Coming to Your TV Set: The Hatmakers
by Jen Hatmaker on September 16th, 2013

Life is absurd.
 
Sometime in late June, I got a random email from Sarah.
 
From HGTV.
 
“I develop shows for HGTV and I would love to have a conversation about our network and programming and see if your passion can translate to the HGTV world.”
 
At this point, I started laughing and didn’t quit for two weeks. Particularly after she asked me “how my DIY skills were.” Um. Poor to heinous. We jumped on the phone and she said a bunch of stuff and I kept cackling like a hyena because WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?
 
Evidently these people were following the Hatmakers: the tattooed Harley-riding pastor, the Christian author with the loud mouth, the gaffes, the international adoptions, the zany kids or, more specifically, Remy. They thought we fit some sort of “quirky wholesome” category (which apparently Duck Dynasty made a thing). The question was:
 
Could we develop a show with your family?
 
The crazy thing, besides all of it, was that we were already listing our house. In fact, the day I received that first email, we were touch-up painting and listing within the week. Would you consider a fixer-upper, the people asked. Who exactly would do the fixing up, we wondered, because this really isn’t our genre. We specialize in sarcasm and chaos. We will HELP YOU do the fixing up, said the people who do this for a living.
 
We shot a sizzle reel in August, apparently “the network” went bonkers for it, and now this is a thing. You can imagine with my penchant for oversharing, I was DYING to tell you.
 
Our stand-ins. The one with the mustache is obviously me.

Allow me to answer your FAQs:
 
Have you lost your mind?
 
I believe that ship sailed some time ago, gentle reader. Do I realize we are looking at a four-month renovation during which time we are traveling, writing, parenting, and churching? And that we will be living in this house during part of said renovation? And that we’ve never renovated a home? AND THAT WE BOUGHT A 1908 FARMHOUSE AND THE LAUNDRY LIST IS RATHER EXTENSIVE? I’m sorry. All those lil’ details just filled up my brain space. What was the question again?
 
Where are you moving?
 
Our new house (and by “new” I mean 105 years old) is four minutes from our current doorstep. Same little town, same school district, same community. It is in Downtown Buda, which is THE CUTEST. It sits on almost an acre, and – I couldn’t possibly make this up – has pecan, fig, and pomegranate trees. (Go ahead and die.) I don’t know if this is obvious with the 1908 mention, but the house is very old. Where do you want to start, asked the people. I guess just…all of it, we answered. There is much to do. This is when I retreat to a separate corner of my mind and pretend we have any idea what we’re doing. 

THE PORCH. Help me Lawd, the porch. Never mind the rot and termite damage.

Are these people going to make you look crazy like Honey Boo Boo?
 
Crazy is as crazy does, keen reader. They can only pick up what we lay down, savvy? So in other words, we are doomed, cause we can lay us down some crazy. However, these good people actually like our little tribe and have assured us they are going more for “fun wholesome family” and less “OH NO YOU DI’INT! HOLD MY EARRINGS!” You’re supposed to like us, not wish us dead at the end of every episode. So yeah, this is a total crapshoot.
 
Talk to us about these TV people. Do they wear fancy shoes?
 
These people are DELIGHTFUL. So far, they’ve helped my kids with homework, practiced their flash cards, ate popcorn and watched movies with them upstairs, indulged Remy’s interrogations about their birthdays/weddings/anniversaries which she entered into her “Days Until” app including head shots of every crew member (she is a special girl), and treated us like best friends. Both of our producers are young, beautiful, and single – one boy, one girl – and me and my friends have made it our mission to marry them off to Austinites so they will live here forever. The VP of the company, Patrick, actually did wear fancy shoes last week and I included that descriptor for his benefit. Don’t try to act like they weren’t fancy, Patrick.
Don't you love how Todd is laughing as my children manhandle his multi-zillion dollar film equipment? That's got to be sincere.

The entire show is worth it if Sarah will manage the Homework Table.

Note Adam's fancy Ben Hatmaker mug.

God bless these young men. Born on February 24th and July 7 respectively.

How do your kids feel about this?
 
Do you remember being in middle and high school, wishing someone would discover your awesomeness, imagining your life on a stage or in the studio or on camera, pretending you were Debbie Gibson? We are a family of Big Personalities. Our kids pretty much think this is the best thing that ever happened to them. We told them to stay mum for the last two months, which they totally didn’t since half my neighbors have asked about the show because my kids sing like canaries.
 
Didn’t you write a book about excess and now you’re renovating a house on HGTV?
 
