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, June 17, 2009

A quote and a ticket...

I was reading lovely Leigh Ann's blog and saw her post entitled, "Perspective." I thought it was a beautiful post when I read it and viewed the video that accompanied it. You can click here to read it yourself, which I strongly recommend!

Anyway, the day after I read her blog I started my new book, The Noticer! Ironically, the quote on the front of the book says, "Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective." And that, is just what the book is about... perspective.

I am only on chapter four of the book and I am enjoying it so much. It's a great story with some great perspective changing and thought provoking moments! So far a couple of good quotes include:

"What would you think if I told you that, yes, your bad choices and decisions have had a part in your ending up (where you are), but beyond that, (where you are) is exactly where you should be in order for a future to occur that you can't even imagine at this point?"


"...everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you'll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on the top of a mountain... It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life's next peak."

And now for a total change of subject...

I got a ticket yesterday!!!!! I haven't had a ticket since I was 18, lol. I was going down Medical Center (if you are from Murfreesboro, you know there is ALWAYS a speed trap there!!!!) and not paying attention. He got me going 53 in a 40... it is only the straightest, wide open, 4 lane highway in town!! Anyway, he cut me some slack and lowered it to 49 in a 40 and let me off with a warning... BUT... here is the kicker, or at least the part I KICK and KICK and KICK myself over... I got a ticket for not having proof of valid insurance! Are you kidding me?!?!? Do I have insurance, you might ask? Why, yes I do! The same policy that I have had since I was 16, I believe. That has NEVER lapsed and is ALWAYS paid on time and has been lowered because of my spotless record! Why, you might ask, then, did you get a ticket? Because MY proof of valid insurance was recently mailed to me and was neatly sitting in plain sight next to my calendar on my kitchen counter SO I WON'T FORGET TO PUT IT IN THE CAR!!!! :-) Nice, right? Oh well. I go to court in August and he said it would be dismissed when I showed my proof of insurance. What a pain! Lesson learned!!! My proof of insurance is now secure in my CAR where is belongs, lol! :-)


Sarah said...

That's ok....as Sugarland's new song says..."It Happens." I got a ticket last fall in the semi haulin cows....70 in a 55 at 2:00 in the morning in the middle of NO WHERE Montana. Who'd of thought Mr. Local Sherrif was patrolling at that hour? Litterally....the middle of no where!

Betsy said...

Uuuggghhh!! So sorry, Meagan! That is NOT fun. I got two tickets in less than 18 months when my kids were little because I was always turned around dealing with something in the back seat and not realizing how fast I was going. I ended up having to hire an attorney to help me out so I wouldn't lose my license!! And I consider myself a safe driver!!! I feel your pain. ;)

Lauren said...


Where is J.D. when you need him?? ;)

I love the new layout...so cute and so you.

I loved the book, too...it's got a lot of great lessons.