Before I went to England, I felt strongly that God had something special for me there. Of course, being me, I thought it was going to be something crazy with fireworks! pyrotechnics! lights, camera, action! But it was nothing like that. It was….peaceful. Which, in the end, was exactly what I needed, and not what I expected.
I still have friends from my DTS who live and work at Holmsted: Hannah, Jodi, Drew, Daniel, and other staff I got to know and love. It was refreshing just to walk the grounds, to get muddy walking through the fields. Jessica and I took the time to open wide the second-story windows and lean out, smelling the fresh breeze that always hangs sharply around the house. It smells like grass and rain, with a hint of earth. It opens your senses and at the same time, lulls you into peace.
Peace. That’s what my England trip ended up being about. I think Holmsted will always be my place of peace, a place where I can go and I know God will meet me and restore me.