When I woke up Saturday morning, I had a text message asking if we had power.

I scanned the room and noticed the fan wasn’t on, and then I looked back down at my phone to notice that it wasn’t charging.

The power had gone out in the night.

What I didn’t know is that a quarter of an inch to a half of inch had fallen over the county throughout the night.

Thankfully, I was blessed to have a warm bed to be in, and I nestled up in the blankets and was grateful that the children were actually sleeping in a little bit, a rare occurrence for Saturday morning.

At first, my fiancé considered running out for a biscuit run, but then it dawned on him, we can use the grill.

So we fired up the grill and had bologna and eggs.

We spent the rest of the morning eating, playing games on our phone and playing games in the floor.

Some people aren’t as lucky.

There are others who are homeless with no roof over their head and no way to get warm.

I’ve seen people complain about the power being off and how long it’s taking when they should be grateful that they even have a home to go to or a car to get warm in.

Power linemen, those who remove trees from power lines, firemen, police, EMS and others have been working around the clock to make sure roads are safe and to help restore power as quickly as they can.

And for that, I am grateful.

I’ve seen power companies personally out on the road since around lunchtime Saturday, and I’m sure they were out and about long before that.

They’re pulled away from their families to work in the freezing temperatures to try to get everyone else some comfort back in their lives.

I know not having power is inconvenient and for some, I know it’s a need for medical reasons and others, and I hope those people are taken care of.

I’ve heard stories of individuals giving up their generators to elderly neighbors, and others with power opening their home to those without who may need a hot meal, shower or to simply charge their phone.

Those are the kind of stories I enjoy hearing.

We should be a people of neighbors helping neighbors.

And even if you don’t have power, if you’re lucky enough to have a roof over your head, consider yourself blessed.

Take the time to talk with your family, pull out a deck of cards or maybe a board game, and hopefully, the power will be restored before you know it.

And if you see some of these people who have to go out and about in this weather to help protect us or restore power, give them a thank you.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com