How Do You Stay Connected?

As many of you know, I am a native New Orleanian.  I have lived in a few places in the Metro area, but never left the vicinity of my beloved City.  I am fortunate that my entire family (with the exception of my sister-in-law) live within driving distance of me.  I love the fact that grandparents, aunts, uncles, Godparents and cousins can all be a part of my daughters lives.
With the possibility of a move in my future, I am starting to think about how I may lose the close family Unit if this possibility becomes a reality.  I do not want my own parents to lose touch with their Granddaughters and will definitely have to find ways to make sure we stay connected.
Fortunately, in this digital age, there are so many options for staying connected with family and friends.  One of my favorites is Skype which allows my daughters to video chat with their Nanny who now lives in Canada. It definitely makes the miles between us seem shorter.  With services like Adobe SendNow, you can also email big files like high resolution pictures so grandparents can print them the same day!  I also recently discovered recordable storybooks which allow a loved one to read a story to your children even when they are far away.  This is a great option for deployed military members or even parents who find themselves traveling quite a bit.
Do you live near family?  If not, how do you stay connected?  Do you chat online, send large files, mail handwritten letters, visit frequently?  I want to know your tips and tricks for keeping your family close when miles may separate you.

Comments

  1. Hey B!

    Not sure if you caught this on FB, but I recently moved to the Boston area and my family is from Wisconsin. Of course, we are not strangers to distance as I had spennt the last 4 years living in Indiana, but we are even further away now. I actually talk to my Mom every day. Its kind of our “thing” to talk in the morning during my commute to work. We do lots of Skyping on weekends. As far as pictures go, I have had lots of success just uploading ALL the pictures I take of Nicholas to Flickr. All of our family members have access to my site and can download whatever pictures they want or even send them to be printed. Once in awhile I will make a little photo book or something to send out to folks but generally let them pick out which ones they want themselves.

    Where are you thinking about moving to?

  2. I didn’t know you moved! Thanks for the great ideas. Flickr would work! I love the idea of making photo books as well. My job situation is up in the air at the moment, so I am not sure where we will end up.

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