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, August 8, 2011

Teresa's Fantastic Summer

Teresa is having a fantastic summer! She is feeling great . This is the longest period of time she has ever gone without a fever, cough , runny nose , virus ...nothing !
Summer started with Teresa's Wish trip to Disney . We were a little apprehensive about the plane ride and exposure to so many people at Disney , but she stayed perfectly healthy .
Summer Bible school was another great experience . This was Teresa's first exposure to a classroom setting with other children . She loved it ! She talked about all her new friends daily . Again no illness!
For three days we were able to go to Grandma's beach house . ( unfortunately Ed could not go with us because of work. One of the many joys of being self employed.)Teresa had never seen the Ocean before and this was an experience we did not want her to miss.
Seeing the beach and ocean for the first time , priceless... "Look at all of the snow!"

Thanks to Give Kids the World , Teresa was able to go to Hershey park and have fun eating endless chocolate. ( for one year after a Wish , the family is given free tickets to amusement parks around the country. Luckily Hershey is close to where we live ).
Thanks to a wonderful ballet teacher , Teresa and Gemma were allowed to become ballerinas once a week .( thank you Miss Lisa for giving the girls this opportunity !) Teresa loves showing off her dance steps to anyone who will stop and watch.

Thanks to a very caring Horse instructor , Grace was able to continue riding and competed in her first horse show in 7 years. She loves to ride !

Our summer days were also filled with fun times playing at the pool, enjoying the company of close friends and just hanging out at home . We met new friends on their adoption journey too.
Our nights were complete with snow balls and catching lightning bugs. Gemma loves her bugs, she has quite the collection in her bug cage.
Gemma also had a very healthy summer. She has been able to hold onto her blood long enough to allow her to go 4 weeks in between each transfusion .Her ferritin levels still remain dangerously high (normal is between 10-300 and hers is 4,000)but she is taking baby steps in the right direction .

Mama Mia is the movie of choice this summer for the girls . They all love it and know all of the songs.

Sunday Aug. 14 , will be a very special day for Teresa . She is making her First Holy Communion . As she likes to say , " I am going to marry Jesus."
The Catholic Church is making an exception for Teresa to receive this sacrament early . She has shown an understanding for the sacrament and a very strong love for Jesus.
All week she has been telling everyone that she is getting married. Most people just smile and say "that's nice", but the few that ask her who she will marry are a little surprised when she says "Oh, I am marrying Jesus" . She is so excited.

This summer has also brought us to a peaceful realization for Teresa's life. We are no longer searching for the BIG cure all. We are content to let God be God .


Rita and John said...

Oh, Ann, how wonderful for Teresa to be "marrying Jesus." Congratulations to her on that beautiful moment in her life. We'll be thinking of all of you and praying for her that day as she receives Jesus for the first time.

Aus said...

Ann - I don't know if you guys will ever fully understand how much joyu you and your family have brought us - Teresa is a gem - all of you guys are diamonds - and we're Blessed to know y'all (at least in vl!!) Great Joy that Teresa will be allowed to make her First Communion - wonderful - Brianna made her's this past spring!

hugs - wow...

aus and co.

Petrie said...

Ann, I wish all of us could live life as it was our last summer. Teresa has brought your entire family so many wonderful memories, and it is a gift that not many get. So glad to be a witness to it. God is good, even in the hard times. Hugs, Petrie

Terri Fisher said...

What a beautiful post, Ann! I'm so glad that Teresa has had a fun and healthy summer, and that you are at peace with God's plan for her life and yours. Enjoy!

Amy D. said...

So happy that we could be a small part of Teresa's amazing summer! We feel so blessed to have met your whole family...and I so look forward to seeing all of you again! All of your kids make me smile! :-)

Much love to you!
Amy D.

Sammie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your family's journey, love you guys. The stories and understanding you show.... amazing. Its really only all about love, and you so understand that.

Big hugs to you and all the kids and Teresa as she approaches her special day.

Shirlee McCoy said...

I continue to pray for all of you. I'm so glad that your family is enjoying this beautiful time together, and I know that the angels will rejoice as Teresa takes her first communion.

Perhaps there will be no BIG cure, but I think your love has healed the pieces of Teresa's heart that will go on and on forever. God is God through it all. May He continue to grant you peace.

Medtary said...

My heart is glad to know that you have all been having good days! Very, very glad!

Molly's Mum said...

I am also RC and not the very best at prayer - I try to do the rosary though sometimes. I am so so sorry little T has this diagnosis and now your family has touched my heart. I will make more of an effort to pray and she will be in my prayers. xxxxxxxxx

The Drinkwaters said...

Thank you for sharing your story, it has touched me deeply. How wonderful for all your summer experiences and long lasting memories.

Anonymous said...

You are all in my prayers. Teresa is precious and in God's hands. He has a great plan for her, whatever it may be!