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 ...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Min Min has HER Family !!!!

Exactly one year ago when we adopted Teresa we met her best friend, Min Min in The China Care Home . Now Min Min has HER very own family too !!!

She will be home in a few more days .
Last year Min was so excited for Teresa when she heard she would have three brothers . She kept holding her fingers up counting 3 and laughing . Now she will have 4 brothers of her own . We are so happy for this wonderful family and for Min Min .

Saying good bye last year was so sad because Min kept asking us to take her home too. She watched expressionless as we waved good bye . Now she will never be alone again.

Please keep her family in your prayers , Min has a complex heart condition also .

When I told Teresa Min Min was coming home to her own family she was so happy !

"Really ? Really ? She has a family like me?"
" I so happy for Min Min "
" Now she never be sad again "

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Gift You Are

A friend sent me an email the other day that made me stop and think . I am very grateful to Holly for sending this to me because it made me realize what I was doing . I was wrong. I was becoming very angry with God for letting Teresa suffer and not healing her. When life is wonderful and you have health , wealth and happiness , it is very easy to have faith . When you are surrounded with suffering and hard times your faith is really tested and it easy to question God , Why ?...

Here is a bit of what Holly sent me .

Elisabeth Elliott, Her husband and four other missionaries were massacred back in the fifties. Here is something she wrote about the death of those five men.

"There is always the urge to oversimplify, to weigh in at once with interpretations that cannot possibly cover all the data or stand up to close inspection. We know, for example, that time again in the history of the Christian church, the blood of martyrs has been its seed. So we are tempted to assume a simple equation here. Five men died. This will mean x-number of Waorani Christians.

Perhaps so. Perhaps not. Cause and effect are in God's hands. Is it not the part of faith simply to let them rest there? God is God. I dethrone Him in my heart if I demand that He act in ways that satisfy my idea of justice. It is the same spirit that taunted, "If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the Cross." There is unbelief, there is rebellion, in the attitude that says, "God has no right to do this to five men unless..."
I believe with all my heart that God's story has a happy ending....but not yet, not necessarily yet. It takes faith to hold on to that in the face of the great burden of experience, which seems to prove otherwise. What God means by happiness and goodness is a far higher thing than we can conceive.

I was dethroning God by not fully accepting His will for Teresa's life. He has given us a tremendous gift in her . When you live with someone who is dieing you are forced to look at life differently . Things that used to be important simply aren't any more. Everything has meaning. I know Gods story has a happy ending for Teresa but that probably will not be here on earth , it will be in Heaven.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

One Year Anniversary

Last week we celebrated Teresa's one year Anniversary !!!!!
Oh what a year it has been . We have experienced wonderful highs, days filled with hope, laughter and sweet hugs and kisses , to extreme lows, days where all hope felt lost .
In one year Teresa's personality has blossomed. She has a sparkling personality with so much energy and love for life. She is the funniest little "Princess" , always playing pretend with Gemma. ( the two of them are inseparable. Each night as they say good night to each other you would think they were leaving each other forever . Hugs ,kisses , " I love you , no I love you more...").

When someone asks her if those are her sisters, she puts her hand on her hip and says "Oh , that is my family " She loves her family ! We are so blessed with her.

Her health ... she continues to hold on .Thank you to everyone for continuing to pray ! We definitely can feel the prayers . Teresa continues to amaze me how she misses all the viruses that come her way . Lucy has had quite a few and Teresa managed to stay virus free ! Definitely a miracle . Teresa is scheduled to return to CHOP in September for another heart cath.. We are praying for a miracle . We are really starting to notice the look of despair on the Doctors faces as we return each visit. The look of hope or optimism is slipping away .

Watching life through Teresa's eyes for the past year has been a gift that at times was very difficult to understand. I still struggle with why... but I pray GOD will open our eyes to the meaning of it all and bless us with Teresa for many more years.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fishing Fun

Gemma LOVED the worms !

Fishing fun!!!

Lucy caught a FISH!!!
She was a little unsure of it at first ...and then VERY proud !!!

Teresa caught a fish too!
"It was this big "

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th. of July

Our community celebrates the 4th. of July in a very big way . The fun starts in the morning with games for the kids followed by an amazing parade and then fireworks in the evening. It has been like this for as long as I can remember. Only recently ( within the last few years) things started to change ... People started lining their chairs along the parade route a few days before . Now it is 2 weeks before the 4th. . They want to be guaranteed their prime viewing location for the parade. You would think they were giving away free stuff... well there is the coveted candy that is thrown from the floats. To our community the parade is a cherished tradition passed down from generation to generation . We wouldn't miss it . We love Catonsville !!!!

The girls wanted to do something to give back to Give Kids the World Village so they came up with the idea to sale cold drinks from their wagon during the parade and give all of the donations to the Village. We mailed the donation today to the Village, although it was small it was filled with a lot of love !