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!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Coolidge Park - Chattanooga

On our action packed Tuesday of the Chattanooga House Sitting Adventure Mini Vacation, we went to Coolidge Park after our visit to the Creative Discovery Museum! Coolidge park is so fun!

The first thing we did was go sit to sip sweet tea and sprite to cool us off on the warm day! Then we headed to the Carousel. The Coolidge Park Carousel is all hand-carved and has a very interesting history! You can click here to read about it!

Here are the girls posing on the Carousel at their own request! Future Superstars?

Here is Bentlee on the Carousel...

...and in front of the giant fan! Model??

And Lily on the Carousel! She wanted to sit on the bunny rabbit!

After the Carousel we walked across the lawn to the Coolidge Park Fountains! They are SO.MUCH.FUN! They have giant concrete animals that squirt water and big fountains that come out of the ground on a giant pad! The girls had a TON of fun while we watched from the shade! If you go on a week day it's not too crowded!

Here is Bentlee atop the water spraying elephant!

I call this one Booty-licious! :-) They are "doing their hair!"

They plopped down at the base of the horse and sat for ten straight minutes, no joke! They laughed, talked, pointed... I have no idea what they were talking about, but it was like watching to 25 year old women, not two 5 year old little girls. They were crackin' me up! I love their faces in this picture... I have no idea who or what they were looking at, but it was apparently shocking!

I love this sweet picture, but this next one is my favorite...

Pure. Summer. Bliss.

Two best friends having fun summer day playing in the water.... now THAT is hard to beat!


Allyson said...

Oh, good ol' Coolidge Park. Why couldn't they have had that when we were growing up?? The history of the carousel is fascinating! I had no idea!

Megan L Hutchings said...

My favorite is the two of them sitting down and just checking everything out. It looks like what we did when we went to Tybee Island!!!

Cindy J. said...

Hey I hate to be the bearer of creepiness, but 'Bentlee atop the water spraying elephant' is maybe more scandalous than ought to go on the internet... She's having a wardrobe malfunction in the uh, crotch area...

Betsy said...

Those pictures are the cutest things ever. Bentlee is just beautiful!

Kim said...

o.my.word! That fan picture and the booty picture and the 25 year olds picture all were too stinkin' funny! Especially the 25 year old picture! haha - I'm still laughing!