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 5 S’s to Serving Your Spouse

We’re all busy these days.  Many times we’re busy serving others, serving our families, serving in the community.   Aren't we all serving enough?  It's tempting to put my spouse at the bottom of this list of people to serve.   He can fend for himself, right? But true service doesn’t end in the ... 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

When Your Wife is Emotionally Untethered

CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINTABLE CHEAT SHEET! Are you ever moody?  Overly emotional?  Crazy!!?  Or how about hysterical?  The word hysterical comes from the Greek word hysterika, their word for uterus. Yeah, it was thought the uterus was the cause for women’s excessive emotions and erratic behavior.  ... VIEW POST

22 Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to us! Joe and I are celebrating 22 years of marriage!!  As the years go by and the anniversaries keep coming, sometimes it feels like we can get in a rut when we ask each other, so what do you want to do for your anniversary?   We go through that list in our head where we think, ... VIEW POST

When You Feel Disconnected

Who loves plumbing problems?   They can be the worst!  Joe and I will always remember our greatest plumbing fiasco.  The line from our sink that went down and through the basement had gotten stopped up.   After a little investigation, Joe realized this was not just a small clog in the line. There ... VIEW POST

When It’s Not Worth It

The hill is too high, you're tired of trying, and that thought enters your head:  It’s just not worth it.   Joe and I have blurted that out when things weren't going right in our marriage.  We struggled hard early on in our marriage like any other couple.  There was the usual learning to get along ... VIEW POST

Making Your Marriage a Priority (above the kids)

Joe and I love to start our mornings with a cup of coffee and few quiet moments of conversation.  Even with our kids being older- we still get frustrated with the constant stream of interruptions from our kids.  I always look at Joe and tell him how I wonder how we got this popular!  They all want ... VIEW POST