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, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter Weekend...

This weekend I headed down to Chattanooga to spend some time with my family.
First stop... Redbud Farm.

My sister and brother-in-law now call this beautiful farm home.  My mom and I headed over there to do some yard work and play!
My mom and sister did most all of the work... Ava Grace and I did a lot of the playing.  We climbed trees, picked flowers, threw rocks in the creek and had a great time just being outside.

Ava Grace absolutely loves outside. 

We walked out to see Malcolm who was working in the field splitting wood from some trees he had recently cut down.

We took a walk to the horse pasture and discovered lots of things along the way. 

This is Sky, one of the four horses that my sister owns. 

Ava Grace wanted to pet the horses so bad, but was a little afraid to do so.  After a while, she got up the nerve to touch them.  

Easter Sunday we headed back to the farm!  Bentlee and Kenslee were in coordinating outfits, as always, and looked so adorable!

They brought an outfit for Ava Grace that coordinated as well!  We sure do love all of our girls and missed Lily terribly!! 

After a wonderful lunch of traditional Easter food, we headed outside to look for eggs!  I think we had about 75 hidden, just for the 3 girls! The eggs were stuffed with candy and also dollar and half-dollar coins! 

The girls had a great time hunting eggs and the weather held!  It didn't start raining until a few minutes after we all went back inside! 

This was Ava Grace's first egg hunt and she got 16 eggs in her basket! 

Thank God for little girls! 

Somehow a few of our family members escaped the camera!  I did snag a quick family shot though. 

...and a picture of my sister and I!

It was a happy Easter and this year we were more aware than ever of the reason we celebrate and the blessings that God is bringing as he works in our lives.


Sarah said...

fantastic photos!!!!! We had so much fun! I loved having all of you here and can't wait till we can do it again, with Lily next time, because it just isn't the same without her!