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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What we are talking about lately...

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

We’re not getting a dog!

Joe and I like to tackle the big issues of married life on our podcast. The BIG questions you must answer, like do we get a dog?? Joe and I were in agreement over the issue (NO) for most of our marriage until several years ago. The boys’ begging for a dog continued. I let them beg. But Joe was ... VIEW POST

That’s not in our budget!

This week Joe and I are talking about the biblical principles we’ve used as we learned to manage money together.  The first of those is giving to God first and having a heart of generosity with what we have been given.  Now it’s always easier to look ahead into the next tax bracket and say, yeah, ... VIEW POST

We had more money going out than coming in!

Our special guests on the podcast this week are Larry and Hope Ware, hosts of the popular Under the Median YouTube channel. Even though they specialize in helping families with practical frugality and getting our of debt, they also have a lot to share from their 35 years of marriage. From a broken ... VIEW POST

Whatcha listening to?

Happy Summer!  Instead of bringing you a new episode of our podcast, we want to share with you some of the podcasts we’re listening to!  If you’re looking for other podcasts to binge on, these are a great start!  The Unfolding with Meridith Foster (guest: Joe Buchanan) Manly with Andy (guest: ... VIEW POST

Can I have your attention, please (without your phone)?

In recent times, smart phones have become the one thing that consumes most of our attention.  Almost every thing and every person can be brushed aside when we hear any type of “ding” coming from our phones.   How do we give our spouse our undivided attention with all the distraction that these ... VIEW POST

Can I have your attention, please?

Attention is one of the greatest gifts we can give another person due to the fact that it is such a limited resource. We all only have 24 hours in a day, and we all only have so much mental energy to share with another person.  So many other people and things can demand our attention that it can ... VIEW POST