Good Morning!!... It was a typical crazy Friday around here and I had been in the kitchen most of the morning, when I finally escaped for a few minutes I make my way to the front, there standing at the pie bar was a couple talking and looking at all the pies, as I walk by the guy blurts out.." Do you still take people's old boots to hang up?" Absolutely was my reply and I told them the same thing I tell everyone ... "On a piece of paper write what you want on the bottom of the boot and slide it in it so I will know what to write." I never gave this conversation another thought as my Friday became crazier and crazier. Friday afternoon came and I had a meeting that I had been dreading, I left the grill exhausted mentally , emotionally and physically, I was completely worn out. This is how I have felt for a while now.."worn smooth out". Shelby and I make our way to the grill to do some work this weekend , my thoughts never far from the issues swirling around me as I walk through the dark dining room I notice a pair of boots in my hostess stand, I immediately remember my conversation with the couple on Friday, I picked up the pink and brown boots, I turned them over to find the soles completely worn out and full of holes, these boots have had a journey... My instructions written on a scrap of paper... "Gods love NEVER wears out." Happy Wednesday y'all.... What a beautiful phrase and I needed the reminder, even when we are full of holes, dirt and worn out & we have nothing else to give our precious Heavenly Father is there, because his love for us never wears out. I have said it before but it is such an honor when people allow me to be apart of their journey and they display a little of their life & in the process they are making a difference. What a blessing..... As you go through your day and u feel their is nothing left and your are worn out remember this phrase written in your "soul" !! His Love never wears out.
Good Morning!! .... I met a guy not to long ago, he was working at a part time job for the summer, his real job.....he is a teacher that works with problem students.....he is there last chance. As he told of his job he expressed to me how much he loved it, "he was making a difference." I asked a lot of questions and he was very open and honest with his answeres. He was one of these kids, even though he had both parents in the house they were both working so much to support his family that they were never home, he had no guidance and proceeded to get into a lot of trouble, he ended up in a classroom just like the one he teaches in now. I asked if this was his plan to teach these troubled kids and his answer was "yes" all during college he knew this is where he would be. We talked for what seemed to be for a while, I couldn't imagine the things he faced everyday with these kids.......he left me with this thought and it has stayed with me. "The most gratifying part of my job is when these kids come back to see me and they have a graduation invitation to give me or they tell me, you made a difference in my life & I have changed because you cared." Happy Monday & Happy 1st day of school....so many of us start a new journey today.....mine is with a heavy heart, my B will never have another 1st day of high school and I am trying to embrace this amazing exciting time in his life. My prayers are with all of the adminstrators and teachers, many who are my friends and regulars....that their heart is one of service and to make a difference in a childs life. Lord I pray safety for each child that enters the schools today and that the journey ahead for the next 9 months is full of joy, excitement and life lessons.........l think of this teacher often, that so candidly shared his life with me......he set out years ago to make a difference and everyday he embraces that possiblity !!
Good Morning!!! A few of my favorite things...as I say goodbye to my favorite season I reflect on the amazing summer that my precious family had...... I luv summer, with beautiful flowers, warm sunshine that kisses your cheeks, the feel of cool water rushing over you as you dive in to escape the heat. Long lazy summer days with the windows down and great music blaring. I will never have another summer like this one..... B is going to be a senior this year ... So my life will be different. Happy Friday y'all..... It is time to close up the Lakehouse and move back to Idalou, I look forward to what is to come but I love the journey that I have been on...... Enjoy this last beautiful weekend of summer .....😊
My B got a new horse..... Oh I mean dog . Goliath or Duece as B calls him, practically did a full out belly flop into the pond on the patio.... Bahahah made my belly hurt.. We can't keep him out of the lake.... Oh my lots of drool.... Lots of ball chasing & lots of tug-of-war... Man I forgot what it was like having a baby around 😊makin great memories with my B!!
