About a year ago, Bev developed a strong desire for a bread maker and, amazingly, her dad found one on Freecycle in Cheltenham that worked fine. We were genuinely amazed that such a good thing would come up on Freecycle and that we'd get it. And it worked fine until about a month ago, when the motor in it stopped working. No more bread maker :(
Initially, we gave up and thought, 'That's that then.' But then I prayed a little prayer and asked God to solve our problem, and looked online at Oxford Freecycle. I found that, just a few hours earlier, someone had offered up a breadmaker that no longer baked, but in which the paddle motor still worked. I was able to get hold of it (via Ruth O'Connell in Thame - thanks, Ruth!) and then found that it was an identical model to ours, and so spent a happy hour tinkering to take the motor out of one and putting it in the other. When I came home last night, the smell of fresh bread was filling the house once more.
How cool is that? Such small blessings often touch me more than the big ones.