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, April 20, 2011

April Shower Free Days...

We have had our fair share of April showers this year... in fact, we have had quite a few violent storms.  But we have also had some beautiful shower-free days!  This past weekend was one of those and boy, did we enjoy it!  We took full advantage to soak up some sun and do some outside activities!

We started with some bike riding!  Lily is such a cautious  one!  She is very focused on her bike and is careful to peddle slowly and any time she gains even the tiniest big of speed she slows to a stop and starts over! LOL!  It's almost painful watching her because we want her to give in and go fast and enjoy it, but we know she'll get there!  Our goal is no training wheels by the end of summer!  :-)

After bike riding out front, we headed to the back yard to play with a little glider she got.  That led to made up games and cartwheels (yes her daddy and I also did some cartwheels - not pictured, lol)  And then we made a fascinating discovery.

I grabbed up a plastic bat from the garage and a makeshift paper-wrapped-in-tape ball and we decided to give "coach pitch" a try.  Lily has never tried softball, but after attending a practice with her cousin Bentlee, she decided she wanted to play!  She has done soccer, dance, and golf, but really hasn't landed on anything specific that she loves and wants to do again the following year.

Well, it turns out that our little girlie-girl is a natural with a bat and a ball!  The very first time Chris pitcher her the ball (the first time she has every been pitched to in her life) she knocked it over my head and apologized! lol.  Chris and I were beyond enthusiastic and it caught!  She got so excited!

We ended up getting make shift bases out and having a little family soft ball game!  Lily loved every second, she didn't want to go in!  We practically had to drag her out of the back yard!  She is signed up for One Goal coach pitch and we can't wait for it go begin at the end of May!  :-)  In the mean time we'll keep enjoying the back yard "field" and the beautiful spring weather!


Sarah said...

I can totally see her as a soft ball player! Sounds like loads of fun enjoying the outdoors. Enjoy your rain. We are once again driving through snowy weather tonight. I'd trade you for the rain. Let me know when your ready to make the swap.