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, December 4, 2012

Santa Clause is Coming to Town...

...but before he arrives, come the elves!

The day after Thanksgiving, Lily's elf Amy came for her annual vacation time in our home!  Amy brings more joy to Lily than anything I have ever seen.  She gets more excited about Amy than she did about our trip to Disney! lol.

Amy didn't waste any time getting around to her elfcapades!  The night she came she left a trail of toilet paper through the whole house, colored our milk red and green, got into the treat bucket of candy in the pantry, ate chocolate chip pecan pie, and played with Ava Grace's Cheerios! 

Amy wan't the only little one making messes!  We made lots of messes because it was time to decorate for Christmas!

Grandmommy and Papaw came up for part of the weekend to spend time with us and especially Lily since they haven't seen her in a while!  They helped us put up our tree and then Papaw held Lily up so she could put the star on the tree!  Ava Grace loved all the boxes and decorations and she was absolutely determined to eat everything "help" us!

Other than decorating, we just did lots of relaxing together!  Usually when Grandmommy and Papaw come we have a big agenda, but not this visit!  We reheated our Thanksgiving dinner and had it again with Lily and Mom and Dad and just spent some quality time together!  It was SO nice!

We got some playing in while they visited as well!  Lily always includes Ava Grace in her games and it is just so precious to us!  The picture above shows Grandmommy, Lily, and Ava Grace (who Lily grabbed and hauled up to join them) on the love seat "boat" with toys!

My mom got Lily the Little People nativity years ago and we got it out and set it up for Ava Grace.  She LOVES it!

It was so much fun having Mom and Dad with us for the weekend.  I know the girls enjoyed it almost as much as I did!

After Grandmommy and Papaw left, we did some more decorating and relaxing.

Lily toted Amy everywhere we went.

Lily also wrote a note to Amy and asked her to bring Ava Grace an elf.  And look what we came home to one day...

Amy went to the North Pole and brought back Mindy!!  Double Trouble for sure!  I can't imagine the elfcapades we are going to have this year with TWO elves under our roof!

Ava Grace LOVES Mindy and Lily is teaching her how to be gentle with her.

With all the mischief going on, even Lily started elfing around...

I do believe I will enjoy every moment of this Christmas season!  We are only a few days in and it has already been so much fun!

{Our elves are little different than the "elf on the shelf."  To find out more about our magical elves please visit: http://www.elf-magic.com.  If you don't have an elf in your home and are thinking about it, I urge you to consider a magic elf!!}


Allyson said...

LOVE!!! Love the ideas--red and green milk (genius), Double Trouble in flour!!! I did flour angel last year but didn't think to write in flour. So great. You're giving me ideas! Can you believe i haven't even started yet this year!?!?! This weekend our elf mischief begins!