Good Morning!! Yesterday I was surrounded by amazing people .......the kind of people that I want to be like.....they have given of themselves so freely with no hesitation, I felt as if I were a fish out of water and I was so honored to be among them.... In January I received a call of congratulations," Teresa , the Cast Iron Grill is being recognized for its community service by The Association of Women in Communication, you will be awarded the Louise Allen award at a luncheon in April".... I honestly could not wrap my head around what she was saying and I had no words to express my heart, I felt so undeserving.... 4 1/2 years ago when Shelby and I felt the calling to use the grill to feed the hungry we didn't do it to be recognized... We did it because we were to use this amazing place to feed body, heart and soul for those that we're not able to feed themselves..... Shelby unselfishly wanted Sam to go with me to the luncheon..." Sam has cooked for St.Benedicts for 2 years he needs to go & realize what he does is important." .... Happy beautiful Wednesday y'all.... there are so many amazing people in Lubbock that do some extraordinary things & they are making a difference everyday in others life. I had the great opportunity to meet Holly Edwards Betenbough....Betenbough homes sponsored the Cast Iron Grill table and she presented the award to me ... Being in her presence was amazing ...she exudes what Christ is .... Loving, giving, caring... I was so honored to meet her. My heart is overwhelmed with the kindness that has been shown to myself and to the CIG....I couldn't help but think, usually I am the " hired help" when it comes to luncheons and banquets ( which is what I love) and yesterday I was so humbled to be in the presence of others who personifies what our Heavenly Father wants us to be. Last night as I was sharing with Shelby about the days events, he became a little irritated when I told him I did not speak, " oh my gosh Teresa why not?" ..... I guess my fear of speaking but more than that i was so overwhelmed by the kind words were that were spoken about us and the grill I just couldn't ...I wanted to make sure I did not take away from what was said." Yesterday as I sat and listened about all of the other recipients my heart was challenged to continue ...... Continue to fulfill the plans my Heavenly Father has for me .... So many ordinary people are doing extraordinary things to make a difference , I was so honored to sit among them yesterday!!
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.