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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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

Why It’s Okay to be Needy

No one wants to be the needy person.  Do you ever cringe when you get around the person who is so emotionally needy, like oh no, what do they need now?  Or we refer to the less fortunate as needy.  The ones who have so many needs we don’t know where to begin. But the truth is: we all are needy.  ... VIEW POST

What I Learned About Marriage from the Middle School Clique

Remember in middle school how hard it was to find friends?  And then there were those cliques- you know the ones that were just so clique-ish?  Cliques are bad, right?  Too exclusionary?  Only interested in each other?  There’s something about a clique that is both appealing and appalling.  ... VIEW POST

The Two Communication Mistakes Women Make

Do you ever have trouble communicating with your husband or wife? Okay, that’s a silly question.  If the answer is no you may not even be married.  Or have a heartbeat.  Communication is always tough.  Joe and I have have those communication blunders where the first thing we do is just blame ... VIEW POST