It’s always the right time for a love story
Featuring: Chip and Joanna Gaines
You may not be a reality TV fan, nor have an inkling of who Chip and Joanna Gaines are, but their story as a hugely successful, and also loving, husband-and-wife team can lend a cheerful note to the weekend. Fixer Upper is the HGTV show that earned them fame and fortune, but The Magnolia Story is their the tale of their life, from the first date to the birth of their fourth child and more.
If any story can be decried as the epitome of the American dream, that of Chip and Joanna should be at the top of the list. It all starts, and continues to this day, in Waco, Texas. In 2001, recent college graduate Joanna was working as the office manager for her father’s auto shop, while Chip was already an entrepreneur working with houses in the area. After meeting outside of Joanna’s workplace one day, their relationship progressed, but very slowly, and it was by no means love at first sight.
Nevertheless, after about six months, Chip expressed his love for Joanna, and she realized that this might be the man she was going to marry. Their life together began officially in 2002, but their house-flipping business wouldn’t really take off for years. In the meantime, Chip continued to buy and renovate houses, while Joanna opened the boutique she had always dreamed of. She also used her knack for decorating to help out Chip.
Between 2005 and 2010, through economic struggles and various moves, Joanna had four children. She eventually closed her store to be with them, and also dedicated herself to perfecting each new house they lived in.
2008, and the economic slowdown, threatened the Gaines’s business like nothing until that point. On the brink of giving up their dream, they received a $100,000 loan from another couple, which helped them pay off bills, but not until 2012 did they get the BIG break they needed: the possibility of a TV show. The rest is history. Since the premiere of their show in 2014, they have become celebrities. They paid back their loan, Joanna opened up Magnolia again, and they have not only fulfilled all their dreams, but are constantly making new ones.
While it is undeniable that the Gaines’s caught a huge break with the TV show, it came only after a decade of hard work, struggle, loss, and despair. If anything can be taken away from their story, it is their drive. They had warning signs, but nevertheless, they persisted. And they succeeded.
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