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, January 29, 2010

The Word

One of my goals for 2010 was to spend more time in the Word. I could go on and on about the power of spending time in the word and have always known it was important and depending on my stage in life have been faithful to spending time there and sometimes not so much. It is my goal to be consistent in this. This is an area for growth in my life, but I have committed to at least focus and pray over a verse a day. In our day and time there are so many modern conveniences. Not that God has to be or even needs to be convenient, but I do love the many resources in which you can find Him these days. One of those being WayFM - my favorite radio station! Their website (and the station) has a verse that is the "Word on the Way" each day. I have spent time reading and praying about these verses each day! I have used Word on the Way before. When Chris and I were just best friends I sent him a verse and a prayer each day to get him through some really tough times and continue today to share verses and prayers. Anyway, for those of you who don't know of that resource I thought I would share it! If you ever find yourself consumed at work and needing to draw near to God, google "Word on the Way" and you'll have a verse in not time! I confess that I do not always have my Bible by my side, but I am never more than a moment from Internet access. :-)