Fixer Upper Star Joanna Gaines Just Turned 40 – And She Celebrated In An Unforgettable Way

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In 2002, the pair got engaged after Chip sprang a sweet surprise proposal. He told Joanna they were going to a concert. In fact he got down on bended knee at a shopping mall. When Joanna said yes, he whisked her off to a jeweler so she could design her own engagement ring. “The most perfect night ever,” Joanna reminisced in her 2016 book, The Magnolia Story.

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The pair got married in May 2003, holding their ceremony at, naturally enough, another historic mansion. Then they started doing what would eventually make them famous – flipping houses together – with Joanna taking on the interior design. That same year they opened their first store, Magnolia Market, in their hometown of Waco, Texas.

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The pair also got to work starting a family. In 2005, when Joanna was 27, she gave birth to the couple’s first child. This was a little boy they named Drake. Two years later they had a girl, Ella Rose. But they didn’t stop there. After Ella Rose came Duke; and in 2010, they welcomed their fourth child, Emmie Kay.

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