Wait...what?  This one really snuck up on me.  That's really it?  It can't be.  Is it possible that tonight is really the last episode of Fixer Upper?

For years now, my Saturday mornings have started with a cup of coffee before anyone getting up, just me and the dogs on the couch watching Fixer Upper on HGTV.

There are a lot of reasons why I'm going to miss this show.  While it could have easily been categorized as a home improvement show, there was so much more to it than that.

There's no question that Joanna Gaines has a style that is all her own.  She has a vision for homes that I would want to live in.  They're rustic, they're modern, they always look clean and uncluttered and I can't help but wonder what she could do for homes here in Western New York.

But it's more than just what she did to the homes that they touched.  I laughed just about every episode just watching Chip.  Now, I'm sure that not everyday is fun and games.  That's the magic of TV.  But, if we all had even a quarter of the fun that Chip seems to have at his job, we would never feel like we worked.  He is the example of finding something that you love and are passionate about and make that your living.

Yup, I've been accused of having a man-crush on Chip Gaines.  I wouldn't quite call it that, but I will say as a married man, that I do wish I lived my life a little more like him.  I wouldn't call it envy because I love my wife, but I have often thought that I wish my wife and I interacted with each other the way that Chip and Joanna do.

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Again, I'm sure there's a lot more that goes on behind the scenes that we don't see, but what they portray on the screen is how many couples wish their married life was.  They worship each other on screen.  He often makes her feel like a queen, but she doesn't rule that way.  Her respect and admiration for her crazy husband is evident and is shown in many ways.

 

Let's be honest, they poke fun at each other and call names, but seriously, what you do if you worked with your spouse all the time?

They're often shown teaching the kids about the business and passing things down to them.  They encourage healthy activities and push their kids to be kind.  Which is exactly what I would hope for my kids.  It's tough when you're busy, but they always seem to find a way to spend time with them no matter how big the job in front of them is.

To me, it was about families, and relationships and making sure you keep what's important as the focus of your life.  Ironically, that's kind of what brought the show to an end too.

I am happy for them.  They are turning a page and moving on to the next chapter in their lives and I will miss them.  While they're saying goodbye to Fixer Upper, we aren't going to say goodbye entirely.  They have another series coming that is kind of a deeper dig into their past episodes called Fixer Upper: Behind The Design but it won't be the same without hearing "Are y'all ready to see your fixer upper?" on a new episode with a new reveal.

So while I'm sure I'll find another early morning routine on Saturday mornings, I'll miss Chip and Joanna being part of it.