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!