It is so very difficult to live far away, when we'd like to see her and her brothers every day. I feel very sad until I remember my friend being a missionary in Belgium while we were going to church with her mother here in Ohio. It wasn't the same back then as now. One couldn't just pick up the phone and call any time...and of course, there was no FaceTime. Flying back and forth was more difficult then as well.
And way back when I was a child, my father's relatives were all still in TX, while we were on this side of the country. I got to see my grandmother 4 times in my life...no FaceTime yet. Even though I loved her, I barely got to know her except through stories my dad told me. We didn't call on the telephone either. We did write back and forth. I wish I had kept some letters. I remember my grandpa sending me $1.00 every birthday. Boy things have changed!
When I think of how good we have it now, I count my blessings.