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!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


We recently met our friend Kelly and her daughter Ella at the Splash Pad for an afternoon of water fun!

Because of Ava Grace's fair (and sensitive) skin, we have kept her out of the sun for the most part, but she LOVES being outside!!!  We found a nice big tree with lots of shade to park under so that Ava Grace could enjoy the beautiful day and being outside without worry of irritating sun screen.  She loved it!!!  She stayed wide awake for 4 hours with no a single whimper or whine!  She was too busy looking all around her and exploring her world!

Lily, on the other hand, is a sun (and water) lover and spent minimal time in the shade and maximum time splashing!  :-)

This little girl is a water bug!  She couldn't wait to get in there and get splashing!

 Chris and I took turns sitting with Ava Grace in the shade and splashing with Lily in the sun.  Ava Grace's big accomplishment of the day was sitting up!!  This is the first time she "sat" unassisted by us!  She used her arms to prop herself up! 

 Lily was timid at first... it was pretty crowded...
...but once she got wet, she was ready to go back for more!

Ella jumped right in!  This wild girl is her own person and she doesn't need anyone to help her have fun!  Okay, maybe she needs her Mommy from time to time, but other than that she was going and doing her thing and it didn't bother her one bit who was or wasn't watching and who was or wasn't playing!  LOL!  I love her sweet sense of independence!

 At one point Kelly looked up and told me to look over at Chris.... he attracts a crowd wherever he goes!  He had his own little Daddy daycare going on, it was hilarious!

Even though Ava Grace didn't get in the water, we let her wear her bathing suit and shades! 

It was a BEAUTIFUL day to be outside!!!  I think we all enjoyed the fresh air and extra dose of sunshine!

The day wasn't just all about water either... but it was all about fun!

We played in the water and on dry land!
Chris went to the gas station around the corner and got us all slushys! 

 Now where did she get such a long tongue...
 ...I do believe she got it from her Daddy! 
What do you think? lol

 Ella showing off her red tongue!

Ava Grace pushing up.  It's hard to believe that this was just 3 weeks ago and now she is getting ready to crawl already! lol 

two peas in a pod 

We are the two biggest water bugs in the family!  Lily and I would be happy swimming and splashing all day every day!   

Thank you Kelly and Ella for a fun day of sun and splashing!  We can't wait to do it again!!!!


Sarah said...

looks like lots of fun! And my do have long goodness, they do have long tongues!