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, October 29, 2009

Other Halloween Happenings....

This past Sunday we attended our church's Fall Festival complete with trunk-or-treating, blow up jumps and slides, games, and pumpkin painting! It was SO. MUCH. FUN! Lily had a blast and stuffed her little mouth with everything sweet she could find! :-)
Trunk-or-Treating was as new concept to me and it was a great idea! Each Sunday school class and some of the church couples brought cars, trucks, and even Harley's and parked them in rows with the trunks, beds, and saddle bags open and decorated! The kids then went from car to car trunk-or-treating! So cute!! Ann and Scott had a car there and we stopped in to see them...
...and of course Melody and Lily had to climb in and play for a while! They love seeing each other and I thought it was especially cute that they both had costumes with wings!

Scott and Ann were fun to see and visit as always! Scott is one of Chris' closest friends and we just love him to pieces! Getting to know his family better this year has been a joy!

Lily LOVES Scott! His last name is Kinney and so all his buds at work, us included, have nick named him "Skinny" which Lily thinks is funny, so now she calls him Skinny too! It's so funny and cute hearing her little voice call his name!!

Their other daughter Robin was there too! Can you guess who she is??? That's right, it's Little Red "Robin" hood! :-)

We spent the most time at the bouncy play things! Lily went down the slides and in the bouncy things over and over and over again! It was so well organized and spread out that there was very little waiting and lots and lots of playing! It was wonderful!

And, being Thumbelina (because it was pink and had wings) she twirled and spun and shrieked and played! She ran across the field saying, "Look Daddy, I can fly!" at the perfect time of day when the sun was streaming down! It was so precious!

Here are the three of us! She is being silly, and it's no wonder after that sugar!

I'll just call this one, "Sugar High!" She was a SILLY LILY for the rest of the afternoon!!!! But, she was the prettiest Thumbelina ever in the whole wide world!
Yesterday we decided to carve pumpkins! It was so much fun! I love the fall and carving pumpkins is just part of it! This made Halloween week official for me...

Nothing like ooey gooey hand full of pumpkin guts to ring in the Halloween holiday! :-)
Daddy takes his pumpkin carving seriously!!!!! He worked much harder and longer than Lily and I! He gets all the credit for the beautiful pumpkins...

I thought they turned out great!! While carving, Chris commented that he had never had toasted pumpkin seeds! I have as a kid and wasn't a fan, but I figured I'd attempt to toast some and we could all try! I washed and dried two batches and baked them up... some with sugar and cinnamon and some simply salted!

Turns out... we don't like them! lol. Now we know! They tasted mostly like pop-corn, but not nearly as fun to eat! :-) Hope you're having as much fall fun as we are!!!!


Sarah said...

What can I say? That first picture of Lily is beautiful and by far one of my favorites of all I've seen in the last months.
Trunch-or-Treat is a brilliant idea! I love it!
The pumpkins are marvelous! Such tallent! Who knew?

Lauren said...

That is the best picture of Lily. Ever.

I love the matching Titleist hats!!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I love the collage of Lily "flying" and the first pic is just priceless!!!

Chris reminds me so much of Web when it comes to carving pumpkins...very methodical!!!

Lindsay said...

We love seeds over here, but never thought of cinn. and sugar! nummmm.

Great job on the pumpkins girl! and those dancing pics rock.