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!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Big Weekend... Small Change

I have had a wonderful weekend that started Friday with a little....

Poker! After work I relaxed at home for a while, took a power nap, and recharged for Poker Night! Rob hosted, as usual, and luck, I mean my amazing poker skills, were at work! We play tournament style Texas hold 'em. I won the first game - yay, Mama really DOES need a new pair of shoes, lol - and I came in 3rd in the second game! There were 6 players, all men other than me - just have to plug that in their (girls rule)!
Saturday was a big day for those of us in Tennessee! The Titan's took on the Ravens,
and unfortunately lost. There were a couple poor calls and one REALLY bad non-call when the play clock ran out before the snap. I'd like to blame it on those troubles, but quite honestly the Titan's didn't bring their A-game... they had a lot of penalties, a few injuries, and they gave it away at the end. So, I'll still be watching the rest of the playoffs and the Superbowl, but I will be considerably less invested now that the Titan's are out of the mix!! Wo are you pulling for?
Sunday I visited another Church with my friend Jerri! Last week we went to Northside Baptist and this week we went to her old church Bethel! It was a neat service - very contemporary - and I ran into a couple of people I knew, which is always neat.
Unfortunately I left my headlights on and when church was over my car was pretty much dead. It wanted to start and the windows and radio would work, but the battery just didn't have enough juice to get the engine going! I had to get a friend of Jerri's to jump me off and then all was well!
After church I went to Wal-Mart... one word... crowded! NEVER grocery shop on a Sunday at Wal-mart.... I know this rule and I have no idea why I ignored it, but it was a mess!
After getting home and having lunch I settled down with my book group book....

Small Change. I had only read through Chapter One so far and I figured I would get in a few Chapters day.... and I did... I finished the book! It's one of THOSE books! Megan H finished it in only 2 sittings as well, I think! I highly, highly recommend it! There are only 150 pages in the book and it is quick read that pulls you through. Most of all, however, I recommend it because it is a heart-warming and inspiring story!!

I always have to purchase my own books as opposed to borrowing or getting them from the library because I like to write in them, highlight, etc. In this book I had two favorite quotes:

"Money's not really that important, in and of itself, is it? ... It's what you do with it that counts."

"(She was) a quite, gentle woman with a bottomless heart, who lived like a real Christian instead of just acting like one."

I highly recommend this read to anyone in the mood for a page-turner and a great story!


ariel said...

Atta girl! Show those boys whats up! Glad to hear you were running the table and make girls everywhere proud. :) I was sorry to see the Titans lose yesterday, it was an ugly loss! There were bad calls but those wouldn't have mattered without all the turnovers. The titans practically handed them the ball, so sad! Then to follow it up I watched the Panthers do the same thing but they had less turnovers and lost by WAY worse. Now I dont know who to cheer for!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I am so glad that you got to be a part of poker night and that you won ;)!

We won't even talk about the game but I think everyone knows how all of us fans feel...GRR!

Again, the book was perfect for our first read ;). It definitely made me think twice about not saving my change.

Betsy said...

You are so cool playing poker with the guys! You go girl!

I definitely want to read that book when I get a minute. It must be really good if Megan finished it in two sittings!

Lauren said...

I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for putting the group together.