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On December 17, 2012, my husband and I learned that our unborn baby girl, Poppy Florence, due March 15, 2013 would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).  HLHS is a severe congenital heart defect, where the left side of the heart is severely under developed and not functioning. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002096/  We have been told by four doctors that indeed, no doubt about it, she has HLHS, and will struggle with her heart for the rest of her life.  However, we believe that all is in God’s hands, and that He has a special purpose for her.  We are praying for a miraculous healing for her, and would love your prayers for her as well.

This blog was created mainly to keep friends and family up to date on what’s happening with our sweet girl.

 

 

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    • Your welcome! I am saved and have the Lord Jesus Christ in my life and I am so excited to learn that you have Him in your live as well! He has done so many miraculous things and I am praying for your Poppy! God made Het and has great plans for Her! I am a mother of 2 kids! We have a 4 year old girl and 7 month old boy and it would be so hard to go through what you are going through! It makes me so happy to hear God and the Lord Jesus Christ in your lifes to help you out! I don’t know how people get through the hard times in their lives with out Him! We love yiu and are praying for you and your family! Your new friend Jodi!

  1. God said: “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm, plans to give you hope and a future”. Praying that He will give you peace as you await the arrival of Poppy 🙂

    • Thank you so much Tami. That verse, Jeremiah 29:11 holds a special place in our household already. It gave me goosebumps when I read your post. Thank you for such a profound reminder of what God promises for us, His children. We can definitely feel the prayers for peace 🙂

  2. Hello, not long ago we had a baby in Children’s hospital.The Drs there are wonderful, helpful people who have your daughters health in their hands. Learn the language, challenge them to explain things you don’t understand or feel are not in her best interest. . Your are the best advocate for your daughter. Above all PRAY. Our daughter is alive today not only because of her heart transplant, but because of the grace of God. I will pray for you and your family.

    • I love hearing about the healing power of God through the power of prayer. We are overwhelmed by the love and prayerful support the Lord has shown to us through the people in our life-even people we are meeting through this blog. Amazing. Thank you for your prayers and advice-it means a lot.

  3. As I read your blog it hit home hard. My son was born with Wolfs Parkinson’s White Syndrome in 1980. It is also a heart defect, I was told when he was 3 months old, “go home enjoy him for as long as you can.” I am sharing this with you because the power of prayer is so amazing. I would pray over my baby boy and ask God to heal him or have the doctors find a way to help. It was 9 yrs later with so many hospital stays, test, different opinions. Loma Linda Hospital called us and said, “They had done surgery on 97 patients and felt he would be a good candidate for heart surgery. The first surgery was 9 hours long, and did not work. The second surgery was 8 hours and he has been doing well ever since. The little baby born that was not suppose to survive did, because of our Lord and His healing touch. Yes God answers prayers, He knows our hearts and the trials we face. My prayers are with you and I give you the hope that God gave me. My son just turned 32 in December. Praise the Lord. God bless you all, you are in my prayers and on many prayer chains.

    • Lynda,thank you so much for your prayers and thoughtful encouraging words-they mean so much It is so amazing to see God work through the people He places in our lives. I am so thankful to hear about your son’s miraculous story! I know God has our sweet girl safely in His arms and that is such a comfort- He is already glorified through our sweet Poppy

  4. My heart goes out to you,and I will be remembering your little Poppy ,and all of you in prayer. I have been so blessed to have four children, and 10 grandchildren who have all been healthy. So have not experienced what you are experiencing with your precious little one. Remember that God gives and God takes away, blessed be the name of The Lord. He is the one who has given you this little one and He is the one who has His hand upon it at this time. he is the great physician, and He is the only one that can heal. I am praying for His healing, according to His will.

  5. There is a family from Helena whose daughter had the same condition. She recently got her new heart. They are in Seattle now. Their name is Wright.

    All of you and your families are in my prayers.

  6. Dear Christi and Brad, I just read your story in The Belgrade News. I’m so sorry to hear about Poppy yet thrilled that so many are offering help through all forms of old and modern media. Your family helped me 20 years ago with my baby daughter, if I can be of any help or you want to talk, I’m here for you both. You are not alone in this ordeal. Maria (Visscher) LaFond 406-465-3265

  7. Brad and Christi, I saw your parents at the mall Saturday and they said the family was going through a difficult time right now. I didn’t press for details, but spoke with Kelly Swanson who told me about Poppy. We are all praying for you and your special family. I think you will be amazed by the number of people who have had similar situations with happy outcomes. We are working on a project at school to help you and will be in touch.
    Kerri Moore

  8. Christi and Brad…………we will be praying for you from North to South…..and spreading the word for prayers throughout…..our thoughts are with you……

