...and Crosby makes FOUR! / by Julie Cruz

Kristen first contacted me back in September of 2009 (!!) to book a shoot. In February of 2010, I met Kristen and her husband Dan for the first time, along with Jeremiah, who at the time was their (under 2 years old) foster son.....and easily one of the cutest kids I had ever laid eyes on. At that shoot, they were also fostering another baby boy (they have fostered 6 babies since August of 2009!). I knew right then and there, that Kristen and Dan were angels. I mean honestly, their hearts are made of gold! I have been lucky enough to photograph them EVERY year since then, and about 2 years ago, they went to the hospital and took in another foster baby. The little guy was already almost 3 months old and was so malnourished and sickly that he still weighed under 7 lbs!! (to give you an idea, for those who might not have children, my daughter PJ was 7 lbs 12 oz when she was BORN!). Kristen and Dan promised to nurture him back to health, love him and visit his parents twice a week to support the plan of reunification. Six months into those visits, his parents decided to relinquish their parental rights and asked Dan, Kristen and Jeremiah to adopt him into their family. I waited over a year for Jeremiah's adoption to be finalized before I posted any photos of Jeremiah (since legally, I couldn't)....and i'm so proud to say that I got the OK to post because after another very long adoption process.... as of *yesterday*, little Crosby is OFFICIALLY theirs as well. I couldn't be more happy for this amazing and gorgeous family!!!! As you can see by the photos, Crosby is no longer a tiny, malnourished infant. He is an ADORABLE little toddler (just turned 2!) with plenty of chunk on him now! :) Their looks, their style AND their hearts are amazing. LOVE this family!! Without further adieu, I would like to introduce you to Crosby and his family (and yes, I know...I'm posting a TON!...and this doesn't even include last years shoot (which i'll try and get a mini blog of up soon))......

....and a couple of shots we took for Shaney Jo of *KEEP A BREAST*!....

Kristen and Dan foster through the *Angels Foster Family Network* here in San Diego. If you or anyone you know is interested in being a foster parent, you can check out their site for more info. If you aren't able to foster, you can also donate by sponsoring a baby, donating supplies, money, etc.