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!

Monday, November 24, 2008


I feel like I have hit the jackpot! My own personal jackpot!

Allow me to explain. Many of you already know that I am an excellent house keeper... very organized, everything in it's place, you get the idea. I am not, however, a great house-cleaner! I despise mopping, scrubbing tubs, and cleaning toilets! Dusting and vacuuming aren't my favorite either. In short, I keep everything neat and tidy, but when it comes to keeping things clean I struggle... and I mean struggle!

So, here's the story. I was getting my hair cut the other day. I love my stylist... she is great at cutting, great at coloring, and great a waxing... what more could you want? She also cleans houses. I don't feel like it's a wise use of my funds at this point in life to have my home cleaned when I am perfectly capable of doing it myself, but it was very tempting. When I go get my hair cut, Gerri and I always talk shop because she home schools her daughter. This time we were talking about teaching and school and home school and she mentioned that she was thinking of getting a tutor for her daughter! She said (get this) she was getting everything covered except for social studies! (That's right - my subject!) I asked if she would be interested in trading services and wham, bam, (a little talking and working out details), thank-you-ma'am, I now am having my house cleaned... and tutoring a 6th grader in social studies!

Today was the first cleaning. Honestly, not kidding, couldn't be more serious... my house is cleaner than it was the day I moved in! It's AMAZING! I have no idea how she did it... it's phenomenal.

Now, onto the rest of my weekend.....

Saturday was spent, for the most part, recovering from Bunko/Poker night... not that I needed to recover (don't read too much into that)... just that I was up late and so I slept in and had the do-nothing, relaxing day I had been craving!

Sunday I headed to Chris' for a grill and chill and to watch the Titan's game! It was great!

I would have LOVED to have gone to the game, but couldn't get tickets... which turned out because the Titan's lost. So, Chris' was the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon!! We had this yummy grillin' food, football, and lots of laughs! It was such a great time!

Here I am with some of my favorite guys enjoying the football fun! Nothing beats a Sunday that includes football, friends, and a grill... I'm just sayin'!


Leigh Ann said...

I had a cleaning service when Derek was in Iraq and I LOVED it. What a win-win for both of you!

Cute picture by the way. No wonder all those guys have such a huge grin on their face!

Sarah said...

hey, that's awesome on the housecleaning! I'm jealous. My house doesn't get "diry" since we're not there, but man, you should see the dust collect! And I don't want to dust when I"m home so it just gets deeper.
Sounds fun all around!

Megan L Hutchings said...

Can I just say that I am incredibly jealous but oh so happy for you ;)!

I absolutely love that pic of Chris at the grill and I am so glad you had fun chilling with the boys!

Lindsay said...

No way!! I'm so jealous! I NEED a cleaning lady! Nothing says DIRTY like living in a house with two kids, two dogs and a cat...oh wait, two fish, too. :-) Okay - I am kind of a neat freak and a clean freak (esp my floors) but seriously - do you know how much time it would free up to have a "lady"?! Seriously - you rock!

ariel said...

wow your Sunday sounds awesome - those are a few of my favorite things! How cute are you in your jersey! LOVE IT! And congrats on the jackpot.. thats very clever! You did well I'm so proud! Miss you! I left you a message at the end of my most recent blog post.. make sure to read it :)

Betsy said...

I'm jealous, too, just like all the other comments!!!! :) I need to cut a deal like that with someone!! I could totally do some tutoring for a good house cleaning!!

You are so cute hangin' with the guys! That looks like lots of fun! Sorry about the Titans. The Panthers lost Sunday too. :(

Amanda Ledford said...

I miss having a housekeeper! It was the best money I ever spent!!!! I spent the day Sunday watching football at Hooters with Michael and his boys. Fun times!

Lauren said...

Ever wonder why all those guys are grinning like idiots in that picture?? :)

Chris looks like the Master of the Grill.