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!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ready Or Not...

...Here I Come Stay

Tuesday began my journey into the world of stay-at-home mommy-hood.  It wasn't how Chris and I would have planned it exactly, but sometimes God has things in store for us that we cannot imagine!  So here I am, at home. 
 When the possibility of me staying home first presented itself, I was filled with warm and sweet memories of my Mama staying home with us as kids!  I immediately decided that my little family will begin every day with a healthy and lovingly prepared breakfast!  Tuesday, I started with fresh strawberry, yogurt, and granola parfait.

It is still Lily's "last week of summer" even though Chris has returned to work!  In the spirit of last hoo-rahs I tried to line up some fun stuff for Lily this week!  We left the house a little early on our way to meet Chris on his lunch break so that we could pick up Lily's friend Elizabeth!  We took her to lunch with us at Sal's Pizza Buffet!  YUMMY!  I got to see so many of my teacher friends and catch up on how the first day of in-service went and Lily and "E," as she calls her, got to sit at their very own table!!

Lily, Elizabeth, and I returned home to lots of giggles and the fun commenced!  As any HOT good last week of summer break day should be, it was filled with fun.  Games of Twister, American Girl Dolls, karaoke, and a brief, too hot, game of soft ball in the back yard.

Chris got to come home only briefly before he had to head back out to Football practice, so Lily and I were on our own for dinner.  I learned TWO menu plan lessons today!!  Lesson #1: Always leave room for leftovers on the weekly plan!  (Mom, I know you are SHOCKED that I am voluntarily eating leftovers... it's amazing what living on a budget will do to a person, lol)  I had every intention of making those enchiladas tonight, but our fridge is overflowing with leftovers and we literally don't have room for any more!  LOL.  Lesson #2:  Start dividing and freezing large recipes (i.e. Chicken Casserole can feed us almost 3 meals if I would freeze a portion).  (Mom, I know you have been telling me this for years! LOL.  Now I'm ready to freeze, baby, bring it on!)  Very long story, not so short, I opted for leftovers and Lily for one of her recent favorites, "breakfast."  Breakfast means boiled eggs and a biscuit... which is funny because I NEVER fix boiled eggs for breakfast, but whatever makes my little princess happy and gets her eating some protein.

Overall it was a great last Tuesday of Summer for Lily and a somewhat interesting and bittersweet first Tuesday of staying home for me.  :-)


Sarah said...

learning to like leftovers is a budget friendly thing to do. Freezing parts of the meals is a marvelous way to learn to like left overs b/c you can post pone eating them for such a length of time that they no longer seem like left overs! I'm so glad your getting the opportunity to stay home with the kids. It will probably feel tight and strained at times, but just remember that God provides for all our needs.

B Brasch said...

I am very excited for you Meagan! Staying at home can be difficult but is a blessing I will always be thankful for! I will never look back and wish I had been at work instead of with my girls. Sending love your way.....!!

Sarah B. said...

Leftovers = next day's lunch!

I have lots of freezer cooking ideas I can share with you. . . it makes life so much easier!

Healthy breakfast? You've got me beat! My boys usually get cereal & a banana. . . although the cereal is typically organic :o)

Great job, mama!

Valerie said...

You've heard me say this many time: I do not regret one single day I was home with ya'll! I cherish even now every single moment I got to spend with my little ones (and even when ya'll were not so little :) ) You will not miss anything 20 years from now except the constant presence of your babies. Whatever you have to do without is worth it. Love ya'll.