It’s always the small pieces that make up the big picture.  – Author unknown

This month, God willing, I will reach my 42nd birthday.  Since turning 40, I have always been looking for unique ways to celebrate the second half of my life.  This year I decided that something special will be “42 in 42 for 42.”  That’s right… 42 things in 42 days to celebrate my 42nd birthday.   I have from June 21st until August 2nd to do 42 uniquely special things.   They don’t have to be big things – getting a delicious cupcake, a special pedicure, a trip to the movies, or a simple family dinner.  I do, however, have a few big things planned in these 42 days.  The 42 days end while I am in Arizona preparing for Forever LIVE.  In July, I will visit Hershey Park, The Hershey Spa, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.

The kick off of my 42 in 42 for 42 will be in Miami, Florida.  The next day I will meet up with a good friend, Cindy Swilley, and have a relaxing girls weekend in Key Largo.   We have lots of fun planned, though most of it is a surprise since I have never been there.  Cindy is making most of the arrangements.  Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to this trip and my few days off.

The other day, a sparkly magenta envelope came in the mail.   I am sure we all know that giddy feeling when you receive an unexpected surprise in the mail.  I struggled to get the envelope open.   When I finally did, there was a card and a burlap pouch.   For a minute, it felt like opening a gift box just to find another gift box inside.   I opened the pouch and poured a bunch of puzzle pieces on the table (Yup, another “gift box”).

It took me 35 minutes to put together that puzzle (Clearly, I am not the one you want competing in any puzzle competitions.), but I loved every single minute of it.   The thrill of trying to figure out what the image would reveal.  I put the title together first.  That was the easiest part.   A clever play on words brought back some memories of our last time together.  I was also able to piece together the Jack Daniel’s Honey bottle, at which I burst into laughter at an inside joke. The image and the title have a very special meaning to me, more than can deciphered from simply looking at the completed puzzle.  I knew that was precisely the “message” that Cindy was sending me.  Now, I am even more excited to be joining some really special friends on my birthday weekend.

I would never had thought I would have had so much fun putting a puzzle together all by myself.  I encourage you all to share in the joy of creating puzzles using Artisan software.   A puzzle can be used for many purposes.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Baby announcement – “You are going to be a Grandma/Grandpa!”  “You are going to be a big brother/sister!”
  • Promposal – “I am going to prom, but you are the missing piece.  Go with me?”
  • Engagement – “You are the final piece!”  “I love you to pieces.”
  • Family vacation reveal – “We are going to Disney World!”
  • Wedding announcement – “Be my Maid-of-Honor!”

In the comments section below, tell me how you would use puzzles to share joy.

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10 Responses to Blog: Puzzles Are Perfect for Bringing Joy!

  1. Avril Lawson says:

    I love this idea. I thought I might send my daughter a surprise. I have a lovely photo of her, but it is bit busy in the background. I have tried to cut out the background and lower the opacity on it, but it is just not accurate enough to get a clean cut around her face and hair. Can you point me in the direction of any other ways to reduce background clutter on a photo?
    Many thanks Avril

  2. mindys7 says:

    I LOVE this idea and I LOVE puzzles! How about:
    For Grandparents day: Picture of grandparents with grandchild(ren) and The best parents get promoted to grandparents
    For a small birthday party: invite (when, where, what, etc.)
    For Valentine’s Day (or any love/relationship occasion): You Make My Life Complete!
    A reunion: Come Together!
    Words of encouragement: You can do this piece by piece
    Now I need to get busy making one or more!

  3. mandypena says:

    I just had time to read this!!! I love this idea!

  4. Cindy Rold says:

    I love the family vacation reveal idea.

  5. mimccarren@sbcglobal.net says:

    You’re gonna love Hershey, Tameka. We used to live 8 miles away, and we could smell chocolate in the air when the wind blew our way. It was heavenly! Have a great time! Mikki

  6. Linda DeLaughter says:

    I love the way you embrace life and everything in it! You always make me smile, dear Meka, and I am so proud to call you my friend. I hope our paths cross again some time this year!

  7. CherWalker says:

    How about, “Happy Father’s Day – you complete me.” 🙂
    Love this idea, so creative! Thanks Tameka.

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