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Chip And Joanna Gaines: ‘Family Is The Most Important Thing in The World’

Photo from Joanna Gaines’ Instagram

Chip And Joanna Gaines: ‘Family Is The Most Important Thing in The World’

By Movieguide® Contributor

FIXER UPPER stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are known for the homes they create, and their marriage is the foundation for all the wonderful work they do.

The pair married in 2003, and share four children, as well as a home improvement empire. 

Chip and Joanna frequently discuss their marriage and how they juggle parenting, working and their relationship. 

“One thing that I would say is our superpower is that Jo and I are not quitters,” Chip said. “Throwing in the towel is not something honestly that ever even comes to mind.”

The couple prioritize their family and marriage above work, and that includes bringing the kids along for Valentine’s Day. 

“Since Chip and I try to go on a date night once a week, we don’t feel the need to keep holidays like Valentine’s Day all to ourselves,” Joanna shared. “We set the table fancy, we all get dressed up, and we serve a big, beautiful candlelight dinner. It’s our kids’ favorite too. I’ll never forget one year we served lobster, and Chip chased all the kids around the house with a lobster. It was hilarious!”

The couple even ended their hit show FIXER UPPER in 2018 to focus more on their children. 

“They’re so young, and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood,” Joanna explained. “Family is the most important thing in the world.”

The parents also emphasize the importance of kindness and good values to their children. 

“It’s in how intentional we are about reinforcing goodness within our home, nurturing our values as a family over and over again until it takes,” Chip said of he and Joanna’s attitude towards child-raising. 

Movieguide® previously reported on the Gaines’ commitment to their children:

Got a house that needs to be fixed up?  If the answer is yes, chances are you’ve wanted to give Christian couple Chip and Joanna Gaines a call!

Chip and his wife of sixteen years Joanna captivated audiences with their family values and stupendous home renovations on the HGTV series FIXER UPPER. Since the show premiered in 2012, the Gaines family has taken a brief hiatus from TV life to focus on their family and preparing for their own television network. In between their touristy Magnolia Silos location in Waco, TX, partnerships and entrepreneurial efforts, somehow the Gaines’s manage to find time for the family. Chip Gaines exclusively explained to People magazine about his fatherhood journey just in time for Father’s Day.

“I really wasn’t that guy,” Gaines remembered. “I dated girls [before Joanna] whose goal in life was to get married and have kids.” They had it all planned out, but I was too selfish.” Fast forward nearly fifteen years later, and fatherhood has completely changed him. Last year, Chip and Joanna welcomed their fifth child, a son they named Crew. Their other four children, Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie range from preteen age to nine years old. If you were a fan of FIXER UPPER, you might recall that Chip and 

Joanna were always inviting their children to help with projects to strengthen them as a family and create a healthy work/home balance. So, it’s no question they have their hands full but their commitment to their faith and family is certainly admirable.

Gaines spoke about one of the most valuable things parenthood has taught him, stating, “one of the biggest things I’ve learned is how not to be selfish. Caring about someone else more than you care about yourself. And it’s made me a better team player.” The FIXER UPPER star continued, “I love watching my kids grow up and try new things. Whether they succeed or fail, just to be their cheerleader on the sideline is the best feeling.”

Chip spoke at length about his wife Joanna and her partnership in raising their five children. “To be married to her and raising kids together has been the honor of my life,” Gaines beamed. “I tell my kids this a lot: She’s the one that makes this whole thing go around.” Their kindness and family values have even spread into the secular realms of the media, earning the pair a spot on Time magazine’s Top 100 Influential People of 2019.