A Food Studio

2215 W Kagy Blvd Suite 1


February 9th, 2013 7:00 pm

All of the proceeds go to the Dahl family. Please make checks out to: “Poppy Dahl Benefit Fund”









Wine Parings will accompany each course; sparkling water and spring water will also be available

Please let me know if there are any special dietary requirements and I will do my best to accommodate them. Please feel free to contact me at 406.580.5620 or email Daniel_wendell@me.com for further information and reservations.

Price $150 per guest

Raffle: Origami Owl Gift Certificates

Two Origami Owl gift certificates have been graciously donated by Jayme Swenson.  She is offering one $25 gift certificate and one $50 gift certificate.  Check out her website! The jewelry is so sweet!






Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each and are available by contacting:

Jayme Swenson at 406.539.8326   or    Jami Penner at 406.580.2642


Raffle drawing will be held March 1, 2013!

Pancake Breakfast Benefit

Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Poppy will be held:

Saturday, Feb. 2nd from 9:00am – 12:00pm at E-Free Church in Bozeman  https://www.facebook.com/BozemanEFree

It will be a time of fellowship and support for the Dahl’s before they head to Seattle for Poppy’s delivery and surgery.  All proceeds will go to the Poppy Dahl Benefit Fund to help with travel, living, and medical expenses.


Anyone who feels called to help can contact:

Kendra Fox at 406.600.5249  or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kendrabrennafox

Stephene Kamerman at 406. 599.2280 or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stephenek



Poppy Dahl Benefit Fund


For anyone who feels called to give, there is a benefit fund set up at Wells Fargo called: Poppy Dahl Benefit Fund.  All donations help with travel, living, and medical expenses during our time in Seattle.  We are so humbled by the generous support we are receiving.  As God guides, God provides….it’s truly amazing.  Words cannot express how much this means and how grateful we are to have such loving and caring people in our life.

Seattle Decision

After finding out about Poppy’s diagnosis, Brad and I started doing research about Children’s Hospitals in our region.  We also got in touch with a family Brad grew up with who also have a baby boy with HLHS.  They had just gotten back from Seattle after baby’s first surgery.  It was so comforting to have someone to confide in and ask questions, who have been there and are currently living it.  They had seen Dr. Hardy, a pediatric cardiologist in Missoula for their son’s care.  Dr. Hardy is affiliated with Seattle Children’s Hospital, of which they raved about.  The thought about possibly going to Seattle for Poppy’s care hadn’t really crossed our minds until now.

Before Brad and I even met, we both lived in Seattle around the same time.  I attended cosmetology school and Brad attended the art college, and worked in interior design.  We attended the same church, but had never met until we both moved back home to Montana.  While living there, we both became quite familiar and comfortable with the city.  The possibility of revisiting Seattle for Poppy’s care quickly became a comforting thought.  Just knowing the city and where things are provides great comfort in a time of so much uncertainty. Such a tough decision.  We had Dr. Haugan and Dr. Sillitti’s support to do what we felt was best for our family; to go with our gut, because any major city would provide great care for our sweet girl.  By the way, these two doctors, and the whole practice for that matter (Bozeman OB/GYN), is the most compassionate caring office I’ve ever experienced.  We were in constant prayer for guidance and direction.  Where did God want us to go for Poppy’s care? Whatever the outcome, we just want to be in His will.  We did feel that God was pulling us to Seattle for Poppy’s care.  We decided to get an appointment with Dr. Hardy and feel it out.

Dr. Hardy’s office in Missoula was impressive from the beginning.  It was the week before Christmas when I called for an appointment.  I ended up having to leave a voicemail, expecting to hear back after the Christmas holiday.  Christmas Eve, Dr. Hardy’s nurse, Kelly called.  I was so pleasantly surprised to hear from them so promptly, and on Christmas Eve! She asked me about the diagnosis and other specifics, and after finding out how far along I was (28 weeks by this time), she got us in right away! Dec. 31st! She was already so kind and compassionate just over the phone!  Little things like that mean so much.

Our trip to Missoula was a mixture of anticipation, anxiety, relief, comfort, and peace.  It is hard to explain.  We went in knowing that probably the diagnosis would be the same, but anticipating a plan….a real life action plan for our baby.   Hearing from the doctor about how this all works, what to expect, after care expectations….and on and on.  This part would be a relief…..right?  Dr. Hardy was absolutely amazing.  Within 1 minute of speaking with him, we knew he was the perfect fit for our Poppy.  He began by genuinely asking about us!  Us!! His kind, and caring spirit was so genuine and continued through the entire appointment.   He spent almost 3 hours with us! We also learned that he visits Acorn Pediatrics in Bozeman once a month, where we already take Crosby.  We absolutely love Acorn!  What a comfort! We left his office knowing basically the same things we knew going in, but even more hopeful.  We had a doctor who had hope for our baby girl…he was going to fight for her with us.  We left so at peace and full of relief that God had, without a doubt, made a clear path for us to go to Seattle.  We will see Dr. Hardy once more before we head to Seattle at about 35 weeks, around (Feb. 7th).

Raffle: 1 Hour Massage with Candice Lindh at Aesthetic Medicine

My dear friend and massage therapist, Candice Lindh, has graciously offered to donate 3, 1-hour massages for Poppy’s benefit.  Candice is amazing at what she does, and has recently attended advanced training for massage in Portland and Chicago!

