Our last day has crept up on us so fast. It’s 8:45 p.m. and the day is winding down. We just said bye to all the sweet, beautiful, incredible happy and loving children. It was when Dieunel said “I love you,” to us that the flood gates opened and both Vivienne and I were crying our hearts out. However, I know that the year will fly by so fast and then I’ll be back again…or should I say “we’ll” be back again. From the moment that Vivienne arrived at HATS, she was already talking about coming back with this and that for Karen and the kids. I know that Vivienne was truly touched by the wonderful children, and she instantly became Karen’s friend. I am so happy and blessed to have met that woman, and that she was willing to come with me and is wanting to come back with me next year.

Tonight, I’m not going to give you a run-down of the day. You’ll see what we did in the following pictures. I just want to tell everyone what many of you already know. HATS is Karen’s and Luckner’s life. It is their combined teamwork and passion to help the people of Haiti that makes HATS such an incredible place. I had a chance to see Luckner’s smiling face a few times during the hustle and bustle of the week, and that really lifted my heart. I just want to let him and the world know that I think he is an incredible, remarkable person. He does so, so much for Karen and the children; for the organization of HATS, for the school children, for his own family and for this community. I don’t know how I would ever be able to describe my sincere gratitude for all you do Luckner. Thank you so very much, and I leave here always at peace knowing that you are a part of all of this. Thank you a thousand times over.

Good night all

With love,

~Beate and Vivienne

p.s. It just dawned on me…We forgot to THANK Karen…sooooo thannnnnnkkkkkkk you (we did in private).

Treat time after church


Our young men drumming group


Sitting in palace at Ti Riviere


Overlooking the Artibonite Valley


Water play on an extremely hot day


Play time with the children


Jonathan is going to miss Vivianne’s arms


Germaine did not realize both ladies were soaking wet


These two are going to miss each other


Ti Luc’s new friend and therapist