What This Toddler Said During His Adoption Hearing Brought Everyone To Tears

Silence

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Their day in court had finally arrived. After an entire year of working hard to prove themselves as worthy parents, the Palmers would now find out the fate of their family. It was a moment full of emotions for Mandi and Tyler, the tension only broken once the judge issued his final verdict. But before anyone could process what had just happened, an unexpected word shouted by a toddler left the entire courtroom in silence.

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To Serve And Protect

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In 2010, Tyler Palmer signed up with the 101st airborne division of the United States Army. He didn’t have much time to adjust to his new life after enlisting, because just twenty days after finishing basic training, he was sent on his first tour to Afghanistan. Though he was lucky to come home safe and sound, the stress of war had taken a toll on his emotional and mental well-being. Fortunately for him, love was about to knock on his door.

Love At First Sight

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Tyler met Mandi in 2013, right before he was sent on his second deployment to the Middle East. Mandi had health issues of her own, making them kindred souls. Yet they didn’t let that get in the way of their search for happiness. "We knew it would be hard, but we also knew it would strengthen our relationship in ways most people could never understand," Mandi told Love What Matters. And, sure enough, they seemed to be on their way to happily ever after. But the obstacles wouldn’t stop coming.

Will You Marry Me?

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"He was deployed for nine months, and one month after he got home, he proposed and we got married a few weeks later," Mandi said. It was then that Tyler decided to quit the army and begin a new life with his wife, one that they both agreed would include starting a family of their own. "We both knew we wanted our own family so greatly but didn’t know what God had planned for us," Mandi said. But given her health issues, trying to conceive became an exercise in frustration and disappointment.

Try, Try, Again

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"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," Mandi said. They were heartbroken but didn’t intend to give up. The couple started looking at their options and concluded adoption was the way to go. But first, they had to prove they could take care of a child for the long term. Given their health battles, this would not be easy.

Fostering A Dream

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It was right about that time Mandi and Tyler noticed that their local authority was calling out for foster parents. Day after day, they kept hearing the commercials asking for people to take the training and become licensed foster parents, given the great need they always have for qualified families. The young couple took it as a sign of God’s plan. They signed up for the program right away, not knowing how hard it would be to get approved as suitable parents.

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