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!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

It feels like fall...

Fall = Football

 We have been watching Daddy's football games with our friends Ella (above) and Finley (below).

We have been spending time at the lake...
 ...enjoying being outside in the beautiful weather!

Ava Grace has been exploring...

...and playing...

...and growing like a weed!

Fall means lots of eating outside on patios at restaurants and the deck at home!
(This is Daddy's favorite - Ava Grace as an evil minion, lol.)

Fall also means days at school...
...learning for some and exploring for others.
(See the broccoli in Ava Grace's hand?) 

(See the broccoli again?  It goes everywhere with us now, lol)

Fall makes me think of the holidays and the holidays make me want to craft!  Lily collected items needed for our craft project for a fall mantle decoration.

We have also been going to the park to enjoy the weather!

And my favorite?  The mix of long sleeves and short sleeves and sleeveless.... that's how you know a Tennessee fall is underway!