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!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


After spending a day downtown with friends (see previous post), the rest of the weekend was spent at Mom and Dad's relaxing and catching up!  Despite the cool weather of the beginning of Fall, Lily decided to brave the pool!  She didn't even care that  no one went swimming with her!  Mom and I talked by the pool and watched as she played for the better part of two hours!  She even mastered the diving board and had to show off for her Daddy and Papaw!
She finally got cold and gave it up!  She was shivering by the time she finally got out!
She is such a little water bug, just like me!  :-)

We went with our Sunday tradition and had lunch at the Deli!  Lily, of course, had to ride in the T-Bird with the top down and Grandmommy obliged!  They had a grand time!

We got to see Kenslee at lunch!  She is such a little chunky monkey and looks nothing at all like Bentlee!  It is so funny!  She's the happiest little baby - content to chew on those fingers!
I got to feed her...
Did I mention that she is a chunky monkey?
I love her round little cheeks and rolly thighs!
Papaw's a sucker for his granddaughters!

Grandmommy making Kenslee smile!

And last, but not least, Chris and I walked up to the pond and did a little fishing... and guess who caught all the fish!?!?!  That's right, Me!  I got 4 or 5 bass.  Okay, I didn't catch ALL the fish.... he got a couple too!  But I still out-fished him!  And I even took one off the hook myself (a rare.... very rare, occurrence!)

I love a good weekend with my family!  So fun, so relaxing!