Good Morning!! "It is not part of God's plan that each one of us has beauty or fame, but I believe He did intend for all of us to know the kindness and compassion of a friend." This phrase is in the front of a book I received from a precious friend..... this friend I have talked about a few times, she was a contract worker on the beautiful Pioneer building. She was left parentless and grew up in an orphange, eventually homeless and her choices landed her in prison to become a women. She does not live here anymore but her travels bring her through Lubbock and she always find her way back to the CIG. The Saturday after our opening on Wednesday, she walks into the grill...."Ms Teresa how did it go?" I proceed to tell her the craziness that had ensued that week.... for the first time since I had met her, she saw me at my total weakness. We visit awhile longer and then it is time for her to hit the road. I go back to work, trying to fix the problems that had happened in a few short days, I was feeling completely overwhelmed....about an hour later I hear my sweet friend walking back in the front door....my look of surprise said it all..."Ms teresa we are driving to Amarillo to get clothes, but we will be back Monday morning at 6:00 am to help for a few days." Usually I would say no, I have got this, but those words did not escape from my lips..... I needed help!! My friend and her sweet husband came back early Monday morning and became apart of the CIG. The 3 days they were here was such a blessing..they bused tables, washed dishes, cleaned bathrooms, learned prep and worked side by side with the best crew in town....they gave unconditionally to a friend in need and never once asked for anything in return. Happy Beautiful Tuesday yall.... this picture is of my precious friend....yes she was still smiling after a grueling 3 days of work..... ironically I thought when the Lord gave me my friendship with Jean, it was to make a difference in her life but that is not what friendship is, it is 2 people making a difference in each others life. I often think what would my life be without my friendship with Jean....her and I so different but yet so much alike, she has taught me so much about life. Our heavenly Father places amazing people in our path....our hearts have to be open and ready. I am thankful and so humbled that Jean is my friend.....she has made me better and isn't that what relationships are all about. Open your hearts ya'll, you never know when the Lord is waiting to bless you with an amazing relationship. I am undeserving of her love but so thankful for it. May your day be full of amazing ,loving, fun relationship.....it is the coolest thing ever to experience true friendship!!
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.