The wonders of technology allow us what seems like unlimited possibilities, but that technology has to be paid for. The electronic contact with Patricia and Fredd is primarily by e-mail and Facebook. (How did people ever get things done pre-Facebook/e-mail/internet/Skype?!)
They are dependent on a prepaid account to be able to get on the internet (a contract is too expensive), and it took awhile to find the correct modem for the laptop computer that Marianne and Bob had taken to them in June.
With the little bit of money that is coming in we can at least get the kids some food and get airtime for the internet. It certainly makes communication easier.