Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Once Upon A Time...

...there were three siblings who loved to play outside together and loved even more to "camp" outside in the front yard! These three siblings lived in a beautiful home with their two parents. At their home they had fields and forests to play in, a huge front yard, a swimming pool, a barn, and on the far other side of the large front yard lay a beautiful pond, and one of their favorite places to play!

One weekend afternoon they asked their parents if they could set up the large, very nice, tent that the family owned on the bank of the pond to "camp" that night. Their kind and always understanding mother and father said that they could do this if they promised to clean everything up the following day and to not leave the tent sitting around all afternoon the next day! The children were elated!

That afternoon they went to work setting up their camp! It was a bit tough to set up the very large tent, but with a little effort and a lot of cooperation, they got the tent up. They decided after the hard work getting the stuff together for the camp out and the time spent setting up the tent, there was really no need to stake it into the ground... that would be too much trouble for a little front yard camp out!

That night the children had a wonderful camp out! They played, stayed up late, and finally snuggled down in their sleeping bags to sleep for the night!

Being that none of them were "serious" campers, the next morning all three retreated to the house for breakfast, a shower, and clean clothes. They figured the camp site could wait and be cleaned up later that day.

That afternoon, the camp site had still not be cleaned up. The sweet parents of these darling three decided to run a quick errand and the three were left to play inside. They were having much too much fun doing their own thing inside to take time out to clean up the camp site... it could wait until later.

As the three played in different areas of the house, the youngest of the siblings walked by the living room window and saw something strange... there was a large animal in the pond... it looked like a giant snapping turtle right in the middle of the pond! She quickly called her brother and sister to come see what was in the pond! Only then did the children gaze in horror as they realized the "animal" in the very middle of the rather large pond was actually what remained above water of the rapidly sinking, very nice tent!

... To Be Continued...


Sarah said...

hehehe....I thought for a minute you wern't going to tell the really good part, then I saw the "to be continued."

Leigh Ann said...

OH NO!!! That is too cute!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I loved hearing this story last weekend :)!

There is nothing like a good childhood story ;)