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 23, 2012

Just hangin' around...

One of our favorite things to do is just hang around the house!

It is true that we are very social and we seem to always be going and doing, but we truly enjoy days when we get to be home all day long and just enjoy each others company!  We especially like to pile up in the bed - all four of us - for a good Saturday morning cartoon and snuggling.

I like to start the day together like that... snuggling, all together... and then slowly as the morning drifts by, we all kind of drift in our own directions and back together throughout the day.  Lily upstairs to play school, or down stairs to help me cook something, or out on the deck where she pretends the American Girls are at the pool.  Chris out to work in the yard, on the couch for a doze off for a bit, or playing with one of the girls.  Me in the kitchen making something yummy, straightening and organizing something, or somewhere working on a weekend "project"  And Ava Grace..
...playing, napping, eating.... playing. napping, eating...

(Think those eyes will be blue?  green?  brown?  They seem to look a different color every day.)
(I love when she focuses really hard like this!  So serious!)

Yep.  I think my favorite days are those hangin' around days.  When you might get dressed, or you might stay in your PJs all day.  When everyone seems to do lots and nothing all at the same time.  And we get a whole day of time together... at home... uninterrupted.

Those are good days.

The best days.

Just hangin' around days.

We should make those days happen more often!