Joanna Gaines Prepares for ‘Heartbreaking’ Family Change

Chip and Joanna Gaines


Chip & Joanna Gaines at the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront 2022.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are preparing for their oldest son to leave the nest, she revealed in an essay for the fall issue of Magnolia Journal.

“Soon, our oldest son, Drake, will be leaving home for college,” the 44-year-old wrote. “In the grand scheme of heartbreaking things, this one comes with a lot of gratitude and excitement. But still, my first child is moving away, and our family dynamic will change because of it, and that can feel like a loss of its own. I catch glimpses now of what that life will look like and wonder if—or how many times—that might bring me to the floor.”

According to his Virtual Combine profile, the 17-year-old is set to graduate in 2023.

The former HGTV stars are also parents to Ella Rose, 15, Duke, 14, Emmie Kay, 12, and Crew, 4. They rose to fame when “Fixer Upper” premiered in 2014, with its success eventually leading to the launch of their own Magnolia Network.

Chip & Joanna Gaines Faced ‘a Little Bit of All of It’ Throughout Their Marriage

River Jordan/Magnolia JournalThe Fall issue of Magnolia Journal, available on newsstands and online starting August 12.

This is just the latest heartbreak the couple has faced in their decades-long marriage.

Joanna wrote in the essay, “In our 20 year