Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A New Adventure by Julie Jarnagin

Sometimes you never know where life will take you. After living in Oklahoma our entire lives, my husband accepted a job in southern Louisiana. I'd never even visited our new town until after we'd accepted the job offer, but I've been pleasantly surprised and I'm excited about the big change for our family.

We love Oklahoma, and we will miss all of our friends here. But Louisiana is going to be a great place to call home. Here are a few things I'm loving:

1. The Food: When we head down there to get things ready for the move, I feel like we spend the majority of our time eating or talking about what we're going to eat next! Shirmp and grits, poboys, oysters, crawfish, gumbo, bread pudding, beignets...should I keep going? Yum! I've been landlocked all these years, and I can't get enough of the seafood.

2. The Culture: Our move landed around Mardi Gras, so we had the opportunity to see how the locals celebrate. Everything from the king cake parties to the parades, there was so much to see and do. Not to mention the music, architecture, and art. It's a place like no other.

3. The People: Almost every single person we've met has been kind and helpful and seem genuinely excited about our move to the area. Southern hospitality is alive and well.

So I'm excited about our move and eager to write my new setting into a story!

Have you been to Louisiana? What did you think?

Julie Jarnagin is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet and inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. 
www.JulieJarnagin.com

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16 comments:

  1. Louisiana is a very special place. From the culture to the people, it's great. And I love, love, love the food. Congrats on the move.

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  2. Louisiana is a fun place. I grew up in Mississippi and often visited Louisiana. The food is great!!

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  3. I have relatives in Harvey. I had a good time visiting, though I don't want to go during Mardi Gras. Lol

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    1. We'll be on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, so the Mardi Gras parades were very family friendly. :)

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  4. We've been to New Orleans several times. Love the beignets, poboys, Jambalaya, and King Cakes!

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  5. Congratulations on your move! I've never been to Louisiana, but everyone sounds great. And I can tell I'd love the food!

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  6. Sounds like fun and you're so smart to embrace new places, new faces and so on. We moved a lot in our early days and I enjoyed every state we lived in.

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  7. My father was born and raised in Breaux Bridge, LA, The Crawfish Capital. We are heading down next week to enjoy some of that food. I love the culture and the bayous and the plantations and the history. Hope your move was smooth and you love your new home.

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  8. So excited for you and your family, Julie. Best wishes on your move!

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  9. Best wishes as you settle into your new community.

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  10. I've been to New Orleans and it was beautiful, fun, and very diverse culturally and faith wise. I'm going to miss you terribly, but I'm so excited for you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, Terri! I'm going to miss you too!

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  11. Wow, what a big move! Best wishes!

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  12. Raised in Mississippi, married a Louisiana guy. Lived in Lafayette 14 yrs and now in Alexandria for 25 yrs. Evangelized all over LA and had my first Milk pie down around Houma at a little restaurant in an old Cajun house. Hope you get to try it. It's awesome!

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  13. Welcome to a great state! One of the highlights of Alexandria is the Easter production "Above All" at the Pentecostals of Alexandria. Check it out at thepentecostals.org

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