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Monday, December 23, 2013

Week 20 - Time is Very Short

[Note from Mom:  I love being a missionary mom.  But if you think weekly correspondence with a missionary is easy, think again.  For one thing, she's way busier than she’s ever been in her entire life!  For another thing, I don’t know about other missionary moms, but this missionary mom is pretty desperate for communication.  Pretty desperate?  Make that pathetically desperate.  And at rare times like this, it can pose a small problem.  To illustrate my point, this week I’m attaching an email string that took 17 minutes from beginning to end.  I would've preferred a 17-minute long letter instead but, hey, it is what it is.  My comments are added in italics.  Read on.]


From: Hevynn Heimuli
Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2013 09:10 PM
To: Heimuli, Pania - Salt Lake City, UT
Subject: Re: christmas 

[Picking up where we left off the previous week, planning our Christmas phone call with Sister Heimuli…]

The number is a cell phone.
[Right about here – or perhaps even before she began replying to this message – Sister Heimuli must've realized she'd be talking to me in 3 days.  Why bother emailing Mom when there are people she won’t be talking to on Christmas Day that she’d rather spend her time writing to today?]

oh btw i probably won`t have time to email you today so i`ll just talk to you on Thursday...my time! It`s a cell phone and it might be expensive. Yes cell phones have one more number than home phones. Love you!


On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM, Heimuli, Pania - Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

You'd BETTER email me! We are driving home from uncle hema's house in the snow…me, dad, harry and aunty nei. Love you!!!
[Do you like how I included “in the snow” just to emphasize the potentially hazardous condition I was in at the moment...as if this might be her last chance to email me in this lifetime?  That wasn’t too pathetically desperate, was it?  Nah, didn’t think so.]


From: Hevynn Heimuli
Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2013 09:16 PM
To: Heimuli, Pania - Salt Lake City, UT
Subject: Re: christmas

I really don`t have time.
[Too busy to send a weekly email to Mom, huh?  If anyone else received an email from Sister Heimuli this week, please message me...haha]

[Not sure if I learned it from her, or if she learned it from me but I guess it's easier to deliver bad news – or no news at all – if you include the words “love you.”  On second thought...after reviewing this string again...I learned it from her.]


On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM, Heimuli, Pania - Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

[Time to change up my strategy to something short, simple and difficult to determine “how mad is Mom, really?” … 'cause “love you” didn’t work.]


From: Hevynn Heimuli
Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM
To: Heimuli, Pania – Salt Lake City, UT
Subject: Re: christmas


Thank you family for the awesome package! LOVE my Weber State shirt, beauty stuff, bracelet, CD and all the Hawaiian candies (you know me too well)! Time is very short, but I want to wish all my family and friends a very Merry Christmas! Presents are nice, and I absolutely love the ones I received, but really nothing is more important than our Savior at this time. You know this is a special holiday when Satan tries his very best to distract us from its true meaning.

Super busy caroling to (and teaching) a part-member family
I love this gospel, I love this work, and I love my Savior Jesus Christ. Have a very Merry Christmas! I`ll talk to you soon ;)

All my love,

Heimuli Shimai


On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 1:27 PM, Heimuli, Pania - Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

[Did I mention that I love being a missionary mom?!]

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