How observant you are! Let me answer this in two parts:
  • Guess what we get to be on network television? Our own selves. We told the people, “Um, we are overtly Christian. This isn’t even a gray area.” And they said, “Yes. We want it all: your family, your prayers, your church, your poor people, your nonprofits, your chaos, your humor. We want you to be exactly who you are.” This feels monumental and special and rare. Our goal is to steward this opportunity with immense care and precision. This little light of mine…we’re gonna let it shine.
  • Come closer to me. Imagine me snaking my arm through yours, tilting my head toward you affectionately and lowering my voice to tell you something just between us girls: HGTV asked to do a renovation with us. Because I am not a daft fool, we said yes. 
What did you learn from shooting the first episode?
 
Remy Hatmaker needs her own dedicated cameraman.
 
 
 
My readers have long told me they were waiting for some Hatmaker show if, for no other reason, the laughs, which we would undoubtedly provide. After much vetting, we believe HG (that’s what they call themselves, the “TV” too taxing obviously) will treat our family, our home, our actual lives, and our community with respect and care. We trust them to handle this show in a way that is good for everyone: for our little town, our new neighbors, our family and friends, and primarily the Kingdom, because we love these more than life and none are worth sacrificing over hand-scraped wood floors.

We are throwing our heads back and laughing, treating this like a once-in-a-lifetime fiasco adventure we’ll never forget. I hope you'll come with us, because we may need some character witnesses along the way. Can you imagine our family with cameras rolling?? I know you can. I can too. Heaven help.
 
So set your DVRs, because the Hatmakers are coming to your living room.
 
It is certain to be the controlled train wreck you think.


The show will air next year and it is yet untitled. You with us??


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527 Comments

Stephanie Click - September 16th, 2013 at 1:44 PM
I can't wait ... I love HGTV like I love my sweet tea. I can't wait to set my DVR!
vicki franklin - October 5th, 2014 at 12:27 AM
I totally loved the show and it reminded me about our first house. The kids are winners, they are so "normal" for kids, they actually play, read, and converse. I have only one major problem. We had to leave our country home but i am still trying to "redo" this house into a home. The problem is... you didnt give any of the colors of the paint you used. I am painting my living room, foyer, and dinning room and love the color of blue you used. I am also trying to "country fy" my kitchen cabnets and loved the way yours turned out but WHAT COLOR?

I hope i understood you in saying they are going to continue your show, i just hope they let everyone know when it starts
Corrie - September 16th, 2013 at 1:45 PM
Wow! I was NOT expecting that, but it's totally awesome!
Heather - September 16th, 2013 at 1:47 PM
Count me in!
Sandra - September 16th, 2013 at 1:47 PM
So excited -look forward to seeing it! :-) congrats!
Katherine - September 16th, 2013 at 1:47 PM
Wow, I totally wish we had cable!!
Laura - September 16th, 2013 at 2:34 PM
You can catch full episodes of most hgtv shows online. I don't have cable either so I'm sure hoping they out this one up!
Amanda R (Lake Jackson) - September 16th, 2013 at 1:48 PM
Can't wait!!!!! Really.
Esther - September 16th, 2013 at 1:48 PM
I cannot wait to this!
Jenn - September 16th, 2013 at 1:48 PM
Oh. My. Sweet. Lord.
Ann Bynum - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Holy holy water!!! This is amazing!!! Please tweet some Awards shows while taping YOUR show! Proud to be part of 7 and to watch your family "do God's work" in a BIG way!
Erika W. - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
This is so exciting! I can't wait!
Jen Kosakowski - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Well you have already come into our hearts!!! So looking forward to it!!! We will be setting our DVR!! God Bless You All and we look forward to seeing His light shine!!! Our
Family saying is LJS....Let Jesus Shine!!!
Lauren - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
so awesome!! Cant wait to hear more!
Heather K - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
How am I going to convince the hubs that we NEED to get cable because I NEED to watch!
Raelene - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Yeah!!! Oh, the possibilities! Can't wait!
Erin Chapel Ham - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
How has no one commented yet!?! I am nervous and excited for y'all! I think it will be a grand adventure - you only get one chance at life, it might as well be over the top all the way around, right?!
Sharon - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
How exciting and how fun! I will be praying your witness will be strong and you will be protected from anything that would harm your family or the name of The Lord!
Julie - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
:) - here's to a glorious chaotic balance in the totality of it all.
Amanda Hodge - September 16th, 2013 at 1:49 PM
LOVE and canNOT wait! It's all for Him!
ocbchick - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
A. Maze. Ing.
Sarah @ An Inviting Home - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
I die! I don't think I could be more excited about anything else! Maybe it is because I am an HGTV loving fool or maybe because I am a HUGE fan of the Hatmaker clan and all that you guys do. Either way...this is going to be EPIC! :-)

