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'Newborn' 13-year-old: Mom explains viral photo

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Courtesy of Kelli Higgins

(Read caption) 'Newborn' 13-year-old Latrell Higgins (sitting in chair) with his seven brothers and sisters. Adopted when he was 11, he told his mom, Kelli Higgins, that he never had baby photos. So she posed him for baby photos and they went viral.

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As our family photos languish in dusty boxes, on memory cards, and in computers awaiting our attention, one mom in Florida has snapped our attention to the value of how our photo taking focuses love on our kids. Adoptive mom Kelli Higgins did a fun photo shoot with new son, Latrell, 13, as a “newborn” for a belated birth announcement and a whole lot of thinking has developed as a result.

Ms. Higgins, a professional photographer in Crestview, Fla., was already the natural mom of five who discovered as she and her husband finalized the adoption of Latrell and his biological sister Chanya, 7, two years ago that she was expecting another child. 


“That was certainly a surprise, but it was just another blessing,” Higgins told the Monitor in a phone interview. “We weren't adopting because we couldn't have babies, it was because I had always known in my heart I would adopt a child.”


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