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!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fun filled weekend...

This weekend was packed to the brim with fun weekend activities!!! Friday was a work day, of course, but I had a lot more play in my day than I did work. My principal, our book keeper, and myself went to Cookin' To Build at the Civic Plaza to represent our school! It's a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and we have many students who have benefited from their services! We entered my principals "Tiger Kitchen Soup" (a sweet version of Vegetable Beef Soup that was OH so yummy)! I was convinced we would come in first, but we didn't make the cut! We came in second though, to my good friend Gina! Megan was so sweet to set our spot in the shade between her husband's booth and Gina and Virgil's booth! I think it was great to help a good cause and good PR for our school... plus I got to get out of the classroom and into the community for a day and visited with friends while doing it! All around it was a wonderful day, capped off by dinner out Chris and Lily - you can't beat that!

Saturday brought a little housework... but the kind I like! Laundry, dishes, little things! It was a beautiful day! After lunch Me, Chris, and Lily headed to Lily's friend Caroline's birthday! SO. MUCH. FUN! It was at one of Lily's most favorite places in all the world - the " 'scovery" Center (as she says.... yeah, so cute!)!! They had the usual cupcakes and ice cream, then some gift opening. Followed by dress up and a treasure hunt. The real fun, however, came when they turned them loose to go play! I think Lily and her friends went down the giant slide 30 times if they went once!
The slide twists from the second floor down to the first, so she spent the better part of two hours climbing stairs and sliding down!! :-) After she was pooped from that, she settled down in the art area to paint! Check out the concentration!
After the Discovery Center, we headed to our friend Beth's to relax on her patio and catch up for a while. It was so nice to be outside because the day was SO beautiful! Beth has a trampoline and so me and Lily tried it out! She's never been on one before and it was a blast! (We were SUPER cautious, by the way, because they can be dangerous!)
As you can see, she took to it pretty quick! lol

1st time on a trampoline!!! :-)

You should have seen the static in her hair after all that jumping! lol. TOO. FUN! After playing so hard we were all starving! We met Chris' family at Cracker Barrel for dinner and had a WONDERFUL time! The dinner was in appreciation of our helping them through the remodel process, but really we were just glad to get together and visit and enjoy dinner together!!
And Sunday was....

Daddy's day! :-) A day of football and family and fun! Chris' parents came over for lunch and the football game as well as his brother and sister and their significant others and our friend Donnie! We have done this several Sundays over the past few weeks and it is becoming quite the tradition! Today it was SO nice outside that we opened all the windows and enjoyed the day while we enjoyed to company!
And one last thing.....

... about that "daddy" that I mentioned! He's amazing and wonderful to me! How many men do you know that would do this? That's right, ladies... he loves painting my toe nails for me! I am so blessed to have him! And for the record, in case you can't tell.... he does a REALLY GOOD JOB and rubs my feet to boot! :-) Life. Is. Good.


Megan L Hutchings said...

What a wonderful weekend!!!

I am so glad that you guys participated in Cookin' last week. It was so.much.fun!!!

I love the pics of Lily on the trampoline. She is such a great gal with a kind and adventurous heart!

Betsy said...

Hang on to him, Meagan! Any man who will paint your toenails is a keeper!!! :)

LeeLee and B said...

Two words for Lilly - awesome. toetouch.