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, April 16, 2012


I am so behind on blogging!  And now I am going to blog out of order to catch up! lol.  This past week my father-in-law was hospitalized due to a fall and so most of the week, we were out of pocket!  Between Lily's spring break and trying to be in Murfreesboro to be close if needed for my in-laws, there was no time for blogging!  Thankfully my father-in-law is doing better and hopefully headed to rehab today or tomorrow and we are back home and I am back to blogging!  As I type Ava Grace is starting to stir and she's going to be hungry so this'll be a quick one!  Just wanted to share some pictures from Easter!

Every year we go to my Aunt's house in Chattanooga for Easter.  She has a HUGE deck with several outdoor tables  and umbrellas, it's the perfect setting for an outdoor Easter celebration with family and friends! 

Her deck is surrounded by trees!  The weather was perfect to spend the day outside!  And guess what?  My sister and brother-in-law got to come in town!  They just happened to be passing through Easter weekend and had time to stop and stay a night and to enjoy Sunday with family!  I was SO excited that they got to stay!!!! 

I always love Easter because it's right in the heart of spring!  Everyone is dressed in spring colors and the kids are excited about hunting eggs, and of course the meaning of the day is the most special of all!

This might be the first "family" picture that has been taken in which we are ALL rested, showered, refreshed, and dressed for a picture! lol.  We are sun splashed in the this picture, but I still like it!  :-)  I have never been happier and I love our sweet family of four! 

I have two Daddy's girls, that's for sure!

 Above is a picture of my brother, Ken, helping his "baby" Kenslee find Easter eggs!

 And this one is of Lily hunting eggs!

Finally, Bentlee got to hold Ava Grace!  Last time we were in town she and Lily were so busy playing that she forgot to hold her!  She was so disappointed after we left and she realized she didn't even hold Ava Grace, so we make up for it this visit!  :-)

I know one thing - we have a family full of girly girls... and we love it!  :-)


Ashley said...

Such a precious family! I am glad your FIL is doing better and I'll pray that continues! Looks like y'all had a great Easter! Lily and AG look adorable!

Sarah said...

glad Chris's Dad is on the mend. It was great getting to visit over Easter. So glad we got the surprise of being there. The pictures of Ken and Kensley is precious! Love it! Sorry I got y'all sun splashed in your family protrait. I was so busy looking for smiles and all looking at the camera at teh same time I forgot to check for other things like sun spots! It's still a great pictures of all of you though! I like it!

MELDUST said...

Love Ava Grace in her Easter outfit! So beautiful!!! What a beautiful family you have!