  9. I have this overwhelming feeling that you sweet Poppy is going to be fine after she goes through a few hurdles!! She is surrounded by your families and friends who are praying so hard for her!! Life likes to put a wrench Ito things at least expected times but God knows you and Poppy will go through all of this for a reason!! Hard to imagine what that reason could possibly be but you will know soon!! We waited 3 long years to adopt our son! After he was placed in our arms and looked at his face I knew he was ours forever!! We will pray for the very best outcome for you all!! Montana grown girls are tough!!! 😏

    • Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and fervent prayer, Denese. It is truly amazing how God continues to reveal Himself to us through the people in our life. Everyday I grow more and more overwhelmed by His grace and provision. I know all of this has a purpose; already God is being glorified through it. And, I think you’re right…Montana grown girls are tough!!! 😉

  10. Christi, I feel so blessed I got to see you while in Montana. Thanks for doing my hair. I can already see all the Glory going to God through this blog. People’s faith in the Healer is so amazing and HE is amazing too. God has brought Poppy and your family to my mind many times to pray for you all. We have an amazing God and He is taking care of Poppy and will continue to take care of her.
    “When I said, “My foot is slipping.” YOUR LOVE O LORD SUPPORTED ME! When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul!” Psalm 94:18-19, NIV. You are a beautiful women of faith. Stay strong in Him. I will continue to pray for you all from here in Indonesia.

    Lynda Pashen

    • Lynda, I believe God totally orchestrated your hair appointment, and your delay in travel plans for that matter. God is so good. He knows what we need and always takes such good care of us. It’s amazing to see Him work through what seem to be ‘random’ happenings and people in our lives. I’m so thankful for your encouraging words and continued prayer. I love the verse from Psalm-what an inspiration!

  11. Hi Christi! I have been in touch with Mary and that is how I found out about Poppy. I am so sorry, but I want you to know that my nephew had a hole in his heart when he was born and with prayer and the help of some great doctors he is a healthy 12 year old boy today. He had to go through surgery when he was 9 months old. I know this is different, but I hope that it gives you a little hope. I will pray for Poppy daily. The Lord is good and you are so right when you say he has a plan for your little girl. Good luck with everything. On a side note, you look beautiful and I bet you are a great mom. I know you were once a very good babysitter. 🙂
    All my love to you and your family.
    Your old seventh grade teacher,
    Jenell Bear

  12. We serve an awesome God and He will take care of your little Poppy. Am sending this request to my prayer chain. We have some wonderful prayer warriors! good luck with your little girl. hang in there!!

  13. Even as the woman with the issue of blood reached out and touched the hem of the Lords’ garment and was instantly healed, we reach up into the heavens and ask our Lord to send virtue into her little body and bring wholeness to her heart.

  14. Dear Dahl Family, I heard of your story through a friend. We are from Bozeman and have been at Seattle Children’s since March. Our 4 year old is fighting cancer here. We have found great comfort through other families going through similar struggles, especially Montanans. If we can help in any way, even if just to provide a friendly face in a new place or some tips like how to get a discount in the cafeteria, where to get a good meal, or about the hospital’s amazing financial aid programs, please let us know. We’d love to meet you. Call or email any time. We also know a buinch of families living at the Ronald McDonald House (we have a camper in the hospital parking lot). You have our prayers… Pam Shrauger (406-581-4512 or pam@bigskyhazards.com)

    • Hi Pam, thank you so much for offering your prayers and support to us even in your own time of crisis. I’m so sorry to hear about your 4 year old having to battle cancer, and that your family has been living this crisis for almost a year now 😦 We would love to meet you as well. We will be needing Montanan time I’m sure. We will be in touch! Thank you again.

  15. Hello Dahl family, my name is Bill. My step sister is Jenny Wright, the mother of Carla Morgan Wright. She is the 5 year old girl from Cascade, MT with HLHS. I just read your story in the Belgrade news and called Jenny to tell her about it. They are currently living in Seattle while Carla is recovering from her heart transplant. She said that she would love to talk to you if you have any questions. You can go to her blog page at http://www.ourlittlewrightfamily.blogspot.com. I hope this helps.

    Best Wishes,
    Bill and Tristan Lee

    • Hi Bill, I’m so glad you wrote me about Jen and Carla. We went to visit my family in Conrad over Christmas, and my mom had saved the Great Falls Tribune for us to read about Carla. We were both very touched by the article. It’s such a comfort to be able to get in touch with them while we are out there! Thank you again- it definitely helps.

  16. Brad, Christi, Crosby, and baby Poppy,
    Brad and Christi, I first met you guys as excited first time parents in a childbirth class that I taught. Your love for each other and for little Crosby was inspiring and infectious. I am happy, anxious, and hopeful for your new arrival. You have a long road ahead but I am confident that you will be amazed and forever enriched by your daughter. Praying for her health every day
    God bless, Chelsea Embry

    • Chelsea, it’s so good to hear from you. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment- it means so much to us. We so appreciate your prayers. You are right in that we are already forever enriched by sweet Poppy. What a tremendous impact this situation has had on us and continues to have, but how it has changed us this far is so powerful and humbling. God has this whole thing….thank you Jesus!

