Good Morning!! January 1,2013, I wrote about Faith, Hope & love.....these 3 words were going to take me through the new year. One of my precious regulars had stopped by this grill ,scheduled to open on the 2nd, not to eat but to receive love and hugs from Shelby & I. It had been our first time to see him since his wife had passed away a few weeks before. I wrote of his journey he was now on.....it was going to be extremely tough. Over the last 12 months I have seen my sweet friend nearly everyday....we have laughed together, cried together and enjoyed some really great conversations.....I have watched his heart heal and what guided him through was his Faith, Hope and love......but the greatest of these is love. Love is what has carried my family this year and made me realize how special my family is. Shelby our 2 boys and I have worked side by side on countless hours & days ensuring that the grill runs right.....these 3 guys have truly shown me "they have my back" and they love me unconditionally and they are proud of me..... my family has changed through this year....we are better, we have experienced our heavenly Fathers grace because we have had Faith, hope & love. Many of my cancer survivors have now grown their hair back and have slipped back into life with pure joy radiating from them......they are thankful, seeing them makes my heart sing....our heavenly Father carried them through......with Faith hope and love. Happy Beautiful Tuesday & Happy New Years Eve...what an amazing year it has been! I never knew I was missing something in my life until I met Krissy Harrelson, my manager, she came to the grill when I was down and slowly helped me regain my footing.....just by her support & love. I have watched her deal with her first year of sobriety with absolute grace and how she has changed.......how she has changed me. I feel as if I have lived a few years in just the one year.....I see wrinkles I did not have and ulcers that now give me pain but I also see all the amazing people that are now apart of me, my family and the grill. I started 2013 with 10 crew members and now we are 24 strong......I have learned that yes what doesn't kill you does make you stronger but OH MYLANTA it hurts to get there. I do believe to follow the Lords will for our lives we have to let go of the good so he can make room for the "great"......Even though I still believe the grill is based on Faith, hope and love this new year coming will be a year of absolute greatness......not we are going to be great but letting go of this year....taking all that this crew and I have learned and moving forward.....we have experienced his grace and greatness!!
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.