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!

Friday, September 25, 2009


Well, I survived homecoming week! It was hectic and crazy and cram-packed, but I survived and all I could think of this afternoon was my "homecoming" .... as in coming - home to my cozy house to rest and relax and recharge!

We played the Rockvale Ravens this week and beat 'em with a shut out! I was so proud!! We had a big Fall Festival type thing after the pep rally outside until game time, it was so much fun! MTSU brought over Lightening and their cheerleaders and dance team along with some fraternity and sorority step teams! There was popcorn and cotton candy! My cheer parents sold candy! We even had a ton of alumni from the old high school AND the middle school along with past principals (every one I have ever worked for) and family representatives of the deceased principals! It was a really neat night and week in general! It was special because it was the last ever "Central Middle School" homecoming as next year the school will be known as "Central Magnet School" and most of the teacher there, including me, will be at new middle schools in the county!

Lily decked out in her cheer uniform...

I'm sorry, but it doesn't get much cuter than that! I am SO thankful that my mom can sew! Every time someone asks where she got it, she says, "Grandmommy made it!
This week on a quest to fix quick meals, being that we were SOOOOO busy, I opted for hamburgers and later sandwiches on my new find....
If you have not tried these yet, you should! they are thin and kind of like pita bread, but whole wheat and softer. I can't really explain is, but they are really really really good and much better for you than "regular" bread. Like I said, we used them as bun substitutes and they were great and for sandwiches... also great! I even thought about making Cinnamon toast rounds with them!
Yesterday I was looking at one of these....

...and wondering what in the world we were doing! Neither Chris nor I know anything about soccer, but we were "stand in" coaches for our friend Patrick who was out to have his first baby! It was hot and bug infested.... we all three got ate up, and we lost the game! Guess we shouldn't try to coach soccer any time soon, lol.
And today was...

Crazy sock day at my school (we didn't participate because neither of us have crazy socks and we were focusing our efforts and thoughts more on...) funny feet day at Lily's school! I don't know about you, but I think these feet are pretty funny!!!!

All in all, this week has kicked my butt, but it's all been worth it. Especially when I got to come home today! Whew!


Lauren said...

Those flippy-flops and toes are hilarious!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I love Lily's little, crazy feet :)! She is so blessed to have you in her life!

Sarah said...

wow, that sounds like an awesome home coming festival, although sad that its the last. And also Lily is as always cute as a button, including her toes.