Utilizing FaceTime To Strengthen Your Family


My son loves to play out on the front porch. Whenever we exit the big wooden door leading outside, he runs as fast as his little legs can carry him, halting as soon as he reaches the hose.

This particular day was uniquely beautiful.  The weather was cool and breezy.  The colors in the sky and the gold tone from the sunset reflecting off of the neighborhood made everything sparkle.

My son stood with the hose in his hands begging with his big blue eyes for just a little fun with the water.  I didn’t hesitate to turn the old metal nozzle, repeating to myself to remind myself, “righty-tighty, lefty-loosy.” As water began to trickle out of the hose, my son looked up with the biggest smile on his face.

I love witnessing my son discover and experience new things.  I am amazed as I watch him enjoy some of the most simple things in life.  I value that I get to be home with him as his mind is growing and learning. I am privileged to be his mom!

My son’s smile contagiously reflected from my face, as more and more joy was poured out upon the porch. For a second I thought to myself,

I wish his dad could see him now!

Then I remembered I had my phone near me, so I quickly pressed call to FaceTime with him. My husband answered with a huge smile on his face, surprised by our call and blessed to be a part of the fun, even if it was only virtually.

As my husband sat in traffic on his way home from work, he had the opportunity to see what I saw, our boy laughing and playing and growing…moments that pass by all too quickly.

I am thankful for the technology we have access to and how we can utilize it to connect and strengthen our family.  My husband felt honored to be thought of in that moment, affirmed that he too had the opportunity to take part in family fun, especially when he normally couldn’t because of his work schedule.

Something so small can be so significant!

I want to encourage you today to take advantage of the opportunities you have to strengthen your family through FaceTime or other technologies. If your spouse is unable to FaceTime, send a quick photo or video detailing the event through a text or email!  I am sure your thoughtfulness will bless your spouse while connecting your family!

- Jennifer Smith     Unveiledwife.com

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  1. says

    Beautiful Jennifer. I would almost see you smiling as you wrote this. Oh, the blessings of being a mother and the little moments we remember. It is those times that keep us going when the going gets tough.

    Peace to you and your family.

  2. says

    These are great suggestions that work, Jennifer. We have been utilizing FaceTime since we moved a few months ago. We are 1,000 miles away from our family, including our 7 month old granddaughter. While FT doesn’t replace being there, it goes a very long way to fill that space with laughs, giggles, and just good conversation. Our daughter also sends short videos of little N. that are just precious.

  3. Finding Her Faith says

    Last year I was in the hospital for major surgeries, twice! I was able to see my children through FaceTime and it was such an amazing thing. They lifted my spirit in so many ways and it was such an incredible blessing. Additionally, we connect our children with their out of state grandparents. I doubt their relationships would be nearly as strong without the use of such technology.

  4. Amanda Long says

    I love this post !!! I tell my husband all the time that we should facetime….. he sadly has a work phone in which facetime is blocked :( we are hoping eventually it comes to them unblocking it or as my son gets older and debt is paid down that we can get him a personal phone too !!! Thanks for sharing !

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