Facebook Anniversary Celebration!
Facebook Anniversary Celebration!
Facebook Anniversary Celebration!
Chip and Joanna Gaines are a nice, easy-going couple who live in Waco, Texas. They are a dynamic duo, as she is a designer, he is a general contractor and they are the owners of the Magnolia Market. Their lives were busy before, but now it has exploded into the limelight as the Hosts of the hit TV show, Fixer Upper on HGTV!
People are flocking around this couple and are thoroughly enthralled with this show! But why did America fall in love with Chip and Joanna? What makes them so special?
Well, in addition to their undeniable talent and work ethics, they are open, real and giving souls who love one another, their family and people. Chip and Jojo strive to help others, have integrity and have fun!
“There are so many inspiring qualities in Chip and Joanna Gaines. They are truly a couple worth admiring. The world needs more bright-shining beacons of hope like Chip and Joanna Gaines. And America could use more wholesome family shows like Fixer Upper!” RAZC.
The Gaines’ give great hope to us all, that there are still people out there who are not full of anger, criticism and hate. And they are role models for all of us who are married, as they endeavor to build their marriage on love, respect and quality time together!
Their adoration for one another as they banter back and forth in an playful way, is refreshing and delightful. Even with their recent fame and fortune as stars of this incredibly popular television show, Chip and Joanna remain humble and live a very nice life on a farm, that is not full of ego and opulence.
“In a world obsessed with portraying a picture-perfect image and putting on a show, the Gaines strive to be authentic and genuine. And as many Magnolia clients will attest, the Gaines are the same people in real-life, and on TV” RAZC.
Chip and Joanna are not perfect. I hate to break it to you, but nobody is. And they will be the first to tell you that. Nonetheless, their lives are built on the simple principles of loving one another, family and others. Thus, it should be no surprise to us that they get these principles from their faith and walk with God.
In this world today, it is easy to become bitter, angry and selfish humans who focus on material success, accolades and step on whomever gets in our way. Chip and Jojo are doing their best to follow God’s Word and that is not a bad thing, people. It is a good thing! All that is good in this universe is from God.
Thank you, Chip and Joanna, for stepping into our lives and reminding us that there are still people on this earth who live their lives to care for one another, their family and others. Though most of us do not have a platform such as being on a television show, we can all set a stage in the show of our own lives. And we can choose to set that stage with love, sincerity and compassion.
RAZC. Chip and Joanna Gains are Changing America and It’s Easy to See Why. QPolitical.com. May 2016.
Wayne wrote, “I thought I would share an original poem I wrote. My bride, Sherri is as beautiful today as the day we got engaged 22 years ago on Valentines day 1994.”
“To my hubby,
“Marriage is like a box of chocolates! Sometimes it’s nutty, sometimes it’s chewy and sometimes it’s smooth. All in all, this great big box is full of the good and the bad, the better and the worse and lots of sweet surprises!”
Thank you for standing by me, even when you get a lot of those yucky ones in your box!”
20 years ago on Valentine’s Weekend, we were engaged! Wow! I can’t believe it has been that long! I married you, because you were the most kind and compassionate person I had ever met! And now, you have grown into a man who wants to make a difference for all living with illness and pain. You are amazing!
We knew life wouldn’t be easy with my illness, but neither of us really understood the constant stress and pressure of living with debilitating illness, all of its hurdles, losses, complications with every aspect of our lives and urgent issue after urgent issue.
It certainly hasn’t been easy and people really have no idea what we are up against daily! But neither of us are quitters in life or in relationships. We keep fighting, keep hoping and keep praying. We are both stubborn and determined! And together, we are champions!
Happy Engagement Anniversary, Sweetie!
Ask anyone living with illness or pain and they will probably be eager to share what many people have said to them over the years that they didn’t feel was very encouraging. In fact, many will tell you that they were very hurt by something someone said.
It is true, that some people in this world may say something that is intentionally judgmental or negative. Nonetheless, we believe that in many cases, friends and family really do want to be supportive, but simply don’t know how.
Some people choose to ignore the issue or person; some toss out platitudes like simple fix-its and others share what they feel is the right thing to say with an expectation that it will be met with appreciation for their insight. However, loved ones often they find themselves perplexed or even angry when instead of being elated by the comment, their friend or family member is clearly frustrated by what was said. Sadly, these encounters can lead to the breaking down of communication and the relationship as a whole.
