Blog Posts

Look in the Rearview Mirror!

By Matt and Cara Smithson | September 21, 2017

  Have you ever heard people tell you “don’t go through life looking in the rearview mirror”, or “look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror”. Now, if the rearview mirror was not truly beneficial why do we have one? Many time we come to a dead end in our life and in…

Ghislaine

By Matt and Cara Smithson | September 6, 2017

I don’t know how to grieve or do I? Is this it? Maybe I’m still in shock or maybe this is part of the process. So I’m writing my thoughts because I don’t know what else to do. The “what if’s” haunt you. But could we have ever changed God’s will? No. But I so…

Rain, Rain, Go Away

By Matt and Cara Smithson | August 27, 2017

A few weekends ago we were able to get away for a few days with friends and go camping. Now, I love camping but it’s a lot of work and with the amount of work we do each day it just didn’t sound like an extremely relaxing getaway however our kids really wanted to go…

Potholes

By Matt and Cara Smithson | August 4, 2017

I remember when we first moved to Haiti going on a long road trip with more potholes than most could imagine. With me being prone to carsickness even on good roads I vowed to never make that trip again. Marriages problems are like potholes and on the mission field the roads are filled with them.…

The Transition(s)

By Matt and Cara Smithson | July 24, 2017

This morning I was almost overcome with tears as I was sitting in church before the service began. It caught me completely by surprise because I am not normally an emotional person. The cause of the tears was our daughter Kaylea. She was walking up on the stage to lead worship for the first time…

What just happened?

By Matt and Cara Smithson | August 26, 2016

Last night at around 4:30 our Hope Rising family grew by 7. I wasn't excited. I was torn. What was wrong with me? Orphan care is not at all what one would imagine it to be and even what the books tell you it is. Trust me, I've read the books. I couldn't sleep last…

Death

By Matt and Cara Smithson | May 23, 2016

Over the past few weeks death has affected many people and organizations in our little area of Haiti but it happens every second of everyday all over the world. I guess what bothers me most are those deaths that could have easily been prevented with medical care. Like asthma, infected cut, malaria, and the list…

Reality

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 5, 2016

It’s been awhile since I have blogged. It always seems to take me awhile to process and gather my thoughts enough to be able to put them into words and in all honesty I am not sure I am there yet so if this blog seems like random thoughts it’s because they are J.  Over…

No Regrets

By Matt and Cara Smithson | February 1, 2016

A little over 9 months ago our lives changed. Let me go back and explain a little history about how all these changes came about.  About 3 years ago we met and began a friendship with Matt and Jessica Bush. They were in a similar situation as we were working with a specific group of…

Don’t miss out!

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 14, 2015

It’s hard to believe we have already had 8 teams this year and preparing for a busy summer as well. As special as each team was I want to focus for a minute on these last two teams. During those weeks God refreshed my eyes to His vision for Hope Rising. It’s almost been a…