Sunday, December 21, 2008

We're Home!

They finally released Matt from the hospital late this morning. It is such a relief to be back in our home! I am so excited to sleep in my very own bed! Matt seems to be very happy to be here as well. He just looks better when he's not in a hospital bed. He was able to get all cleaned up and has enjoyed the attention of his younger brothers. Will, Nate, and Drew have followed Matt around all day like little puppies. He has been darling to induldge them in games of 'Candy Land' and has even given each brother a gift from his stash he received in the hospital. FYI, if your child has to be hospitalized, the week before Christmas is the time to be there! I think our stuffed animal collection doubled, at least! There was always someone bringing around little gifts or something fun to do. Matt was also able to meet some Hockey players, and we were even there when the Jazz came! Unfortunately, Matt was getting an MRI right at that moment and didn't get to meet the players, but they did take a polaroid photo of themselves in his room and left him an autographed basketball.

Thank you again for all of your prayers and, for those of you close by, your amazing help! My mom had the boys the majority of the time (although Aunt Megan took them the first night so my mom could be at the hospital during surgery) and Grandma received tremendous amounts of help. Dinner was brought in every night, people chauffered Nate and Drew to preschool, our walks were shoveled, countless plates of cookies were provided and consumed, and many other acts of service were given to our family (some that I'm sure I don't even know about!) We are so thankful, and we know we are so blessed to live in a place where neighbors and friends reach out and serve one another. We truly have no idea how we will ever repay you - but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


MoziEsmé said...

So glad he's back home!

Just dandee said...

Welcome Home! Thank heavens for amazing friends, family, and neighbors. I am so glad all is going well. Merry Christmas.

Jessie said...

Wow, what a wonderful outpouring of love and help. I'm so glad you're home.
You think Matt's up for a sledding day?

Love you.

Jacqui said...

Yey! I'm so happy for you guys to be home. I hope you are all doing well and have a great Christmas.

Huish Family said...

Glad to hear all is going well, and that you are at home! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Love, The Huish's

P.S. Alison, if I remember right, you posted awhile ago about Matt's broviac line... how you found something he could use so showers and swimming were an option (I think!). I'm curious, as we would love to have something like that around here... could you email me at and let me know your thoughts? Thanks a bunch!

TEAM MASON said...

Hey there! We are in Chicago with Melanie and Aaron's family and we all want you to know how excited we are that you are home! We will continue to pray for your family and for Matthew - Christian has been especially prayerful for him!

Happy Holidays!
Love, The Falk's and the Jensen's

Karen said...

I have been meaning to write and let you know how much I have been thinking and praying for your family and especially Matt. I am so glad you are all home and were able to have Christmas together. Please let me know what I can do to help. Email me please, when you get a chance! I hope your new year goes even better and that Matt can become "tumor free". What a Miracle this has been! I am soooo happy for you!

Karen (