ROCKWALL — A year ago, Logan Hunt felt all alone in the world. He was an angry young man.
"Everything around me was pretty much empty," he said.
After being put up for adoption as a toddler, followed by a hurtful failed adoption in childhood, Logan (whose legal name used to be Seth Miller) spent the next decade in and out of unhappy foster homes.
At 18, he aged out of the foster care system and ended up homeless and living in a car.
He wished for a family most of all.
A story with News 8 in 2013 resulted in an unexpected turn of events. His court-appointed special advocate encouraged Robert and Ara Hunt, the couple who had adopted Seth's biological sister, to view the report.
At first leery, they eventually met Seth. They then arranged for their daughter, Shyann, to meet the brother she never knew existed. It was an emotional meeting.
"When we let go of the fears, we found forever," Ara Hunt said.
The Hunts soon invited Seth to move in with them. They have a large family, including two daughters and a son still living at home. They have adult children as well.
It was, at first, a difficult transition.
Seth sat with the family at the Thanksgiving dinner table for the first time since he was a child... and cried. He was often surprised when the family expected him to join them on family outings. It took months of reassurance.
"I've had to tell him many times, 'I'm sorry for not finding you sooner. I wish I had. I wish I knew about you, because I would have gotten you the minute you were born," Ara Hunt said.
Eventually, Seth decided to take a new name to match his new life. He chose "Logan" for strength and "Hunt" to honor the family that had changed his life.
On October 3 — exactly one year after Logan moved in with the Hunts — he and those who love him gathered in a Collin County courtroom. They stood before the judge and lawyers who had long presided over Logan's misery, and asked to become a family — not just in their own eyes, but under the law.
"I'm asking you to finally make him ours," said Ara Hunt, through tears.
"From the first time I saw the interview, I knew he was a part of our family," Robert Hunt told the judge. "We're just doing this to make it legal. He's our son."
At the age of 19, Logan Hunt was officially adopted, a rare event for a foster child who had aged out of the system and was a legal adult.
"It's not today... it's forever," Robert Hunt said. "And that's what an adoption is."
"It feels awesome," Logan said. "Like I'm at peace."
At 19, a boy who never gave up says he achieved his deepest yearning: To belong.