Good Morning!! I was sitting on the porch with Hank the cow dog. I was completely lost in my thoughts when I look up to see my elderly neighbor walking across the street with a plate in her hand. She introduces herself and hands me the plate....it is warm to the touch and when I lifted the foil I found the most beautiful homemade choc. chip cookies. " I wanted to welcome you to the neighborhood and let you know how excited I am that you and your family are here." She tells me of living on this block for 46 years.... "Its great to see young people move in." This made me smile, I love being considered "young people." We talked a while, I so enjoyed every minute, as I am telling her "Thank you" I could not stop the tears because I had experienced pure kindness from a stranger, as I enter my house with this precious gift my heart was giving "thanks" to our heavenly father, thanking him for giving me this blessing. The friend of B's that I told yall about was on the news this week, they told of his meningitis and his tumor, out of his mouth... "Getting sick was a blessing because they found the tumor in my head." As I am watching this precious child of God my heart was giving praise for the amazing blessing that was happening right in front of me. Yesterday afternoon Shelby receives a text from our friend Rick Greer.. the words that display aross his screen was about the JV football game. "Are you READY!!!" Shelby texted back and forth and even said to me "Gosh I wish he could come." (Rick left the hospital Tuesday to be cared for by hospice) A few minutes later, the text came that he was coming to Idalou to watch his son Ryan and the green and gold wildcats do their thing. Shelby was like a kid on Christmas morning, his precious friend was coming to watch a game. As we watch the white pick-up pull into the gates,knowing our sweet friend was in it.... I honestly have no words.... Happy Friday yall!!! the reason I have told of these 3 amazing blessing is because me personally with the CIG has had a pretty tough week....business really down and as I start to worry either about bills or that my girls are not doing good financially, the Lord has put more amazing blessings right in front of me. When you start to stress...open your eyes and heart to the amazing gifts the Lord has put in your life. As Rick sat in his wheelchair with a bright green Idalou hat on and watched the mighty wildcats win their game, my heart was full and I had to say God is so good to allow us to experience these cherished blessings!!
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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.