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, March 12, 2010


Without my computer, I have read quite a bit lately! I am not a bit TV watcher! Besides sports (and let's face it, until the tournaments started this week there really hasn't been much on), and my two favorites: Gray's and Private Practice, I rarely even turn the TV on... except for some Saturday morning Food Network. The lack of my computer allowed me to get some reading done and although I missed the computer terribly, I enjoyed catching up on my reading! I finished this book (it was our book group book this month):

This book was phenomenal. I will consider it one of my all time favorites probably for life. A couple of ladies in my book group proclaimed that it was life-changing. It is my firm belief that every woman should read it! It's one of those books that has a different impact depending on the stage of life you are in and therefore I will likely read it again, or maybe even a couple of times. It's a short biography that can be read in just a few days. Must. Read.

After finishing A Year By The Sea, I started this James Patterson book:

I have it on audio and I started it when I left for a little lake trip (more on that in my next post!). I have NEVER been able to successfully complete an audio book. I find my focus wonders when I don't actually have the book in my hand! However, this book has had my full attention (slightly scary since I listen to it while driving, lol). Chris turned me on to James Patterson a few years ago and I love his books. I was on a kick where I read several, but after a while I needed a change. This is the first one I've "read" in a long time and I was reminded of how I love his work! It grabs you from the start and pulls you along! I have even been taking the long way home a lot so I can listen a little bit longer!

It was totally coincidental that both books were set on the east coast on a beach! ...but it did get me ready for this:

In just a matter of days Chris, Lily, and I will join our friends Patrick, Amanda, and their baby Beckett at this lovely beach house on Tybee Island! I have posted on Tybee before as it is one of my favorite places in the world! I have been to Tybee/Savannah many times! As a little girl, a bigger girl, a teenager, a grown up, on girls trips and family trips... I have always loved that place! I am so excited to get to share with Chris and Lily and can't wait to post pictures and tell you all about it!


Lauren said...

I loved the book...it's one that really makes you think.

That beach house looks so cute...I hope y'all have a great time!!

Sarah said...

No fair! Oh how wonderful another girls trip to Tybee would be...just you, me, and Mom.

I'll have ot look your book up. I'm always up for a wonderful reading experience.