My wife and I are looking forward to a very Happy New Year indeed!  I am excited to announce to you all (who I consider my friends and part of an extended family) that we are expecting to welcome a third small Riechmann into the world in early July, God willing.

We told our two (out of utero) kids the big news on Christmas morning after they opened their gifts, and I am proud to report that they were even more excited by the thought of a brand new baby than by their shiny new toys, at least for a few seconds.  When we said, “We’re going to have a baby!” my almost five-year-old son’s immediate reaction was “RIGHT NOW?!?!”.  From the mouths of babes…

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, it’s also time for another round of links to awesome reads that I recommend you check out.  There are a lot of links here, but I had a lot of time to read over the Christmas break and I wanted to share a nice variety of stuff.

And I’ll throw in a picture of my favorite new t-shirt that I received for Christmas for good measure.  It is super-sweet!

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  • A Good Marriage is the Enemy of a Great Marriage.  Simple Marriage is one of the best marriage sites out there, and this post is good example of why.  I am really excited to be a monthly contributor at Corey’s awesome site.
  • Social Experiments. I found this out-of-the-box post over at Do You Dave Ramsey? to be a great read.
  • Setting Goals in Marriage: The Goal Ladder. The Marry Blogger is another favorite blog of mine.  Stu put together a nifty little video to help us with our goal-setting, which is critical for a good life…and a great marriage.
  • Top 5 Personal Finance Resolutions. Ron from The Wisdom Journal boiled down where we need to be focusing the renewed enthusiasm many of us feel this time of year in this great post.
  • Debt Free Now What: Moving Beyond the Financial Basics. Jeff from My Super-Charged Life delivers again with this informative read.  As you know, I love living with a plan and achieving family financial freedom!
  • What is the Point of Marriage? Kathleen is putting together a wonderful, thought-provoking series of posts over at Project M.  She asks and then tries to answer this basic, but very important, question about marriage.
  • 6 Ways to Knock Out Creditors. J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy adds his entertaining style to a tough subject that many are resolved to tackle in the new year.
  • ThemeWord 2010. I love this post at Make Mine Happen!  By the way, MY ThemeWord for 2010 is Breakthrough…and it applies to so many areas of my life (marriage, family, fitness, career and Engaged Marriage) as I lay out a game plan for the New Year.
  • Declutter Your Way to a Happy Home.  This post at Zen Family Habits is fantastic.  We did a lot of decluttering during our time off work over the holidays.  It makes the house a much more pleasurable place to hang out!

Without further ado, please check out my new t-shirt, proudly displayed here late into the night of our New Year’s celebration (pretty tame party given the prevalence of pregnant women 🙂 ).  For reference sake, my “day job” is as a transportation engineer!

Yes, I have been drinking...
Engineer by Day, Marriage Ninja by Night!


About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  1. Hi!

    Congrats on the baby!!! Yay!!!

    Since yours is one of my favorite blogs, I have decided to give you the One Lovely Blog award. Here’s the post in which I name you a recipient.

    To accept the award, simply copy the image from my blog and display it on your blog, link back to my post, and then choose some blogs you think are worthy of the award and write a post about them. I was instructed to choose 15, but I’ll let you decide how many you want to pass out.

    Thanks for writing your blog. I enjoy reading it, and think you indeed have One Lovely Blog!


    .-= Krystal´s last blog ..I had a "Heaping Spoonful" for dessert… and wine =-.

  2. Congratulations! Such wonderful news. I had a friend of mine tell me yesterday that she’s expecting her second child around that same time.

  3. Oh Dustin and Mrs. Dustin, congratulations! I am so happy for you that I literally laughed out loud for joy. What a blessing, and what a way to start the new year. I could not be more happy for you nor could it have happened to a better couple. CONGRATS!

    (Affaircare Lady is snooping dancing)

  4. I have to admit, when I read that you were expecting another baby I yelled to my husband in the other room, “I can’t believe this! Even my internet friends are all getting pregnant now too!” Despite my initial reaction of raging envy, I’m very happy for you guys. I know you guys are going to be amazing parents to baby #3.

    Second, thanks for the link love. I’ve been putting a ton of thought into my “What’s the Point of Marriage?” series and it means a lot to me that you would highlight it for your devoted readers.

