How do I stay close to my extended family, my siblings, my parents, my children…anyone left on the other side of the world from me?
HOW!? Thank the Lord we do not live one hundred years ago or even fifty or even twenty years ago as was our case when we sent off our first child.
The world has changed, it is possible to connect! But even one hundred years ago, it WAS possible to connect. The answer is not modern technology.
The answer is work. Yep, if you want to stay close, you are going to have to work at it.
When I started out, I went four years without talking to my parents except for one short short-wave phone call. But I did write a monthly letter to them – habitually.
When we sent off our first son, satellite phone was the new wonder. I could stand in my yard (you had to be outside), in my remote village, swatting mosquitoes, and talk with my son in the States!
Then emails came along, but cost us $5.00 per page in the beginning. Now! I talk to my daughter almost daily for free! My grandchildren have Anne & Baba (our grandparent title) Time.
Facebook, Skype, Hangouts, Textfree, FaceTime, and more are out there to help you stay connected with family. I have at least six ways to connect with my children, my family, and my friends. And I do it regularly.
Should you be involved and connected with the world you live in? Yes! Don’t use these tools as an escape, but family is family. It is very important to stay connected. Your family will support you your whole life, don’t lose touch with them. When you get older (like me), you will see the importance and necessity of that support.
It is not how can I stay connected with my family anymore – it is – do I want to stay connected.
Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25