Like so many young couples, Mandi and Tyler Palmers dreamed of starting a family and blessing their lives with children.
But no matter how hard they wished or how hard they tried, they just didn’t seem to be able to get pregnant.
Little did the loving couple know then, but God had another plan in store for them.
After several failed attempts, they contacted their doctor.
“We were still hopeful, but I realized quickly that I couldn’t gain weight. So I’m like, ‘how am I going to be able to carry a child?’” Mandi said.
The fact she had Crohn’s disease also complicated things.
Then the couple decided to to explore the option of adoption. They signed up for classes so they could get a license, praying that the day would come that they could bring home a baby of their own.
Then one day, the call that they’d been hoping for finally came.
“Once we got licensed as foster-to-adopt parents, that week, we got the phone call for Hunter. He was 8 days old,” Mandi told People.
Then started a rollercoaster of uncertainty.
After facing a few setbacks — like the uncertainty of Hunter being taken in by another family — the couple got the call that they would be able to officially adopt the 17-month-old.
So on December 18, the family-to-be dressed up and headed to the courthouse, where they signed the official paperwork.
Then came the moment that is now being shared with millions of people all over the world.
Mandi explains, “At the end of the court process, the judge announced Hunter’s new legal name. And they read the adoption decree and that’s when Hunter looked at my husband and he said, ‘Dad!’”
Imagine the reaction in the courtroom! Mandi explained that the whole room started clapping and tears of joy flow down on their cheeks.
Although Mandi and her husband were hesitant to enter the foster program, Mandi felt like she got a little urging from the man upstairs.
“We prayed on it, and we just felt like God pushed us to do it.”
This story truly shows what a little faith and a lot of love can do. Let’s share their inspirational story to give more young families out there a little bit of hope!