Those that know me well know that I am definitely not a "lover of technology". I still have a "dumb" phone, and know only the very basics about electronics. I have a Kindle and have found it's usefulness (especially when traveling), but nothing beats crawling up with a good book - the texture, the sound of the pages as they turn, the smell... And some will tell you that I single handily am keeping the post office in business. I just love sending (and receiving) a letter in the mail (again, there's something nostalgic there that you just do not get with an email).
But, I have to say that this deployment I am so thankful for advanced technology, and how it has allowed for almost daily communication. A few months before my husband left someone had asked me if we were going to be able to "Skype" with each other. I had to go home and google Skype because I had no idea what it was. And yes, we have been able to Skype and what a blessing it has been for the girls to see their Daddy and for their Daddy to watch them grow. "M" just loves to cook up her Daddy a good meal!
You can hardly tell, but Daddy is there under all that food.