Chip and Joanna Gaines may be big shot TV stars today with their hit series Fixer Upper, but it’s their humble beginnings that keep them grounded and guide them in raising their children.
“I tell the kids that you are probably not going to get a cell phone,” Joanna recently told ET. “We want to teach our kids that life happens outside of these devices. It’s just a simple thing to go outside and connect with nature, play with your friends and get dirty.”
And you know these home makeover moguls mean business if they don’t even have a TV in their home!
But just because the Gaines are forgoing a few of today’s technological luxuries, it does not mean their home on a 40-acre Texas farm is a “no fun zone.”
From family bake-offs…
To LEGO house building…
And plenty of animal fun on the farm…
This family has mastered the art of soaking up the joy of the simple things in life.
In fact, that’s precisely the inspiration behind Joanna’s upcoming clothing line for Matilda Jane. She’s designing her collection with her two daughters in mind as well as their modern “Little House on the Prairie” lifestyle of sorts.
“It’s the simple things. It’s the things my kiddos do on the farm. It’s the farm animals,” said Joanna.
Though the successful couple is heading into their fourth season of Fixer Upper, it wasn’t just too long ago that they were scraping to get by.
“I remember when we first got married the only money we had was what was in Chip’s pocket,” Joanna told PEOPLE. “He had this wad of cash, and so if I needed to grocery shopping, if I needed to just go find a new shirt, it was whatever was in his pocket.”
Their rags to riches story keeps the Gaines humble and reminds them of the values they want to instill in their children that money can’t buy, particularly their faith.
In an earlier interview with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association the couple said, “Our family has made a commitment to put Christ first, a lifestyle our parents modeled for us very well. They showed us how to keep our marriage and family centered around God. As for Fixer Upper, we have been surprised at the impact of our faith through the show. We haven’t been overtly evangelical, but the rich feedback we have received on family and love all source from our faith. Jesus said the world would know His disciples by their love for one another, and we’ve glimpsed this in practice and strive for it every day.”
Check out more from the Gaines in the Entertainment Tonight Exclusive below: