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!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The last of the beach pictures...

Early morning goldfish...
breakfast of champions!

First time on the beach ever!

We got into St. Augustine in the middle of the night, so after sleeping in we walked out to the beach before we went to breakfast!

Gotta love a big wide beautiful beach!

It's sea turtle season!

Papaw and Ava Grace chillin' on the beach!

It's hard to believe, but Lily had NEVER used a boogie board!  What?!?!  So, you know we had to teach her how to ride the waves.  She had a blast!

Lily was excited that her actual birthday was our first day at the beach!  She wanted a cookie cake decorated like the beach!  :-)

One of the things we LOVE about St. Augustine was what you see in the top of this picture.  My brother's car... ON the beach!  That's right ladies and gents... you can drive on the beach!  It was great to pack all our stuff in my brother's SUV and drive it on down right to our little spot on the beach!

Ken and Sarah (my Brother and Sis-in-Law) reading on the beach!  It was nice being able to take turns watching/chasing kids so that everyone got a little time to relax!

Bentlee, my niece.  She and Lily are the same age and great friends!  They enjoyed being at the beach together!

Ava Grace and her new Keens!  That girl loves some shoes... especially the hand-me-downs from her cousin Kenslee!

Lily wanted a typewriter like Kit.  We didn't get one quite that old, but we did get her a retro design!  The best part?  It was my Mom's very first typewriter and I used to play on it as a kid!  She has had a great time playing with it at the beach and here at home!