If there is one thing that you should be thankful for when you wake up every morning, it would have to be the gift of family. Having people around who you know will love you unconditionally, support you and lift you up when you are feeling down is a true blessing that you should always be grateful for.
Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with the opportunity to spend their lives with their families. Some children are left orphaned making them miss the chance to feel the love and presence of their parents. Sebastian, an 11-year old child from Colombia, is one of these many children. However, he had the biggest and sweetest surprise of his life when he crossed paths with the Barkey family.
Sebastian grew up in an orphanage and was used to having families host his stay from time to time. During summer vacation, he was scheduled to stay with Amanda and JoBen Barkey, a couple from California who has four children of their own. Since Sebastian was from Colombia, he was already excited just by being able to travel to America and he knew that it was going to be an experience he would never forget.
Little did he know that the fun is only beginning because when he arrived at his host family, he experienced a lot of adventures that taught him the way an American family lives. He was absolutely loved by the Barkey kids and the couple was very fond of him. Truly, it was a month that all of them would never forget.
When he returned home, Sebastian was sure that his month with the Barkey family was an experience that he will cherish forever. And the fact that those adventurous days in the previous month may be the only time he will be with his host family truly saddened him when he was about to go home to Colombia.
What he did not know was that Amanda and JoBen were doing all sorts of magic to gain him back as a member of their family. And this time, it was for real! The couple were very taken by the boy's charm and felt that he was already a member of their family and so did what they felt was the right thing to do: adopt Sebastian.
But, before making this great choice, the couple wanted to include their kids in deciding to adopt Sebastian. The kids were undoubtedly in agreement and they can't wait to have Sebastian back as their brother.