Good Morning!! Even though Monday's are tough to get going I love them, we are typically a little slower so I am able to visit with the amazing guest that walk through the doors. I wrote last year of a couple that came into the CIG one late afternoon, as we visit I realize he can not see me and our conversation turns to the problems with his eyes and their hard journey...this couple touch my soul. Yesterday this precious couple made their way back into the grill. I had been up in my office for a few minutes so I did not see them come in, as I make my way down the stairs I am looking around the grill making sure all our amazing guest are great and I spot them in the corner. I make my way over to them, seeing a beautiful brown haired little girl with them, knowing this had to be their grandaughter. I greet them both with hugs and turn to this beautiful little girl....."This is Teresa and we like Teresa she is nice", these were the words that came from grandma's lips towards this precious little girl.....the next words were to me, "________ is autistic." As tears slide down this precious woman's cheeks she tells of the journey of her grandaughter..... "she is 8 and has never spoken." As her grandma talks to me I watch her......she watches everything around her with eyes filled with curiousity, love, joy and kindness.......Happy Beautiful Tuesday yall.....yesterday my heart and mind were filled with this precious child of God, she may not have ever spoken but I could only imagine the amazing conversations that she has with our heavenly Father......Tears ran down my cheeks and my heart was full. The journey that this family has been placed on has not been easy.....life is full of talking about loving unconditionally and I realize this is it.....saying "i love you" to someone and never hearing it back.......this is what love is. This precious "perfect"child of God made a difference in my life and yet she did not speak one word to me. Yesterday was a gift and I am truly blessed to be apart of so many amazing people's journey. Let your light shine and may actions reflect love......
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.