~Sarah
Donna - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
I. Can't. Wait! (Seriously.)
Mama Cindy - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
OMg! Omg! Omg! I am dying here. God really DOES have an outrageous sense of humor!!!!!
JenW - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
O M GOSH! i am SO excited! can this be a 7 day a week show? please? oh pretty pretty please.
Sabrina - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
I cannot wait to watch...hope this comes to HGTV Canada or I will have to have a little fit...
Angela - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
Best possible news I could have heard today. Can't wait!
Marnie Backer - September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
This sounds super exciting! Congratulations! I hope and pray it will be a great adventure for your whole family!
Jennifer D. - September 16th, 2013 at 1:51 PM
OMG!!! I would watch the crap outta this show!!!
Jenn Korver - September 16th, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Can.Not.Wait!!!!!! we love us some Hatmakers! love, the FL Korvers :)
Karen - September 16th, 2013 at 1:51 PM
YAY!!! totally excited
Traci Keel - September 16th, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Well, this. This is just fantastic news. I'll pray for there to be just enough chaos for entertainment, but no actual descents into mania. :)
Wendy - September 16th, 2013 at 1:51 PM
I am there. I live in a house of males, Duck Dynasty, Military Channel. Call of Duty, Ironman (all), Avengers et al, socks on the table, shoes at every door, sports all weekend. And I love this. In the midst, HGTV is the favorite lovely TV respite, followed by Parenthood and the occasional slip into a Lifetime Movie, during which time I frantically do chores to justify watching. When the Hatmakers hit HGTV it will be like the time I discovered you can mix cream cheese with whip cream and put it on pumpkin pie. I'm so there. Praying for God to use you mightily, and I know He will. What a great opportunity. And I might be living vicariously through you, so keep us up on the deets.
Cindy - September 16th, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Next year as in 2014? How long do we have to wait! You people amaze me.
Amy - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Like, woah. This is going to be awesome! Love seeing people of faith GROWING in numbers on reality TV! To God be the glory!

Now, I just need to get back the cable I got rid of after 7. LOL!
Lisabeth - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Can't wait!!!!
Jen Allender (Cowgirl boot girl) - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
One word! SWEET! :) Oh I can't wait.... It's gonna be bigger than Duck Dynasty!!! :) Before you know it... Walmart will be selling bobble heads of the Hatmakers!!! :) Super excited and so happy for you!!! :) Woot Woot! :)
Krisitn - September 16th, 2013 at 2:19 PM
Oh my gosh. Hatmaker bobble heads. I have no words.
Lisa - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
When when when???
Julie B - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Oh My Gee!! I am so excited! YES! Praying your little light shines BIG!! I can not wait to set my TIVO!!!
Marian - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
This is AWESOME...in a Hatmaker sort of way. Can't wait! Keep us posted!
Micki - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
I'm so excited I could burst! :D
Tray "the zip line guy" - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Loud noises!
Megan - September 16th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
What an awesome opportunity to share God's love, joy and goodness the whole world! They couldn't have picked a more perfect family!! ;)
Julianne - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
Best news of this Monday, if you don't count the haiku about Mondays my 22 year old son texted me this morning!
Kristin F. - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
Holy mother of pearl, I am in heaven! You've just given me a method to legitimately stalk you and my husband more ammo in his "you're obsessed with Jen Hatmaker" speech. Thank you :).
Cathy - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
Can't wait for it to air!!
julie chen - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
OH MY GOODNESS!!! we have to wait an entire year for this?! I, for one, CANNOT WAIT!
For His glory!
Julie
Rachel - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
Can't wait to watch!
Anita - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
"...wishing someone would discover your awesomeness, imagining your life on a stage or in the studio or on camera, pretending you were Debbie Gibson?" - wait, that's just supposed to be for middle schoolers? Crap.
Leslie - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
Are you stinkin kidding me? This is perfect! I cannot wait! Next year is too long from now!
Merrily - September 16th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
I can't wait!!!
Brandi - September 16th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Yes!!!! Can't wait to see the crazy hatmaker train, oh the places you'll go! Congratulations!
Vicki - September 16th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Oh my, YES! I can't stop smiling! This is going to be awesome!