The Invisible Disabilities Association Founder and President, Wayne Connell and his wife, Sherri, know all too well how relationships can suffer or even end. Wayne believes that loved ones need to learn what he calls, “The Language of Invisible Disabilities.” People can learn these communication and support skills by learning what to say and what not to say and why.
When they can discover why a certain comment or suggestion is not well received, they can gain a better understanding of their loved one’s perspective. This allows them to ascertain how and why certain comments may cause their loved one to feel misunderstood, judged or as if their situation, losses and perseverance are being minimized. As a result, they can move on to learning what kinds of interchange and assistance gives hope, encouragement and the strength to keep fighting.
All of these things are addressed in IDA’s book, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain, written by Wayne and Sherri (all proceeds go to IDA).
This book gives practical tips on what to say, what not to say and how to help. It also gives insight into why, we as humans, often respond the way we do to debilitating conditions that are not readily obvious. It shares how we may protect ourselves and try to protect our loved one with denial. And it explains how a loved one may appear as if they do not care, when in fact they do. Yet, they just find it too painful to acknowledge the situation, because they don’t want to see their loved one suffer. These points not only help friends and family, but they also help those living with illness or pain better grasp where their loved one is coming from as well. These are the first steps to restoring relationships.
The video below is from the Online Seminar, What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help People Living with Illness and Pain with Wayne and Sherri Connell. It was presented during the 2012 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week (NICIAW), founded by Lisa Copen. Wayne and Sherri were Special Guests for the NICIAW Seminar, Invisible Disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver in 2010 that was also featured in 2011. IDA has been involved in the NICIAW week since it’s inception in 2002.
This article first appeared on the Invisible Disabilities Association Website.
Chronic Illness Tips: 263 ways to more than “just get by.” Available to download for FREE! Tips adapted from IDA’s booklet, But You LOOK Good! into a collaborative project by NICIAW Founder, Lisa Copen.
IDA Founder Guest Speaker for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. IDA Press Release. July 15, 2012.
Invisible Disabilities and the Husband as Caregiver. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell. Interviewed by Lisa Copen on BlogTalk Radio. National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Online Seminar. September 16, 2010. Featured again September 2011. Listen Here
What to Say, What Not to Say and How to Help with Wayne and Sherri Connell. Online Conference Guest Speakers for the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Founded by Lisa Copen of Rest Ministries. Video.
He left me a really cool message on my Facebook page, listing 20 reasons why he loves me. Isn’t that so sweet! I wanted to share this little video to commemorate this day.
In addition to being in horrific pain 24×7, I am still in the middle of devastation due to the loss of my brother last Christmas and my mom is battling lung cancer. I tried to wipe the tears for two minutes to try to have some fun by stopping to appreciate this milestone. This picture is of us on this day, celebrating at Red Robin before he had to go out of town.
Sherri, you walked into my store and then into my heart.
Twenty reasons why I love you!
1. You care for others
2. Your laugh
3. You are drop dead gorgeous
4. Your competiveness
5. Your baby blues
6. Your ability to see both sides
7. Your angelic voice
8. Your practical jokes – Tee Hee
9. Your strawberry blonde long hair
10. Your empathy
11. Your incredible strength each day
12. Your brilliant mind
13. Your creativeness
14. Your beautiful smile
15. Your great hugs
16. Your tenacity
17. Your ability to wiggle your ears and nose
18. Your love of life
19. Your love for me
20. Your ever enduring faith in God
I look forward even more to the next twenty.
Thank you, Thank you. I love you, Babe!
“Ahhhh….. the little things in life that make me smile! And I’m counting them all!” ~Sherri Connell
In 2010, my husband Wayne and I were special guests for an online seminar about Marriage with Chronic Illness with Founder of the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, Lisa Copen. This year, NICIAW did not conduct live online seminars, but featured some of their past workshops, including ours!
Don’t miss the 2011 National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week on September 12-18.
Check out all of the NICIAW Podcasts from past workshops.
Marriage and Chronic Illness – Featured Interview 2011