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 ...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Our Last Summer

We are back from some much needed rest and relaxation ( AKA- vacation).   Our energy level was very low and we were in great need of having our spirits re -energized .   It was so nice to be able and spend some time with Paul and Meg.  Because of their school schedule we only get to see them once or twice a year .   The girls love spending time with them  .  Alex and Taylor also spent a few days with us relaxing .

On our way home from vacation we met with an amazing family .  Their daughter ( Rachel) is also waiting for a heart transplant .   It was so nice to talk to another family who is going through the same situation as us .  Their strength and courage was very inspirational .  I know God puts people in your path to help lift you up on your journey and for us this was just what we needed !

We also stopped to see Ed's twin brother Jim and his wife Amy and their three children  ( they also have a daughter from China .  Hope, is actually from Mary and Emilia's province , Hubei ) .  Teresa  wasted no time makig herself feel at home and playing dress up .  She LOVED being a southern Belle .

We are now back to reality .  I have to say the escape from reality was actually REALLY nice .  We had no Doctors calls, Doctors appointments , blood transfusions , surgeries ...  It felt really great to just "BE".     Now we have to pay ... this week we have 8 Doctors appointments and Gemmas blood transfusion .. Friday all 6 of the girls and I will travel to Philly for Teresa's monthly check up and testing .  We will be meeting with the transplant team and Child Life to discuss the transplant procedure in more detail to the girls .

I can not believe summer is almost over .  In less than 2 weeks all of the girls will start school .  I really love having them all home,  but for the first time in 26 years , I will be childless for 4 hours each day . ( Teresa is starting kindergarden with Gemma but will only go to school  half a day because of her health ) .  So I  will have  4 hours to myself , I can hardly stand the wait !

Here are some photos of our VERY  WONDERFUL summer . It went by way too fast !  Praying God will bless us with another wonderful summer next year and  ALL of us together !


Lynda said...

SO HAPPY you all had a chance to get away and as you said just "be"!
God continue to bless and keep you all as you adjust back to regular schedule and routines.

Wanda said...

I am glad that you had some time to get away and relax. I love the pictures. Everyone looks like they are having a good time.

Lori said...

God is so good! I love the way He knits hearts together (pun intended!) and brings special friends into our lives at just the right time! I have followed your journey with Teresa for so long, (before I even knew I'd be following you!) that it feels strange to suddenly find myself in the same place as families! I feel incredibly blessed! Teresa proves just how special heart babies are! I can't wait to see all that God has in store for her~ Praying for miracles to abound!!! Together with HOPE, Lori McCary

Aus said...

Good morning Ann - our vacations overlapped! We were in Hocking Hills Ohio - a place with neither Internet access OR cell phone service - and wow was it good to disconnect!!

Glad you had the chance for this - enjoy the school year - our's starts today!

hugs - and continued prayers - aus and co.