These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?
By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper; they have become America's new best friends. The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together, from the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.
They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car in to the local Firestone tire shop, where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer-upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garnered the attention of a television producer who noticed her work on a blog one day.
In The Magnolia Story, fans will finally get to join the Gaineses behind the scenes and discover:
The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their sleeping new baby
Joanna's agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children
When Chip bought a houseboat, sight unseen, and it turned out to be a leaky wreck
Joanna's breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home
Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple
Memories from Chip and Jo's wedding
The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do
The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others and bolstering the city of Waco along the way
And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny?
"Oh yeah," says Joanna. "He was and still is my first fixer-upper."
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By Mavwreck75 on 30-07-17
Surprised! This is not a "chick book"
My wife wanted listen to this book due to the popularity of the TV show. I figured it was a "chick book" that I had little interest in. I recently got in to a situation where I had a long wait with no internet. All I had to kill the time was The Magnolia Story my wife previously downloaded. It turns out this is not a book about decorating & design targeting a female audience. It is about a hardworking couple raising a family and building a business telling their unique story. It is literally told from the ground up. To a discerning listener the timeline offers a long-term inside look that answers the question so often asked of successful people, "How did you do it?" There were several points made by both Chip & Joanna that caused me to stop, meditate and reflect. One of the strongest points they made is they idea that we never "arrive". That kind of thinking causes us to become complacent which is a real danger to our personal and professional success. But intentionally rearrange the state of thriving away from a destination and place it on the journey. That simple act will cause us to be intentional about the way we live naturally putting more focus on the everyday process of our lives instead of just the singular events.
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By M. Ryder on 25-06-17
Really enjoyed this one, from the story to them telling of of their lives and how they landed the show. To anybody listening, it's pretty clear that this couple are a perfect match, balancing each other out. I definitely think it was far better to hear about the ups and downs in their own words, and loved when Chip would recall certain times and spontaneously chuckle about them, like buying that houseboat or being 90 minutes late for their first date and still managing to charm the pants off Joanna's sister and roommates. Good stuff... far more funny than a sit com. After finishing up this audiobook, two things were very obvious to me: that Chip and Joanna work hard and put family above all else. However, they also care about the community and have a strong faith in God. I should probably point out that before purchasing the book, I had no idea of who they were, despite being a big fan of reality TV. Yet, I kept seeing The Magnolia Story on Audible getting rave reviews, so jumped at the chance to purchase it as the daily deal. I should explain that the only reason for not watching their show is because I am completely blind and would no doubt miss out on much of the visuals throughout the program, but I still appreciate the beauty of a Home and the way it's maintained and decorated. Now, after listening to their book, I am interested in trying to watch the show and see what I can learn from it. Much success to Chip and Joanna! Worth the time and credit for sure! 😊👍🏼
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