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!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Girls Trip 2011

Tis the season...

Every fall brings an annual girls trip that is much anticipated. This year was our 4th girls trip and we went to Asheville, NC and we loved every minute!

This first picture characterizes our trip to me.
It was sweet and indulgent.

This souffle is the single best dessert I have ever had in my life. No exaggeration. Not kidding.

This entire girls trip, actually, was characterized by really delightful dishes. We ordered carefully, enjoyed long, slow meals, and lingered over coffee, cider, and desserts.

As has become our preference, Megan found a wonderful mountain home to rent instead of a hotel room. It was tucked way back in the mountains of Asheville. Peaceful. This was the view from the front porch.

We of course had to document that baby girl was with us! Of all our girls trip, only one has been taken when one of the three of us wasn't carrying a baby on board! :-) A sweet part of this season of our lives... one day we will be taking girls trips and our babies will be grown.

It is so fun to get away with my two best girls and relax. We truly leave the world behind and spend our extended weekend focused on us. We talk very little of work and woes and more of life and laughs. We check in with our hubbys occasionally, but go largely uninterrupted on our well deserved vacation from everything.

It just so happened that while we were there, Kristah Lee (our most favorite and best of all photographers in the world - seriously) was there shooting a wedding at the Biltmore! We couldn't pass up the chance to see her, so we met for breakfast Sunday morning before she headed back to the boro. Fun side note - Krista and I got married the same weekend and are both expecting... she's due about a week before me, so it was fun to talk baby preparations with her and with advice from two of the best mommies I know, Moo and La.

It was another great trip with lots of love, laughter, and... pictures of course! Especially with Moo's latest purchase - check out that Rebel! (speaking of the camera, of course)

Next year, we will each turn 30 and we are planning and extra large, extra special version of our annual girls trip.

I. Can't. Wait.


Sarah said...

glad y'all had fun!

Allyson said...

So fun! I need to start this tradition with my girlfriends!!