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, November 12, 2012

Weekend Recap...

Big News!
Ava Grace has enough hair for a bow!!!!

You know I have waited a LONG time for this day.  :-)  Thanks to a hint we got at the Bell Buckle Craft Fair from the hair bow lady, we have had bow success!  For all you moms out there with hairless babies, attach some of the nubby non-skid pads (the kind you can use to line drawers, under place mats, and under rugs) to the inside of the bow clip!  Mom sent me some strips of extra she had and we super glued a skinny strip to the each side of her alligator clip bow, and viola! The bow isn't going anywhere!

Now... on to weekend news.
This weekend was our craft weekend!!!!  This is our 4th craft day and it was so much fun!  I have to say, our craft days might be one of the best ideas we have ever had.  It allows us to really be together to and to visit and catch up much more than a dinner in a noisy restaurant or sitting together in silence in a movie would.  Props to Lena for hosting the first one and starting our tradition last holiday season - we missed you this time!

This time Moo was our hostess and she chose to meet at the Mill out in Readyville!  It was so charming and they had such great food!!  Then we headed back to her house for our craft!

Ava Grace was along for the ride and did lots of "helping" in the kitchen!  She sure enjoyed being with the gals!!  We made Peppermint Sugar Scrub!!!!  It smells so good!!!  I made a couple to give as gifts and now I am wanting to make some for myself.  They were so easy to make and turned out so cute!

It was an action packed Saturday and it wasn't long before we were back in the car and headed to the other side of town...

...to visit with friends and host Jessica's baby shower!
Jessica is Chris' niece, but she is more like a sister to him - they grew up together under the same roof!

Ava and Silas ignored each other for the most part, but they did visit some at first.  Ava was much more curious about Silas than he was about her, lol.

Lily was SOOO excited to play hostess and did a wonderful job setting up and giving instructions for the shower games we played!

Aunt Jan co-hosted, letting us have the shower at her home.  She got some cuddling and reading done before the shower started.

Ava Grace also had to spend some quality time with the necklace Mimi.

It was unseasonably warm and such a beautiful day for the shower.  Ava grace didn't even end up wearing the sweater that went with her dress. 

Here are the kiddos with Jessica!

Ava Grace was very much interested in the gifts!  I think Christmas this year is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN.

After the shower we were off to pick up the new-to-us car (more on that later in another post) and then back to Megan and Web's for a bon fire with several other families - so fun!!!  

Sunday brought a little Christmas decorating, a lot of resting, and a nice end to a busy busy busy, but fabulous weekend!


Sarah said...

cracking up at Ava Grace spending quality time with the necklace! :)
and seeing her with those gifts makes me think Christmas is going to be fun for her this year! Then her birthday to follow and the girls going to think that's the new trend and start expecting it every month!