Keep In Touch!

Mini-College Reunion in Kansas City, 2010

Tomorrow, a very dear friend is moving away…far, far away.  Far as in, I didn’t know if where she was going was a city or a country and had to google it (not proud of that).  I’m sad and in denial about this voyage–I don’t like thinking she won’t just be a drive away.  But the great thing about technology today is it’s now easier than ever to stay connected.  So, I thought I’d share a few ways my college friends and I have tried to stay connected post-college:

1.  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal--this may sound cheesy, but we actually have a journal that we take turns writing in and mail it around the country.  It is so fun to get a package in the mail that has traveled around to some of your favorite people’s homes.  Admittedly, we were a bit more diligent a few years ago, but the journal is still making the rounds…in it, we’ve gotten new jobs, met our future husbands, gotten married, and had a few babies (6 and one on the way).

2.  5-minute phone calls–my friend Josie is really good about this.  Instead of setting apart an entire hour to talk to someone, she just calls when she’s walking home to quickly check in.  A quick, easy way to stay connected.

3.  Google Hangouts–this is a newer thing for us, but lately, we’ve been working on scheduling Google Hangouts.  I mean, we could be our own commercial for them.  It’s so fun to all check in at the same time–see new homes, new babies, new haircuts…it can be difficult to schedule, but totally worth it!

4.  FaceTime–if you both have iPhones, why not FaceTime?  I did this a few weeks ago with my friend and her two kids and it was so much fun!  I literally felt like I was sitting in her living room for a play date with our babies.

5.  Question Emails–okay, these are really fun!  We take turns emailing questions out to the group that range from serious stuff to frivolous things just to get a better idea of what’s going on.  It’s a lot easier to answer designated questions than to try to type up an email about your life.  Here are some sample questions:

  • What’s the best new recipe you’ve tried?
  • The last movie you saw was…
  • The current book by your nightstand is….
  • What new fall trend are you most excited about?
  • What’s one thing someone has done to encourage you?
  • How can we be praying for you?
It’s a quick way to get a snapshot of people you miss and love.
Have another way you stay connected with your friends?  Tell us in the comments!