Raffle tickets are $5.00

3 separate tickets will be drawn March 1st! 3 chances to win 😉


Raffle tickets are available at:

Christi Dahl: Salon (Bozeman)

or by contacting Brad or Christi via Facebook or call/text: 406.451.5374 or 406.450.8283

Wristbands: PRAY FOR POPPY <3

In effort to raise support for Poppy and our trip to Seattle, my brother Ramsey has designed awesome wristbands to sell to help with medical and travel expenses.

Wristbands are $5.00 each and say ‘PRAY FOR POPPY <3’


They will be available at:

Christi Dahl: Salon (Bozeman)

Beaches Beauty Supply (Bozeman)

Ces’t La Vie Salon (Bozeman)

Betty Offerdal (Conrad)

or message Brad or Christi via Facebook or call/text 406.451.5374  or 406.450.8283

Raffle: Photo Session with Carlie Breen Photography

Extremely talented local photographer, Carlie Breen, has generously offered to start off our fundraising with a raffle for a 30 minute photo session with her that comes with a CD of images!  Check out her Facebook page and blogspot! She’s amazing!



Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each and are available at Christi Dahl: Salon or by messaging Carlie Breen via Facebook!

Raffle drawing will be held March 1, 2013!

Finding Out

After three ultrasounds (21wks, 24wks, 27wks) in Bozeman to check for growth and development, we are sent to Dr .Damron in Billings for a better look at the heart.  Poppy’s position has made it difficult to see a clear view of the developing heart. Dr. Damron is a maternal fetal medicine doctor who specializes in high risk pregnancies.  My pregnancy was not otherwise ‘high risk.’

Brad got off work to come with me to Billings, and we left Crosby with grandparents for the day.  I was 28wks pregnant, and although not yet cautioned to be concerned, I had a feeling something wasn’t quite right.  My pregnancy had been the typical pregnancy.  A little sicker than with Crosby, and tired, but other than that I felt great!

We got to Billings a little early, found his office and waited anxiously.  The sonographer was very nice, but really quiet and serious.  I’m sure they are trained to be that way to a certain extent, but a little unnerving just the same.  The sonogram took over an hour, but she was able to get some great views of the heart.  During a break in the sonogram, Brad and I decided that if everything checked out that we would celebrate by having dinner at Olive Garden and maybe check out the mall and maybe get her a special little outfit in celebration that everything was good.  After that, Dr. Damron came in and did his own live read.  Within a few minutes, he turned to us and said, ‘your baby has a very serious congenital heart defect.  Your baby will struggle with her heart for the rest of her life.’  ‘Your baby will not be able to be born in Montana, she will need to deliver in Denver, Salt Lake, or Seattle; a place where she can receive surgery soon after birth.’  He was careful not to say the chances of death, but reiterated that fact that this is very serious and that there are no guarantees.  He suggested we meet with a pediatric cardiologist while we were still in town, Dr. Wiggins.  He called over to his office and got us in immediately.   Dr. Damron also assured me that there is no rhyme or reason for this, nothing I did or didn’t do caused this.  The is one of the first organs that develops, and it had been this way basically since conception.

We were caught so off-guard, in tears, shocked, panicked, sick to our stomach, tension headaches, hard to breath…all of it..we were a mess.  Why is this happening to our poor sweet innocent little baby?  We drove a few blocks over to Dr. Wiggins office.

Dr. Wiggins did a fetal echocardiogram, taking an in-depth look at Poppy’s heart.  He sat us down:

‘Your baby has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  There are typically 3 options with this type of CHD.  1. Compassionate Care, where you deliver the baby, and keep her comfortable until she passes 2. Surgery, in which there are actually a series of 3 surgeries- this is typically how HLHS is treated if the heart is capable 3. Heart Transplant.  In your baby’s case, from what I can tell, she will need initial surgery upon delivery and then a heart transplant.  I don’t think she will be a candidate for the series of 3 surgeries typically used with this syndrome, because of a few things. Of course, a better view can be seen after delivery, but as far as right now, this is what I see.’

I had never in my mind thought it could be as serious as our baby needing a new heart.  The heart that she will be born with is not going to last her, not even a week without surgery.  What are the chances of a heart transplant for a tiny little newborn?  Totally sick to my stomach, but know that no matter what, we are going to fight for our baby.  If it’s God’s will to take her, then He will take her, but we’ve got to give her a fighting chance- whatever it takes.

He also went on to say that if all goes well, the typical life-span for people with HLHS is 20 years.  They typically have liver problems because of the stress it gets from the single ventricle heart supporting the body all on its own.  Also, these babies are typically a month behind cognitively when they are born, because of the lack of blood to the brain during the third trimester.  Some babies catch up, some don’t.  Most aren’t able to be star athletes, and girls won’t be able to have babies.  Her heart won’t be able to withstand childbirth.

We left his office so unsettled, physically and emotionally ill- I get a sick feeling just remembering it. We called our parents, both of us lost it.  We could barely get the words out. Needless to say, we did not celebrate at Olive Garden, or hit up the mall on the way out of town.  All we wanted to do was get home to Crosby.  What would all of this mean for him? It’s going to affect him in some way…how am I going to keep it together for him? I believe kids should see their parents show emotions, but I didn’t want him remembering mommy as always being sad.

It was a long drive home.  We listened to Matt Redman, just praying for peace and guidance.  Around Colombus, we both turned to each other and almost at the same moment decided that we should name her.  She’s our sweet girl, we are going to fight for her, she needs a name so that people can pray for her.  On the way over to Billings, we were talking about names, and my latest fave was Poppy Florence.  Up until then, we were between Lucy Christian or Eleanor Poppy.  Brad was surprisingly open to it.  So it was around Colombus we decided she would be our Poppy Florence.  The name already suits her.