    Third: loving the ninja t-shirt. Between engineering and running a highly successful blog I don’t know where you find time to fight evil forces by night.
    .-= Kathleen Quiring´s last blog ..Of Couches and Christmas Trees. Or, My Husband’s Stupid Mouth =-.

    1. You kill me, Kathleen…in the best of ways! I laughed pretty hard when I read your comment, and then I had to have my wife read it. Of course, we both REALLY want you to get pregnant very soon as well. And I’m proud to be counted among your internet friends.

      Your series is awesome and deserves some major link love!

      And yes…such is the life of a ninja in today’s demanding society.

  5. Congratulations, Dustin! So happy for your family… 🙂
    .-= Kristin Gentry´s last blog ..Make a Difference Monday: Clean Hands Healthy Baby =-.

  6. Congratulations!! I have a sister expecting the same time. We’ve been looking together at this website,

    There are some amazing video clips of babies in utero. The earlier ones are better, b/c you can see more of the baby.

  7. Congratulations, Dustin! I will add you to my list of prego couples to pray for. Wonderful.
    .-= Nfpworks´s last blog ..Women Look Beyond the Pill (Surprise!) =-.

  8. Congrats man! This is your third?!? You guys are crazy. I can barely keep up with two. 🙂

    Childeren are an incredible blessing. I wish you both the best!
    .-= Jeff@MySuperChargedLife´s last blog ..Giveaway: Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Breaking Out On Your Own =-.

    1. Thanks Jeff! Yeah, we’re a bit crazy but we’ll make it and have a lot of fun in the process.

      By the way, if the quality of my postings drops off precipitously in early July, you can blame the lack of sleep!

  9. Congrats you guys that’s fabulous news! I totally have to agree with Jeff though … I can barely keep up with my two couldn’t imagine adding a third :S

    Best of luck to you guys and I hope the pregnancy is smooth sailing!

  10. Congrats Dustin & Bethany! So exciting – and ambitious! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear how life with three is – life with one is wonderfully crazy, so I can’t even imagine. Tell Bethany to shoot for the 9th – its my birthday. 🙂

    1. We’ll do our best, Megan! But I have to say that my birthday is July 16th, so the 9th will have to be our second choice. 😉

  11. congrats!! new to your blog and getting updates through emails!! looking forward to learning more about having an excellent marriage!!
    .-= julia´s last blog ..Budget, Round 2 =-.

    1. Thank you, Julia! And thanks so much for subscribing to the site. I trust that you’ll find this to be an awesome community and a source for practical info to help you achieve success in your marriage and family life!

      P.S.- I just followed you on Twitter!

  12. That is great news Dustin!! I am so very happy for you and your family. Having just welcomed a new precious bundle of joy into our home, I know you are in for a wonderful experience….again. 🙂

    I also wanted to thank you for the link love man! I’m glad you liked that post and I hope your readers do as well.
    .-= Brad´s last blog ..The 50 Plates In 50 States Project =-.

  13. Congratulations! A sibling is the best present you can give to kids. Ours have always been excited to have a new brother or sister.
    .-= Brian Killian´s last blog ..Spiral Galaxy =-.

  14. Congratulations! What a blessing and how fun to tell your kids on Christmas! Thanks for all these great links, too!
    .-= Samantha @ Mama Notes´s last blog ..Body After Baby Questions & Mini Challenges =-.

  15. Congratulations! What lovely news! It is my wish that your wife has a healthy pregnancy! I am new to your site and just love it! What a treasure.

    Thoughts and prayers to you and Mrs Dustin!

    1. Thanks so much, Ohio! And thank you for being a new reader here at Engaged Marriage. Shoot me an email if you have anything in particular you’d like to see covered.

  16. 3 Things:

    1. Congrats man that is terrific!!! So happy for you and the fam!!
    2. Thanks for the link love!
    3. I want one of those freakin cool ninja shirts.
    .-= Stu´s last blog ..The President Says This is the Key to a Happy Marriage: =-.

    1. Stu, thanks so much for your words of congratulations. Your site rocks and deserves to be seen by all. And yes, my shirt is uber-cool. My Mom got it for me from some cheesy mail order catalog, but I’ve heard you can find them online too.

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