Good Morning!! Friday life was pretty crazy around here....I answer the CIG phone and on the other end was my friend Bear's boss.... I have told of his journey....jail, homeless, lived with us and just just finished his parole with the State of Texas. She asked if I had talked to Bear.... My thoughts go back to Wednesday.... I got irritated at him because he had nothing nice to say about the CIG crew in costume, he was being ornery "Not since Wednesday Janice..why?" She tells me he walked in, handed the keys to his car, brought his uniforms and asked for his check... family emergency in Wisconsin and he was leaving. My heart sank... I told her I would get a hold of him and call her back. Sure enough, Shelby talks to him, he is at the bus station heading north. His son, has been in a horrible accident, which took his grandchildren.... Bear has not been apart of his kids life's in over 20 years...prison took him away. Happy Beautiful Monday.... relationships can be heart wrenching sometimes...his words to Shelby.... "I will not be back" and that was it. As I am telling Taylor he is gone, his words.."he didn't even say goodbye" and my tears flowed. I learned so much from my time with Bear , he is my family and I love him....and I believe his time with us and his time with his boss, made him ready to have a connection with his family....My heart breaks for Shelby...it was a tough weekend for him and his sweet friends....one is dancing with angels and one is in Wisconsin with a long journey ahead of him. God is good to give us amazing relationships....I have learned more than I can possibly share....but I can say...blood doesn't make you family...love does. My heart is on the journey with my precious friend Bear. This picture I posted is of my Bear....May the Lord be with him on this journey of finding love, relationships and a connection.
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.