Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #10

Another sunny day in Northern Ireland, but another 12 deaths bringing our country’s total to 48. Over 3600 dead in the United Kingdom as a whole. It’s getting to the point where the numbers are almost irrelevant, they lose their meaning and impact the more they rise. Every day is worse than the one before, they say it will peak at Easter. But, what then? And for many, it will already be too late then.

The girls have been busy with their crafts. Fionnuala is making Easter decorations as I type this and the girls spent the other day making a beautiful heart display for our front window as a tribute to our National Health Service who are fighting the virus on the front line. Every Thursday evening at 8pm the nation is being asked to stand at their front doors and applaud such key workers. It has become a national middle finger to coronavirus.

Adam’s school held its Spring Concert this morning online and Adam was awarded rugby colours for the 2019-2020 season. This was kind of his teachers as he spent most of that time injured but turned up every Saturday to support the team in any way he could. Hopefully when all this is over he will have a full year fit and healthy to play rugby in his final year at Lurgan College. It’s the least he deserves for the way he is tackling his rehabilitation.

I ran just over five miles this afternoon. It’s been three weeks since I last ran but, at times today, felt like three years. But I did it and my time was a slight improvement on yesterday. It was good to get out in the fresh air and run along the country roads outside our village. My plan is to run or walk every day I’m off work. Keeping my mind and body healthy for when reality returns to this crazy world we live in. Stay safe everyone.

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.

35 thoughts on “Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #10

  1. Here in the US it is hard to remember there are others who are being challenged by this same virus. Thank you for sharing your precious part of the world with all of us. Blessings to you as we enter this Holy Week. 💜💜


  2. The mounting death toll around the globe is so sad and becomes so hard to take in without driving yourself mad. Still, I’d rather be informed than not, even if it is rather hard on the soul. My prayers continue for all the peoples of this place called earth.

    I am glad you and your family have routines to keep you grounded. It’s so important, isn’t it. I am spending a lot more time on WordPress and on Facebook as well. I am so grateful to be able to connect with people online.

    Please stay as healthy as possible and stay safe!


  3. Thanks for the positive report from Chez Black. Love the girl’s heart display, fitting acknowledgement for Adam, nice run Stephen and I really like the show of support for the health care workers. I’m going to show my age but the death toll brings back memories of the nightly news when I was a child. Back then it was the Vietnam war and there was a daily count reported once by solemn men in suits.


  4. It’s great that you’re using this time to get healthy and being so positive! That’s what we need right now when the rest of the world is fearful (and rightfully so). Thank you for this post! Wishing you the best of luck on your fitness journey!


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