Chip Gaines Makes Innocent Post About Wife, Then Discovers It's Changed A Marriage
FaithTap Staff 3/20/2017
One only needs to turn on the TV or flip through a magazine to know that celebrity status brings with it many perks that normal folks don't necessarily enjoy! But for Joanna and Chip of the famous home improvement show Fixer Upper, their fame helped a couple they didn't even know change their lives for the better!
For years, Austin and Kenzi Reddick tried to get pregnant and have a baby of their own, but God had other plans for them. The couple, who lives in North Carolina, owns a small business on Etsy called Swallows Grace, which sells coffee mugs with clever quotes. On their site they shared a very personal journey:
"After years of prayers, multiple fertility treatments, & losing 3 babies to miscarriage, we have decided that the journey to parenthood for us is through ADOPTION!"
As with any such big decision, money plays a big role, and the couple soon realized that the cost of adoption came with a high price. The Private Domestic Adoption to bring home a newborn was estimated to cost between $20,000 to $30,000 and this is how they decided to finance it:
"We realized that we could leverage the coffee mugs I have already been making for some time, as a fundraiser! 100% of the proceeds will go directly to bringing our baby home! Our goal is to make and sell 1,000 coffee mugs to get us to the $20,000 mark!"
One of the smartest decisions Austin and Kenzi made without even realizing it, was to make coffee mugs with quotes that represented their obsession with the HGTV show Fixer Upper. The idea came serendipitously while watching one of the many Fixer Upper episodes on TV, and the couple decided to go with a couple of ideas they knew fellow fans would appreciate. Things like:
"Shiplap Style Repeat ... Chip Gaines is my Spirit Animal ... Joanna Gaines is my Spirit Animal."
Little did the Reddicks know that miles away in Texas, the real Chip Gaines had spotted their company and bought a mug that had the quote about Joanna being his spirit animal. Chip then went ahead and posted a picture of himself with the coffee mug on his Instagram account, along with a short little message that said:
"She really is. (Thanks for the rad mugs @swallowsgrace)"
The shout-out pretty much changed Austin and Kenzi's timeline for adoption, as the orders came flooding in. They posted a message of thanks to Chip and to all those who purchased their mugs, on their own Instagram account:
"Y'all wanna know what's amazing? GOD IS! He is seriously SO good!! The past week has been a whirlwind to say the least. We were overloaded with orders from @chippergaines awesome post & orders are still coming in!! But we, alongside some awesome friends, worked & got a huge majority DONE (literally an ENTIRE TRUCKBED) to be mailed out today!! We officially can pay for our adoption in FULL!!"
Austin and Kenzi soon welcomed baby Lane Everette into their lives. And while there are a lot of people to be thankful for in the entire process, they aren't shy about admitting how their celebrity obsession played such a big role in helping them achieve their dream:
"The fact that [Chip and Joanna] shared our mug, knowing it would help in our adoption funding says a lot about who they are. There's no denying they have big hearts and we are forever grateful to them for helping us bring our baby home!"
Adoption has been awesome according to the couple, who have taken on the role of being new parents with all the love and energy they have. And for those wondering if their baby is also going to be a Fixer Upper fan, this is what Kenzi had to say about that matter:
"If he isn't, then we are doing this parenting thing all wrong. I'd be willing to wager that his first word is going to be shiplap."
What a happy ending to a story that had a very emotional start! For anyone who has seen Fixer Upper, it's not hard to believe that the star couple who have four kids of their own, would do such a thing to help out someone they didn't even know! Chip and Joanna, you guys rock in ways you never thought possible!
Sources: Instagram/chippergaines, Instagram/swallowsgrace, Country Living, Swallows Grace