For many years, we lived solely in our fifth wheel trailer. The scaled-down kitchen necessitated a very economical use of space, and therefore, only a select few kitchen appliances were brought along for the ride. One of these was my handy-dandy Sunbeam hand mixer – a wedding gift 12+ years ago. When we purchased our first house, we had to tote often-used items back and forth from the trailer to the house. These items were usually things like a can opener, measuring cups, the mixer, etc. Eventually we accumulated double sets of the most frequently used items so that the traffic was reduced greatly.
I was perfectly satisfied with my hand mixer, but I had my heart set on one day getting that paragon of all kitchen appliances – the Kitchen Aid mixer. A red one. Power. Quality. Big money. Totally out of my budget and only on the “wants” list as long as my hand mixer still worked.
Not long ago, I was discussing kitchen stuff with a friend. She was talking about her blue Kitchen Aid, and if she ever got another one, it would be orange. I laughed and said I would get a red one someday, and then we were off to another subject. Two days later she asked if she could talk to me in private while we were at church. I worried that I had somehow said or done something to offend her, and though I racked my brain, I could think of nothing that would warrant a private conversation. To make a long story short, I was amazed and greatly relieved that I had not offended her at all. She simply wanted to tell me that she would be ordering a red Kitchen Aid mixer and having it sent to my house – just in time for my birthday! I was totally flabbergasted! I just looked at her and said, “Are you serious?!” She was, and when I picked myself up off the floor, I had a hard time not dancing around the room (we were in church, after all)!
So when we arrived back home in two weeks, there it was, waiting for me. Beautiful! I have been so excited about using it for all my holiday baking, not to mention my everyday uses for it! I am so blessed to have such a thoughtful friend, and a wonderful Lord who laid it on her heart to bless me in this way. I am so grateful!