Love to hear stories with a happy start and ending, that is so generous of you to share. There is a lot of beauty in having a deep freezer, one really good investment. Speaking of deep freezers, we bought 1 this past Nov and it has been filling up with bargains. A storage tip to save you electricity is to put it on a timer (available at Home Depot), it runs the freezer 12 hours on and 12 hours off. Since we don't enter this freezer that often, it works well. Also as further insulation, we keep 2 large beach towels opened up on the top lid. When closing it be careful to keep the entire beach towel outside of it, otherwise you'll build up frost fast from the air leaking in.