Good Morning!! When the CIG opened 5 years ago I was the breakfast server and with very little business I was able to get to know the guys coming in....relationships were being built, we were investing in each others lives. There was an older guy that started coming in, big loud voice and a wonderful smile. I started to get to know him and looked forward to seeing him when he came in. He works full time for a big company here. He is a husband, a dad and a grandpa. My boys would come in every morning for breakfast and he would spend time talking to them, really getting to know them. Over the last 5 years I have learned that he was a widow for a time, loosing his 1st wife to cancer. His grandson is going to medical school and boy is he proud when telling me of his accomplishments. He climbs big ladders and works off the ground a lot, very dangerous. Last year I learned that his current wife is batteling cancer, we have talked many times about her diagnoises, treatment and progress. I have never met his precious wife, yet I have prayed for her on numerous days. When I ask of her, his reponse is always positive...sometimes he answers with tears but always in a way that glorifies our heavenly father. No matter what kind of day he is having emotionally or mentally my boys always come to the conversation...he wants to know how they are because he took the time to be invested in their lives. Last week, I receive a private message from a mutual friend of ours, his words were letting me know my precious friend and his wife received bad news from the doctor..." He prob. does'nt want you to know, but I know you would want to know and pray." My heart sank.... Happy Beautiful Wednesday....the title of the sermon on Sunday was "When life seems to be falling apart"...throughout this life we will suffer great just a Jesus suffered when he was a man living on this earth but its not about the suffering it is about relying on him, our relationship with him becomes stronger and we become better. I have often sat and thought of my sweet friend, on his journey he has lost 1 wife to this horrible disease and now has a 2nd fighting to beat this disease and yet his life reflects kindness and love. He has joy even through great sorrow. We all will suffer it is a promise....but what we do with it is what counts. My friend has taught me so much about life over the last 5 years and the amazing thing about it, it has not been with words, it has been with his actions. Knowing the diagnoises of his precious wife, I ask how she was doing....with a beautiful smile on his face and tears shining through his blue eyes..."We hit a bump, but we are good....we will just keep doing what we are doing.... we have prayer and hope." Hope and prayer yall....its the only way to live!!
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.