Chip and Joanna Gaines are growing their not-so-little family yet again! It isn’t with more babies, however.
The couple is perfectly content with their five beautiful children. This time, their newest family member is of the four-legged variety. Chip recently surprised the family with the most precious English mastiff puppy! There’s no word on the little guy’s name just yet, but it seems he’s found a fast friend in Chip and Joanna’s 1-year-old son, Crew.
Joanna shared the news of the family’s newest addition on Instagram. She wrote: “Chip told me he hadn’t surprised us in a while with a new animal and that it was long overdue… we now have more dogs than children 😂.” It’s certainly an impressive feat, but animals are abundant on the Gaines family farm.
Aside from dogs, there are also cats, sheep, cows, horses, and more. The farm life is good to the big family, who have a lot of love to give their animal friends.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are pretty used to having a full house. The couple added to their brood last year with the birth of their fifth child, Crew. While running a business empire and raising five kids may seem like pure chaos, neither Chip nor Joanna would change it for the world.
Now Chip and Joanna are celebrating yet another addition to their family. Chip recently surprised the family with a new pet! Joanna took to Instagram to share the news. She captioned the series of photos: “Chip told me he hadn’t surprised us in a while with a new animal and that it was long overdue… we now have more dogs than children 😂.”
The English mastiff puppy is absolutely adorable! He seems to have found an equally adorable companion to spend quality time with. In the photos Joanna posted — and later in a video shared on her Instagram story — the pup can be seen following Crew around.
The yet-to-be-named puppy joins six other dogs at the Gaines farm, many of which were also surprises Chip brought home to the family. Last April, Joanna revealed Chip brought home both a puppy and a kitten just before Crew was born. That puppy was also an English mastiff.
There were also some new additions to their farm last year. April brought a sweet morning surprise. “Chip woke the kids up this morning with this sweet baby goat… cutest wake up call ever!” Joanna captioned the photo of the baby goat in her daughter’s lap.
There was also the birth of some pretty cute piglets. The piglets were welcomed into the world just one week after Crew was born. Chip posted a picture of the pigs and joked, “Errbody having babies round here.”
Christmas of 2017 also brought a new addition to the Gaines household. “I go out of town for one night…” Joanna joked in a photo of the tiny kitten underneath the family Christmas tree. She added, “#welcometothefarmkitty.”
Between the farm animals and the indoor pets, the Gaines family is used to having animals roaming about. Their animals even occasionally made an appearance on Fixer Upper back in the day. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them on the couple’s new cable network.
Luckily for Chip and Joanna, their kids are all in on the farm life. That means helping out with the animals. Chip even taught Emmie Kay how to milk the many cows they have on the farm. It keeps life exciting for the kids, especially when you consider there are no televisions in the farmhouse.
Chip and Joanna’s kids are growing up fast. Drake is 14, Ella is 12, Duke is 11, Emmie Kay is 9, and Crew is 1. While their children always come first, the couple has even more on their plate than kids and animals.
The many businesses that have come under the Magnolia umbrella over the years have also been like children to the couple. They started the company in 2003, never imagining how big it would grow.
Next up for the couple is their cable network. The channel, which will replace Discovery’s DIY Network, is set to debut next summer. Aside from airing the complete archive of Fixer Upper, the channel will also feature community, home, garden, food, wellness, entrepreneurialism, and design programming.
One of the most impressive things about Chip and Joanna is that they acknowledge and appreciate their full plates, both as parents and business owners. Joanna wrote about the topic in the fall 2019 edition of Magnolia Journal.
“I decided that balance is way too meticulous a science to get just right in my daily life, and that it wasn’t something I was very interested in for myself,” Joanna explained.
She went on to explain that her life works best when she lets her worlds combine and overlap. “I’ve found that something miraculous happens when I make space for both: Each is made better by the other,” she continued. “My work is undoubtedly more inspired when my kids can be a part of it, and I’m a better mom when my passion for creativity plays a role in how I parent.”