Saturday, May 6, 2017

(40)The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines


My husband had to go out of town for work last week and I spent the time binge-watching HGTV.  As much as I missed my husband, I loved being able to watch my HGTV shows guilt-free. A huge chunk of my binge was spent watching Fixer Upper (also, I know what to move to a lake) with Chip and Joanna Gaines. They seem like genuinely good people so I was curious to know more about them.

 The Magnolia Story is primarily told from Joanna's perspective with some narration from Chip thrown in for good measure. We learn how Chip and Joanna met and all about their first date and their early days of dating.  It seems like even then Chip was fun-loving, even if a little bit scatter-brained.  Joanna was brave enough to share that not once, but twice Chip left their oldest alone in the house while she was out. He just didn't think about the baby when he needed/wanted to go do something. I am sure their critics jumped all over that nugget of truth.  Another interesting nugget - they don't even own a television.

Joanna and Chip go into detail of how they got started.  Their early house flips - the ones they lived in while flipping.  They also go into detail over some of Chips crazier ideas.  I am not sure I could handle having a husband who just buys a house (or a houseboat) on a whim because he had an idea that could make them money.   Both Chip and Joanna admitted that they had help along the way and that often times help came from unexpected places.  One thing cannot be denied, though.  Chip and Joanna have worked very hard to get where they are today.  And they work very hard to maintain their success.  It is admirable and inspiring.

Bottom line - Reality television stars tend to go down in a blaze of glory.  In fact, another HGTV couple just went through a divorce. Chip and Joanna Gaines appear to be more grounded and more secure in their marriage than the other couple. They seem like genuinely wonderful people and I wish them nothing but continued success and happiness.

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