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!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I have tried some great recipes lately that I haven't had a chance to share!  Sooo... here are some great dinners for you to try.  I have linked the pictures to where they came from so that you can go to the original posts and get the full recipes!

The first one I want to share is
Easy and Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas!
(Click the picture to be linked to the original author's blog where the recipe can be found.)

This recipe was as easy as the title claims and as good as it looks!  In fact, I put the enchiladas together (I added onion and pepper) and in the pan and then mixed up the white sauce and covered it and put both in the fridge separately.  When Chris got home from work, he pulled out the pan, poured on the sauce, topped with cheese and put in the cold oven and turned it on.  It heated through and warmed up to bubbly by the time I got home and we sat down to a warm, delicious dinner that took me only a few minutes to assemble and him only a few minutes to finish and bake!  It was a hit!!  I served it was Spanish rice and dinner was done!  :-)  

Another recent new recipe trial was a recipe for White Bean Chicken Chili
(Click picture for recipe and original post) 

This was another hit and perfect for a cold day!!  It was quick and easy to mix up and the only thing I changed in the recipe was the addition of some frozen corn... just because I like it and I wanted to beef up the soup a little!  :-)  I really enjoyed this and served it with tortilla chips and salsa!  Even better... there was enough left over to freeze and we have already pulled that back out and enjoyed it all over again with some cornbread!

The third and final recipe I will share today doesn't have a picture and I can't remember where I got the idea, but it's easy as one, two, three.  One: put 2 or 3 frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot and cover with chicken broth, salt, and pepper.  Two: cover and cook on low while you are at work for 8 hours or so, or on high while you are around the house for 4 or 5 hours.  Three: shred the chicken and toss with a little ranch and a little wing sauce, stick it on a bun, and eat!  :-)  Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches.  E-A-S-Y!  Served with tater tots (even easier!).  :-)