Mrs. Troop - September 16th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
I knew there was a reason we got cable for the first time ever this Summer. ;-) Can't wait!
Helen - September 16th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
YAHOO!! We don't have cable, so I'll be asking my MIL to DVR as often as you're on! Sounds like fun to me!
Ally V - September 16th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
We will get cable just to watch this. Mediacom should throw in a bonus the hatmaker's way!!!
Jenny - September 16th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
WHEN?!
Linds - September 16th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
What I want to now is how, when and where we can watch this in the UK?????
Hannah - September 16th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
How exciting!!!!! Can't wait to watch this! When will it start? Do you know what the name of the show will be?
Keely - September 16th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
Awesomeness!!!! How exciting!!!!! Can't wait!!!!
Pam - September 16th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
I am so freaking with you. I cannot wait!
Julie Gumm - September 16th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
I may actually need to get cable again. Just to watch you.
Glynis - September 16th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
Shoot! We just got rid of cable. I'm totally going to have to move into my parent's basement now.
Tracey solomon - September 16th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
Represent. Ps if u get bad crazy? We will hunt u down and make u drink bad coffee while listening to the Gaithers and barry manilow on eternal repeat. You've been warned. Real, regular crazy? Fine. Honey boo boo crazy? Painful.

Praying. And seriously: represent.
Jamie - September 16th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
WHEN...please soon!!!
Prayers your way and may the Kingdom of God (and Texas) be glorified!
Lindsay Jenson - September 16th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Yay! I am so excited!
Amber - September 16th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Whooo hooo! Can't wait for the chaos & the laughs!
Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting - September 16th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Fanfreakingtastic! I can't wait!
Jen - September 16th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Wahoo!!
Kara - September 16th, 2013 at 1:57 PM
BUT you didn't answer the really important question: WHEN?
Melanie - September 16th, 2013 at 1:57 PM
Super super excited!!!!! I want it air now!!
theresa bradford - September 16th, 2013 at 1:57 PM
I'm suddenly overwhelmed that my little addiction will be known to the world. Y'all were made for TV, no doubt. I can say "I knew them when...." (I really don't know you people like in real life skin and stuff but you are on my tweeter feed and I read your blogs. It's all completely normal in my world). So got get 'em Hatmakers and I cannot wait to hear what it will be called.
adriana - September 16th, 2013 at 1:57 PM
I'm excited to see your crazy! All the best!! Love your spirit and attitude and little light that shines.
Kelly - September 16th, 2013 at 1:57 PM
So happy I could cry! I was so anti-television and I have never splurged on cable. Then....I got married. I remained strong for almost 6 months but I finally gave in and ordered it. So excited to have a quality show so I can say "everyone out of the living room, my show is coming on!"
Renee - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
So excited! WHEN???

Denise - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Oh my goodness yes!! You make your family come alive with your words, but to be able to see you guys on TV would be icing on the cake :) Can't wait!!
Amanda - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
OMG...I cannot wait!!!
Samantha - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Yay!!!!!
Morgan - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
I just want to dress like you.

Sincerely,
a 23 year old without kids who thinks you are quite fabulous
Gena Hood - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
At Home With the Hatmakers
Jeri - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I have to buy cable!!
Nicole - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Yay! My spicy family can't wait to see your spicy family!!!
SouthernGal - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
This should be a wild ride! Can't wait to see your family on the screen.
MeganB - September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
I'm so excited, I don't even know what to do with myself. Bring it on, Hatmakers! Now the question is... what would happen if we got the Robertsons and the Hatmakers within 1 sq. mile of each other? THAT would be a sight to behold :)
LisaPie76 - September 16th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Love the idea!!!
CeCe - September 16th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
please alert us when!!
Vicki - September 16th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
CAN.NOT.WAIT. Now to find someone who will host me every week because I don't have cable. Any takers? I'll bring treats! :)
Angieleigh - September 16th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
I am SO EXCITED!!! I NEED new shows to watch and yeah, I can't wait!
ELizabeth - September 16th, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Next year? You mean we have to wait for both Downton Abbey AND HG0Hatmaker until 2014? Ugh.
Kristin W - September 16th, 2013 at 2:02 PM
YES!!!! More of the world needs to "know" the Hatmakers. This is THE best T.V. news, possibly- no, DEFINITELY ever!!!!!!!
Stefypie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:02 PM
My husband and I gave up TV during our media month (we are on the 7 adventure!). But, forget sports, which is killing us not having, but THIS is the reason you will see us getting our cable back! I'm so excited! I can't imagine a better way of sharing your awesomeness and your mission in life to better the Kingdom through missions!
Whitney - September 16th, 2013 at 2:02 PM
You look HOTTTTT with your FreePeople shirt and boots on in front of your "new" old house! I am seriously so excited!! Seriously, you guys will blow Duck Dynasty out of the water. Pun intended. ;)
Heather P. - September 16th, 2013 at 2:03 PM
This is awesome sauce!!! I know you will represent!!
Laura - September 16th, 2013 at 2:03 PM
I just discovered you - now I get to watch you too!! AWESOME! Do good work for God, let us know time and date!!!!
Tiffany Ferguson - September 16th, 2013 at 2:03 PM
Oh Jen, Brandon and all the kiddos... but especially my two little sweet sweets that I get to see at school!!!
I am so, so, so, so, so, so happy!!!!!!!!
And BLESSSSSSS your heart for taking on a project with all your babies. ;)
It's gonna be soooooo fun to see people we love in real life, on tv!
And I thought y'all were busy before!!!! MY STARS!
hahaha Now it will be "MY" stars. ;)

