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Olivia Hatton, Rugs, and Anna Hatten
One of our goals in getting the house ready to sell was to find our Golden Retriever, Rugs, a home. We were worried this was going to be hard on our children. Our youngest, Anna, is eight  and Jacob is ten. We've only had Rugs a year and he is dearly loved! So when a friend of ours told us she knew a family with four children who would love to have a dog, we were both happy about the poosibility of a new home, but sad to see him go. But we knew this was the right family when we learned they were also Hattons. They spell their name with an o but so does a lot of our family. So Rugs would still be a Hatten/Hatton. We set the date, and  last Friday they came to meet him and take him to his new home. I was a little worried about the kid's reaction, but everything went smoothly. Rugs ran and played with everyone and was extremely happy to jump in their car and drive off. Maybe a little too happy. But it actually made us all laugh and relieved some of the tension as we said good-bye. Later that night and the following days Anna has said she really didn't want to give Rugs away, but we're trying to look forward to all the new adventures coming our way. Now who wants a cat?

 
_We are getting ready to leave by mid-August 2012, which is 8 months away. We've got a plan to get there, and have already started getting the house ready to sell. In the meantime, here are some things we are asking for prayer for:
  • That the Lord will help us keep our eyes focused on Him, that we won’t have doubts as we follow Him and not get distracted or afraid as we “see the wind” about us as we prepare to go! (Matthew: 14: 28-33)*
  • Have time this week to talk to Kerry and Joy Reeves while they are here this week!
  • Downsize and get our house ready to sell, with a goal of getting it on the market by April 2012 (and that the Lord will provide a buyer!)
  • Get organized (don’t know if that’s the right word) with all the legal aspects involved to be able to raise support to sustain ourselves and ministry.
  • Help us get our web-site together (with the help of our son-in-law, Nate)
  • Help Jacob and Anna to get excited about moving to Haiti.
  • Provision of housing in Haiti.
  • That God will prepare our hearts and the hearts of the people we will get to know in Haiti, that many will come to know Him as Lord and Savior!
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
 - Matthew 14:28-33 (ESV)