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" 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 ...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas on the Potomac

Today we went to see ICE . Ice is a winter wonderland carved out of 2 million pounds of ice. A troupe of ice loving artisans hail from Harbin, China to create this magnificent display .

The story of ICE began long ago and far away - in fact ,on the opposite side of the globe. Ice lantern festivals can be traced back as far as The Ming Dynasty .
During long winter months, getting lost in the forest was a real problem for hunters. The clever Chinese came up with the novel solution of allowing water to partially freeze and form ice blocks into which a candle was placed , creating a lantern.
In modern times , an ice lantern festival began to be held to celebrate these brave hunters. In 1963 , the Mayor of Harbin created the Lantern Festival .

This was actually my Birthday present from Ed and the kids. We really had a nice time. The funniest part of the day was Gemma. She looked like Randy in A Christmas Story dressed in her snow gear . Everyone is given a parka to wear over their coats and Gemma could not move her arms . One part of the attraction is a huge ice slide . Gemma went down the slide and could not get up because she was so bundled up . She also could not resist the temptation to taste the ice ( she loves her food ), so out came the tongue. Out of the blue Ed turns around and she has her tongue on the ice . It was hysterical .


Lynda said...

Oh my gosh we are watching "A Christmas Story" on DVD as I check my blogs and the part of Gemma going down in all her winter gear has me cracking up. It looks COLD!! Thanks for the laugh and update.
All our best,
The Carrs

Teresa said...

Yep, Harbin is known as The City of Ice. I know a family in TX that has a boy from there. Their blog is They are a wonderful family with 5 Chinese children, 4 of which are special needs.

Adrian Roberta said...


I really really thought you all were in Harbin!!! LOL I thought....'did I miss something here?'


Serving the King said...

Oh gracious that looks like SO much fun!! Love it!

Heather said...

That's so cool. Where exactly is that being held? We have emailed before and I think we don't live that far from each other. (I'm one that used Wasatch and recently brought home our 4 yr old son)

JShannon said...

That is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. We might have to come down and see that sometime. It looks like a fun time!