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!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I do love a good salad. In fact there are so many salads that are among my favorites, it's hard to pick just one. Lately I have been really keen of Caesar salads. Chicken Salad is always a favorite, and pasta salad, Mmmm!

My mom always says that for some reason salad is always better when someone else prepares it! Do you agree? I always have agreed with that. It seems when you get a salad out or if someone fixes a salad at their home for you, it always just seems a little better than a salad you make yourself.

I have landed on a favorite, however, that prepared at home is a favorite. It think I love it so much because I have fallen for Ken's Caesar Dressing... it really does make the salad. I have been making a romaine salad with a little Parmesan, kalamata olives, and a few croutons. It's just hitting the spot these days!

While I am prattling about salad, I thought I would share my most favorite summer pasta salad recipe:

Simple tomato basil pasta salad:
cherry tomatoes, halved
fresh basil, chopped
Parmesan cheese

So summery and fresh and light! Try it some time!