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 18, 2012

Chattanooga Weekend Fun

We recently had a fun weekend in Chattanooga, but I haven't had a chance to post about our fun time!  We went just for fun - no special occasion other than to see my family and enjoy a relaxing weekend.  And we did... have a relaxing weekend, that is! 

We did the usual fun stuff... ate at Couch's, got to visit with my grandparents (now known to Lily and Ava Grace and Great'ma and Great'pa), and did lots of visiting and relaxing at my parent's house.  As has become tradition, my brother and his family came over Sunday and my grandparents came up for brunch and a day of play for the girls and kicking back for the grown ups.... most of them anyway.

Grandmommy and Papaw got rid of their gator in favor of the new (what has now been deemed) school bus!  :-)  So Lily and Bentlee took turns driving up and down my parent's very long driveway dropping off all of the American Girl dolls and picking them up again!  Kensley went to see the chickens and then watched for the girls to return!

The girls had So. Much. Fun.  They always do at Grandmommy and Papaw's house!  :-)  I know they wear Grandmommy out, but she just plays and plays!
Kensley finally decided she had to get in on the action, so she climbed aboard.  At first in the front, but it was a little crowded, so she climbed in the back with Papaw for a ride!

You might be asking where Ava Grace was in all this outside play!  Well, she was inside for most of it, sleeping and enjoying being in people's laps!
She had LOTS of smiles for my brother!  She seems to grin every time she sees him!  :-)

Here she is with my sister-in-law, Sarah.  It's SO funny because Kensley freaks out every time she sees Sarah holding Ava Grace and starts crying "MYyyyyyyy Mommmmmyyyy!"  It's so funny!  :-)  When she is playing in another room, she even comes back periodically to check to make sure her mommy isn't holding Ava Grace.  It's so cute!  :-) 

As always, it was a great weekend with family!  Can't wait until next time!


Sarah said...

those were great pictures and I enjoyed getting to see the "school bus" in use. Mom told me all about it and it's important job of transporting the girls to school.
Miss Ava Grace was doing a great job looking at the camera for her pictures!