  17. Just prayed for your Poppy. Our Poppy Joy was born 2 months ago and mom (me) had heart issues. God saw us through the pregnancy and delivery and I pray He does the same for you.

  18. Dear Dahl Family,
    I recognized your names immediately, as my boyfriend Rob Savage talks about you guys all the time. He worked with Brad at N3rd. We just wanted to let you know that we’re thinking about you guys and are here for you if you need a housekeeper while you’re away, someone to pick up your mail, or just a lunch date before you leave on your journey. We’ll be thinking of you these next few months. They’ll be rough, but the four of you will make it out the other end of the tunnel. Always remember to take deep breaths. Love, Rachel & Rob

  19. I am an RN at Seattle Children’s. I will be praying for you guys and for Poppy. Please let me know if you need anything when in Seattle.

  20. Aloha Dahl family, My name is zmaria and I hearrd your story from a young woman named Many Fowler. her and I work together within a missionary organization in Hawaii.I am friends with a young family that received the same news over a year ago and have been fighting for their beautiful daughter’s Hope life ever since. She started a blog after she found out the news and has posted diligently since. this babay has brought families together to pray, people have given , in prayer, in time, in monetary ways.. and the story of Hope has effected and inspired many. Their blog is called Mended hearts and bended knees. here is the address.. http://t.co/sduo9Vxy I hope it brings you Hope and insight into your own situation. God bless you in your endeavor to fight for life. Maria

  21. Dearest Brad and Christi, as I have not had the pleasure to meet you as of yet Christi. Brad and I are cousins and I had no idea all of this was going on. I am so sorry to hear this, but know in my heart that God is good and he is going to take care of ALL of you and get you all through this. He is SO powerful! I live here is Gig Harbor outside of Seattle and I will be checking on you and Brad. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you both, that I am just a call away!

  22. Just so everyone following this blog including Christi and Brad’s family members are aware, please take it from someone who has been there and don’t say “call us if you need anything”. They can’t. They are in what I call a fog. I’m guilty of this also however I don’t know their number or where they live or I’d be over there doing their laundry, shoveling the walk, watching the toddler, bringing by food and money for Seattle. Yes, I’ll be at the pancake benefit. I’m just gently letting those of you closer to them know what is helpful and what isn’t. What’s helpful is Being there in person, even if you don’t know what to say or do. Be there. Show up. Tears are ok. Don’t let fear paralyze you. This couple and all their immediate family need our support, especially the grandparents too. It is such a scary time when your child’s life hangs in the balance. Thanks.

  23. Dear Dahl Family- I have known your family Brad for a few years since you and your siblings went to school with my children. I a very sadden to hear about your little girl, Poppy Florence, and I will keep you and your family all in our prayers. I know that the power of prayer is great and I will check back here to see if there are updates on your little one. God bless you and yours. The Knowles

  24. Brad and Christi, my name is Quentin and I live in three forks. 25 years ago my daughter Shanna was born with HLHS and was one of the first children to have the fontan procedure. If would like to talk about what to expect and what life holds for children with this condition, please contact me at montepat@aol.com I can assure you that while it all seems overwhelming,it helps to know all you can to better understand, I can also put you in contact with my daughter.

    • Quentin, wow..to have your daughter be one of the first to receive the Fontan procedure?? That is amazing!! And what a small world that you live in Three Forks! We would love any insight you would be willing to share with us. Thank you!

  25. Will be praying for all of you. Just a word of encouragement… my husband’s cousin gave birth to a daughter with severe heart defect. She was rushed to surgery after delivery and Dr’s did not expect her to live. However, after countless surgeries and not much hope from Dr’s she grew and thrived. That baby is now 23, married, and a NICU nurse helping babies that were like her. God indeed has plans for each life:)

    • Wow Bonita! What an encouraging story! God does indeed have plans for each life! I love that she is back helping babies just like her! Thank you for sharing and your thoughtful prayers-they mean a lot to us.

  26. Love you both…glad that Miss Poppy is already making a difference…sorry you are facing troubles, but know that this, too, will bring a special richness to your lives…call if you need…keeping you all in my prayers

    • Thank you for your prayers, Chris. You are so right in that all of this will bring such richness to our lives we otherwise wouldn’t have had. I believe it’s true already. Thank you.

  27. Thinking of you all! Brad was one of my fave co-workers at Reach, and I think you are just as great, Christi. Your love and faith within yourselves and each other is so, so powerful and grand. I am keeping you in my prayers!

