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, May 6, 2013

Back from Palm Springs...

 Yep, you heard correctly... I have been in Palm Springs!  An all expense paid trip that came from... WORK!  :-)  Talk about a blessing!  
 It turns out there is a really cool conference there that focuses on out of school time... like summer camps and after school programs.  It was called BOOST and it was really good. I came back with tons of ideas for my program next year!
 I also came back with a little bit of a tan and an appreciation for the color green!  The only things green in Palm Springs are palm trees and money! lol
 During the day we stayed at our resort that was connected to the convention center.  In the evenings, though, we got a little time to shop and explore Palm Springs.  By the way, it was MUCH smaller than I had envisioned.  MUCH.  We went to a street festival while we were there and enjoyed our time thoroughly! 
 Palm Springs is surrounded by mountains.  REALLY big mountains that look like giant piles of dirt! lol  When we were flying from Dallas to Palm Springs I couldn't get over all the brown and nothingness!  I was glad when we returned to a fresh green Tennessee, albeit cold and wet!
It was a really great trip and I most enjoyed getting to know some of the people that do what I do and sharing thoughts and ideas about work and life alike!

Now... for Menu Monday:
 (stuffed peppers we have been making on the grill lately)

...I have to do some meal planning.... be back to fill in our menu later! lol

Everyone on their own tonight... we are everywhere! lol

Grilled BBQ Chicken
Oven Roasted Cauliflower
Broccoli Salad

Tacos (served in Endive
instead of a shell = low carb!)

Crock-pot Terriyaki Chicken,
Peppers and Onions


Grilled Burgers

Out to eat