Christmas 2010, Hospital-ity

Here are some pictures of our make-shift Christmas. Christmas morning we brought the Challies traditional Christmas breakfast and stockings to the hospital. The nurses looked after Amelia so Susanna could come back home for a couple hours of opening gifts and eating Christmas dinner. It wasn’t what we envisioned, but it all worked out to be a great day.

An update on Amelia – as you can see she’s her usual chipper, smiley self and doing well. She’s gained about 1/2 pound so far. There are no new tests or results yet, she will receive an MRI to check neurological functions on Tuesday. We hope to have a fairly clear picture after that of what the path forward looks like. With the feeding tube she is not feeling hungry and so not showing interest in eating, she that will be a big challenge to conquer once we come off the feeding tube. Thank you everyone for your prayers, visits, and well wishes. We’ll probably still be in the hospital most of this week so feel free to stop in.

Pre-Christmas Photos

Christmas-After Snow

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16 Responses to Christmas 2010, Hospital-ity

  1. corrin says:

    It was great to talk to you tonight, Susanna. You look just beautiful in these photos. I’m so proud of the way you are handling all of this. Your kiddos look like they had so much fun in the snow and opening their gifts.

    Much love,

  2. Glad to see all is well. Amelia sure looks healthy and happy. You will not soon forget your Christmas in the hospital, will you? Looks like you made the most of it. Thankful for the good care Amelia is getting. She looks well!

  3. Grace says:

    Wow. Who would have thought it could be such a good Christmas at a hospital. Good job on making it a special day despite circumstances! You all look great! Still praying.

  4. Anna says:

    I love how pretty you made Amelia’s hospital room. :) I’m glad you all had a good Christmas in spite of everything. I hope Amelia will be able to come home soon!

  5. Maud says:

    That is so great how you arranged the room for Christmas and how you celebrated and made the best out of the situation. I bet the kids really enjoyed it. :)
    I hope Amelia will get better soon.

  6. corrin says:

    I showed your pictures to Josh. He was glad to see that Elle liked the doll. He is sad that Amelia is in the hospital but happy you all got snow to play in. He liked seeing pictures of Micah in the knight costume.

  7. Christmas is about being with family and about love and sharing. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in a hospital or in a home. It’s all a state of mind and it appears that you have made the most of the situation you have been faced with. We all love you and we are all thinking of you.
    All our love, Shannon xo

  8. Susanna says:

    Thank you everyone!

    Corrin, thanks for letting me know! That is so sweet!:)

  9. Brenda says:

    Glad to see your Mom made it safely, Susanna!
    From the weather reports of your area on this side of the country, I was wondering. Much blessings for the week to all of you!

  10. Mom R. says:

    We missed being able to be with you all over Christmas but glad you were safe, healthy, and happy- as seen by the pictures. It was great to see them. Thanks for keeping us up to date with your calls too Rick. Love to you all.

  11. jchallies says:

    Those are such great photographs. Little Amelia looks so sweet. You’re being such a good sport about the memorable Christmas of 2010.


  12. sarah k. says:

    hey susanna and rick! we’re praying for you all…like how festive you made the hospital room. did micah get a trumpet? AND a knight costume? very cool gifts. you guys are such great loving parents. love you guys!

  13. Dad R. says:

    Amelia sure look happy. I love Ellie with the thumb and twirling the dolls hair. Micah makes a great Knight in his new armor.
    We sure did miss Y’all. Hope all goes well tomorrow.

  14. Hi Rick and Susanna
    I admire you so much. Micah, Ellie and Amelia are blessed to have such wonderful parents.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Love Marg (Aileen’s Mom)

  15. Kim Vinson says:


    So glad to know that you are home again. I saw your FB post about her stomach bug. We will continue to pray for her recovery and that she will gain weight soon as well as peace and rest for you and your family.

    On another note, so glad to see all the smiles and Christmas cheer on your blog despite the circumstances. Also, I can’t believe Amelia has blonde hair! You never know what God will create : ) So precious!

    God’s love, Kim

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