I got this book for my sister for Christmas. Kate Engelbrecht sent out thousands of cameras and questionnaires to teenage girls all over the U.S.  The book is a collection of the photographs and questionnaire responses.  

Teen readers will be rewarded with a wonderful set of sincere, deep messages and the reassurance that they are not alone.  

my girl. 


dear nmq,

i’m not sure if i ever told you about the summers he and i would spend apart. we were together for many years, during some of the most formative years of a person’s life. so some summers, we would “take a break.” we were scared to miss out on experiences. we were young. no one understood it, but it always felt like the right thing to do. and we always came back to one another. of course, until we didn’t anymore. but one year, one summer, when he got nervous, i wrote him a letter on a card that contained the most perfect quotation. and here it is:

"life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. delicious ambiguity." - gilda radner

that’s it for me: the delicious ambiguity. i spent so many years focused on that notion. i’ve built an empire using that as my mantra. some think ambiguity is tantamount to…surgery without anesthesia? or like being tossed into a canoe without a life jacket. i understand them, but i don’t know any other way to be. 

so here’s a blessing to a life filled with ambiguity. as long as it’s delicious!


Sophie, September 2010. My Snow White costume, circa 1990.

Don’t ever underestimate what you can learn from a child.

Click through for the Hello Giggles article that talks about keeping childlike excitement as an adult.

Love the watch and gold bracelets. 

I love this woman.

Kelle’s blog: http://www.kellehampton.com/

About her life as a photographer and Mama in Florida of 4-year-old Lainey and 1 year-old Nella who she found out has Down Syndrome at her birth. Awesome pictures of babies and family and happiness, honest stories about being a woman and a blogger and a mom and a Down’s advocate. 

Genuine happiness. This is what my girl looks like on cloud nine hundred, where she currently resides.


Lol taking gpoy and husband walks in. Busted. (Taken with instagram)

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So good. The socks aren’t my style, but look at the smirk!

16th birthday trip to New Orleans. Breakfast.