Happy Mother’s Day Giveaway Winner

I want to wish all my readers a very Happy Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom, thank you for all the brave, loving, tedious, difficult, and wonderful things you do – it is always appreciated even if it isn’t always spoken aloud. If you’re not a mom, Happy Mother’s Day anyway!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of this beautiful shaped wooden puzzle is……..

Entry #4 – Kristen Rank

Congratulations Kristen! I will be sending you an email, and hopefully I’ll be able to get this gorgeous puzzle out to you very soon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway, and for all the wonderful comments about your moms – I loved hearing about them. Thanks also to all my readers, and for everyone who stops by My Jigsaw Journal, you are all welcome and appreciated. 💖

Happy Mother’s Day mom, I miss you more than I can say, and I will always love you to puzzle pieces.


National Puzzle Day 2020


It’s National Puzzle Day! Today is the day to celebrate all things puzzle – jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, logic puzzles, sudoku, word searches, etc. I enjoy puzzles of all kinds, but it won’t be a surprise for you to hear that jigsaw puzzles are my favorite. I learned my love of puzzles from my family, so today is a day for me to remember and appreciate my loved ones as well as enjoying some puzzles.

Every year I write a special post on this day, to remember the people who helped me love jigsaw puzzles as much as I do. This year, with my heart still broken from losing my mom, all I can think about is her and how much we enjoyed puzzling together. We’ll never sit together in front of a puzzle board again, and the loss still feels too heavy to bear.

I miss her on many levels, she was my mother after all. But in her later years we became the best of friends, and our shared love of all things jigsaw puzzle was one of the reasons why. We could talk about, look at, shop for, and work on puzzles for hours on end; no one else in our lives felt about puzzles the way we did, and we loved sharing them with each other. She was the first and most important member of my puzzle posse, and I miss her terribly.

My mother encouraged me to assemble the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, and to start this blog; she was my first follower, my most faithful reader, and always cheered me on. My love of puzzles blossomed mostly because I was always able to share them with her, and they will always be a reminder of her too.

National Puzzle Day will forever be a day for me to remember my mother, and her mother – the two women in my life who taught me to love puzzles of all kinds. I got my start with jigsaw puzzles as a child at my grandmother’s side, and spent countless hours as an adult side by side with my mother assembling them. They were beautiful, kind, loving women, and for me this day is another reason to remember and honor them.

Happy National Puzzle Day my friends!

I miss you Gram, I miss you Mom. 💖