  28. My name is Mavis Filler and I live in Havre. I have known your Mom, Lela, and Mary Ann from Shelby days, and am blessed to have your grandmother, Mary Hake, as my dear and longtime friend. Visited with Mary today, and she mentioned you and your family. It is so beautiful to see the outreach of support you have received from your “prayforpoppy” page. Wish I lived closer to you, as I truly support

  29. I am the Mom of the baby girl that Bonita Heidner talked about. Christi is an absolute miracle. She is now 25 and a neonatal nurse in the very same NICU, she was at as a baby. We had many rough years, and literally spent months in hospitals, Ronald McDonald houses over the years, but God’s hand was on our daughter. There is HOPE!!!!

  30. Christi and Brad, So many are covering you and Poppy in prayer! How wonderful to find connections and talk with those who posted. God ordains every step and is placing those in your path to help you crucify your fear! God is so loving! When praying for Poppy I am remembering the verses like Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” and Psalm 119 ” Your hands made me and formed me”. Psalm 139:13 says ” For you formed my inward parts, You wove me in my mothers womb. I will give thanks to You, for I “Poppy” am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works. And my soul knows it well.”
    I cannot wait to meet this very special little girl! As hard as it has to be every minute of every day to walk thru this trial remember God is with you every minute of every day.
    “When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
    Do not be afraid…..for I myself will help you” Isaiah 41:14
    Isaiah 63:9 tells us “In all their distress he too is distressed”.
    Never will he leave you nor forsake you…
    I pray for perseverance and grace in the days ahead that your faith will continue to be deepened and God be glorified. The Lord bless you and keep you in perfect peace.

    • Maria, thank you for sharing these awesome verses. They are such an encouragement to us. It was so nice to see you at the pancake benefit-it means so much to have your prayers and support.

  31. Christi-I think of and pray for you and your family daily. I know God will give you the strength. I always remind myself God does everything for a reason. You are a sweetheart and I hope one day I can meet your little sweetheart Poppy. Hold Crosby tight too- I can only imagine how hard this is and will be on all of you.

  32. My wife and I are praying hard for Poppy and your family. Although you will be in Seattle, we are looking forward to the dinner on Saturday. Everyone here in the practice is also praying very hard. Good luck and safe travels. We are here for you if and when you need us!

  33. Christi,
    I have been thinking of you and checking the blog often. My prayers are with you, Brad, Crosby, and of course, Poppy. I am so happy you made it to Seattle safely! It sounds like everyone is staying healthy and you are settling in to your home… for a while. We miss you and are thinking of you and praying for you often!

  34. Someone from c-rad told me about Ms. Poppy. I sent my friend Kelli over here and I see she has been communicating with you. Her daughter Kamryn had a complete heart transplant. I remember just sitting by my phone that day waiting for the text that her new little heart was beating. It was a glorious day!!! I have been praying for your Poppy (GREAT name by the way….love your son’s name too!!)!!!! Love you and may Jesus’ peace surround you all!!! ❤

  35. Hi Christi, I am so glad a friend sent me your blog! We found out on Jan. 18th, 2013 that our baby girl has a severe and complex heart defect (they originally thought it was HLHS). We will also deliver in Seattle where she’ll receive the first of the 3 open heart surgeries (the Norwood). We’ll be in Seattle the first of April for the first of appointments with the doctors there, I’d love to meet you! You can see our story at http://saramcnutt.blogspot.com/. I’ll be praying for sweet Poppy!

  36. Lighting a rose candle in my home office today, to remind me to pause and pray, thanking Jesus, that He is right there with Poppi during her surgery,and thereafter, and, that He is with her Mom & Dad too. God is so good…all the time. He alone is worthy of our complete trust. Marie

  37. May God protect and uplift your Family. May his Holy Spirit comfort both you and her. Our prayers are for Poppy to be blessed with Gods best for her as she is sheltered and cradled with His love and protection. We pray for Poppy’s presence to be a blessing of the Holy Spirit working through her to all who come in contact with her. That the doctors and nurses working with her be given great wisdom and discernment as they care for her. Oh Lord show your great wisdom, grace and mercy toward Poppy and her family during this time and always.

  38. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am the mom of a medically fragile child and while i have not traveled your road I do understand the stress, highs and lows, emotions, and more. I am sending a guardian angel her way. His name is Cal and has done wonders in the past. I will keep sending prayers and hugs your way.

  39. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I hope Poppy recovers quickly and the surgery is successful. It is very difficult to see your daughter after the surgery with everything hooked up to her. Its very overwhelming. My daughter was born with a heart defect 12 years ago. She is doing great! She will still require 1 more surgery. These Montana girls are born tough!

  40. Hello, my name is Jennifer I am Lela Kaiser’s granddaughter. Grandma has been keeping me informed about your daughter. I want you to know I have kept Poppy in my thoughts and prayers for the last eleven days. I am praying with every thing I have tonight. May she receive the strength she needs to get through this. My heart goes out to you, Dahl family.

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