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, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas 2009 might just be the best Christmas yet for me! I have so much to update you on that I thought I would do it using pictures (shocker, I know) so you have a lot to look at, but hopefully not a ton to read! :-)

Christmas Eve:

Every year we have brunch on Christmas Eve with my Dad's side of the family! It's a large group of people with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins... the whole bit! We always have a WONDERFUL spread at brunch and then do Dirty Santa! It's so much fun. Here are (from left to right) my brother Ken, his wife Sarah (expecting), Dad, Bentlee, Mom, my sister Sarah, her husband Malcolm, me, and Chris.

Bentlee stole the show as always! She was ADORABLE in her Christmas dress!!

More family photos and (below) a shot of just the girls!

After brunch, gifts, and visiting, we always head back to mom and dad's to RELAX, nap, play, and hang out. We open gifts and mom cooks Christmas dinner...

Christmas Day:

Chris and I headed back from Chattanooga Christmas Eve night and went to his parents for a while to visit and help put some things together. Christmas morning we had a quiet relaxing time and opened gifts from each other and had breakfast together. Then around noon we headed out to pick up Lily and go to his parents house for Christmas there!

LOVE this picture! These two are SO MUCH ALIKE! And they couldn't love each other more if they wanted to!

Family fun opening gifts and playing with them and visiting!

Me and my prince charming!

Lily anxiously awaiting her turn to open!

Chris' dad gave his mom and lovely necklace!

Lily got a kitchen! I LOVE the kitchen, we saw it at Sam's and told his parents about it and they decided to get it for her for Christmas! It looks ADORABLE in her room!

Do you see Santa?

Day after Christmas:

Lily fell asleep Christmas night, so waking up at her Daddy's the day after Christmas she had a whole other visit from Santa to deal with! I got the call EARLY to come over cause she couldn't wait to get to all those gifts...

Overall it was a magical Christmas and I enjoyed every moment!

I am still enjoying playing with all the new stuff and spending time in doing


Megan L Hutchings said...

Tears...of pure happiness for you!

I love the pictures and how your family is really coming together :)!

I hope we can have a day for us galz to catch up on the festivities and each other!

Sarah said...

Great pictures Meag.Can you send me the ones of our family? I didn't get any. It was a great Christmas and so much fun to be there with you all. Hopefully we will be back soon, and you and Chris can stay longer.
Love you

Betsy said...

Those pictures are so great!!! It looks like ya'll had so much fun! Bentley is so beautiful in her little Christmas dress!

Enjoy your time off. Isn't it great not having to work for two weeks!??

LeeLee and B said...

I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful Christmas - you truly deserve it! I hope you have a wonderful New Year, too!