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!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sick day...

Not feeling all that well today, and neither is Chris (rare, because he has an immune system made of steel) so we decided to take the day off work together to rest and get better. I am at his house now, relaxing and being reminded how much daytime tv sucks.
One thing that I have remembered as I am going stir crazy, but don't really have energy to do much, is that I have neglected my blog. So as Chris dozes and watches Band of Brothers, I have decided to update the blog! There is probably a lot I need to update, but at the moment I have little inspiration as far as something to write about so I chose a recent picture and someone that always cheers me up... Lily!

Here she is! Assistant basketball coach/cheer leader and cutie pie! :-) Always happy, always loving, always kind and compassionate! Big girl, big time, who walks herself into school every day up that long sidewalk, big stairs, and through those giant double doors all on her own without a thought or a backwards glance! Ms. Independent who wants to dress herself, pick out her own clothes, read to us without help, do things like crack eggs and help cook in the kitchen all by herself! We hear a lot of, "I can do it!" and nothing is better to hear that her growing her independence! She has created a job chart for her dad and for me and she keeps tabs on everyone! She has all but kicked her finger sucking habit which she only indulges in when she goes to bed at night (at her dad's at least), she has become the good manners police and the pick up/clean up monitor! She loves "teaching" how to sing songs, spell words, and just about anything else. She loves hide-and-go seek. Sher loves arts and crafts and making things and surprises! She loves putting stickers on her job chart and it is a rare occasion that she doesn't get one! She is one talented, precious girl! I sure do love her and her daddy very very much! And so, on a day when I'm not feeling too swell, I can think of them, and smile.
Now, her daddy! I know where she gets so many of her qualities because he is the most kind, compassionate person I have ever met! He reminds me a lot of my dad because he has such a huge heart and always tries to do what is right and just. He puts others before himself almost to a fault! He values family and he loves his daughter more than I have ever seen anyone love something/someone! He is generous with his time. He is an amazing coach and has a heart for those kids that won't quit! He is funny and it doesn't matter what mood I'm in, how bad I feel, or how frustrated I am, he can ALWAYS make me laugh! He loves to play and be silly... just a few days ago we had a 2 on 1 wrestling match right in his living room floor (me and Lily lost, but we all laughed so hard all three of us almost wet our pants). It's that spontaneous spirit and that ability to always have fun that I admire and love! We can talk for long hours or say nothing at all and both be in total peace! He's an amazing man with an amazing little girl and they have both enriched my life beyond words!
So there's an update for the blog. A little something that will, in the very least, make me smile while I'm feeling puny! I hope you all have people this special in your life to brighten your day!


Megan L Hutchings said...

A very sweet post! Let me say that every word is true and that I know w/out a doubt that you enrich their lives too!!!!

Betsy said...

Aww...I'm sorry you're not feeling well!! That is not fun. But it IS a little more fun to share a sick day with someone you love!! He sounds like a keeper! :)