Sweet Home Montana


An emotional time indeed, as we drove farther out from Seattle. I couldn’t help but completely break down, sobbing…tears of joy, dreams coming true…I had many dreams of how this would go, mostly put off and tucked away- hoping and praying for this day to happen…All of this, combined with tears of emotional pain…thinking about what our family has lived ever since her diagnosis, the trials as well as the many miracles we have witnessed, and the joys and trials that may lie ahead, along with the pressure to make all of this work at home in MT…but also sitting with the pain of watching others suffer, other families whose lives have been turned upside down, and hurting for those not able to bring their babies home. All the while, praising God for His overwhelming grace and provision through it all. It’s all so incredibly humbling.

On the way out of town we were listening to Hillsong United, ‘Oceans.’

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

And the entire song just moved me to tears, forcing me to reflect on the past 7 months, our ‘faith made stronger’- praise God, and also brought comforting hope as we start the next chapter….as we continue to ‘step out upon the water’ trusting God for whatever may come- whatever He may have in store for our family. So powerful. Thank you Jesus for these times/moments of being able to feel joy and hurt and hope all at the same time. Truly Your Holy Spirit breathing life and perspective…amazing. A very spiritual emotional experience- beyond glorious to allow myself to give in to the moment. Thank you Jesus.

Well, we made it!!! And, wow does it feel so incredibly amazing to be back in our home state of MT!! The second we crossed over from Idaho to Montana, it was like a sigh of relief-no place like sweet home Montana 🙂 We have since, been attempting to recover from all the time in the car, and trying to get our bearings- we really are a great team and have been blessed with help from our families, but it’s busy!! We are mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted…but we are home, and that feels so good!!! Praise to The Lord!!!

We had clear roads the entire way- thank you Jesus!! Poppy has already seen Dr.Hardy in Missoula and will see Dr. Maynard in Great Falls later this week. Dr. Hardy was very pleased with her! Praise God!! He will see her twice a month. I am excited to see Dr. Maynard. Apparently she was my pediatrician growing up and sounds fabulous with transplant kids! She will also be the one making all of the referrals as far as occupational and physical therapies, and I am anxious to get all of that squared away. We will probably see her, as well as the transplant team in Seattle once a month for now. It’s busy busy!! As long as Poppy continues to do well, it’s our understanding that these appointments will spread out after she is 6 months post transplant. While it’s intense and overwhelming at times, we feel so incredibly blessed to have this time with our girl. Praying we never take for granted this time we have together as a family-it is soo precious.

Poppy reveals more of her sweet personality every day. She getting really good with her neck and leg strength. She is about the same as far as tasting and taking a few bites here and there-just so thankful she tolerates something in her mouth and can swallow it!!! Lately she seems to be tolerating even a passy in her mouth?! I’ll take it!! 🙂 She now takes 85mls over 1 hour 5 times a day. The next goal is to get her to take the 85mls over 30 min- then we can start to take off some volume from her continuous feeds she’s on over night and add it it her 5 boluses she gets during the day, so eventually she won’t be fed at night!! She’s starting to actually act hungry which is the best thing for feeding tube weaning, so we continue to be hopeful-slow and steady! She seems to be more comfortable with tummy time, and seems like she may be rolling over before we know it!! She’s really doing awesome 🙂 Smiling and cooing-I think she knows she’s home 😉 She’s an easy going, quiet yet social girl who loves the spa (bath time)! Love her 😉 She is 7 months old already, and Crosby will be 2 in a few weeks…so hard to believe…how does this happen?! 😉 Beyond words humbled and so very blessed. Thank you Jesus- it’s ALL because of You.















14 thoughts on “Sweet Home Montana

  1. Your picture by the Welcome to Montana sign reminds me of when we brought Gracie home from Salt Lake City. There was talk of stopping by the sign, and were were following them. The kids didn’t stop for a picture and when we got to their house we found out why-Miss Grace was hungry and that girl has to be fed! She still took so long to eat and the kids didn’t want to spend that hour by the side of the road. So the first home picture I have is Millie carting her in the house, Grace screaming her lungs out!

    Such a great feeling actually being home! So happy for you-Poppy is Montana’s baby.

  2. As Poppy continues to grow would you please update us once and a while and wow Montana….we use to live there and I so miss my friends there!! blessings from on high!!!!!

  3. The other night my son and I were on our way home from the IGA. He is just 15 today and was driving. I saw you guys pass us and I said Oh yay! Poppy is home!!!(not in a quiet voice at all lol) I startled him he thought I was crazy! When I told him we just passed you all, he said “Oh that’s Awesome!” We have followed your story since the first time we saw you guys on the news. So happy for your family! Welcome home Dahls!!

    Alicia Dailey
    Conrad, MT

  4. It is a dream come true that you are home! You are making such progress as a family and I do hope and pray that it continues smoothly! I’m looking forward to meeting Poppy one of these days!

  5. Yes Montana is a wonderful place!! Welcome home!! Just in time to enjoy all of the beautiful fall colors and the upcoming Holidays!! Thank You for continuing to share your story!! May God continue to show you many Blessings!!

  6. That is the best news! You write so well! You should write a book. I just love the pictures, please don’t stop sending them. I know you are extremely busy, but it is so great to see how Poppy is doing! God Bless you all. Char Sunderland

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