Good Morning!!... 5 years ago when Shawn and I opened the grill Shelby took over where I left off with my boys. He took them to school, took them to the doc., worked on homework with them....he became the "stay at home" parent and he was great at it. When circumstances happened in our life and Shelby ended up here at the grill we really depended on my oldest, Taylor, to help with my B. He would go to school functions, so B would have someone there, He would take him to the doc and make sure his homework was done. As a stay at home mom for 15 years I was invloved in every aspect of their precious little lives and it was an awesome honor, to give it to Shelby was hard and the guilt started creeping in & when Taylor took over the guilt consumed me in some ways....if you work full time yall have experienced it!!! I very rarily leave the grill for any reason once the doors open and my sweet family knows this and has accepted it, they have made so many sacrifices for me and this wonderful place the Lord has blessed me with..... Back in September, my B brings home the paperwork for his Senior ring, I honestly sat there the whole time with my heart breaking, and my B saying "Mom please do not cry!" I could not believe it was time....he talked of the process of designing the ring and receiving a memory ring to wear until his came in, there would be a ring ceremony and he would give the memory ring to someone in his life that was important, that he had learned life from.....someone that made a difference...."Ummm that is me right B?" those were my words to them and Shelby immediatly jumps in a says "NO, it is me right B?", of course we were laughing when we said it, but could not wait to hear his choice..."It is neither one of yall, it is Taylor, but please do not tell him, I want to surprise him!!" My heart was giddy for both of my boys.....Happy Beauitful Thursday yall!! In January I receive the calender...Ring ceremony, Wednesday the 6th of Feburary 8:30 am. Oh mylanta seriously, I have to work again my heart was broken!!! I tell Taylor, without revealing any secrets, you have to be in Idalou for B's senior ring ceremony, we cant be there and I want someone there for him.... Yesterday morning I sat at my desk with tears streaming down as pictures started coming across my phone, pictures of a very special time in my boys life and I was not apart..... I tell Shelby....the 3 of yall have made a great sacrifices for this amazing grill..... I have learned the only reason I get to do what I do is because of the amazing love and support the Lord has surrounded me with. I am so thankful my B honored Taylor yesterday, that was how it was suppose to be, what a blessing. Have you honored those in your life that have sacrifice greatly for you to have the life you have? Thank you and I love you goes a long way.......As a mom, I try to ignore the guilt and focus on the amazing blessings and say "Thank you" to my precious family..... out of great sacrifice comes a great amount of BLESSINGS!!See More
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.