The day I spent at the Magnolia Market Media event with my daughter, Cameron, still tops all the amazing days I have had in the new writing-life I am blessed to live.
The invitation to the Magnolia Market Media Event~
Friday, October 23, while enjoying the rain, I opened my email and noticed something that said “HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines” in the title. Being confused but intrigued, I opened it and the shouty capitols started flowing. I text my daughters, my husband, (my son wouldn’t have known the wow factor of this so I didn’t text him!), my two best friends, my mother-n-law and called my parents to tell them that I was invited to a MAGNOLIA MARKET MEDIA EVENT TO MEET, AND HAVE Q&A WITH CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES!! CHIP AND JOJO!!!
I was able to bring along a photographer so naturally I invited my daughter, Cameron, with me to not only help me by taking pictures(she has a better camera!) while I took notes, but also to keep me grounded and not act like a fan-girl! I had to be professional!
After picking up our credentials, Cameron and I headed to the Magnolia Market at the Silos, in downtown Waco, excited and ready to go.
We had both already been to the new market on Webster, so that wasn’t where the excitement was focused on; the excitement was all focused on meeting Chip and JoJo! This was about to happen! And THAT, is what had my heart racing!
We were able to see the actual reveal screens that they will use in the HGTV show Fixer Upper. It felt so real. I could hear Joanna in my head saying, “Are you ready to see your fixer upper?”
When Joanna came out to cut the red ribbon for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the new market, that’s when it got real.
Down to earth, dressed in comfortable jeans and boots, hands in pockets, not uptight or concerned about the thousands about to visit the silos, coffee in-hand, she led us through the tour of the silo compound, along with Brock Murphy, the Director of Public Relations for Magnolia. She answered our questions and made jokes, especially about her husband, Chip, that had yet again pulled a characteristic stunt and hurt his back. (Oh, Chip!)
Joanna Gaines was a perfect host for the media group that included, The Dallas Morning News, The Waco Trib, all three major TV stations in Waco, and other news agencies, and little ol’ me, a reporter for The Hometown News.
As Oprah would say, “This was an aha! moment”.
Then there was the moment when I asked her a question, got a bit of laughter from my media peers (my who???) and she looked right at me and answered.
The garden, the roof-top, the market, the reveal screens, JoJo, the entire morning was unbelievable. Exclamation point. One of the top moments of my life.
Being able to share it with Cameron; took it over the edge.
love and blessings~dd
*pictures provided by Cameron Davis