Q&A: Gardening, Working Outside of Waco & Meeting Chip June 16, 2015 @misscarla62 asked: “What is the quickest, easiest way to improve curb appeal?” Depending on your budget, there are a few things you can do for a quick exterior update. Changing out sconces, installing window boxes, and painting your front door are the quickest ways to improve curb appeal. If you have a front porch, play it up with planters and rockers. If you don’t have a large front porch, think about adding a wreath to the front door. If you have a bigger budget, painting the exterior and fresh landscape will change the look of your house dramatically! @kimgabrielse asked: “Where is your amazing large wall clock from in your farm house?” I bought that clock from an antique show in Round Top, Tx. It is originally from France. When I first saw it, I knew I wanted that for the farmhouse. It was meaningful to me because there were no hands on the clock. I felt like in this season of busyness God was telling me He would give me grace and strength for all I needed to get done. There is no measure of time, all grace. @ccook0524 asked: “Have you always enjoyed gardening or is it something that developed over time? Any tips for those of us who would love to garden, but feel intimidated about getting started?” I didn’t get into gardening until we moved to the farm. It was all trial and error and a lot of research. Texas climate is hot so I had to figure out what to plant and when. I never had a green thumb but I realized quickly all plants need is sun and water! I go out to the garden and greenhouse every evening to water my plants and I don’t think of it as a chore. It relaxes my mind and is very peaceful (until the frogs start jumping out :)). It’s so rewarding to see plants thriving and blooming so beautifully. If you have never done it before, start small. Find plants that work in the sun and that work in the shade, and tend to them frequently. Once you see these beauties doing their thing, I promise you’ll get into it! @aleighgirl77 asked: “Will you ever visit other states to help someone with their home?” As much as Chip and I would love to, it would be very hard for us in the season. With our four young kiddos and the farm, we have to stay close. Right now our biggest priority is family so Waco and the surrounding areas are the only places we do renovations. Now when all of our babies have flown the nest, ask us this question again. We would love to take this show on the road! Julie Bell Benedetti asked: “How long (on average) does it take you to do one clients house?” It typically takes two months per project, and we do 4-6 homes at a time. Doris Butler Lemert asked: “How did you and Chip meet? How long before you knew he was ‘the one?'” Chip and I meant while I was working at my father’s automotive store. Chip was getting his brakes worked on and as only Chip can do, he started up a conversation and we talked for about an hour. He asked me on a date the next day and the rest is history! I knew he was the one because he had a heart of gold. He loved people so well- I would see him feed the homeless and put them up in hotels. He loved the prominent and the needy all the same. I knew there was a blessing on his life because the way he loved and served others so genuinely. Katy Banks asked: “Jo, from my sofa, it seems like there’s no way you’re not go-go-go every single day. How does a normal work day go for you? What do you like to do to unwind? Do you guys have any favorite places to travel?” I would have to say this is a super busy season in our lives. We’ve got a lot going on at once so that means little down time. Travel right now is hard because of our schedule but honestly the farm is a great place for our family to unwind. Chip loves the animals, I love the garden and the kids just love being kids and being outside!