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!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Did you know we have a star in our midst?

Lily loves to act!
She puts on a lot of "shows" for us at home, makes commercials... but she has started a "real" acting career this summer!!!  :-)

Last summer Anne asked if she could sign Lily up for acting camp! Lily was so excited! She practiced and performed The Sound Of Music.

This summer she wanted to do it again!  Lily participated in not one, but TWO weeks of acting camp!

The first week was one of Lily's most favorite plays - Annie!  She was so excited, but also a little timid and nervous.  She did a wonderful job.  The very next week, she did The Wizard of Oz!  And the best part???  She got the lead!  She played Dorothy!!!

We were all very excited that she had speaking parts in the second play.  She was more confident and did an even better job!  We were so proud!!!!

Here we all are with the star of the play!

(Side note:  Ava Grace screamed through Annie and had to be taken out.  I think she was overwhelmed by all the people and noise.  At The Wizard of Oz, however, we had a front row seat and she did great!  She watched the entire play and was mesmerized by Lily's wonderful performance!  YAY!)

Lily with Erin, Jay, and Anne!
We are so thankful to have this sweet family in our lives!  They may not be "officially" related, but they are family in our hearts!  Thank you, Anne, for making Lily's acting career possible!  We sure do appreciate all that you do for us and the girls!

Mimi and Pap might just be Lily's biggest fans!  :-)  They were at both performances as well.  Thank you both for making Lily's performance in The Wizard of Oz possible and for helping with transportation in the afternoons!  We couldn't have done it without your help!  We sure do feel blessed to have such a loving family!!!

Jodi and Silas came to both performances as well!  Silas impressed us both times by being so sweet and so quiet during the performances!!!!  It meant the world to Lily (and to us) to have you there!!! 

Aunt Jan was there cheering also!  (Are you getting the picture that Lily had quite the cheering section??? lol)  We were tickled pink that you got to come to see Lily in both plays!  We sure do love you!

 And I have to give a special shout out to these two!  Rob (above) and Crystal (below)!  They came to Annie to cheer Lily on and they came to the pre-play dinner we had before the Wizard of Oz.  We appreciate you both and we can't thank you enough for helping out with Ava Grace during Annie!  Thanks to y'all (especially Crystal), I was able to stay and see most of Lily's play!
This isn't the first time Crystal has taken care of our screaming wee one and we appreciate the help!  (And yes... that's purple hair you see in the picture of Crystal... right before she went completely blue! ;-)

We are so proud of Lily.
We are so blessed with and through family and friends.
Our hearts are full!


Sarah said...

so much fun! I wish so much that I could have been there in the cheering section! So proud of you Lily and WOW! Lead roll!!!!
Meagan, maybe you should introduce Crystal and Cindy. They might hit it off, or at least have fun comparing hair color!