Good Morning!! 4 couples on different journey's....yet the same in so many ways. 2 couples knew each other from church. They were married to what they felt were their life long mates....they were happy. They worked and were rasing their kids in loving christian homes. Both couples reality shifted when cancer entered into their marriage. These spouses became care takers....life as they knew it stopped and making sure their mates beat this disease became priority....they learned how to love with their whole heart. Within a 1yr and 1/2 cancer took a spouse from each couple.....and the grieving spouses left with great sorrow found each other. The other 2 couples grew up in the same town, knowing each other through out their whole childhood. They became adults & married their sweethearts, 1 couple moved away and life began.... working, raising children,traveling. They also thought they had married their life long mate....actually both of these couples were married for 46 years. One became a widow from her precious husband suffering a heart attack....the other watched his precious wife lose her battle with cancer. Life long school friends, she reached out to him.... she knew his grief. The first 2 couples that I write about are my dad and my MJ( she is more than a step mom). The other 2 couples....well half of them were my regulars. Over two years I watched this couple love each other....he cared for her in every way and when she passed, his grief in ways, were more than I could stand....I saw my dad sitting their grieving. Happy Beautiful Thursday yall.... I had the great opportunity to sit and visit with this last couple the other day. Their story so much like my parents..... finding absolute love.....feeling absolute grief and sorrow over loosing that love and then finding love and joy again. I had to apologize to them for my tears that were sliding down my face.... my thoughts were many & my heart was full. Our heavenly father loves us so much and he made us to be filled with love and joy, he gave these 2 precious couples love and joy again. When you witness first hand his healing.... I have now words. Over my lifetime, I have experienced so many spouses become widowed.... but I have also witnessed his perfect peace and healing of their hearts. I often pray for the widows that surround me that they experience absolute pure joy. If you are in the midst of grieving.....I promise their is hope....he will replace your sorrow with his love and his joy...I have seen it first hand. There is a season of great sorrow but then a season of great joy and peace will come. In so many ways, I cant imagine my life with my MJ..... but my dad and I had to go through great sorrow to have her in our life's. So much pain.....brings so much joy!!
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.