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, July 7, 2009

Holiday Weekend...

I had THE best 4th of July weekend EVER! It was so much fun for so many reasons! This is always a fun weekend because it's the one BIG get-together that my parents throw every year! I love it because you always see family and friends at Thanksgiving and Christmas in the middle of winter, but my mom and dad use the 4th to celebrate with everyone in the middle of the summer!

Perhaps the BIGGEST thrill of the weekend was my sister's arrival from Montana on Wednesday! I haven't seen her in person in a VERY long time so I was super excited that she flew down for the 4th! Mama came up Tuesday to my house and we visited Megan and Web and hung out. Then, Wednesday we piddled around town until it was time to pick Sarah up at the airport and then we headed to dinner at Ahart's pizza! Afterwards it was SO very nice outside that we decided to do something spontaneous that would allow us to spend some time outside... golfing!

Okay, so Mom and Sarah didn't actually golf! This was there very first time ever on a golf course! :-) But Chris and I golfed and they drove around in the cart laughing and having a big time! It was a WONDERFUL night with a cool breeze!!

We had a lot of fun! Chris answered a lot of questions about golf. Mom and Sarah had a great time driving around! It was a activity for a warm summer evening!!!

Sarah couldn't resist! She had to get out of the cart and give it a try! We had fun just knocking it around! :-)
On Thursday evening after a day of shopping Franklin that morning, we headed to Chattanooga! We went straight to Couch's of course to get our BBQ fix! :-) Afterwards we just relaxed at mom and dad's.
On Friday we had afternoon tea with Sarah Marie and Bentlee! That was so fun. Then we ran errands and headed to Couch's for dinner again! Sarah Marie and Bentlee met Mom, Sarah, and I at Couch's! Ken and Dad were already there working and we were also joined by Chris and Lily who drove down from the 'boro to hang out for the holiday weekend! After dinner it was back to Mom and Dad's to hit the pool! We had the best time!! :-)
Saturday was THE BIG celebration! Mom and Dad set up badminton, the horseshoe pit, corn hole, and ladder golf, just to name a few things! ALL of the family on both sides and many friends are invited to come out at any point during the day to relax, swim, play games and then enjoy a big spread of dips, dishes, burgers, and dogs with home made ice cream for dessert! The night is capped off with a BIG-TIME fireworks show! It was such a fun day! It always is....

These two are DOUBLE TROUBLE! lol. They have such a big time playing together... I don't know how they were still awake for the fireworks! :-)

Lily and Bentlee riding bikes! The fun was endless, I'm telling you! They had a blast playing all day!!!

And lastly, a picture of Sarah Ellen with Bentlee and lily! Doesn't get much more 4th of July than light-up, sparkly, tiaras! :-) Thanks Aunt Sarah!
It was one heck of a celebration! I thank God that I am a citizen of the United States of America and I thank the many service men and women for making it such a safe and wonderful place to call home! :-)


Amanda Ledford said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday weekend! I'm also so glad I ran into you at Walmart! You really don't ever know who you just might see there!!!

Valerie said...

It was a great week spent with family and friends. I'm ready to start it all over again today! Love you!

Betsy said...

That sounds like such a great time. I'm glad your sister got to come!! I really would like to learn how to play golf sometime. That seems like a fun and relaxing sport.

Megan L Hutchings said...

It truly was the perfect weekend for my dear friend :)! I love all of the pics of Lils and Bent...such sweet friends and gals.

Lauren said...

I love your mom's haircut! And your golf outfit! :)

I think Lil and Bent might be the cutest girls ever. I can only imagine all of the fun they had.

Sarah said...

It was an amazing week for me! I had such fun and agree with Mom. LEts start it all over now!
Mom and Dad are coming to see me in October! Maybe you can come sometime sooon too!
Thanks for all the thrills!