Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” Share their Testimony and Encouraging Journey
As home renovation and flipping houses is become more of a craze, more and more people are becoming aware of Chip & Joanna Gaines, known for their hilarious antics and beautiful creations on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”. It doesn’t take long to realize that Chip is the one known for his hilarious antics, and Joanna is known for her amazing design creativity. As their personalities couldn’t be any further apart, when they recently shared how they met, their stories were just as opposite. From a comfy couch, they share how they came to meet each other.
When they met in 2001, they were married two years later. As Joanna shares, “you know, I think it’s funny because we were polar opposites.” Chip adds that their differences were not just their personalities, but how they were raised. As Chip explains how his parents allowed extensive freedoms for hours on end, Joanna’s childhood was nothing comparable. “Her parents were like, ‘go out in the back yard, but only as long as you have bubble tape completely around your head, neck, and vital organs’, and obviously so, when that all came together…” Granted, they may have had different upbringings, both were raised in the church by their Christian parents. As they both tell their side of the story, they remember the other one liking them far more than they did.
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After bantering back and forth of how they ‘didn’t meet’, Joanna wraps it up in a short-short version. ‘and from the beginning, I think it was a fun, kind of a rollercoaster. I was a safe, kind of over-protective child, and Chip was this rowdy kind of risky guy…’ Over the years, they have learned so much about how different their personalities are and how to make it all work. It was this one nugget of wisdom that Chip would go back and give advice to himself if he could. “If I could go back in time and tell myself some piece of advice that would help our marriage, it was just the idea, that when I learned how to embrace Joanna for who she is, and really support her all the way, I feel that was really a lightbulb moment for me, and my relationship with her.” It was in this reality of understanding of who she was, that Chip learned the reality of unconditional love for Joanna. “As I really enveloped this concept of “I’m going to love her, and support her, and fight for her, regardless, I feel like that opened your heart to reciprocate.” It is exciting to see a couple so enthusiastically in love with one another, while they are both following the Lord as believers.
When Chip & Joanna shared their stories for I Am Second, they commented further on just how different their personalities are. As Chip describes, “Joanna is like the purest, most stable person I’ve ever met.” By her own words, Joanna continues, “I like safety. I like knowing what’s coming. I don’t want to be surprised…he always jokes that I’m the guy in the relationship, cause when he wants to talk and dig, I don’t want to talk. I just want to eat my fries.” Now, on the flip side, Chip comes from the opposite end of the spectrum. “Fear and failure doesn’t even cross his mind, he doesn’t even let that go through one ear and out the other.” Chip continues to describe his own personality; “The little voice in your ear that talks when your being quiet, my little voice tells me how handsome I am, tells me how funny I am, tells me how rich I’m going to be.”
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