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Skype is my Friend!

Okay.  I’m a believer.  Skype is one of the best things since sliced bread!

I didn’t have too much prior knowledge of Skype, outside of knowing that Oprah always has her guests “Skyping in” from random locations. I guess even Oprah has to save money in this economy.  But anyway…

I decided to try it when my husband deployed after hearing about it in a Military Spouses Briefing about the upcoming deployment.

I went out and bought a webcam (with a coupon of course) for my husband’s computer and tested it out to make sure it worked.  Dear hubby went to one part of the house and I went to another.  It worked well and the best thing about it is that it’s free!

Let me back up for those of you that might be a little confused and not know much about Skype.

Skype is a program that you can download to your computer that allows you to have free video conferences with other Skype users.  All you need is a webcam and you are good to go!

You can also use Skype to make long distance calls for a fee.

This program is invaluable for military families, or for persons that have family members that are far away.  Since my husband has been gone, we have had three “Skype dates” and it has really helped me to feel better about the involuntary separation.

Talking on the phone is one thing.  Talking AND seeing him is absolutely wonderful!

Now I will admit that there are occasional issues with the connection dropping and the video freezing, but the benefits definitely outweigh these minor issues.

On Monday’s post, I talked about wanting to be with my husband on his birthday.  After I wrote that post, I decided to get a little creative.  I knew that we would be having a Skype date, so I decided to decorate the background like a party.  I figured we could have a virtual celebration.

Here is a picture that I took with my son while we were waiting on my husband to sign on to Skype.

My husband loved his “surprise Skype birthday party”!  I wasn’t sure whether he would like it or not, but I could tell he was pleased because he had a big cheesy grin on his face the whole conversation.

Even if your spouse isn’t deployed, you can use Skype for chatting with friends that live all around the world.

Two thumbs up for Skype!

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  • Amber September 17, 2009, 11:53 PM

    What a great way to keep in touch with hubby. And the b-d party was a great idea. I bet he loved it.

  • Christian Mommy Writer September 17, 2009, 11:18 PM

    @Martha – Thanks for your comment about the picture. We had so much fun doing it!

    @Becky – We'll have to try Yahoo Messenger too. Thanks for the heads up about the calling rates.

    @Jolyn – Maybe you can download it from the webcam's manufacturer website. Hope it works out for you!

    @Momsweb – Thanks!

    @Pamela – Thanks for stopping by. I bet the kids enjoy seeing you while you are gone.

    @Kathryn – I went by your blog and signed up for the giveaway. If you need help with ideas, let me know, whenever that times comes! 🙂

  • Kathryn September 17, 2009, 8:28 PM

    Wow! I am so glad you wrote about this! I have heard about skype from other military families, and it is not a new concept to me, but I have never used it,and I did not know all the helpful ways it could be used!

    I love the picture, it just blesses my heart, because I am sure it made your husband's day! 🙂 I hope I am that creative when my husband is deployed!

    By the way, I am doing a book giveaway for military wives on my blog, if you want to come check it out! http://singing-in-the-rain24.blogspot.com/2009/09/faith-deployed.html

  • Pamela September 17, 2009, 10:02 AM

    I have a business trip next month, and I skype video conference with my hubby so the kids see while I'm away! I love it! And I'm sure they enjoy that I can still read them a bedtime story even if not at home~

  • MOMSWEB September 16, 2009, 3:54 PM

    You are a lovely lady!

  • Becky September 16, 2009, 8:47 AM

    My husband has Skype on his computer, but we use Yahoo messenger to keep in touch – you can use a webcam with it and everything. Note to self: buy a webcam. My husband has a webcam and occasionally he'll flip it on – it's nice to "see" him! The nice thing about Skype – did you see the rates for phone calls? Dirt cheap. Very, very nice.

  • Jolyn September 16, 2009, 12:32 PM

    I just signed up for skype, and we already had a webcam but now we can't find the disc for it to work properly. Grrrr… Glad it's working for you!

  • Martha September 16, 2009, 3:46 AM

    I must admit, I never heard of Skype until I came across your post :o) now I am intrigued!! Technology nowadays never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for sharing about this nifty application, now you're more "hip" than me ((winks))

    P.S. What an ADORABLE picture!!

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