Jenni Catron - September 16th, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Oh boy. This is awesome!
Dawn - September 16th, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Don't have cable but would love to see clips :)
Rachel McPherson - September 16th, 2013 at 2:04 PM
......I will watch faithfully, religiously, I'm buying a DVR right now. This is beyond exciting!!!!!
Cara - September 16th, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Well now I'm sorry we got rid of cable!!! :)
Adryan - September 16th, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Looking forward to seeing the dysfunction in action. ;)
Sarah - September 16th, 2013 at 7:53 PM
I. Died. Laughing. at this!
kim - September 16th, 2013 at 2:05 PM
It's like a harmonic convergence of loves--HGTV, excuse me, HG saved my sanity when I became an empty nester and you have saved my belief that there are those in Christendom who "get it"--real deal Jesus followers vs platitude spouters. And that sarcasm and chaos CAN be spiritual gifts. :0) SO excited!
Kay - September 16th, 2013 at 2:05 PM
This is awesome!!!!
Sarah@How My World Runs - September 16th, 2013 at 2:06 PM
How fun! We love HGTV and will be tuning in!
Morgan - September 16th, 2013 at 2:07 PM
Don't you know you weaned us all off of cable with Seven?

Erica - September 16th, 2013 at 2:07 PM
SO VERY VERY EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait to see it!!!!!! and cant wait to see your pretty face in person for the first time at women of faith KC!!!
Amber - September 16th, 2013 at 2:07 PM
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! so excited!!!!
Suzanne - September 16th, 2013 at 2:08 PM
Oh my! Now I need to go get me some cable!!!
Cathy Spicer - September 16th, 2013 at 2:08 PM
I am so happy! I love Duck Dynasty, love the Hatmakers, love home improvement and love Jesus! My dreams have come true
Mary - September 16th, 2013 at 2:08 PM
BUT WHEN? DYING.
Karla Marie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:08 PM
IRRITATED that I have to wait til next year to see it! Awesome!
Erin Anderson - September 16th, 2013 at 2:09 PM
now I'm wishing really hard that I had cable so I could watch you!!!!! this is awesome news and not what I expected.
Colette - September 16th, 2013 at 2:09 PM
Awesome!! My friend recently told me about how much she loves you, your writing, your sense of humor and your fun-loving family life... I'm so glad I found you, you make me laugh and your stories are uplifting and validating to this tired mama of four. Thanks for sharing your stories, I can't wait to read more and watch your new show!! Love from your newest follower! :)
Krista - September 16th, 2013 at 2:09 PM
How has no one mentioned this: "Remy Hatmaker needs her own dedicated cameraman?" Dying here people! Actual tears in the eye, tummy muscles hurt from laughing. Love you guys & can't wait to watch!
Melissa from the Blue House - September 16th, 2013 at 2:09 PM
Best show in TV. Already.
Donna - September 16th, 2013 at 2:10 PM
Awesome!!!
Mary Beth Ferrara - September 16th, 2013 at 2:10 PM
Fabulous! Can't wait to see the Hatmakers living out loud!
April Jones - September 16th, 2013 at 2:11 PM
OMG!!! Well, I will have a blast watching this show and so will my Sydney! I'll get to peek in on your crazy life! How fun is that! I just wish I still lived in Buda, so I can just "pop" over and help paint or something! Crazy but cool. Good luck and congrats!!!
lacey - September 16th, 2013 at 2:12 PM
this is amazing! seriously. we shed tv even before reading SEVEN. now i need-want-must see YOUR show. what to do?
Jessica - September 16th, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Heck, yes! I'm ready! I would be your stalker if I was crazy (good thing I'm not). Now I get to stalk you in a non-felony sort of way!
creal - September 16th, 2013 at 2:12 PM
CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!
Nadine - September 16th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
This better be available in Canada!!!!! I can't wait!!!
Diana - September 16th, 2013 at 3:27 PM
and Australia! tell this Australian what to do to get to see this - and I've never watched a home improvement show in my life. I just can't imagine a more fun show!
amanda - September 16th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
hatmakers to homemakers... I'm excited.
Jess - September 16th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
This is clearly going to be the best thing that ever happened to TV.....like EVER!!
Melissa - September 16th, 2013 at 2:18 PM
Uh, yeah!!!
Jill - September 16th, 2013 at 2:18 PM
Awesome! Can't wait!
Natalie - September 16th, 2013 at 4:04 PM
Hey neighbor!!
Tori Duling - September 16th, 2013 at 2:18 PM
All the way!
Missy - September 16th, 2013 at 2:18 PM
What an amazing opportunity!!! I can't wait to watch!!!!
Maria - September 16th, 2013 at 2:18 PM
AMAZEBALLS!
Stephanie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:20 PM
So excited!! Please tell me I can view it live stream it online!!! Otherwise I am just going to have to talk my hubby into cable ;)
Jenny Mac - September 16th, 2013 at 2:20 PM
OMG. Setting my DVR like right now!!!
Kelly @ Love Well - September 16th, 2013 at 2:20 PM
And all of God's people said: Holy. Crap.
Angi - September 16th, 2013 at 2:20 PM
I am going to have to keep cable after all....
Angela Moore - September 16th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
How awesome!!!! What a fantastic way to witness. God surely designed you and your family for this huge opportunity! Can't wait!!!
Heather - September 16th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
2 Things:
1. When does it start?
2. Name of show?

