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Engaged Marriage provides practical tips, tools and training to help married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen.
We believe that happy and engaged couples who honor God by investing in building their dream marriage will lead strong families, and strong families make the world a better place. It starts with each of us.
You deserve your dream marriage, and it’s our mission to help you make it happen.
We’re Dustin and Bethany Riechmann, and we’re so happy that you’re here.
Our passion is providing practical tools that you can use to keep your marriage fresh and fully “engaged” even when life gets hectic. We’ve been married for over 15 years and are proud parents to three very energetic kids under the age of eleven.
We’re very blessed, no doubt, but God’s path to get us here was a bit…odd.
Dustin grew up with an alcoholic and abusive Dad. His childhood memories center on “escaping” during the night before his Dad would arrive home, and the drunken rage and chaos that would follow when he and his Mom didn’t make it out.
His parents finally split up when he was 12 years after a particularly bad night involving the police and guns. At the time, Dustin felt like this was a God-send since “marriage” only seemed like a trap that kept the abuse coming for his Mom.
After convincing Bethany to give him a chance in high school, romance ensued and a sappy love story began. Along with a beautiful girl, Dustin gained something much more important in the process…the gift of Faith.
With Bethany at this side, Dustin got baptized and join the Church in college. Through the example of her parents, he also saw the beauty of God’s true plan for marriage.
And in the ultimate twist of fate, Dustin and Bethany stood as attendants at a very special wedding…the remarriage of Dustin’s parents after 10 years apart and a newfound sobriety for his father.
Our marriage has always been full of love, but it’s also been full of lots of other not-so-good things: major debt, stress, busyness, fights, fear, confusion…and that was just in the first few years. Through God’s grace and some major investments in learning how to live a healthy marriage, we’ve come a long way and been able to help lots of other couples along the way.
We were originally called to help other couples through our Catholic faith, especially when it comes to sharing the blessing that Natural Family Planning has been to our relationship. One thing led to another and Engaged Marriage was born in 2009.
Since then, we’ve been blessed to serve over 5 million couples through the articles and programs you’ll find here.
With Dustin’s background in engineering and Bethany’s in special education, you’re not going to get a bunch of theory or fluffy stuff here. We’re all about sharing practical help based on our own experience and the many experts we’ve been fortunate to partner with.
While you’re welcome to browse our 500+ articles, the best way to get going is to explore the Four Pillars of an awesome marriage:
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Thanks again for being here and for investing time in making your marriage thrive!
To your engaged marriage,
Dustin & Bethany Riechmann