David is one our adopted children, even through he has wonderful parents of his own. We met at church years ago. As I sat with him that day and asked questions...he surprised me with his responses. To this very day he often surprises me.
We had the privilege of having David live with us for a year. It is one thing to have a friend over fairly often and a whole completely other thing to have someone live with you. But David always felt just like family. He could not have fit in our household any better. His perspective on this might be completely different, but we were sad when it was time for him to go.
His thoughtfulness was unbelievable. There were times when I would not realize I was running out of something, like dryer sheets, and I would go to use them and a fresh box would be waiting on me. He would see a need before I would even know I needed it. It was a great picture of our Father in heaven.
My hands-down favorite part of David living with us is that we cooked together. Tears are pooling in my eyes as I remember. As he and I would start cooking the other kids would come to join in...or just come to visit in the kitchen.
Everyone would love the excitement of a new recipe. Both of our boys learned to make several recipes by cooking with David. His orange chicken was a HUGE project. (That might show up in a recipe post in the future but I have to work up the nerve to try it with out him.) Brady and Shepherd both loved the recipe so much they knew they had to help to make it happen.
Cooking can truly bring people together. Great conversations can happen over chopping and cutting, sautéing and boiling. My mother-in-love has great stories about recipes she cooked with David for our Tuesday night meal night...their wallpaper paste pie story is the best! (that post is going to be hilarious.)
If you are going to have multiple people chopping and cutting be prepared. Have different work station options with multiple cutting boards and sharp knives for each person. Don't worry about having a ton of counter space. You can always get creative. The kitchen table makes a great workstation too.
David is in medical school now and his visits have to be few and far between. He came home a few weeks ago and OF COURSE we cooked together...his Chicken Fajita recipe, in fact. I tried to get him to let me take action shots for this post, but I could tell that was not his favorite idea. He is a behind the scenes kind of guy.
Gathering in the kitchen, using a great recipe, can bring people together in a way that you never would have expected! Head on over to our RECIPES section and check out our delicious options. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as we often share stories on our Instagram story when we are trying out a recipe!
We met David and many of his friends by reaching out to college students. If this is an idea you might be interested in check out this article that will give you lots of tips to make college ministry easy. 10 Fun and Easy Ideas for Reaching College Students is full of great ideas!
Gathering Around is a affiliate partner with several companies. This post may include links to those companies.