Keeping connection

How do you maintain connection with family and friends back ‘home’?

One of the toughest aspects of expat life is keeping meaningful connections with our family and friends back in our ‘home’ country, wherever that may be!?!

Generally speaking, I am a pretty good communicator. I am one of those people who rarely misses a birthday, and I often get the girls to sing Happy Birthday as a video message if we are unable to call. Each year I aim to have my Christmas Cards delivered by the first week of December, traditional cards sent snail mail for the Aunts and Uncles and an email to family and friends all over the world. I also regularly message or call people if I am thinking about them, and sometimes it’s just to say “hey, I’m thinking about you”.

My kids are still little, and their cousins are reasonably little too (sorry Jacob!) So long as I plan something for them to do together when they first catch up, it breaks the ice and then they are OK together again. This past Christmas I took a gingerbread house kit with us, that gave the girls and their cousins something to connect over until they were settled and comfortable with each other again. It doesn’t take long, but it is easier for them (and me) if I do plan an ice breaker.

I work hard to keep connections with family and friends, especially when we only see them once a year or every couple of years. But even then, when we do catch up in person it’s not always easy.

Keeping connections with family and friends back ‘home’ takes planning and effort. How do you maintain connections? Please share your thoughts in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

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2 thoughts on “Keeping connection

  1. Nicole Dragone Reply

    I don’t live abroad, but I moved away from my family when I met my husband 26 years ago and his family business required that we live in his home state 850 miles from my family. It was more challenging before the internet and social media, but I still believe a hand-written note, holiday cards, Birthday gifts and phone calls mean so much still today!
    When we get together we try to plan for a mini vacation together or a special outing to see a musical performance and create long-lasting memories with them. There’s nothing more powerful than being a memory maker and being able to say, “Remember when we…” ❤️

    • EmilyRogers Post authorReply

      Thank you for sharing Nicole, I love the concept of being a “memory maker” I hadn’t thought of it that way! x

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