word of the week - growing

Word of the Week – Growing

Each Friday, I would like to share a word of the week with you. Something that summarises what I’ve been up to, how I’ve felt and how life is generally going. I’d love if you’d share your own in the comments or even join in with the link up if you are a blogger. (You can find the details at the bottom of this post.) It can be so therapeutic to reflect on what’s been happening, good or bad. It will be nice to look back on these posts in the future too!


This week I have chosen the word Growing

Two weeks ago I mentioned that we had planted some potatoes in our garden. Being complete novices I had no idea if we would have any success with them. Well I’m so pleased to say that the plants have grown so much in the last fourteen days. I’ll add a picture below of them now, just look at those leaves! After a bit of digging…sorry, terrible pun, I’ve found that we need to wait another two to three months before we can harvest them. Time to practice some patience, which is not always my strong suit.

A picture of our potato plants in the garden

As you can imagine, my bump is also growing. A lot. The baby apparently doubles in size between weeks 16 and 18 so it’s no wonder. I’m so pleased as it is really starting to become rounded. I no longer look like I just had a really big meal. To accommodate my bump I’ve had to do a bit of shopping. My joggy bottoms and leggings have been getting me through until now, but they’re not the most practical in the heat we’ve been having. I’ve ordered a handful of summer dresses and t-shirts online, whilst trying not to go over board. I want to be comfortable, but I also don’t want to spend a fortune on items which will only be worn for a short time. One thing which certainly won’t be growing when the baby arrives is our bank balance!

One final thing which has made me incredibly happy this week, is that my blog is growing. After being on and off for a while I feel like I’ve really found my flow. I only write about things with passion and heart now and can feel a huge difference. It’s showing in my stats too. I’m so grateful to say that I have had a lot of lovely readers visiting my blog. To anyone who might be looking to start a blog of their own, my one big piece of advice is to write from the heart. If you love what you do and give it some care and attention, it will grow naturally.


After such a painful week for the world I am grateful that I am able to write about such positive things. The #blacklivesmatter movement has really opened my eyes to my own ignorance as a privileged white person and the importance of being actively anti-racist. As well as the topics I’ve spoken about above, I’ve been taking time each day to educate myself and expand my awareness of the world.

Emma x


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  1. Your potatoes are coming along nicely. Ours have also got leaves this week which is exciting. It is lovely when you start getting a proper bump – although it does come with having to get new clothes! I found that my most used maternity clothes were those that were good for breastfeeding in – I still wear most of those tops and dresses now. I also borrowed my husband’s shorts which have converted me to men’s shorts forevermore as they were the comfiest shorts ever and have lovely deep pockets too. I’m glad that your blog is growing too. It shows in your writing that you write from the heart and I always enjoy reading your word of the week posts. It is good to have things to be grateful about particularly on a week like this – and it does open your eyes to just how privileged we are in so many ways. I’ve been reading a lot more this week with regards to #blacklivesmatter and it has been an eye-opener. Made me realise I need to become much more aware of these things too. #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      I’ve had a lot of friends say that about maternity clothes so I’ve tried to plan ahead when buying them. I’ll definitely steal some of Mike’s clothes too, although I shouldn’t. My favourite pair of joggies used to belong to him…along with a couple of t-shirts…and a jumper or two. OK apparently I’m quite the thief! The #blacklivesmatter movement has definitely woken me up to the fact that you don’t know how little you know until you are taught more. That’s quite a confusing sentence but you know what I mean. You just don’t realise how much of a bubble you live in until someone pops it with a good dose of reality. I’m definitely grateful for this wake up call! #WotW

  2. Lots of growing there Emma, how exciting that your bump is growing, you’ll soon be getting to see your baby at your 20 week scan, always an exciting time. Your plants look good too. Your blog advice is spot on, it’s always good to write from the heart. Finally, I agree, it’s lovely to read such a positive post while it seems the world is crazy. I’ve always prided myself on having no prejudices and I’ve always brought my children up to treat all as equal. But I too have found that I’ve a lot more to learn.

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Who’d have thought so much could happen at such an otherwise quiet time! The best thing any of us can do is admit that there is more to learn. We never know it all after all. Actively opening ourselves up to new information each day is so important! #wotw

  3. We’ve just started growing potatoes too! We’ve got fancy potato bags and everything! lol. The twins like digging around in mud, so it was fun to plant things with them.

    I remember loving watching my bump grow. Obviously, with twins, it was massive pretty quickly! Make sure you enjoy this bit – soon, you’ll need heavy machinery installed to help you stand up and get out of bed! And congratulations on your blog too – I’m glad you’ve found your groove!

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Oh you’ll need to let me know how you get on growing them. The twins will be so excited when they see what you’ve been able to grow in your own back garden! Haha, I already need Mike’s help sometimes. Just on the days when the bump is feeling a bit tender thankfully. I’m not looking forward to the days of whale Emma #wotw

  4. Well done with the growing! It sounds like you have a lot of waiting to do with the potatoes and the baby. It’s a very exciting time though.
    Well done with growing your blog too.
    It has been a week of learning when it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement. I have been education myself and my girls too. x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Normally I’d be incredibly impatient Kim, but right now I am in no rush for this baby to be here. Hopefully come November things will be a little more back to normal #wotw

  5. Yes, a lovely positive post, just what we could do with right now! The potato leaves look healthy, and your bump is obviously coming on well too. Good lick with it all. #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thank you so much Enda! Definitely feeling the weight of everything today so the positives really help #wotw

  6. I think it’s such a lovely idea to have a word of the week. I imagine it really helps to reflect on what has happened and how your feeling. I’m so pleased to hear things in your life have been growing positively. I think my word for this week would be strength as even though this week has been challenging at times, I’ve kept going.


    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      It’s honestly such a nice way to keep present Gemma. Life can go by far too quickly so it is nice to pause and look back each Friday! If it fits your blog, you should definitely join in with the link up 🙂

      1. Thanks; I will bear this in mind! 🙂

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