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 15, 2010

You can't beat...

...a good cookbook! I got The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook for Christmas from my sister! What a great gift! I have already cooked a couple things from the book and both were huge successes!!!! I highly recommend her book!

The best part in any good cookbook or recipe...
"I love it when you cook... you make the best food of anybody!" ~Lily
"I want to help! I love chef-ing with you!!!" ~Lily
"I look in the pantry and see nothing, then you go in the kitchen and the next thing I know we have a wonderful dinner! You're amazing" ~Chris
:-) So fulfilling!
...a girl's very first Easy Bake Oven!
I remember baking cookies, brownies, and cakes with a light bulb! LOL!!! :-) It doesn't get much better, seriously! Lily was SO proud to bake some "surprise" cookies for her Daddy! We sure do LOVE to pamper him!!!! ;-) (and I must say he certainly pampers us too!!!)
3. Antique refrigerator ware!
I inherited from my mother a love of dishes and glass containers! I have always LOVED antique refrigerator ware.... primitive Tupperware, if you will. Funny thing is, I am very specific! I like the kind my granny had. Clear glass. Ribbed. Veggies etched on the lid. I can easily find refrigerator ware in just about any antique mall, but finding the specific type I want is near to impossible! Mom, however, ran across a set and got it for me for Christmas!! :-)

I got two square containers and one rectangle and I LOVE them!!! I mean REALLY love them! Of course, you could buy me ANYTHING for the kitchen and I would love it.... but I especially love these since they have both sentimental value AND functionality! :-) Can't beat that!
And last, but not least: Quotes from the coolest 5 year old I know... LILY!
"Whew! That stinks... someone hit a STUNK!" :-) (stunk = skunk)
"Our defense runs a 2-3 zone, but sometimes we do man-to-man." (Think she likes coachin' with her Daddy?)
"Daddy, your eyes look green tonight... but the middle of your eye... the center of your pupil, is black." (yeah... she's 5! I didn't know what a pupil was until I was in, like, middle school!)
"That's a parody, it's kind of like a joke." (Again, FIVE... thank you Lord for magnet schools!)
"Daddy, your Tweetie bird. I'm Silvester. Meagan, you be the Lady!" (acting out old episodes of Loony Toons... imagination... gotta love it!)


Sarah said...

1. cooked a couple of PW's recipes and loved them. Glad you like your book too
2. love the ref. ware! I love that stuff. I didn't remember Granny having any specifically, so its cool that you considering your younger.
3. Lily, always a hoot! Love that kid, even if I only have met her once.
And feeling relieved that our youngsters, especially that young, even know what Looney Toons are! I thought Bugs and his pals had become extinct and a whole generation was missing out on "real" and "good" cartoons! Thank you for brightening my day!

Leigh Ann said...

I have never heard of "refrigerator ware" but I sure do like it! How much better that must be for you than putting food in all that plastic! I bet you are the best cook. Wish we could come over for dinner. ;)

Megan L Hutchings said...

I am so glad you got that cookbook! You will have to share your favorite recipes with us galz :)!

I just love it when the kiddos say things so honestly, so genuinely, and with so much imagination!

Betsy said...

Ooooo...that refrigerator ware is so pretty!

Oh, and I tried Pioneer Woman's guacamole this weekend and it was amazing!! The recipes I've tried so far I have really liked!

Lily is such a cutie pie! She seems very smart. :)