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, January 13, 2014

Another Year, another blog post!

I often find myself wanting to hop on and post, but then something distracts me.  I pressure myself into what I think I should really be doing instead of staring at the computer screen.  Sometimes I persuade myself not to post because I haven't done it consistently and if I'm not going to do it 100% I shouldn't do it at all.  Seriously?  Why do we put pressure on ourselves?  That pressure doesn't come from anywhere but within.  So, today I kind of wanted to post.  Then I read my friend Lena's new post at her brand new website and I was a bit inspired.  Following that I read this post and was even further inspired.  So I'm posting because I want to today with no promise of regularity of perfection, but just the opposite... transparency and beautiful imperfection!  There are many things in my day and life that have to be consistent and regular and dependable.  This is not one of those things and I will not pressure myself into thinking it is.  This is for me and for you and for fun.

Ava Grace turned TWO Saturday!  We had a mostly-family, laid back, doughnut brunch for her birthday!  Those of you who know her well know that she loves "dough-utts!"  It was so fun to visit and watch our "big girl" be wound up and wild for her birthday!  She proclaimed herself a princess and thoroughly enjoyed all of the attention of being the center of the world for a whole morning!

We are so proud of our little princess.  Just about the only time she's not talking is when she is singing.  She is mighty and wild and has a spirit that can't be contained!  She jumps and tumbles and flips and flits and rarely cries - she is one tough cookie.  She is working on sharing and taking turns - those are HARD lessons when you are only 2.  Some days she is better at them than others.  She loves to "write" and to read books and play baby and doctor.  She practically tried to potty train herself, but still has a stubborn streak and won't go when she's busy - so the pull ups are still on!  She really enjoys building things with her leggos.  She is pretty amazing to tell you the truth.  She's also hilarious, has a great sense of humor, and loves to make us laugh.

She LOVES her grandmothers!  And I mean loves them!  She loves just about everything and everyone, come to think of it.  She is always so happy and full of joy.  It brightens every moment of my day.

I am so proud to be Mommy to this jewel!  I am sometimes surprised at how blessed I am and so thankful that God entrusted this gift to Chris and I.

Happy Birthday Beautiful!
(I still can't believe you are 2!!!!)

And... just because I like having menu plans to look back at for ideas, I'll post our menu for this week!

Grilled pork chops and roasted root vegetables

Crock Pot Steak and Gravy
Rice and Green Beans

Chili  or Veggie Soup

Fajita chicken and veggies
with corn


Garlic Chicken and 
(nearly) fat free mashed potatoes
with green beans