After battling for more than a year, Mandi and Tyler Palmer were delighted to officially adopt their son. However, they had no idea how their little boy felt about the process. Then he uttered one word in court that broke them.
Mandi and her husband, Tyler, had both faced hardships in life. Indeed, Mandi had suffered with Crohn’s disease since she was a teen. And doctors had diagnosed U.S. Army veteran Tyler with severe post-traumatic stress disorder after he completed two tours of Afghanistan.
In each other, though, Mandi and Tyler found strength. They had first met before Tyler was sent to Afghanistan for the second time, when he was away for nine months. And while many relationships may have struggled in such circumstances, Mandi and Tyler grew ever closer.