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Joanna Gaines Has Been “Stirred” to Look People in the Eye More. And There's a Powerful Reason Why


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One of America's favorite couples, HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines, have faced media heat for their church's anti-gay marriage stance in a BuzzFeed “expose” by Kate Aurthur, despite having never publicly spoken on the matter themselves.

While the couple has not issued an official statement to the media frenzy over the story, both Chip and Joanna have responded in their own ways on social media.

Chip has been taking a direct approach, expressing emotions with a bit of sass and humbleness all at the same time.

A grateful one...

One humbling...

One with a little bit of sass, because really, it's Chip...

And the classiest response of them all...

The tweet reads:

“Regardless of our decision to make a statement about all this craziness, or not, I ask that people please! respect @KateAurthur & @ginamei”

Aurthur did acknowledge Chip's classy gesture by retweeting Chip's message, as well as thanking him for the olive branch.

Joanna on the other hand, has been silent on the topic. However, the words of empowerment she has taken to share with her fans really says it all.

In an Instagram post yesterday, Joanna explained that she and the kids decorated the Christmas tree over the weekend. Along with a picture of the tree came some thoughtful reflection about being mindful of living in the present and enjoying life.

The post reads:

"Today the kids and I had a sweet time talking about all the ornaments on this tree. Every one of these colorful ornaments have a story to tell and a memory I hold dear. These are the moments. For the month of December I want to try and put my phone down more often, and by down I mean leave it in the car, put it in a locked box, or under the mattress.

Joanna then reflects on focussing on the people in front of her, not over the internet:

“I've been stirred to start looking people in the eye more, to smile at them, talk with them in person, and love them the old fashioned way. There is a certain richness in today that may never be around again. I want to choose to enjoy these moments with my family, my friends, and even strangers.”

Joanna is right, “'Tis the season.”

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