Can't. Wait.
Ms Grumpypants - September 16th, 2013 at 4:06 PM
Didn't you read her post? Sometime next year and no name yet.
Angel - September 16th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
I can't wait!!!!!!
AndreaR - September 16th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
My only issue with this is that it will take our imaginary friendship to a whole new unhealthy level. If reading your blogs makes me feel like your best friend what will watching your show do? Gawsh...I may need to invest in some counselling....
Barb Parris - September 16th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
oh.my.word. says the woman without cable. I must now go & petition (read: beg, grovel, promise anything I mean any-thing for my husband) that our cable be turned back on.
Jenn - September 16th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
So excited!
Sarah Ochoa - September 16th, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Shut. Up. Can I just tell you I tried to get my husband to move us to Austin so I could go to your church? (oh and BTW, we are Catholic). I love love loved 7 and I love your blog- your writing voice makes me laugh constantly.
Now I have to up our cable bill just so I can get HGTV again and see your show!!
The fact that you will be on television is a-mazing! fabulous!
Michelle - September 16th, 2013 at 2:24 PM
This is going to be great!
Lisa Cloud - September 16th, 2013 at 2:24 PM
We picked a bad time to decide cable is too expensive!
Kristin - September 16th, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Sounds awesome! Now if I can watch episodes of it online since we cancelled our cable, it will be amazing!!
Vanessa Aguilar - September 16th, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Oh my gosh! I'm dying here! Can't wait! :-) I am so excited to see it!
Brie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:26 PM
This is so exciting! Can't wait!!!
Katie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:26 PM
This made my day! Go, Hatmakers!
audra blumn - September 16th, 2013 at 2:27 PM
DUDE!!! I am soooooooo there! Will be glued to the TV! LOVE!
Tiffany - September 16th, 2013 at 2:28 PM
I love this. I'm also excited that it is something that I would want my kids to watch with me! Can it start sooner? Please?
Liz - September 16th, 2013 at 2:29 PM
I was just thinking yesterday....are there ANY females on television that I actually like or could admire? I was racking my brain looking for an example. It's gonna be you, girl, it's gonna be YOU. Peeing with excitement. What greater honor than to be told they want you to be YOURSELVES and share it with the world??
Chris - September 16th, 2013 at 2:29 PM
I don't care for TV
krista cooper - September 16th, 2013 at 4:19 PM
then don't watch
Lee Ann - September 16th, 2013 at 2:29 PM
Have been a mega-fan since the public confession on your end of the school year performance. Can't wait to see your clan in action!!
Jen - September 16th, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Can't wait to see it :)
Angela - September 16th, 2013 at 2:32 PM
YAY!! I cannot wait!
Shannon - September 16th, 2013 at 2:34 PM
I was getting ready to change to basic cable...that pesky book of yours has me downsizing! But now I think I'll have to hang on a little while and just get rid of all my clothes (shoes and bags will not be touched)!
Love it...shine your cray cray light girl!!
Laura Mullen - September 16th, 2013 at 2:34 PM
I almost peed my pants a little when I read this! So excited! I am a pastor's wife living in Austin and I keep telling my husband how cool we aren't compared to your family. I showed him a picture of Brandon on his bike and he agreed with me. Love your family and your many talents given to the Lord. Look forward to introducing you to my family via HGTV and can't wait to hear you at our church retreat here in Austin in January!
alison - September 16th, 2013 at 2:36 PM
i don't even watch tv, but i'm totally gonna start:) oh, and i'm looking at relocating to austin.. i'd be happy to be the guinea pig for your match making:)

