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 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 the other person […]

What These Two Kids Can Teach Us About Romance

Young Love. Joe and I love looking back at old journals and love letters we wrote to each other.   Some of that stuff we laugh at but some of it brings back the ooooohhhhh how sweet!  The love and affection and romance that flowed from our pens was something else! For most couples there […]

When Your Spouse Has Experienced Trauma

I married a man who had experienced trauma. I knew that when I married him….but exactly what that meant wasn’t clear to me in the beginning.   Having almost zero experience with trauma and abuse personally, it was a big jump in my worldview to understand this man whose definition of his childhood was trauma. From […]

The Secret to Making Marriage Last

Did you ever have to sock money into an old vehicle? We’ve been there many times.  Recently we had to put a good sum of money into an older vehicle and to be honest, it was not fun!   Our 15-year-old minivan  needed some major repairs and we were undecided whether not to put that kind […]

When the Holidays are Hard

Does the Christmas season bring up the best memories for you?  I got all the good memories when it comes to Christmas:  the excitement of going into the attic for our artificial tree (seriously, a great memory!!) being a part of countless Christmas musicals, and of course Christmas morning with my family and the excitement […]

How to Show Gratitude

Do you ever feel unappreciated? All that stuff you do, day in and day out, and no one knows the level of effort and work you’re putting in. Does anyone even notice? Oh yeah, if it doesn’t get done then someone might notice!! I know that’s how I feel some days.   I can feel […]