Random Thoughts from Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines seem to have words of wisdom when it comes not only to homes but also life. Here are some interesting things the Fixer Upper couple has said over the years.

Chip Gaines says marriage is forever

Chip and Joanna Gaines | Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage
Chip and Joanna Gaines | Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage

Although Joanna admits she used to wonder if Chip would remain faithful, she told Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas in their book What Makes a Marriage Last, that she realized her husband would always be true because of his character. She said he is a loyal man and she knows she doesn’t have anything to worry about. She said his loyalty is demonstrated by the fact that he kept the same dog, truck, and jeans for years.

“I’m the most loyal person in the world,” said Chip. “Even if the most beautiful woman on the planet were interested in me, I can’t imagine violating Jo’s trust like that. I wouldn’t trade some temporary hypothetical thing for what I know to be the most valuable thing on the planet. I viewed marriage as forever even before I knew whether Jo and I would make it for five minutes,” added Chip.

Chip and Joanna changed how they fight

Like most couples, Chip and Joanna say they have arguments now and then. However, they told Thomas and Donahue they argue differently than they did earlier in their marriage. Chip says he got to a point where he didn’t want to raise his voice during arguments anymore.

A year or two into our marriage, I thought, ‘I don’t want to raise my voice like that.’ And we both asked ourselves, ‘Do we want to pull against each other like this, or do we want to be pulling together?’

So, Jo and I had a subconscious little handshake that said we would never pull against each other no matter what—because life is so hard. We can’t be fighting each other and the world simultaneously.

Chip Gaines in ‘What Makes a Marriage Last’

Joanna Gaines says the pandemic and racial injustice caused her to take a deeper look at herself

In the fall issue of The Magnolia Journal, Gaines speaks about the magazine’s theme of rhythm. She says this was already the theme before the pandemic and racial unrest, but she felt the theme was even more appropriate now. “In the face of all of it—the brokenheartedness, the chaos, the confusion—I have been reminded of the importance of listening and learning, of looking inward, and of standing together for what is good and right,” wrote Gaines.

Joanna Gaines’ kitchen became her refuge during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic left many people feeling afraid and unsure of the future. Gaines say she found comfort during this time by retreating to her kitchen. The familiarity of this space was soothing.

This past spring when the world shut down, I kept feeling myself drawn to my kitchen. I think it provided a place for me to wrestle with the devastation happening in the world and the uncertainty of what the future might hold for so many people. I came to realize that the familiar rhythms of cooking and baking provided a level of comfort.

As I moved around the kitchen, measuring and whisking and kneading—like I’ve done so many times before—my heart was able to find some rest. It was a safe place for me to think and process the rapidly changing world around me.

Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Journal

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