Weekend Update

Another shortish post today as another crazy week begins for the Black family. We are bracing ourselves as a cold front from Siberia descends upon the British Isles. The media over here have named it ‘The Beast From The East’ and we have been warned to expect icy winds, heavy snowfall and sub zero temperatures. So much for spring being on it’s way. The Easter Bunny may get his thermals out based on the weather outlook ahead.

An excellent weekend was had by all here. Ireland beat Wales in the Six Nations Rugby and, almost as importantly for us Irish, the English were beaten by Scotland. Apologies to our English followers (well not really) but you can’t be Irish and not have a giggle over that one. The main sporting highlight, however, was Lurgan College beating Strabane Academy 29-12. Adam had a great game cheered on my Fionnuala, Hannah and yours truly.

Hannah had another reason to cheer as Fionnuala has secured tickets for the two of them to see Niall Horan (formerly of One Direction) in concert next month. Although I think that Fionnuala might secretly be just as excited. And where was Rebecca you might ask? Well I’m glad you did as she was having a sleepover with her little cousin at her granny’s house. I’m not sure how much sleep she got as she was a tad tired when she returned home but I know she had a great time.

As for me? Well I’m on call this week so have had to deal with phone calls in the dead of night over the weekend. It’s no fun but it’s part of the job. I managed an eight mile run yesterday and plan to run tomorrow again, weather permitting. The Belfast Marathon is a mere 70 days away. Yikes! I’m also chipping away at the novel, averaging approximately 500 words per day. It’s hard finding the time but I’m trying to discipline my writing. I’m getting more and more excited about the plot and the character development. The bad guys in this novel are something else and, if anything, are even more fun to write than our main protagonists.

Anyone that’s me signing out. Talk soon πŸ™‚

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

21 thoughts on “Weekend Update

  1. Oh so cool and oh so cold! UGH… can’t wait to hear about THAT weekend as well. And I miss the days of watching Rugby – used to go when my brother-in-law played (decades ago)… such a great sport to watch.


  2. We had a skiff of snow on our mountain this morning…that is a rare occurrence and we are all wondering what on earth has happened to the weather. We had record breaking heat 2 weeks ago and then we he had record breaking cold last week. It gets curiouser and curiouser.

    So glad you all had a wonderful weekend!


      1. Our “mountains” are not the mountains I grew up with. I grew up with 15,000 foot high mountains in Colorado. Our coastal California mountains are barely above 3,000 feet high in elevation. I’ll take it elevation and being able to see long distances in any way I can πŸ™‚ Come visit!


          1. I know – let’s trade houses for a month πŸ™‚ That would work right? You and your lot could come and stay at my house and me and mine will come and stay at yours! Wasn’t there a novel set in Ireland about that? Then we’re just out airfare and food and touristy stuff! Problem solved πŸ˜‰


  3. It’s fun watching how the rest of the world responds to snow πŸ™‚ we’ve had the bone-chilling wind and snow since mid-January now and this has been a short winter! The roads here bearly unthaw before we get the next storm πŸ™‚ stay warm and safe and enjoy some cocoa while you’re at it. So glad the running and novel is going well it’s incredible how you stay dedicated to it all!


      1. Motivation is one of the key elements to everything it seems! I’m sure we would have no idea what to do with the rainy days you’ve written about before πŸ™‚ it also is probably more dangerous when it storms elsewhere like it does here because no one really knows how to drive in it! Even here where most people have the car, tires, and experience for it, it gets scary most times.


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