on the side of your tube — the jewel tones are my favorite!

    °LOVE Nella’s black and white polka dotted tights!

    °What AWESOMENESS how much is being raised for the 2 for 2 Fund!

    °Finally, thanks for the fashion inspiration — I have a pair of red corduroys that I’m gonna dust off and show off!

  745. 2012 word…Balance.

  746. My one word — family! Start my own family, spend more time with my local family, travel to see my extended family, grow more friends into family, show more appreciation to my work family and volunteer to help out other community families. Looking forward to the book release — already pre-ordered on Amazon!

  747. Nella has a smile brighter that a million stars! Love it!! My word for this year…Optimism. Looking for the great in life, the fortunes!

  748. So many comments already… wonder if I have a chance? would love the book :-)
    my word for 2012 are actually 3: here and now – that’s all that matters.

  749. My word would be: faith. I hope to continue to remind myself each day to have faith and to be patient. I tend to overthink, overdo, and overanalyze everything and I need the reminder each day that I am in good hands and that I will not be given any task that I cannot handle.

  750. My word for 2012 is embrace!

  751. Love the picture of Lainey hugging the puppy. My word is discipline, as in SELF-discipline.

  752. Too often, I quickly scroll through my subscribed blogs because I have to get back to my “to do” list. Yours is different. Yours makes me sit back and smile. Thank you for your refreshing words and encouragement each day.

  753. Love the picture of Lainey hugging the puppy. My word is discipline, as in SELF-discipline.

  754. Love the picture of Lainey hugging the puppy. My word is discipline, as in SELF-discipline.

  755. Huge fan of your blog and your girls are just the sweetest! Best of luck with your 2 for 2 fund :)