It’s been three years since Mrs. Hamilton, former secondary principal, and Mrs. Burton, former elementary principal, have welcomed us onto campus and filled our hallways with their presence. In 2018, they both followed God’s leading and retired from Cornerstone, stepping right into their next adventures! We had a chance to catch up with them recently to find out how they’re filling their days during retirement.
Mrs. Kyle Hamilton
I worked at Cornerstone for 14 years and when I retired I felt it was God's leading and timing for me to step away from my position at Cornerstone. The verse God kept leading me to was "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10. I was not sure what God had planned for retirement, but I was prayerfully seeking His plan and purpose.
From this day looking back, the first three years of retirement have passed rather quickly. The first year of retirement was difficult, my mother was suffering from Dementia and passed away Easter Sunday 2019. I was thankful for the time I had to devote to her in those last months of her life, and I considered that a blessing of retirement. We have completed multiple remodeling projects in our home and spent a lot of time with grandchildren (Hamilton will be 6 in April and Mattie will be 3 in June). I have picked up a new sport/hobby called Pickleball, and I am playing with other Cornerstone retirees Mrs. Borders, Mrs. Burton, and Mrs. Reiner. Pickleball is great exercise and we have so much fun! Also, as God always does in His timing, in August of 2020, He led me to serving at my church in the women's ministry by mentoring young women and serving on the Hospitality Team.
Cornerstone is such a special place, and when you are a part of something that has its foundation firmly rooted in Christ you know your purpose is part of His story, and being a part of the plan God has for the lives of the families, the students, and the staff connected to Cornerstone. Watching God at work in the happenings of Cornerstone and the relationships and bonds I shared with the staff, teachers, and students were truly a blessing in my life. I have many special memories from my 14 years at Cornerstone that I will always hold dear.
Mrs. Patricia Burton
I was one of the founders of Cornerstone- so I was there since the very beginning! Retirement has been as I expected. Two years were spent working with my husband, Dan, for Samaritan’s Purse in Houston, TX, and then in New Bern, NC. We retired from Samaritan's Purse in January 2020, and then the same things that took the rest of the world by storm took us by storm, too!
I play Pickleball twice a week with Kyle and Stuart Hamilton and Jeanne Borders. Dan and I are doing the Fellows Program through the CS Lewis Institute here- lots of reading, writing papers, small group plus monthly meetings. I also serve as a mentor to younger women through Passion City Church. I enjoy spending time with friends and the 12 grandchildren who live locally plus keeping up with all the birthdays for all 22 of them!
Cornerstone is such a special place and I really miss all the children, their families, and fellowship with the teachers and staff! Cornerstone remains much in my thoughts and prayers, especially through all the trying times of the pandemic.
Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Burton truly embody Proverbs 31: 25-27. We remain grateful for the many contributions that they both made over their years at Cornerstone and we wish them continued blessings in the years ahead.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Honor her for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31: 25-27, 31