Good Morning!! The year was 1969, this was the year I came into the life of my big sister. My parents thought their family was complete, my brother was 8 and my sister 6 and I was a surprise. My sister named me and then immediately gave me the nickname Tesa and this is the name my family still calls me(dislike). My big sister, Judi, played with me, dressed me & protected me from the wrath and teasing of our big brother, I was a complete nuisance in his book. In the 70's there was a kidnapping spree happening in our city, they had described the vehicle and told families to protect their kids. Judi was my playmate...she would usually do anything I ask, bike riding was on schedule for the day....We made the loop around the house and I tell her.. "I have to go to the bathroom, I will be right back",she was irritated but told me she would wait for me out here. I lay my bike down and my 5 year old legs carry me to the house.....her head laying across her arms on the handle bars she was deep in thought. Lost in her own world, she hears plan as day the words, "Judi look up!"(I know straight from our heavenly father) as she turns her head to look up the vehicle that has been describe by the police is at the curb and the door was opening right where she was.....as her mind starts racing I am running out the door to jump on my bike, her first thought was not her it was me, I will never forget those words she screamed to me..."Tesa run!!" I turn to run as she is climbing off her bike. This day has been with me always. My big sister has protected me and loved me with no thought of herself. She took me on every date with her and my future brother-in-law. It was her living room couch I cried on when I got my first speeding ticket, knowing our dad was going to be furious. She protected me in so many ways when our mom was sick. She prayed for years to have a baby....and was frustrated and sad that it was not happeing. I was reluctant to tell her I was having a baby, I did not want to hurt her, but no matter how she felt.... she showed excitment, she helped me plan for my precious son, she took care of me, loved me and guided me. When the decision was made for me to be a stay-at-home mom there was not a lot of money....she would send grocery gift cards, just to ease the burden... I was too proud to ask for help, so she just did it, she knew. Happy Beautiful Monday....if you have a sister, you understand the kind of love and bond I am talking about. Judi is one of a kind...she has an amazing sense of humor and love for our heavenly father, she will sacrifice anything for her son and family, she puts others first. Where I am the selfish youngest child she is everything I am not. My heart is truly connected to hers and when she is struggling and sad my heart breaks open. I have prayed a million prayers with her, cried a thousand rivers and laughed until we fell to pieces. These last few years she has had a lot of struggles....but when I call to check on her she always brings the focus back to me....her words that she is proud of me always bring comfort and peace . When the reality hit that I was truly moving the grill, I started getting anxious about the expense of getting the new building ready... I started praying, "Lord I need labor donated, I can't afford all of this". A few days after I started praying this prayer, I receive the call..."Hey I have been meaning to call you....Ernie(brother-in-law, contractor) wantes to do the labor on the new buidling, its a gift". This is my sister.... I honor her and love her. Our God is so awesome to give us siblings....take time yall to tell your siblings you are thankful for them and that you love them, they truly have been on your journey from the beginning:)
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.