Good Morning!!.......My precious heavenly Father I am asking for a great day.....it can only be a great day if it is a Godly day, I pray my actions and words reflect you in every way........Yesterday was a day full of absolute reality for me, I learned some pretty tough facts about the people that are in my life and I was in total melt down mode which is very rare for me........I looked at Krissy with tear stained cheeks and said...."I do not know what HE wants from me anymore.....I am exhausted, frustrated, angry.." my actions a couple of hours before reflected all of these things, for the 1st time in the life of the grill I was extremly rude to a guest & my heart was absolutely broken.( I pray I get the chance to apologize) Krissy gave this phrase...."Christians are like glow sticks:in order to shine they must be broken." I am in the valley yall......and boy is it tough. Happy Beautiful Tuesday yall......I have been so torn up about the going on at this amazing place that I have lost focus of what he has instore for me. I have never lived my life for others and what they thnk and now I find myself letting things slide as not to make waves.........I was reminded yesterday...."When I start living my life concerned with what others think of me, I am not living a life for my heavenly Father. I truly live a blessed life.....but no matter how amazing it is , it is also real life and I live it loud infront of so many people. I am asking for prayers for this great place and for me, I have a lot of hard desicions to make in the next few weeks and I need my actions to reflect HIM. It is only a great day if it is a GODLY day!!
Yep..... Taylor & Mindy have their 1st dog. Taylor got to pick this precious German Shepard & mindy has accessorized her with about as much girly bling imaginable....... How fun to watch them with her!! Welcome Ms Kado !!
And this is what life is about ..... Funny it has been 25 years since we lost my mom and we are the only ones that truly know how each other felt .... It is a journey that the 4 of us share. What am amazing time .... I Luv my daddy, brother & sister with all my heart . No matter the age or how long it has been you kind of step back into the roles of oldest , middle and youngest. As my brother was leaving for the airport this morning we stood and hugged we told of how much we love each other and he said " I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished " .... It is amazing how hearing those words from my "BIG" brother can make me feel like the small bratty littler sister that finally has my brothers approval😊
Good Morning!! I was the bratty baby sister that drove him crazy with our sister always being the peacemaker! I remember the times my mom & dad would ask him to watch me and he would complain. He is the most amazing cook so I loved him watching me....we always ate great! I thought he could do no wrong & all of my friends thought he was so cute. He thought I talked too much( I know yall are surprised by that) and when I would not be quiet he made me get out of the car and walk the last few blocks to the house, I of course was heart broken and over dramatic and was furious that my mom thought the idea was very humorous. He is the oldest of us 3 kids & very successful, one of the smartest guys I have ever met. Him and I are completely opposite.....he a lot more focused and serious than I am, I dont believe he has a goofy bone in his body. He has always achieved excellence in whatever he has done. My mom and him were very close & the day we lost her changed him forever. He gave me my first nephew & niece, I was just a kid but he entrusted them with me & I love them with all my heart. It is so hard to wrap my head around that he is a grandpa.....to 5 babies. Happy Beautiful Friday yall!!, it has been 6 years since I have seen my "BIG" brother & I have missed him with all my heart. He lives in Arizona and of course I own the grill (enough said). My precious Daddy called awhile back trying to get us all together......that is the one thing that changes when you loose a mom..... us moms, and I see it now because I am a mom, are the ones that "make" everyone get together. We all planned a date and it is now here, today my precious little family will travel to Dallas and we will ALL be together for the first time in WOW I do not remember.... I am so thankful...... I pray for my sisters travels from East Texas and for my brother's travels. I wll try NOT to be in the car alone with him because if he thought I talked a lot when I was a kid, OH mylanta I believe I need to take my walkin' shoes. I am blessed and I will cherish this time..... I will bask in delight hanging with my BIG brother!!
Woot woot !! In a few hours the great CIG crew will be rolling into the lake. We will be celebrating this amazing crew that gives the best of themselves everyday! Lot of food ... Lots of laughter, music, swimming & tubing. Priceless memories being made.I honor each one of them. Happy Saturday y'all!! 🚤👙
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.