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!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A day at the beach

There is a really cool "beach" not far from home.  We visited a few weeks ago and both girls loved it!

We did a picnic lunch and then swimming.  Ava Grace didn't get to swim because of the risk of recreational water illness (yes, we are overprotective), but she enjoyed being outside!

She's learning to put her paci in.  I love the look on her face with her upside down paci in the picture above and the perplexity of the backward paci in the picture below.

Lily spent the entire time in the water and Chris and I took turns throwing her swimming with her.
Swimming a lake, stream, or river was on her not-bummer-summer list, so we got to mark it off!  They have really made this area nice by bringing in tons (literally) of sand!  So when you stand in the water it's just like being in the ocean.  I grew up avoiding putting my feet down in the lake to avoid the slimy mud.  No mud here, just soft white sand!
Lily loved flying through the air and flipping in the water.
And Ava Grace enjoyed playing in the shade and watching everything around her!
It wasn't the beach I was dreaming of, but it was the next best thing!  We'll be back here again, I am sure!


Sarah said...

what a nice spot! I'll have to visit it with you all sometime! Not much into getting in lake water, but I"d love to sit under that shade tree with Ava Grace and soak in the great outdoors!