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 18-8. 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.
Most of my days are spent teaching my kids and getting distracted by rabbit trails and picking up stuff and starting new projects and of course non-stop food preparation. I especially love to read aloud with my kids, and talk ing about things that matter. I’m super grateful that God has given me this time to invest in my kids. They’re all so unique and fun to hang out with!
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.
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 he’s on the radio and he programs all the music for New Life Media. That means he gets to listen to hours and hours of music each week and decide which songs his listeners will love the best and how often to play them. He’s excellent at his job and one of the very best in the country.
You can hear Joe on the radio Monday through Saturday from 12-3 on WBGL which broadcasts throughout Illinois. His listeners know him as JoeB and God has gifted him with the ability to encourage and connect with those who are hurting. He loves to share about the power of kindness and God’s amazing love for us. I love how much he pours into his listeners and really cares about them like a friend. He’s that guy about whom everyone thinks, “Can he really be that nice?” Yeah, he is.
Back when we were dating he made me killer mix tapes. When we first met he introduced me to so much great music and he was especially cool because he had a CD player before anyone else I knew. Little did we know then that he’d end up making one giant mix tape for a living and get to introduce the best new music to his listeners every week.
He also spent a good part of the 90’s working 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 that job that nurtured not just his love for music and people, but his love of data and music charts and liner notes. So much music trivia in that man’s brain.
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 18 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!