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Dec 24, 2015 12:30 PM

Portsmouth man, reunited with his kids, celebrates his new home as a Christmas miracle

PORTSMOUTH - It's something many parents take for granted - watching their children decorate the family Christmas tree in the peace of their own home. But one Seacoast man is experiencing this as his own Christmas miracle.

Nathan Sanborn, 46, lost sight of hope when a debilitating back injury left him jobless, homeless, depressed and an alcoholic.

After Sanborn lost his home, his two children, Dylan, 8, and Nevaeh, 4, were taken into state custody and moved from house to house, including five foster homes and nine schools.

The mother of Sanborn's children is struggling with a heroin addiction and doesn't see them.

A year ago Sanborn made the decision to go to Crossroads homeless shelter for help. His ultimate goal was to regain custody of his children.

After AA meetings, therapy and help with court battles, all offered by Crossroads, Sanborn regained custody of his children and found permanent housing.

"I just moved here 11 days ago," said Sanborn. "It's an awesome Christmas gift. Best gift is just to come home."

Nevaeh and Dylan are proud of their new home, and ecstatic at having their father back.

"They get up in the morning so happy and like 'I love you,'" Sanborn said. "I’m blessed."

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