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, July 8, 2011

Water Babies...

After years of working every summer, all summer, Chris decided at the beginning of this summer that we would take 2 weeks off!  No work, all play!  This afforded us to take a "vacation" like no other.  Chris had the idea to take several "mini" trips that we have talked about doing!!  One of those little mini vacay moments was to spend some quality time in Chattanooga with my family!  Lily has be dying to spend some time (and the night) with Bentlee and I have been dying for some time at the pool with my Mama!  That is exactly what we both got last week!

We set aside an entire day of "just us girls" at the pool!
Here I am swimming with Lily and Bentlee!

Mom "Grandmommy" with her three grand babies!
Lily, Kenslee, and Bentlee

I can't even tell you how much fun these girls have with their Grandmommy!

Kenslee is a busy busy girl!  She is ready to walk, but won't let go quite yet!  She had fun in the sun with the big girls too!

 Even in the 90 degree plus heat, "Bent" and "Lil, "as they call each other, insisted on a quick dip in the hot tub!  (I know, I know, kids aren't supposed to get into hot tubs.  We had the temp turned down to bath water though and only allowed them to stay for a quick 5 minute dip!)

There was lots of diving board jumping...

...and even a few "shows." 

The biggest accomplishment of the day... drum roll please... Lily finally ditched the floaty!  YAY!  She's a swimmer now!  Deep-end-to-diving-board, she can do it all!

Swimming sure does wear you out though!  :-)

Lily slept all the way home back to Murfreesboro and I understand Bentlee was quite the cranky pants at softball practice, but it was totally worth a day in the sun splashing away!


Betsy said...

I love days at the pool. Your mom's pool looks so nice! That is my dream...to have a pool in my backyard one day. :) Fun times!!

Allyson said...

So glad you got to do all your mini vacations all together! And I love how the 3 grandkids names all end with the "ee" sound! So cute!