in all honesty, i can't wait to see how God moves through this. it's going to be pretty stinking amazing! xo.
nancy - September 16th, 2013 at 2:36 PM
You have no idea how happy this made me!!! Especially at this particular season of my life! Perfect in every way, cannot wait! Praying for you, as you continue to serve the Lord through this grand opportunity!
Jennifer - September 16th, 2013 at 2:37 PM
I could not be more excited about this! I copied the post below from my Facebook wall to let the world know how pumped I am for your new show and your family!

"Exciting News! You have probably figured out by now that I love (admire, look up to, want to have coffee with) Jen Hatmaker. Soon, I can have Jen in my living room! Maybe, I'll make some coffee and pretend. HGTV approached her with the idea of a show about her family and is going to remodel their "new" 100 year old house. She says, "We trust them to handle this show in a way that is good for everyone: for our little town, our new neighbors, our family and friends, and primarily the Kingdom, because we love these more than life and none are worth sacrificing over hand-scraped wood floors."
Caitlin Hoover - September 16th, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Oh my word, I need to get cable. This may be the best thing that has come to television in a long time. Maybe the episodes will be available online?

Also, could you point me to the store where you purchased your AWESOME ROCKING farmhouse? Because I'm pretty sure I need one just like it to fill with children, and chickens, rabbits, and all manner of vegetables.
Sandi - September 16th, 2013 at 2:38 PM
CAN.NOT.WAIT!!!!!
Grace - September 16th, 2013 at 2:38 PM
Wow, you really come up some shockers!! I bet it will be so much fun to see you on TV again!!
April - September 16th, 2013 at 2:38 PM
woooohooooooo!!!!
Aimee - September 16th, 2013 at 2:39 PM
I think I'm actually gonna have to finally subscribe to a dish service. Not even NASCAR got me there, but how can I miss this?! :)
Courtney Williams - September 16th, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Considering you and I are basically BFFs (you just haven't met me yet), I CAN'T WAIT to watch this show. Since we have to wait til next year, I hope you'll give us sneak peeks from time to time. Happy for y'all! Can't wait to see the Hatmaker madness in action. And what a way to spread Christian love on such a national venue!
Stephanie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Oh my goodness I can't wait!!! Seriously! I love you and all you represent. I just hope my DVR can handle it, and that you are NOT opposite Survivor, Duck Dynasty, Amazing Race, American Idol, ...
Susan - September 16th, 2013 at 2:40 PM
Awesome! I can't wait. I love Remy!
Brooke - September 16th, 2013 at 2:41 PM
This made my DAY!!!! And I needed it made. I am SO excited.
Aurelia S. - September 16th, 2013 at 2:44 PM
No way!?!? Okay, I have to send you an email, my comment would be too long. This is so amazing and the timing!?!? Wow!
Billie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Absolutely cannot wait!!
Courtney Laib - September 16th, 2013 at 2:46 PM
Holy crap. I am in shock. I'll be honest, I was a little skeptical reading the first half of this because I can imagine that being on TV changes (almost) everything for a family, but then when you said, "Our goal is to steward this opportunity with immense care and precision." I was sold. Because I believe you guys will. And although I would not want to be in your shoes, you guys just might be the perfect family for this. And put me on the list of people who will upgrade their cable in order to have HGTV to they can watch your show. Getting rid of excess what??? Thrilled for your Hatmaker clan:)
Jessica - September 16th, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Dying. Not sure about waiting a year. This might be worse than waiting for Downtown Abby.
Lari - September 16th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
So I just told my hubby..."we may have to get cable again!" Sounds like it'll be fun!
Amy Jo black - September 16th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Sister, I thought you knew God is in the renovation business! Hearts, homes, He's the Master Contractor! I can't wait to see the show, and am so thankful you are already being wise and discerning about this opportunity you've been given!
Amy - September 16th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
this is great. I may get cable just so I can watch.
Amy - September 16th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
I read a book titled Seven once. It led me to cancel my cable. Looks like I'll be calling to turn it back on now. For the love.
Julie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
This is the first thing that has made me reconsider ditching cable/dish!!

I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU!

And, since we have been besties since you spoke at MOPS two years ago (I'm sure you recall the connection) I will chime in who those who say "we knew you back when..."

