The Haynies say they're grateful for Oprah's experiment.
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Now that the challenge is over, the Haynies got back their gadgets but say they don't depend on them like they did before. "We put the TV on one day and we watched for about maybe an hour," Pam says. "Then we were like, 'What do we do next?'"

Family dinners have continued, and Ron says he and Kristina have reconnected during their driving dates. RJ even started a gratitude journal—and one thing he doesn't list in it is technology! He writes: "I'm grateful for my loving and caring mom. I'm grateful for my fun and role model dad, Ron. I'm grateful for my kind and playful sister, Kristina. Last but not least, I'm grateful for my active and energetic dog, Coco."

It's an important lesson Ron says the entire family has learned. "We don't have to have all of this stuff," he says. "If you have family like the family I have, nothing else really matters."
FROM: Oprah's "What Can You Live Without?" Experiment, Part 2
Published on May 20, 2009

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