What Joanna Gaines Realized After Chip Stopped Talking

Chip and Joanna Gaines seem to have a strong marriage. During interviews they appear to communicate with joy and ease. Although the Fixer Upper couple looks like they have it together when it comes to communication, this wasn’t always the case. In the summer issue of Magnolia Journal, Joanna says Chip was very chatty during their first date. Here’s what she realized after he finally took a breath and stopped talking.

Joanna Gaines says her first date with Chip wasn’t what she expected

Joanna Gaines, Julianne Moore, and Chip Gaines | Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME
Joanna Gaines, Julianne Moore, and Chip Gaines | Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME

Joanna says she was not head-over-heels in love after going on a date with Chip. She tells her readers it definitely “wasn’t love at first sight.” In the summer issue of Magnolia Journal, she says Chip was quite the extrovert. He had a lot to say and he enjoyed talking about his plans and ideas. Joanna says she preferred quiet guys, and Chip didn’t fit the bill.

“It wasn’t love at first sight for Chip and me,” says Joanna. “For one thing, I was typically attracted to guys who were more on the quiet side. Based on our first date, it was clear that Chip was anything but quiet. He was all over the place, talking about businesses he’d started, and these ideas he had, and how he was buying up little houses and flipping them, and I was wondering if he was just a bit crazy.”

What Joanna Gaines realized after Chip stopped talking

Chip and Joanna Gaines | Desiree Navarro/WireImage
Chip and Joanna Gaines | Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Although Joanna was hesitant about moving forward, she did have a revelation once Chip paused for a few seconds and stopped talking. She says when she had a moment to think about the man before her, she was intrigued.

“There was also a part of me that was intrigued,” writes Joanna. “All the ideas and dreams he held for himself were anything but ordinary, and he talked about the world around him through the lens of untapped potential. When Chip did eventually stop talking, if only to take a breath, I found myself wanting to fill the silence with plans and dreams of my own. Ideas that I kept close and half-baked for fear that I didn’t have what it would take to turn them into realities.”

Joanna was inspired by Chip  

Although Joanna seemed mildly annoyed by Chip’s gift for gab, she admired his passion for life and fearlessness. This sparked a desire to take her own risks and map out plans for her life. She says Chip inspired her to pursue dreams she abandoned.

“Dreams that I knew required the heart of a risk taker, a quality I’d long considered to be one I simply didn’t possess,” writes Joanna. “Somehow those aspirations felt real, achievable even, in Chip’s company. This near-stranger had drawn out a side of me that I didn’t yet know existed. My gut told me there was something there worth waiting for.”

Read more: Joanna Gaines Almost Didn’t Go on a Second Date with Chip Gaines for 2 Reasons

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