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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I’m Not Defensive!

Defensiveness is ugly. It doesn’t look good on anyone. “Stop being so defensive!” Me defensive? You’re the one who’s being defensive! “But I” “But you” “At Least I” “Well I don’t”.  Defend, defend, defend, because there’s just no way I’m wrong here.  No. Way. Joe and I have both struggled with defensiveness in different ways. […]

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 […]

8 Secrets from 50 Years of Marriage

This week my parents, Tim and Lynette, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary!  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! My parents’ faithfulness to God and to each other has been a tremendous example to Joe and me as well as to countless others. We are so excited to celebrate this milestone with them at Behind Our […]

How My Husband Got to be So Good-Looking

Sometimes I have that moment where I look at Joe and think, Wow, is he not the most handsome guy in the world? I mean look at that face and those eyes!!!   It’s not just that I married a handsome guy 🙂   I’m attracted to him!  But that attraction does not happen out […]

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 home, it actually […]

When My Husband Needs Space (and Why)

Confession:  I hate giving Joe space.   I want to be close to him. You know that’s why I dated him, and married him.   Get in his business, in his face.  HI HONEY! I’M HERE!!! I especially thought when we got married that closeness would be a mark a good marriage, right?  We would […]

When We Don’t Agree

Over the years,  Joe has always been more interested in adding a dog to the family, especially for our kids’ sake, but for me the answer was always a big NO WAY NOT EVER. I’ve served my time potty training and cleaning up accidents and chasing  little creatures with attitude. Whenever our boys brought the […]