Salted White Chocolate Reece’s Pieces Popcorn

First, let me introduce myself! I’m Carrie. I have two kids, I live in Dallas, and I blog. I blog about parenting and simple solutions for busy moms (and dads!). Even though I share a lot of food recipes, I have to be honest – I’m no expert in the kitchen, Like, AT ALL. So if you see a recipe on my site, you’ll know that it’s actually easy to make (I promise!).

And this popcorn? It was no exception.

White Chocolate Popcorn

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Zimbabwe Day 1

This evening we made it to Zimbabwe. We’d spent Sunday night on the plane, Monday night in Dubai, and now here (tomorrow night we’ll be in a different hotel as well).

I already love it here. It’s beautiful – a little wind and perfect temps today. It varies between lush green and desert dry, but it looks just like you grow up thinking Africa looks – the flatter topped trees, sunsets that looks like the sky burst into flames. We got in this evening, but took a van to the hotel before it was dark – I couldn’t get any photos that were able to show how beautiful it is. Soon! This is one I got from the van on our way to the hotel.

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It reminds me a lot of India here – especially how it smells. Like – kind of a sweet incense mixed with different odors. Not bad, not good, just familiar. It’s odd how 11 years later I can still remember that smell. We went out to dinner with the World Vision Zimbabwe team, the people who live and work here. We were able to hear and talk to the CEO of the Zimbabwe branch, as well as other staff. They were so amazingly wonderful, after just a quick round of introductions we jumped into conversation on maternal and infant health, our own stories, what they specifically do here – like we’ve all known each other for years.

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Sometimes, I Talk to Her

I talked to her tonight. My sweet little baby girl, who was taken too soon last May. After my son, Ricky, fell asleep on the couch and I tucked him in, I ran to the grocery store while my husband waited at home.

As I was driving, I heard something jingling in my purse. It wasn’t a sound I normally hear. And, as with most things out of the ordinary – a unique butterfly, particularly beautiful day or pretty little noise that seems to come out of the blue, it makes me think of her. Like she’s there, next to me, totally aware of what’s going on in our world.

I told her that I love her – more than the moon and the stars – the same thing I tell my little guy when I put him to bed at night. The jingle sounded again, “I know. I’ve been a little hormonal today. You’re right.”

Another jingle. “I love you too. So much.” And then I was there – at the grocery store.

I walked in, picked up something sweet, and started driving home. No more jingling. She was gone.

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{Tomorrow}

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So here we are. Tomorrow I board the plane for Zimbabwe. My therapist has asked me to write down how I feel each day I’m there, to get an idea of how this trip affects me before, during and after. So tonight, I’m writing on here about how I feel before I analyze it to death or talk myself out of it.

Anxious: mostly about being away from Sam and Bella. My mom is out to be with Bella during the day, and keep Sam company, but I haven’t ever been away this long. I’ll be gone 11 days.

Excited: Like – way excited. Which feels a little weird to say since we’re going to a country devastated by poverty and to learn about the maternal/infant mortality crisis. But I’m excited to be a part of this, to make a difference, to be a part of something greater than myself and my story.

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#12Prayers – For Miscarriage and Infant Loss

12 prayers Today I have the honor of praying with and for those of you who have lost a child and/or are walking with someone who has. Rachel from @makesomethingbeautiful on Instagram (find her blog here) asked me to write 12 prayers – 6 for those of us who have lost and 6 for friends and family. Each orayer contains a verse I and others have found comforting or encouraging on this path, as well as a short prayer that goes with it.

This is something Rachel has hosted before under the #12prayers hashtag with prayers for marriage, back to school, Iraqi Christians, and our hearts. Her dedication to reaching out to so many of us is inspiring. You can read more behind this movement here

Please join us now in praying, once an hour from 9-9, on her page for our lives and those grieving around us.