A little bit/sort of a lot about us:
Hi, I’m Tara!
Thanks for stopping by our blog. Joe and I work on it together, but I do the writing. I’ve always loved words and reading and writing and ideas. My husband is actually a good writer too, but he doesn’t enjoy it as much, so me doing the writing and him doing most of the talking stuff is a good deal. And mostly I spell better than he does.
My main gig is taking care of our four kids, a daughter and three sons, ages 19-10. And I’m home educating them so that means I’m home a lot, and there are papers and books everywhere all the time and it’s rarely quiet. But that’s exactly how I always hoped my life would be. My two oldest have graduated and are jumping head first into the path God has for them so I’m left with just two kids to teach. I’m enjoying this stage of my life yet also bittersweet as I say good-bye to being a mom of little kids. I think I’m working myself out of a job:)
I’m super thrifty and I love garage sales and re-sale and I’ve learned if I wait long enough, whatever I’m looking for will show up for a dollar somewhere. And when it does, the victory is sweet. If you ever see me, the chances are high that there will be a neon orange 50¢ sticker somewhere on my person. The joy is in the hunt.
I’m a natural born fast-talker. If you can keep up with me, you can be my friend. Again another reason I prefer writing. It forces me to slow down and think before I speak!
In previous years, I spent over ten years in lactation support, otherwise known as helping mommas breastfeed their babies. It was weird during those years when people asked me about my interests and hobbies and I said breastfeeding. But that was a big part of my life, having been a nursing mom myself for over a dozen years, and I loved supporting new moms and learning about the amazing ways God designed mommas and babies. My other interest was natural birth, which led to me delivering our second baby at home, on purpose. No worries, I’ve discovered some less painful hobbies since then.
I love seeing truth in dichotomies: that Jesus’s love is both grace and truth. We are sinners saved by grace. God is good even in the face of evil. God works through His sovereignty and our own free will. The Bible is ancient and yet still completely true. Beautiful ideas that make everything connect make my heart skip.
This is my husband Joe => =>
By day Joe is the Station Manager at WCIC in Peoria, IL. Before coming into management, Joe spent over twenty-five years as an on-air personality and Music Director in WGSL/WQFL (Rockford) and WBGL (Champaign/Chicagoland). There couldn’t have been a more perfect job for a guy who loved investing in people and sharing music. In the 90’s he was the one who could make you the perfect mix tape! His listeners and co-workers know him as JoeB, the man with a ready smile and encouraging word. He is one of the kindest men you’ll ever meet.
He also spent a good part of the 90’s as a manager at record stores. Just saying that makes me chuckle. In the end, all that time in retail is what God used to prepare him for the job he has today. It was what nurtured not just his love for music and people, but his love of data and music charts and liner notes. And in those first retail jobs was where he first began to develop his managerial and leadership skills. It is so neat to see God bring him full circle and back into a position of management.
Besides music, he’s also really into baseball and has been rooting for the Chicago Cubs his whole life. Not surprising that he would be a faithful and loyal husband. The story of Joe and the Cubs can be considered complicated, but things got quite uncomplicated in 2016 when they won it all and all was right in Joe’s world for those moments following Kris Bryant’s throw to first base. Now, he and the Cubs are back to being complicated.
Joe always considered himself to love movies way more than books, but he has recently gotten hooked on Audible and really loves listening to his books. He leans towards stories about outer space or with a sci-fi bent. And he’s into any story about brothers or with a strong redemption theme.
Not only is Joe the sensitive artsy type, he’s also an athlete. Several years ago he become a consistent runner (hello, more audiobooks) and has taken up boxing as well. At first I thought this was totally not him because Joe is such a nice guy and he has no interest in punching anyone in real life. But his main goal is personal fitness, along with being able to protect the ones he loves.
One of the best perks about being married to Joe is his mad skills with technology. He knows where all the cords in the cord drawer go and how to make computers behave themselves. He is my personal IT guy and he is so helpful at keeping all our devices and tech running top notch. Really these days, how do you get by without your own personal IT guy?
If you spend any time with Joe, you’ll quickly discover what makes him tick: a deep love for God and his family. His biggest desire is to show God’s love to others, especially for those who feel forgotten. I love seeing God work through him as he serves and encourages whoever crosses his path!
And a little bit about our daughter!
Our daughter J.C. is 19 and also loves to read and write. From the time she was 5, she was set on writing a book and that determination led to her self-publishing two novels by the age of 14. She just released her third novel, Proof of Purple, and she blogs at jcbuchanan.com. Check out her dozens of book reviews for juvenile and YA audiences along with her other adventures in reading and writing!