The Bartlinski Bunch

" Teresa "

" Teresa "

Teresa "Fang Fang " Bartlinski

Teresa was born on December 25, 2006 in China. She was born with a very complex heart condition. In July 2010, GOD added Teresa to our family through adoption. We have been blessed with 9 wonderful children. Gods grace has woven us together as a family. Upon bringing Teresa home from China we unfortunately learned she not only needed a heart transplant but also a lung transplant. Her doctors feel she would not survive this operation. Please help us to pray for a miracle for Teresa's heart and lungs to be healed. She is a very special little soul who has touched so many lives around the world ...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Basket Bingo

Thank you Robin for a wonderful day of Bingo!!! We appreciate all your hard work. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us .

Saturday, June 26, 2010

One amazing young lady !

The unselfish heart of an eleven year old girl is helping to save the heart of a three year old girl.

Megan, our daughter Grace's friend , celebrated her 11th. birthday yesterday . For her birthday she asked all of her friends not to buy her a birthday present but instead to make a donation to help bring Liu Fang( Teresa) home.

This unselfish act of kindness from Megan was amazing! We are so deeply touched by your kindness and generousity . We are very proud to have you as one of Grace's friends.

To all of the friends at the party , Thank You for your donations !!

You are all very special people.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Basket / Bag Bingo

We are very close to reaching our adoption expenses but are still short almost $11,000.

Come join us on Sunday for our last fundraising event.
A Basket and Bag bingo being held at ;

MD. City Volunteer Fire Department in Laurel
3498 Fort Mead Road
Laurel, MD. 20724

Doors open at 1
Bingo starts at 2
Includes a basket donated and signed by Tami Longaberger !

For info. call Robin -410.868.7029 or
me 410.744.7514

We are very grateful for any help you may give .


Today as I started to pack for China, I couldn't help but think of how far we have come in 3 months. Three months ago when we started the process to adopt Liu Fang, we didn't know how we were going to afford it , we had just returned home from China with our ninth child. Having adopted 4 children in 5 years had left us totally broke. We used all of our savings and our retirement to pay for all 4 adoptions. We knew we had no way of paying for this adoption , but had total trust in God to provide a way ... and HE did.

It takes a community to raise a child , well it also takes a community to bring a child home too.

Our community , Church, friends and complete strangers have all helped us in this process to bring Teresa home. Ed and I never wanted to go "public" with our need for help , but GOD had other plans. He was teaching us humility . It is a very humbling experience to have to ask for help at such an enormous level. We just wanted to do GOD'S will and live quietly , but through this experience we have learned so much . Our faith has deepened and our community and friends have shown us unconditional love. You have all played a huge part in bringing Teresa home. You are all her family too.

I know that there will always be one more child that needs a home...
I know that I can not save them all...
But IF I had the money I would.
There is ALWAYS room at our table for one more.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Travel dates

We will leave for China on July 9.Fly from Baltimore to Newark , Newark to Beijing and arrive almost 24 hours later on July 10.
We will stay one night in Beijing and then meet Teresa on Sunday and take the train to Taiyuan Shanxi.
Monday July 12, we will conduct adoption registration paperwork and notarization formalities.
Tuesday July 13, apply for Teresa's passport.
Wed. July 14, Fly to Guangzhou ( this is where The US consulate is located)
Thursday July 15, Have visa photos taken and physical examination.
Friday July 16 , Free Day
Saturday July 17, Check TB test results
Sunday July 18, Free Day
Monday July 19, Go to US Consulate to submit orphan visa petition documents.
Tuesday July 20, Go to US Consulate for the Oath Taking ceremony.
Tuesday afternoon , hopefully pick up brown envelope with adoption papers and Visa.
(If it is not ready we will have to return on Wed. to pick up)
Tuesday night or wed. , take train to Hong Kong
Thursday July 22, fly home!
Thursday July 22 fly from Hong kong to Newark, Newark to Baltimore
Arrive home on continental at 5:30 pm.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Slammer Dogs

Today we went to Alderson West Virginia to meet Emilia's new best friend. Paws4people is a wonderful program that matches service dogs with children with special needs. The dogs are trained in prisons by the inmates. The families then travel to the prison and the child is introduced to several dogs. The dog actually picks it's new owner. The dog that bonded the best with Emilia is a 1 year old golden retriever named Mayzie. Mayzie is already trained with basic dog commands , now she will specifically be trained for Emilia's needs. In a few months we will return to the prison for her graduation and she will then be introduced into our family.

Emilia was so excited!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Adoptive Parent...

You Know You're An Adoptive Parent When . . .

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.

2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.

3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.

4. The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world, is convicting to you.

5. It drives you crazy when people ask you about your adopted child's "real" parents.

6. You have ever been "pregnant" with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth.(2 years!)

7. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing where God calls you He will provide.

8. You have ever taken an airplane ride half-way around the world with a child you just met.

19. You believe God's heart is for adoption.

10. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.

11. You know what the word "Dossier" means, and you can actually pronounce it!

12. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.

