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!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Sunday was a WONDERFUL day!!!!!

Me, Moo, Web, and Chris loaded up bright and early and headed to see the Titans take on the Greenbay Packers!!!! We met Chris and Web's friend Stephen to tailgate with some friends of his! Let me just say, these people do it up right! Under two large tents they cooked a spread on the spot... bacon, eggs, ham, biscuits, gravy, sausage balls, pancakes... (you get the idea, and this doesn't even TOUCH the amount of food they had)! There was corn hole and a football to toss and drinks, of course! It was THE BEST TIME!!!!

Here's Chris, Web, and Stephen - they are so funny... all three of them crack me up!

Here are Chris and I at the tailgate! It was so bright and sunny - a beautiful day and perfect weather for the game!!

Here are Moo and Web.. notice Web's sporting his packers shirt! lol... now that's a real fan! I guess this qualifies as the little bit's first game ever! Poor Moo had to tote her sprite around and couldn't enjoy the full bounty of the spread of food, but something tells me, she doesn't mind one bit! ;-)

This is actually in the game! This is Chris, Yatzi, and I! Yalitza (whom we affectionately call Yatzi) moved to Alabama a couple of years ago and we miss her SOOOOOO much! She has meant so much to us and done so much for us, it was SO great to see her and Wayne at the game! Everyone say a little prayer that she gets into the doctoral program at MTSU so she'll be commuting back and forth to Murfreesboro and we'll see her more often!!!

Overall I can't say enough about how much fun I had! There is NOTHING like tailgating with good friends and then going to a great game!!! It was, the perfect day! Thanks Moo, Web, Chris, and even Stephen for making a wonderful memory! I can't wait to do it again!!!!


Sarah said...

That looks like fun! I'm glad you guys enjoyed yourselves, and thats great that Yatzi got to come visit. Looks a lot warmer and dryer than it is here. I'm sitting here comparing your pictures of a beautiful TN fall day to the scene out my windshield of a Wyoming blizzard in full swing!
Take care!

Megan L Hutchings said...

It was the perfect day and will go down as one of my all time favorites ;)!

Some of my favorite moments include:

*Dancing in the backseat :)
*Throwing the football
*The infamous question Stephen asked
*Two trips up and down (thanks again)
*Beer Sneeze
*Waiting in line to leave

Amanda Ledford said...

Ok, I am jealous! I LOVE tailgating and FOOTBALL! I am so excited you can comment on my blog now!!!

Betsy said...

That looks like a totally fun day...beautiful weather and good friends!! I will be doing the same thing this weekend!!

Lauren said...

Four of my favorite people + Titans = FUN!

I'm glad you had such a great time...

Is it me or is Yatzi shrinking???

Leigh Ann said...

I love tailgating, and love the thought of breakfast food! YUMMY! So glad you had a great time.

ariel said...

what a wonderful day! as you know I'm a huge fan of tailgating and football, 2 of my favorite things! I'm glad you had an awesome day!! And the Titans won.. woohoo!! :)