CONGRATULATIONS!!
Bonnie - September 16th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Oh my goodness!!! This just made my week! And on a Monday!!! I can't wait for all my friends to meet you!!
Jessica - September 16th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Oh great! We are going to have to get cable back. AGAIN!
sandy frederick - September 16th, 2013 at 2:49 PM
Sad that I just cancelled satalite. Wish I could see the show, you are fabulous!! Gods light truly shines through you!! You go girl!!!
Anne - September 16th, 2013 at 2:50 PM
Awesome!!!!!!
Joey Hunter - September 16th, 2013 at 2:50 PM
So you know what they do on like, every 3rd episode of these things, right?!?! TOTAL MAKEOVERS!! I'm seeing highlights (for Brandon of course) and some extensions...ooh, totally something lifted or enlarged. This is going to be great! By season 5 the couples are usually divorced, so be sure and bale before then. Seriously though, this is awesome! Congrats on keeping it real and keeping His story going!!
Brenda - September 16th, 2013 at 2:50 PM
I'm in!
Wanda - September 16th, 2013 at 2:52 PM
BEYOND excited!!!!!!!
Jenna - September 16th, 2013 at 2:54 PM
WHEN WHEN WHEN WHEN WHEN WHEN WHEN?!?!?!?!

WHEN?
Becky - September 16th, 2013 at 2:56 PM
Can't wait!
Mindy - September 16th, 2013 at 2:57 PM
BEST. DAY. EVER.
Mela Kamin - September 16th, 2013 at 2:57 PM
Totally with you. Praying you onward & setting the DVR.
RLR - September 16th, 2013 at 2:58 PM
SO glad the cable company called with a counteroffer when we tried to cut our cable. The whole bundle for less than internet and phone only. We've got about another year before the "new" rate ends, spo hopefully I can set my DVR and not miss ya! That's pretty fortunate, I'd say - woohoooooo!
Amy - September 16th, 2013 at 3:01 PM
YAAAAAAAYYYY! I don't watch TV but I'll watch this. :)
Jill - September 16th, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Yes! This will certainly be my new favorite show! :)
Libby - September 16th, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Yay! If anyone could do this you guys could. Keep it real, have fun and let your light shine! I JUST started reading "7" today (thanks to Dayspring and gifting the (in)couragers) and I'm loving it. I so appreciate your honest, flat out realness in your writing. I thank you! Waving hi from the (in)courage crowd!! Chocolates, coffee and confetti and the apparent need for some elbow grease.
Debi R - September 16th, 2013 at 3:06 PM
I'm starting the betting pool on how many episodes it takes until Remy gets her own solo spinoff show. My guess is 1.25 episodes. :-). Congratulations!! Of course all of us who followed your blog before you went Austinwood will watch, record, and hold viewing parties of every episode. Love, love, love!
Jamie - September 16th, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Delightful!
jenea - September 16th, 2013 at 3:08 PM
One more MASSIVE reason to love HGTV...must order cable now! :)
Gina Resavage - September 16th, 2013 at 3:08 PM
Let it shine on sista!! All the way to network TV!! Can't wait!!
Kim - September 16th, 2013 at 3:11 PM
Oh now this family will need a triple bowl of popcorn for THAT episode! How fun is THAT? Did you wear proper undergarments during filming??? :) :) :)

Andrea - September 16th, 2013 at 3:12 PM
I am beyond excited, you should know we are practically neighbors but I refuse to even drive around Buda for fear I may see you and act like an idiot. lol
Karen - September 16th, 2013 at 3:13 PM
So excited!!!
Sarah - September 16th, 2013 at 3:13 PM
Oh Jen Hatmaker-if only you knew me, we'd be BFFs with an additional forever and ever. I freaking love you and cannot wait for this!
Christi - September 16th, 2013 at 3:15 PM
I just recently starting reading your blog and I am IN LOVE with the Hatmakers. Putting y'all on TV was someone's divinely inspired idea and I agree 100%! I can't wait for you to come to my house (because every week that is how I will feel)!
Jeanene - September 16th, 2013 at 3:16 PM
I couldn't be more excited for you and for ME to get to watch the show! Your blogs/posts make me feel sane, bring giggles to my soul and tears to my eyes. I KNOW you and I come from kindred spirits somewhere and it's on my "To Do" list to have a sit-down with you one day!
Laura - September 16th, 2013 at 3:17 PM
Oh. MY. GOSH!!! DVR baby!! Gonna be set to record in spot #1!! I'm laughing and cheering already!! And doing a happy, to-God-be-the-glory dance!!! I'm praying for you, too!! Much love!!
Gilly - September 16th, 2013 at 3:17 PM
shut the front door. stop it. stop it right now. no freaking way! i told brandon that joel's plumbing company is ready and willing when you need them!
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