13. You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have him or her in your life.

-Author unknown

Monday, June 14, 2010

Basket and Bag Bingo

Wanted to let everyone know about another event our friend Robin is putting together for us. Basket and Bag Bingo - June 27 (Sunday ) 1:00. Being held at-Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department- 3498 Fort Mead Road, Laurel Maryland 20724

All Baskets and Bags will be filled and Robin even has a Basket donated and signed by Tami Longaberger !!!!

Please call Robin to reserve your tickets- 410.868.7029
(Or you may purchase tickets at the door)
Thank you Robin!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Car Wash

Just wanted to let everyone know about a charity car wash that our friend Denise has organized for us. This Saturday at OPIE'S, 9-3 June 19.

Thank you everyone for all of your help and support . We appreciate everything everyone is doing to help us bring Teresa home.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Five years ago our accountant said we would be retired in 10 years and living comfortably if we did "IT" right. Five years later and retirement is NO WHERE in sight . I guess we did not do "IT" right.

What we did was to make a different choice. WE took a road less traveled... Stepped out in Faith... Took a leap of faith...Let go of the branch... What ever you call it , it's still the same . We chose total surrender to GODS WILL.

Life has not been easy. Our weeks are filled with Doctors appointments, physical therapy, surgeries, transfusions, x-rays, CAT scans, MRI's and speech. This was not my will . My will was to be retired and sit on a beautiful beach and watch the sun set every day . My will was not GOD's will. Some days when things seem too much to handle , I have to remind myself that this life will someday end but eternity is forever.

This is why Ed and I are adopting again.

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."
— C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thank You !

Thank you to all of our wonderful friends in the Catonsville Community !!!!

WE are so grateful for your love and support. We are truly touched by your generosity and willingness to help us.

Thank you to St. Mark Church for all of the contributions and second collection . Your prayers and support have given us much needed encouragement.

Thank you to St. Mark school. The N.U.T. pass was amazing to see all of the students dressed in red for the day to support Liu Fang's Heart! The candy count was so sweet. The Bake Sale was a huge success. 4B , your contribution of your allowance money was very inspirational.

To ALL of our friends who helped put these events together, we are forever grateful. You have all helped to make the life of one orphan better.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Travel Approval!

Today we received our Travel Approval. This means we can now go to China to complete the adoption paperwork!!!!

Air fare to China has more than doubled since December and availability is VERY limited. Apparently EVERYONE in the world wants to go to China this summer.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I Should Be Happy...

Something has been bothering me for a while . I couldn't figure out just what it was. I should be happy... We are going back to China to bring our daughter home. Our community has embraced our plea for help to bring her home. Their willingness to help us has deeply touched my heart. I should be happy ... GOD has moved so many mountains for our adoption to be completed so quickly , almost flawlessly. In just a few weeks I will hold my new daughter for the first time. I should be happy...But I am not. Why am I not happy , I have a wonderful family with a loving husband , fantastic kids and a beautiful house. We have family dinners and family cookouts . We live in a wonderful community. But that was it , I have it all and I was going back to where 13million orphans have nothing. It is so easy to forget them , their faces, their names, their hugs...when I am here with all the comforts of home. But now that I am going back in a few weeks, all the emotions of what I have seen there are returning. I feel tremendous guilt that I am only bringing one child home. Five months have gone by and the children we met are still going to bed alone , getting up every morning by themselves alone, dressing , eating and waiting. Waiting for their family to come bring them home.

I am angry that I can not do more. I am angry that GOD has opened my eyes to see this. I am angry that I have so much but the most needy and helpless have so little. I am angry that the world is run by money.

I am very sad that I am going back to China and not able to do more to help the children that are left behind.

Friday, June 4, 2010


WE received an update today on Liu Fang. She weighs 22 pounds ( a little small for 3 1/2 years old- her birthdate is December 25, 2006, she is a good 8 pounds less than Gemma) and she was in the hospital with pneumonia. Please pray for her complete recovery.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

China Care and Half The SKy

China Care is a special Orphanage Home that was started in 2000 by a teenager wanting to help the special needs orphans of China ( , Four years ago our family delivered medical supplies and clothes to this Orphanage. After delivering the supplies we were given a tour of the orphanage and had the privilege of playing with the children for the day. Little did we know that four years later we would be returning to this home to meet our daughter.

Liu Fang has lived in The China Care Home for the past 2 years.She was taken there 2 years ago when her orphanage could not care for her complex heart condition . China requires the child to be returned to their original orphanage and province to start their adoption paperwork . Once the family arrives in the province the paperwork is then completed. Liu Fang would have to travel back to Luliang Social Welfare Institute in Shanxi Province. WE had many concerns with her making this trip alone and the stress it would put on her heart. We asked if they would allow her to wait for us to arrive in Beijing and accompany her on the trip back to her original orphanage. ( This is usually never allowed because the family adopting the child does not have custody until all adoption paperwork is completed in the province.) Well we received an email today saying they would allow her to wait for us to arrive in Beijing and then we could accompany her back to Luliang Orphanage on the train WITH HER NANNY !!!!! This is unbelievable news because now if she should become critical we will be able to provide her with immediate health care . ( in China, hospitals require payment upfront before medical care is provided ). WE also will have the entire day on the train to play and bond with her while she has the comfort of her Nanny with her. I am sure Lucy will keep her well entertained!

We are grateful for how GOD is making the impossible POSSIBLE !