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, February 8, 2009

Another Birthday Weekend...

This weekend was full of birthday fun!

Friday night my mom drove up to have a birthday weekend with me. Our birthdays are exactly a week apart (mine last Wednesday, hers this coming Wednesday), so we always celebrate together!

Friday night we went to Miller's Grocery in Christiana, Tn (just up the road about 20 minutes).

Here is what it looks like inside. It used to be a grocery/general store for 75 years! It sits right beside the railroad tracks and reminds me SO MUCH of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Fried Green Tomatoes!

They have some country cookin' and live bluegrass music on the weekends! It was a great dinner!
After dinner mom and I ran to Hobby Lobby and to Target and then home to relax and watch the movie The Lake House.
On Saturday morning we got up and went to Megan and Web's new home to visit. Then we had a wonderful lunch at Olive Garden and ran to the Avenue for a bit. With me not being 100% healthy, I petered out pretty quick and we came home for a nap before we went to the Rutherford County Basketball Championship game where my boys won!!!! The Central Tigers are #1 in the county and next week participate in the Regionals! This means extra work for me with cheer, but I am so proud of our team, so I don't mind!
Mom headed home Saturday after the game and a pizza at Ahart's and I spent the rest of the night resting up. Saturday night was the firts full night of sleep that I got in 3 nights, so that was WONDERFUL and I was so thankful to sleep long and hard! I woke up this morning feeling like a new person, and that's a good thing because I had more birthday to tend to!!
At 1:00 I hopped on over to the Discovery Center here in town for Vance's 2nd Birthday party!

It was so much fun! Here is Vance blowing out his birthday candles...

And here he is opening gifts! His sugar rush kicked in just in time and he got SOOOO excited!
Vance was precious! After each gift he would say, "Woah!!!!" "OOoooo" or "WoW!!!!" Then he'd squeel and hop up and run around with the gift until we could get his attention back on another gift!
The Discovery Center was the perfect place for a birthday party! There is SOOO much to see and do there! The kids had a blast running around...

Above: Me and D-word... he was such a big boy and had so fun exploring!!!

Chris and Lily... she had a great time painting, playing in the water exhibit, and running around! She even got to pet a snake!

The three amigos (plus D-word). :-) Moo looks adorable with her baby-bump! These are my two favorite mommies in the whole world! I hope to be half the mommy they are one day!

Here's a group shot of Megan, Web, Vance, Chris (who Vance is named after, by the way) and Lily!
It was a WONDERFUL birthday and GREAT day all around!!!!
How was your weekend?


Megan L Hutchings said...

I am so glad that I got to see you twice this weekend ;)! Thank you for bringing your mom out b/c I love her so much!!! She is such a joy ;)!

Thank you for coming to Vance's party too! Having my galz there means everything!!!

p.s. I am SO PROUD of Central!

Betsy said...

That sounds like a great weekend! The place where you had your birthday dinner looks so cool. I love little places like that! Good food and some bluegrass music? That's what I'm talkin' about!! :)

Vance's party looks so sweet. He's such a cutie pie!

ariel said...

wow sounds like another great weekend! glad you got to feeling better. you definitley look great! esp in that pink shirt, such a great color for you. :)

Sarah said...

always fun! Looks like a great weekend. Lily sure is growing fast! She's such a pretty girl!

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday!! Looks like all had a wonderful weekend!

Leigh Ann said...

What birthday fun. I hope you had a great birthday! That general store does look like the one if FGT! Vance's party looked like a blast!