Good Morning!! Back in November, when most families were decorating and getting ready for the holidays, there was a family that lost everything due to a fire. I did not personally know this family but as the reports came in my heart broke for this family of 5. Their lives completely had been turned upside down. A few days after the fire the dad posted a status that touched my heart..... and I still think about it. He was spending time with each of them, making them feel secure and safe and telling them the most important blessing was all of them were safe.... he asked the older two, "What is the one thing you miss from your rooms", they each told him and simply enough he knew he could get those two items and then he went to his 5 year old and ask..."If you could have anything you want, what would it be?"...after a moment of silence she declares... "ICE CREAM!!"..... Last friday there was a group of 4 guys that came in and sat in my faith room, a couple of them are regulars, the other ones I did not know. I talked for a few minutes, welcomed them to this crazy new place and moved on. This group wanders back in on Wednesday, things were running a little smoother and I had a chance to really talk to them, they asked how it was going and if I liked it.." Things are better, everyday a little sweeter..... I just did not anticipate ALL my failures, but it is getting better".. they respond with kind words and I move on. A little bit later, as I am crazy busy, I turn to one of them standing by me....."Back in November my family lost our home and all belongings in a fire", I knew instantly who he was....he had shared something in his status that had stuck with me and I told him as much... " I wanted to share with you, my wife and I decided, that everyday we would find a blessing no matter what, instead of dwelling on all we lost, we would focus on all we had and we were full of blessings." When people share from their heart, it is like the whole grill disappears around me.....and it is a gift. " Instead of focusing on ALL the problems....focus on ALL of your blessings." Happy Beautiful Friday!!! We all get so consumed with what is going wrong in our life , we do not see the amazing blessings the Lord is giving us. I am so thankful for this sweet reminder, through this guest heartache & stress he reached out to me, to make a difference in my life!!! This is our heavenly fathers plan for us.....to use our journey to help others. I came to work yesterday morning and shared this with my girls.....we will count every blessing we have, we will not dwell on the other stuff we will just work harder. Today, make yourself accountable to someone.....share a blessing instead of a heartache, it is truly a gift to yourselve and others. As i sit here writing this........I have so many blessings running through my head!!! WOOT WOOT, my heart is full.....I am so thankful, the Lord chose me for him to share his story with.....May your friday be amazing and full of "talked"about blessings:)
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.