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The Top 10 Posts on Engaged Marriage in 2010

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

I always enjoy the year-end round-up posts on the blogs I read, so I figured I’d do one here at Engaged Marriage, too!

Based on the number of times they were read, here are the Top Ten posts of 2010:

10. Budget Software Reviews: Choose Your Tool for Successful Money Management

9. You Need A Budget: Money Management for a Happy Marriage

8. How Does Natural Family Planning Benefit Marriage?

7. Fight Fair! 6 Simple Conflict Resolution Skills for Your Marriage

6. Our Debt-Free Marriage: How We Paid Off $54,500 in the Name of Freedom

5. 37 Family Things to Do at Home on a Rainy Sunday

4. Write an Awesome Romantic Love Letter: The Simple “5R” Approach

3. 10 Awesome Gifts for Married Couples

2. The Best Kept Secret About Mind-Blowing Sex

1. Should Married Couples Have Joint or Separate Bank Accounts?

Did you have a favorite post that didn’t make the list?  Please share it in the comments!

2010 was truly a remarkable year for our community, and the growth we’ve shared in readership and enthusiasm has been very inspiring to me. 

Thank you so much for your continued support, and if you haven’t already please share this site with a friend, sign up for our newsletter, join us on Facebook and have some fun with us on Twitter.

Thanks!

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Top 10 Posts of 2010 (so far)

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

Thanks to your support, the community here at Engaged Marriage continues to grow.  In particular, a lot of new folks have started reading over the past few months.  As I was looking back over the most-read posts for the first quarter of 2010, I thought it would be fun to highlight the Top Ten so everyone can see if there was anything that they missed.

Top Ten Posts in Q1 2010

  1. Should Married Couples Have Joint or Separate Bank Accounts?
  2. Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps: A Real Path to Family Financial Freedom
  3. Our Debt-Free Marriage: How We Paid Off $54,500 in the Name of Freedom
  4. 37 Family Things to Do at Home on a Rainy Sunday
  5. Write an Awesome Romantic Love Letter: The Simple “5R” Approach
  6. How Does Natural Family Planning Benefit Marriage?
  7. Love Everyday – Thoughts on Loving Amidst the Chaos of Life
  8. Fight Fair! 6 Simple Conflict Resolution Skills for Your Marriage
  9. 10 Awesome Gifts for Married Couples
  10. I Love My Wife Enough to Shop at Wal-Mart

As you may know, I am a proud member of a wonderful blog network known as the Extraordinary Life Network.  Please check out the top posts from each of the member sites over this same period:

Enemy of Debt: Great Financial Advice From The In-Flight Safety Handbook

Mama Notes: Rain Gutter Bookshelves

My Super-Charged Life: Attitude for Success: Design a Better Life

The Wisdom Journal: 26 Ways To Make Extra Money While Keeping Your Day Job

Thank you again for your continued support of this site!  If you haven’t already joined us on Facebook or Twitter, I encourage you to check out the conversations going on there.  I’ll be announcing some special Facebook-Fan-Only giveaways real soon, so make sure you become a fan and don’t miss out!

So, what was your favorite post so far in 2010?

Round-Up of Interesting Reads #12: Rock Out with Your Teeth Out Edition

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

Can you believe that it’s almost March!?!  This new year is certainly flying by at our house with a lot of fun, busy and wonderful times for our family.  We’ll be welcoming our third bundle of joy in only 4 1/2 months!

In case you missed it, I am having a “button” made to represent Engaged Marriage on other sites who want to show their support of this blog and what it represents in their own marriage.  There is a great discussion going on over at our Facebook page, and I’d love for you to stop by and leave your thoughts on what our motto should be!

I wanted to once again share some high-quality reads that I think you will enjoy.  If you have a great link to share, please feel free to add it to the comments for everyone to see.

From my fellow members of the The Extraordinary Life Network:

Other great stuff:

  • Love Everyday the FREE e-book that myself and 27 others put together recently, which has been read by approximately 25,000 people so far!

Finally, I wanted to share with you an awesome video that a reader shared in the comments earlier this week.  I hope Bethany and I can do this after 62 years of marriage…of course we’ll have to learn how to play the piano together first!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Round-Up of Interesting Reads #11: Love, Laughs, Emergencies, Challenges, Teasers and Great Music Edition

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

I hope everyone is doing well in the New Year.  It’s hard to believe it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is approaching.  If you are gift giving type, I hope you enjoyed my suggestions for gifts for her and gifts for him.  If you are like us, you probably value a night out or some quiet time with each other more than any gifts.

We shared an awesome date night recently with good friends and great music.  It just so happens that I am close friends with the musician that night, and he has recently written some incredible songs.  You can check those out in this edition of the Round-up along with a hodge-podge of other cool stuff I’ve found on the web recently.  Enjoy!

  • Where Your Money Goes: An Interactive Tax Calculator.  Sure I’m a nerd, but I found the calculator that was linked to in this post at Get Rich Slowly to be really fun to play with!  You can put in any salary and see your effective Federal tax rate going back to 1940.  It also gives you a breakdown of where the Feds spend all those tax dollars you send them.
  • The Love Challenge.  I really “love” the idea behind this 20-week campaign being held over at the “Sweet as Punpkin Pie” blog.  Each week, she’ll be posting a new little challenge for you to try in your own relationship.  You can learn more and sign up at this link.

Finally, I want to introduce you to someone who I think is going to hit it big in the country music world soon (think Keith Urban meets Bon Jovi).  I am proud to call Michael Sonders my friend, and I really enjoyed watching him perform during our date night last week.

Michael has written numerous songs and recorded three recently for his demo.  My personal favorite is “Your Pretty Face” which he wrote for his wife (also our buddy).  Please take a few minutes to listen to his work on his My Space Music page here: Michael Sonders.  And if you love what you hear and happen to know a big-time record label exec, pass on the good word! 🙂

P.S. – Please keep an eye out next week as myself and 25+ of my blogging buddies unveil our free collaborative e-book on relationships.  Here are a few teasers: the subtitle is “Thoughts on Loving Amidst the Chaos of Life” and one of the entries was written by none other than best-selling author and my idol Dan Miller.  Yeah, this thing is going to be huge, and we will be giving it away and encouraging you to share it with everyone you know.  I’m stoked!

Big News for Our Family & A Happy New Year’s Link Round-Up

By Dustin | Link Round-Up

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!

  • 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.
  • 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!

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