The past week the Fort Wayne weather has been rainy and cold. The skies have been filled with dark clouds and there has been an overall sense of dreariness. This also sums up the way our adoption process has been feeling the past few months. Since saying yes to adopting the boys, the adoption process has been painfully slow and most news received has brought us worry more than excitement. But this week, we had a rainbow appear in our sky. We were notified that we passed Congolese court and we are now legal guardians of our two boys! The Coughlin family has grown! While there are still several forms and investigations that need completed, this news felt like such a huge milestone. Praise God!
The next step for us will be to submit paperwork to the US government asking for them to investigate our case with an ultimate goal of them issuing the boys a US Visa. This investigation can take months, so we'll be practicing being patient.
Many of our friends and family have been asking when we will be able to bring our kids home. The answer is that we don't know. We are working our way through the process, but ultimately the biggest hurdle we are currently facing is that the Congolese government is currently not issuing exit visas for adopted children. We are praying that things will get sorted out soon and that they will once more begin allowing children to leave to live with their new families. Please also be praying for our boys. Please pray that they are being kept safe and healthy. Please pray that their foster mama kisses them and loves on them like Jim and I wish we could. Lastly, please pray that Jim and I stay positive and that we continue to remember how powerful our God is and that His timing is perfect.
Amber & Jim