Y'all know how much I love my Zapp Hall family and you also know how much I love talking. Seems like the two are a match made in heaven, so I thought it only fittin' to share a coupla made in heaven marriages with y'all today. Let's call it a fairy tale within a fairy tale...what'd ya say?
Once upon a time (as legend has it), a handsome, little, long-legged boy from Arkansas met a pretty, little, curly-headed girl from Texas. The years pass and the little boy and girl get married. From this union, they produced two offsprings that were the light of their lives. Little did they know, these two baby girls would grow up to be famous or that the celebrity these little girls would achieve would be a result of the best kind of upbringing. All the values they held as naturally as breathing would be instilled in their daughters with their positive outlook on life, love, and work being the compass to the little girls' adult lives. To dream big, believe in yourself, have faith, laugh, and work hard...really hard...really, really hard...would be the traits they passed on...not just curly hair or long legs.
(I could put "and they lived happily ever after" in right about now, but that would be just half the story...besides...I ain't outta words...yet!)
The years continue to pass and what starts out as a small family business in junking, keeps getting bigger and bigger, eclipsing even Janie and the girls' dreams of what could be. Their name and look becomes synonymous with rowdiness while tapping into the secret yearning residing in all of us to be gypsies. Wild, untamed and totally rebels with a cause...'cause the Gypsys said we could fly if we dared! In going about their business while minding their own, they redefined style while defying the rules.
(HGTV tent at Zapp Hall)
It was only a matter of time before the powers-that-be realized this family was a goldmine tailored made for television. Lucky HGTV for spotting this opportunity and grabbing it...and smart.
Finally...a real show about real junkers doing it for real...complete with dirt, bruises, and heart!
(Please make a note of how one is supposed to wear shorts with boots when junking. Also pay close attention to the work gloves. These two aren't sissies or fools.)
I've known this family a long, long time. I've seen first hand the work and hours they put in. I've seen 'em clean and dolled up...and I've seen 'em dirty, sweaty and looking like the rest of us...only somehow much prettier. I know they work from sun-up 'til sundown. Whatever it takes to get it done...they do. If one is down for the count, someone in the family is there to pick up the slack.
Nothing worth having in this life comes easy and if you're thinking it did for them...wrong! They've been busy plowing their fields to be ready when God said it's time to plant...and now they are about to enjoy a bountiful harvest from the fruits of their labors.
If you're also thinking I'm guilty of name dropping...you are so right. Junk Gypsy is a name I'll gladly drop over and over...not because of the fame attached to it...but because of the friendship we share. I want everyone to know of their new success because it represents the success of every one who takes pride in what they do, having the faith to dream, and for not sitting on one's duff waiting for things to happen.
It's for never stepping on others to reach a goal, but mainly it's for never forgetting what matters most in life...family.
As Jolie so aptly put it...for never losing your soul in the process and for knowing that it and family are the two most prized (and sometimes coveted) possessions.
To my way of thinking...this is gonna be a landmark show. Real people doing real work and smiling not at the cameras, but at life...theirs.
They will be taking all the lessons learned at their mom and dad's knees and passing it on to their own little ones...continuing the family tradition. How on earth could America not fall in love with this family?
(In the interest of full disclosure...I shamelessly
stole borrowed all but one of these photos from the Gypsyville blog....with their kind permission...of course!)
There's nothing contrived about this family. They do love junk...they do love each other...and they do love what they do. In doing so honestly and humbly...life has no choice but to love them back...abundantly!
Janie and Phillip proudly own the bragging rights to their girls, but heck...we at Zapp are pretty darn proud of 'em too! In fact...most of us at the greatest show on dirt think of them as our girls as well.
We've seen the crowd go from a few to thousands. We've seen the Today show filming it. We've seen the press and magazine articles. We've seen 'em go from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye...never losing their passion or drive.
We've seen them add to the family tree and to think it all started with a little, long-legged, Arkansas boy and a little, curly headed Texas girl!
So I think I need to say thank you to HGTV for seeing what we've been saying all along. These girls were born to be stars...big ol' Texas stars!
Is this marriage of the century? It may just be!
Will y'all have to wait until March 2012 to find out?
No...just set your DVR (or yourself in a comfy chair) for a sneak peek November 27th and then let me know.
One thing I already know.
And they lived happily ever after!
JOLIE and AMIE proving...