By Tara Buchanan

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We’re Joe and Tara

No matter how perfect someone’s marriage looks from the outside, every relationship has its struggles. We’ve been married for 24 years and in that time we’ve have had our own share of obstacles. From healing from childhood abuse to battling our own sin and selfishness, we know marriage is not easy. But we do believe when God enters the equation and we surrender our lives to Him, it’s always worth it. Stick around as we share the struggles and stories behind our smiles.

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Can we just skip Mother’s Day? Part 2

Joe and I come to Mother’s Day and holidays like this with completely different perspectives- and those differences became front and center when I became a mother.  Joe still struggled with the memories of what he lost and has struggled with depression this time of year.  Whereas for ... VIEW POST

Can We Just Skip Mother’s Day? Part 1

Joe and I have often shared how holidays can be complicated for him. Just when the rest of the world is celebrating, he has that reminder that he missed out. That he wasn't worthy. All the happy memories and the sappy commercials are a foreign concept. For some reason, the Christmas holidays ... VIEW POST

You make me laugh!

Are you tired of all the Live Laugh Love signs? That phrase might be overdone by now. But can you imagine life, and love, without laughter? The funny thing about laughter is it doesn’t show up just by putting up a sign. You can’t really predict what will make you laugh, or when that moment of shared ... VIEW POST

I need some space!

Almost every relationship has a moment where either person asks for “space”.  Joe and I have been there and our marriage suffered the most when there was a lack of emotional space.   That was hard to learn because it involved laying down self to serve another, and being truly willing to surrender my ... VIEW POST

What did you say about me?

Joe and I have been in a unique position for most of our marriage where Joe had the opportunity to talk about me on his daily radio show . So it was very common for people I knew (and didn’t know! ) to tell me, I heard Joe talking about you the other day on the radio!! He has always been a pro at ... VIEW POST

Let me cry!

Do your emotions ever come out though tears? Or do you ever feel awkward and helpless when your spouse cries? Crying is a very human way of expressing feelings and we don’t have to fear our tears. In this week's episode we're talking about crying and how to love each other when emotions are raw. ... VIEW POST

Want some good news?

Do you ever feel like the world is only filled with bad news?  The season of Easter and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection is a great reminder that we have the best news we’ll ever need.  In this episode we are sharing good news for you and your marriage! ... VIEW POST

Are you flirting with me?

We often think of flirting as something we do as part of the dating process.  But flirting with each other doesn’t have to end just because we’re married.  In this episode we share how to grow romance and connection by being more flirtatious with your spouse.   ... VIEW POST