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, December 15, 2010

The Christmas Spirit!

We have been VERY busy getting into the Christmas Spirit!!!

We made our annual gingerbread house!  This is always fun, but Lily starts taking it apart to eat just about as soon as we get it put together!  :-)

We went to Chris' parents for their annual "baking day" and made all kinds of Christmas confections!

I'm pretty sure Lily ate as much or more than she actually made, lol.

We spend a lot of time at Chris' house and that is where Lily is, so instead of decorating two houses we combined all our decorations and decorated his house together as a "family."
Some of my Christmas favorites are these little dancing guys from Hallmark!  There is a Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, and Elf and they all tap dance together to different songs!  They are so cute and so fun!  Lily loves playing with them too!

Holiday Bayberry is my most favorite "Christmas" scent for Yankee Candle!  I keep this thing burning almost 24-7... it just smells like the season!  Yankee candles truly are the best!
We put up Chris' tree and Lily put on the star!  I love this picture!  Lily's PJs are on inside out and backward because we were trying for a snow day.... and we got it!!!!

And the sweetest part of all...

After we put their tree up, I made a comment that the holidays were even more fun with the three of us together, but that I was going to miss putting up my tree and all my ornaments.  A few minutes later, Chris told me and Lily to put on our shoes and coats!  He loaded us up and drove around the corner to my house, loaded up my tree and ornaments and off we went!  We now have BOTH of our trees up in the living room!  He is so amazing!  I love this man!