Basic Routines Without Power

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,
When a storm moves through a rural community, it sometimes takes extra time to restore services. The tornado that came through our area on Monday night left many people without power, including our household. It may take a couple of days to get power back on at our house.

Last night, we used our battery backup unit for a few things, and we played Monopoly by candlelight. We made it an adventure and had fun instead of complaining about the lack of power.

We went to bed with it very dark in the house. We used flashlights and candles to do our before bed routine. I was especially thankful for my headlamp. That made my tasks a little easier to do.

We brushed our teeth quickly and used water bottles to rinse the toothbrushes. We went to bed in a very dark house. No power and no moonlight means that it is quite dark out in the country.

On Tuesday morning, we still did not have power. I got ready to go run at the Y by using my headlamp to guide my way to pack my essential items. On the way there, I noticed that there were many people and businesses without power.

The Y had power, but there were not many people working out early in the morning. I had a nice treadmill run and a warm shower afterwards. When I was leaving, they had coffee ready. It was a blessing to have access to these amenities!

After talking to my husband about the lack of power, we decided to visit my mom. She lives in the city, and her power had been restored. So we had another blessing of the day!

We are enjoying playing games with my mom and talking about the food we might fix later today at her house. More blessings!

Eventually, we will go back home and check on things. I know in the scheme of things this is just a little inconvenience. My basic routines will get done. My zone missions will wait until another day. I can take care of my Home Blessings when the power is back on. I am not stressed out about any of this. I am thankful for the large and small blessings of the week.

Your Zone Mission today is to declutter in your closet for 15 minutes.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is pasta, but that may change depending on our situation with power.

Have a great day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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