By Tara Buchanan



Behind Our Smiles
Joe & Tara Buchanan

Thanks for stopping by! We're Joe and Tara and we’re here to share a little bit of what’s behind our smiles. Please stick around...  

    • if you need encouragement in your marriage.

  • • if you need practical ways to grow love and communicate better as a couple.
  • • if you want to look to Jesus for the best example of unconditional, unwavering love.

  • •if you want to celebrate all the joys of sticking through the hard times to have a satisfying, exciting marriage.

  • •if one or both of you come from an unstable or abusive family background, we get it. God is greater even when it still hurts. Even if healing takes a lifetime, we believe God can make beauty from our brokenness!

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. -Hebrews 4:16

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The Most Important Skill to Master in Marriage

  Not trying to click-bait you I promise!  But even I get lost in the myriad of tips on how to improve our relationships. Marriage is complicated and it does need so many things to grow, many of which I talk about on this blog. Hmmm... You should learn to communicate, be kind, show ... VIEW POST

When You Don’t Feel Loved

Do you ever feel unloved in your marriage?  Unsettled?  Un-something?  I often let my anxiousness dominate and then I start to feel all antsy, and I start wondering if my husband loves me. Or assuming he doesn't. For me it often starts with me negatively interpreting Joe’s words and actions. By ... VIEW POST

How to Not Ditch Your Spouse for Your Kids (or your phone)

Have you ever been ditched? Maybe it was in your teen years.  You were looking forward to seeing someone, you had great plans, then night of, bam.  She can't be there, something more fun came up.   (At least when we were kids we didn't have social media to rub it in our faces!)   She just ditched ... VIEW POST

How to Defuse an Exploding Kitten (or Argument)

CLICK HERE FOR FREE PRINTABLE DEFUSE CARDS! A few years ago our boys started playing the game, Exploding Kittens.  What?  I thought the same thing.  Eventually I sat down and played with them so I could figure out what all the screaming and excitement was about.  The premise of the game is pretty ... VIEW POST

Five Rules for Fighting Fair

Usually if a couple says that they have been fighting a lot, it’s a bad sign.  You start to think, oh my, their marriage is in trouble!  But is fighting a bad thing? Not necessarily.  It's also true that your marriage is in trouble if you’ve stopped fighting.  No time to fight if you don't even ... VIEW POST

Are You Keeping Score?

Joe and I love how technology has enabled us to track so many things. We can track meals, workouts, finances, schedules, all this data to see where we stand. But if I'm honest, I also use a couple invisible apps where I track my spouse's behavior.  A little comparison tool to track how he's doing ... VIEW POST