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Word of the Week – Reflection

Every so often I 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 Reflection

Is there a word more appropriate for this time of year? This one in particular.

An absolute rollercoaster of emotions for me, Charles Dickens said it perfectly with “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” 2020 has been both the best and worst year of my life.

You don’t need me to explain the negatives. If you’ve been awake at all in 2020 you know how unbelievably awful it has been for each of us in our own ways. We’ve all experienced our struggles because of the pandemic. Let’s be honest, we’re still struggling now.

It feels confusing to me therefore, never mind anyone else, to be able to say that I’ve never been happier.

At the beginning of March, right before the first lockdown began, I found out I was pregnant. As the world was receiving terrible news, we received the best news ever. News which we of course had to share over face time. The way in which many of us have spent our lives over the last ten months.

After nine long months of seeing almost noone other than my husband and my midwife in person, I became a mum.

Every second of sadness was overshadowed by the fact that I created the most beautiful little girl and now I get to care for her and watch her grow. The love I feel for her is indescribable. She brings me so much joy.

So as we head into a brand new year, I look back on the last one with gratitude. It taught me a lot, it gave me a lot and I now have a brand new twelve months of experiences ahead. They won’t all be wonderful, but I know it will be a wonderful year none the less.


Emma x


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  1. Apt word for this time of year!
    Happy new year to you x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Happy New Year Ellen, thank you so much for visiting!

  2. It really has been both the best and worst year.
    Congratualtions! I hope you and your girl are doing well.
    Wishing you all the best for 2021 x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thank you so much Kim! We’re getting there. Both learning a lot every day 😛 Very happy though! x

  3. Happy New Year to you and your little family. What a year to be born in, definitely a memorable one for your little girl. I’m sure things will be better from now on. I totally understand how it was both awful and amazing for you and wish you all the best for the future. Thanks for linking up to #wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Happy New Year to you too! She won’t believe it when we try to tell her about 2020 will she? The huge silver lining for me is that Mike is still home a lot of the time working, so I always have some extra support despite not being able to see anyone else. That means a lot 🙂

  4. Happy New Year and congratulations! 2020 definitely gave you a wonderful gift. I hope the next twelve months are ones to enjoy. #wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thank you so much Cheryl and Happy New Year! I feel so fortunate to have had something so wonderful to focus on 🙂

  5. Great word and a great post. I will now close my eyes and reflect on the past 10 days. They have been sublime and I want to appreciate that. Thanks

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      I’m so glad you have positive things to reflect on! Thank you for visiting 🙂

  6. What a great idea a word of the week. A great way to summarize your week. I look forward to reading all of them.

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thank you Cheryl, Anne does a brilliant job of hosting the link up!

  7. Congratulations! It’s good to hear nice news 🙂

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thank you so much Karen, glad to be able to bring you some! 🙂

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