By Tara Buchanan

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14

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We’re Joe and Tara
BEHIND OUR SMILES

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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Not just a cute couple

Are we a cute couple?  Joe and I have been called cute.  Aw you’re such a cute couple! You’re so adorable. Well I think my husband is absolutely adorable, and I love having cute pictures of us to remind us of our love. And yes, occasionally I like to wear matching shirts. Then ... VIEW POST

Is your dance card full?

In my ladies Bible study last night we talked about, ”who are your people?” That question has been front and center for me, since we moved and I wasn’t sure who “my people” would be.  Would I find “people?" During Covid, no less? It was a little  exciting and a little scary.  My ... VIEW POST

Not what I want but what I need

You know as much as I love my husband, it’s not like I love every single thing. Those nagging thoughts like why can’t he be just more, you know, and less, you know. It's real life here. Isn’t this supposed to be a mushy, doting, anniversary post? Yes, I’m getting there. Some days I want ... VIEW POST

That’s a great idea!

Do you ever have one of those log drawn out arguments where we know we’re fighting over something stupid- or worse, you’re fighting over a hypothetical situation? For us, it often stems from one small phrase that seems to cause the trouble. That won’t work. It slides off my tongue so ... VIEW POST

If Only I Had

This time of year has always been tough for Joe. And every year I better understand just a little bit of his struggle. Instead of having a mother to honor and cherish, he only has memories of the abuse he suffered under a mother’s care. A stark reminder of what he never had and what could have been ... VIEW POST

What’s going on here?

Does your spouse ever do something and that doesn’t make sense or is not in line with his character?  Or maybe a random freak-out, or something he could have handled differently.  When this happens, I jump on the offense and think, why would be say that, and assume the worst of his ... VIEW POST

Let your kids go deep

This is my boys' collection of big cat figurines. Yeah, that's a lot of lions, tigers, leopards, and cheetahs. We were able to collect most of these at garage sales (of course) and this is now one of the very few sets of toys I’m saving for my future grandkids.  Such good memories. But this ... VIEW POST