Monday, August 22, 2016

First Day of School by Julie Jarnagin

Thursday was the first day of second grade for my eight-year-old. He was nervous about his new teacher and what the work would be like. He was excited about seeing old friends. When I went to wake him to get ready, he was already up and making his bed. I wish it was that easy to get him to make his bed every morning!

There's something special about a fresh start. Whether it's the first day of school, a new year, or a new home, a new beginning brings up the excitement and butterflies that can bring out the best in us. But we shouldn't have to wait for a new year to inspire the best in ourselves. The start of a new job, a move, a project at work (or a book for my fellow writers) or even the start of a new month or week can serve as a new beginning if we treat it correctly. 

1. Make it special - Every year before school starts, my husband takes my son to pick out a new pair of tennis shoes. Whether it's buying a notebook for your new project or simply cleaning off your desk, a clean slate is fun and exciting. 

2. Celebrate it - I'm sure parents just like me were filling up your Facebook feed with first-day of school photos. A lot of families make a special breakfast. I wrote my son a fun note on his lunch. What can you do to celebrate your new beginning? Write yourself a little note. Circle the big day on your calendar. Celebrate that this is the first day of something new and wonderful.

3. Embrace the nerves - Even though my son has been at the same school for three years and we had visited his classroom previously, he asked me where his room was. He was nervous, and I could see it all over his face. But it's okay to be nervous. It means you care. So if you're uneasy about something coming up in your life, embrace it.

Do you have a fresh start coming up in your life? Do you have or did you have any first-day-of-school traditions?  

New Release! 
Cowgirl in the Kitchen

Just as she's about to make her dream come true, disaster strikes. The only way she can get back in the saddle is to strike a bargain—with a man her family despises. 

Jentry Lawson's dream of becoming a world-class barrel racer is about to happen—until she and her horse are injured in a terrible accident. Forced to move back home to Texas to recuperate, her Dallas-based brother makes her an offer she can't refuse. He needs someone he can trust to oversee the renovation and grand opening of his new restaurant. If she'll take that on, he'll finance her return to the arena. It doesn't take Jentry long to discover she bit off more than she can chew. Swallowing her pride, she asks for help from Gavin Easton—a man her brother despises. But he's the one person who can make the restaurant succeed. 

People in Glover never thought Gavin Easton would amount to anything. Ever since his own restaurant in town burned down, he's taken odd jobs to provide for his niece, whom he is raising alone. When beautiful and stubborn Jentry offers him the perfect job, his first reaction is to turn her down flat. No way he's going to do anything to help her brother! But there's more at stake than his pride. Can he trust his future to the woman whose brother tried to ruin his reputation—and his life? 

Besides, how can he manage a restaurant, when he can't manage his heart?

USA Today Best Selling author Julie Jarnagin writes 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.comSign up for her newsletter to be the first to learn about new releases and free books:

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  1. Aww, Julie, the photo is so cute. We always took a picture of our kids on the first day of school, and usually celebrated with a special dinner at the end of the day.

  2. Julie, he's so cute. The first day of school is always special.

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  4. What a sweet story, and it's so true about fresh starts being special. I hope your son likes his new teacher and classmates. When I was in school, my favorite thing about the first day was finally getting to wear the new clothes my parents had bought me. I still remember some of them to this day.

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