Welcome To CornerStone Life
As women, we are multi-faceted.
My hope is this blog will encourage you and give you hope and direction in every area of your life.
As I mentioned in my “Organizing My Pinterest Recipes” post, I like to print out recipes I use regularly so I can first of all, locate them; but secondly, so I can personalize the recipes for our health choices. One of my favorite way to cook are using recipes that I can make using primarily with one large dish and combines many of our food groups together. Plus they are usually large quantities so there are frequently leftovers – great for sharing, lunches or a night off from fixing dinner! Growing up in the Midwest, I still have an affinity
Do you ever feel stuck? Not sure which direction to go or what to do next? Or maybe you’re in a season of fear and feel paralyzed? You can barely remember to brush your teeth let alone take the next step in front of you? We all find ourselves in that place sometimes. And I believe it can be most challenging when we are there because of outside forces that are beyond our control—like this 2020 Pandemic! I listen to a variety of podcasts when I go out on my walks, and one of my favorites is by Emily P.
I’m writing this post to give hope to you moms who have that one child that you think just might be the death of you! You know the one … they make you question your ability to be a good parent along with your sanity!! Here’s what I learned from my “Tigger” (because he had boundless energy!) After 6 years of parenting our oldest child, our daughter, my husband and I were pretty impressed with ourselves. She was easy as a baby and we could take her anywhere–she was more like an additional accessory than a child. Easy to travel
Since beginning my health journey 5 years ago, I had to make major changes in the food I cooked for myself and for my family. At first, I was disappointed as I am a baker at heart, and I thought I would no longer be able to bake and enjoy all those yummy carb and sugar heavy treats. Instead, I found that there are so many good, healthy replacement recipes out there – and they are not found in my old Betty Crocker cookbooks, but rather mostly through Pinterest! So I began pinning and creating board after board, trying to
It’s a long one (55 years!) but I will try to condense it to the highlights–actually the majority of it has taken place in the last five years. You will find this post is not going to be your typical “I followed this plan, lost this amount of weight, and I’m so proud of my new body.” Instead, this is simply my journey that is far from over. Maybe you can relate? So to begin at the beginning … as my mom says, “We grew up eating organic before we even knew it was a thing.” My mom maintained a
So you’re one too? As someone who has lived with migraines for the past 40 years (ugh!) I have tried many, many prescription medications, holistic treatments and an elimination diet/food allergy testing over those years. About 3 years ago, I came to the end of the medical prescription route as it seemed as though my body was shutting down from all the medication over-use through the years. I felt toxic … and it wasn’t working anyway! So I weaned myself off of all medications over a period of six months and began experimenting with the homeopathic and natural route. I
March 16th was our 35th wedding anniversary. 35 years – for real?? My dad passed away right before my parents 34th anniversary and I remember thinking they had a long time together. Now that my mom has been on her own this past 21 years, I realize there’s still a lot of living left to do these next 30+ years! And I’m so grateful each day for the partner I get to live life with! I posted on my personal page a couple memorable pictures of my husband and I from our dating years and then again now. Pictures and
I’m an avid reader. Started as a pre-teen and my first “job” (volunteering) was at our little public library in the summertime where I would put away books that people returned. I thought it was the best place ever and my dream to become a librarian was born. As an adolescent who lived in the country, far away from friends and a neighborhood setting, I had all the time in the world to read. Now granted, there wasn’t a whole lot of beneficial content to what I read—mostly novels, although early American history was my favorite setting so I did
So I’m not one who struggles with this too often – thank goodness! But there are days … like when I’m not feeling well (I have chronic migraines), after my daughter and grandson leave our house from a weekend visit, and oh yes, when a virus turns the world upside-down! I thought I’d share with you a few ideas that have been helpful to me. Take the focus off myself. These are the times when my melancholy side seems to reign. I find it helpful if I intentionally think about others – there are people living in so much more
There is something to be said for gray hair (even when it’s been dyed blonde!) Perspective from years of living is a gift, but only if that gift is shared. The singing group, Mercy Me, has a beautiful, insightful song called “Dear Younger Me.” The title and the words of the song inspired me to write this letter to my younger self. Oh, what I would give to be able to go back and hear these words for myself, from the one who knows me best, decades earlier. Wouldn’t you? So here’s what I would like to say to my
I grew up my entire life believing in God. However, as a child it was the faith of my parents. As a teen, it was a faith put on the back burner until I started “adulting.” As a college-aged young person, it became my faith and my direction and my purpose in life. But life in those late teens/early 20s had many distractions—boys, career choices, boys, friends, boys … you get the picture! Enter in “The Boy” and you have wedding planning and eventually merging two lives into one. Early years of marriage were very challenging for both of us
November 18, 2019 will be a day I never forget … the day my first grandchild was born to my first-born daughter. Little Liam Noah arrived four weeks early but he was healthy and just over 6 lbs. I had no idea what I was in for … Over the last decade, I had observed many of my friends becoming grandparents. They seemed to go crazy over their grandchildren … and I didn’t quite get it. I thought, “Sure, it will be fun. But if it happens fine, and if not, I’m okay with that too.” For me, raising children
There have been a number of times in my life when I felt what I call a “holy nudge” and knew I had to act or change the course of my direction. Many were insignificant long-term but they still required a response on my part. However, there are three times where that “nudge” took me in a direction and path that changed the course of my life and others as well. The first was when I was expecting our second child. I had been working full-time after our first child’s arrival with the plan to be a stay-at-home mom when
It’s been about five years now that I’ve been on my journey to better health. Not only has this involved cleaning up my diet but also switching from man-made medicines to as many natural health products as possible. I’ve also cleaned up the products I use on my body and the cleaning and laundry products we use, but that’s a post for another day. In the beginning of this change, my knowledge base was to take Emergen-C powder at the sign of an impending illness. But did I need to take in the extra sugars? As my herbal and essential
By the time you’re reading this, our world will hopefully be way past this current CoronaVirus scare. But even if that is the case, we have always and will continue to live in a world where much of what takes place is out of our control – and therefore, scary! It’s how we deal with this that makes a difference between a life controlled by fear and anxiety or one controlled by peace and faith. I’m rather a newcomer to the emotion of fear. Beyond my irrational fear of water (being in a body of water where I cannot touch