Or, to be technically accurate, we didn't lose. When you're the respondent you don't really win as much as you don't lose.
But the ending is the same. The kids stay here, with us, and that is the most important part of all. And this is definitely good for our other legal matters at hand.
All their federal claims were dismissed, all their requests were denied, all our claims were upheld, and all our requests were granted.
Thanks to everyone who prayed for us and wished us well. Things turned out just the way we needed them to, and as best as could ever be expected.
Now, on to the state case, where we get to do all this over again; but at least now we have the backing of the federal rulings. The case is going to stay here, and the kids are going to stay here, and that's the important part.
Just call me Mel, everyone else does.