Tomorrow Greta and I go to Haiti. We are so excited. I expect to learn a lot. I expect it to be life changing. I expect it to be very hot and very humid. It is the number one thing I am stressed about.
— A HISTORY OF AIMEE & HEAT —
December 1995 – Austria (previously shared here)
Chris: “I would love to do economic development in Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam.”
Me: “I can’t do that. It’s too hot. I’m afraid of it being that hot.”
Chris: “But what if that’s what God calls us to do?”
Me: “I don’t think God would call us to do that. I never even want to move to the South in the States. It’s too hot and gross. No way.”
March 1997 – Oak Park, Illinois
Chris: “Aim, why are you so stressed out today? What’s wrong?”
Me: “I’m thinking about the summer. It’s going to be so hot here. We have no air conditioning. What are we going to do?”
Chris: “There’s still snow on the ground.”
Me: “But it’s coming. It’s going to be summer. We can’t escape.”
May 2003 – Hotel in Mexico
Aimee: What do you mean the air conditioning is broken?
Chris: The guy says he can’t fix it.
Every Summer – Everywhere
Chris: Let’s go camping.
Aimee: Is that outside?
Aimee: It will be too hot. I can’t go.
October 2008 – Wheaton, IL
Chris: My trip to Haiti was incredible.
Aimee: [pregnant with Greta] I’m sorry I couldn’t go with you.
Chris: Babe, it’s really, really hot there. I don’t think you could handle it.
Aimee: Maybe I could handle it someday?
Chris: I hope so.
October 2010 – Wheaton, IL
Chris: There are tons of cool jobs in India. Can you see our family-
Aimee: Stop right there. India? No. Too hot.
October 2014- Wheaton, IL
Chris: There is a great job in Atlanta.
Aimee: Atlanta? No. Too hot.
August 2015- Peachtree City, GA
Aimee: Sorry to call you during a meeting.
Chris: It’s okay, what’s up?
Aimee: The air conditioner died.
Chris: Oh no. Are you okay?
Aimee: It’s like Satan’s Armpit in here! We live in $%&ing Georgia! It’s 89 degrees in the house. We’re dying! [sobbing]
Chris: I’m coming home.
October 2015: Peachtree City, GA
Aimee: I can’t believe Greta and I are going to Haiti.
Chris: I am so proud of you. You are going to the jungle.
Aimee: The jungle?
Chris: Yes. Haiti is a jungle.
Aimee: Oh no.
There are many things I can control. But not the weather. Please pray for me to surrender to the heat and whatever our Good God has for us to see, hear, learn, and do in Haiti. Thank you.
I am unfolding the idea of Surrender throughout the month of October.
Yesterday’s story of Surrender: Bad Dancing
To read more about why my daughter and I are going to Haiti: Chickening Out, My Family’s 2015 Compassion Focus, Compassion Catapult
To read more about our shared spiritual journey and questions, you can read here: Soul
You are loved.
© Aimee Fritz and Family Compassion Focus, 2015.