Tyler Palmer and his wife Mandi Palmer from Perrysburg, Ohio, have been through a lot in both their lives. Tyler had served in the U.S. Army for a stint in Afghanistan, while Mandi had a string of health-related issues due to her Crohn’s disease. As a result, Tyler suffers from severe PTSD and Mandi had large portions of her intestines removed. But one of the worst things the couple discovered was that they couldn’t have children.

In an article that Mandi submitted to LoveWhatMatters.com, she explained, “We tried for years to get pregnant but soon came to realize that it wasn’t going to happen, nor would it be safe for my body to sustain the miracle of pregnancy due to my illness. We were heartbroken and quickly found ourselves seeking other ways to grow our family and become parents. Because of the health battles we’ve been given, we weren’t the type of people to just ‘throw in the towel’ and let our dreams of becoming parents get shattered.”

She further added, “We knew we wanted to pursue adoption in some form and it was then that we kept hearing our local counties cry for help with foster care. The same week that we were licensed, we also received our first phone call to pick up our baby boy, Hunter,” Mandi explained. “Talk about a whirlwind of emotions! We quickly ran to Target and purchased the necessities (car seat, clothes, baby blankets, diapers, food, etc.) we needed to bring our baby home.”

Taking the baby home at just 8 days old, Tyler and Mandi quickly became emotionally attached. Mandi said, “It became obvious that Hunter was more than just our first baby. He was our ‘medicine’ and both of our reasons to fight the health battles that we have been given. He truly became our ‘why’ in life.”

Hunter made the family feel complete. In no time, the couple decided to pursue adoption. “Our adoption worker worked so hard to get paperwork finalized so that Christmas of 2017 would be our best yet. And goodness, it surely was the best ever! December 18, 2017, was the day Hunter officially became a Palmer.” Mandi said.

But it’s what happened in court when the adoption decree was read that brought the new family’s story to the next chapter! Mandi recalled, “After the judge read the adoption decree and presented his new legal last name, 16-month-old Hunter looked at my husband and said, ‘Dad!’, and then clapped.”

After the toddler excitedly highlighted an already beautiful moment with the sweetest gesture, they officially became a family. Mandi said, “We’ve learned that there’s a rainbow at the end of every storm and we’re so thankful we kept the fight. He is our world and our reason to keep fighting these battles. My husband said that there is no medication to help his PTSD quite like having his son take our last name.”

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