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, November 28, 2011

Menu Monday... and catching up!

Oh my goodness!
I feel so behind on.... everything!
It's amazing that even staying home I can be so busy.  I have been filling my time with getting ready for Ava Grace (via books and articles and DVDs and organizing, of course).  Add to that house shopping, an upcoming court date (Lily stuff), a holiday, and 2 "homes" to maintain, and a hopping Pampered Chef business and some photography stuff too - whew!  So today, I will attempt to get back in the swing of things! 

Here is my menu plan this week:

Barbecue and Potato Salad (made last night)

Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie Cups (Pinterest)

Crock Pot Cheddar Beer Chicken

Leftovers...or a casserole from the freezer

Grilled BBQ Chicken
with green beans and potatoes

Lasagna (Lily's request)
Chicken Fingers (because Chris can't do Italian since he came down with his stomach virus a few weeks ago on ravioli night... enough said, lol)

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
(mmm...one of my favorites!)

We had THE MOST relaxing and wonderful Thanksgiving Break!  We got to see both Chris' family and my family.  We ate until we were stuffed and then ate again.  Chris and I attempted a little Black Friday shopping in the middle of the night - it lasted all of 30 minutes and we left laughing so hard we could barely walk the zillion miles to our car, lol.  (Friday night we scored our Black Friday Deal anyway... without crowds... thank you Franklin, KY and Wal-Mart where we were passing through after dropping Lily off at her mother's).  And the rest of the break?  A lot of quality time together - watching football and movies snuggled up on the couch!  It was WONDERFUL!

I took a few pictures while we were in Chattanooga... I always get so busy visiting and enjoying myself that I don't take as many as I would like!  But, here are a few family shots...

 Cousins: Kenslee, Bentlee, Lily, and Elizabeth

 My sweet family:  The ever growing belly containing Ava Grace, myself, Lily, and Chris

 My amazing Parents...
We are so blessed to have them in our lives!

Lily, Kenslee (always on the move) and Bentlee 

...and Lily, Elizabeth, and Bentlee again!

It's so fun having the kids around!  They provide endless entertainment and laughs!  They always have such a good time together at Thanksgiving!

I hope your holiday weekend was as fun and full as ours was!  :-)  Now... counting down 'til Christmas!  :-)


Valerie said...

Let me know how the little chicken pies turn out. I love individual things like that.

Sarah said...

great food and great picures! I loved the ones of the girls especially! Everyone is growing up so fast!