I think it’s safe to say that Chip and Joanna Gaines have earned a special place in our hearts over the last couple of years. From continuing with “Fixer Upper” to launching their brand new line at Target, the power couple has quickly become a household favorite–but there is so much more to the Gaines family than you thought!
9 Things You Didn’t Know About Chip and Joanna Gaines:
1. The couple met after graduating from Baylor.
Both Chip and Joanna went to Baylor, but they didn’t actually meet there. Joanna’s father had a Firestone Tire shop in Waco, Texas where he had a family photo displayed (which of course included Joanna). When Chip visited the store and saw the photo, he said he knew he’d marry her one day.
2. Joanna wanted to be a broadcast journalist.
She studied communication while attending Baylor with the hopes of working on television–and her wish definitely came true, just not in the way she might’ve originally thought.
3. Chip’s childhood aspirations included being baseball player, or a politician.
4. Flipping houses isn’t their only talent.
The couple is working on a cookbook that has a TBD launch date. They’ve also shared their love for cooking on “Fixer Upper,” the Magnolia blog, and on Instagram.
5. Joanna’s nationality might surprise you.
On the Magnolia website, Joanna shares that she’s 1/4 Lebanese, 1/4 German, and 1/2 Korean, which explains her beautiful skin tone and other striking features.
6. They have a lot of extended family.
And we’re not talking about humans! The couple has a 40-acre farm where they keep over 60 animals including horses, goats, chickens, cows, dogs, cats, bunnies and even a guinea pig!
7. They don’t really like electronics.
Of course they use what’s needed for their businesses, but they don’t have a TV in their home, and they’ve previously spoken out about not letting their kids have cell phones.
8. The name “Magnolia” didn’t come from out of nowhere.
Apparently when the couple first started dating, Chip would bring Joanna Magnolia blooms. Swoon!
9. Joanna has a serious appreciation for all-you-can-eat buffets.
Her very first job was at a buffet line where we believe she learned the value of hard work (which clearly paid off).