Every Reason to Smile

10/17/2002 at 01:00 PM EDT

Faith Hill

Faith Hill

That kind of unconditional support is what really matters to Hill. "Part of a great marriage is working through any kind of bump in the road you might have," says the singer, who was previously wed to songwriter Dan Hill. (They divorced in 1994.) "We love and respect each other, and this is the union we want to be stronger 25, 30, 40 years from now."

To make sure it is, the two carve out as much time together as they can. "We make the time," says Hill. Adds McGraw: "Whether it's going to a movie together or just eating a bowl of cereal at night in bed watching TV, we find times to stay connected and stay close."

With the stress of dual superstar acts, they admit it's not always easy. But "balance is the wrong word for us," says McGraw. "Balance indicates equality and there's no equality between career and family. Everything finds its place after family."

If nothing else, the past year has taught them that. "Through this whole ordeal we leaned on each other," says McGraw of the drama surrounding Audrey's birth. "When you need a friend, she's somebody you want. She's a strong person." And one not given to giving up easily. "Faith has a very real sense of what she wants out of life," he says. "She wants it all."

-- with LAUREN COMANDER in Nashville

Online Only: Faith Some More: The country-pop sensation talks about husband Tim McGraw, comparisons to Shania and having fashion sense while breastfeeding.

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