There are a few days that define a person’s life and establish their legacy and mark on the world.  Thus far, I’ve been blessed to experience four such days.

When you experience something as life-altering as the welcoming of new life, it’s impossible to understand those that oppose life or commoditize it in terms of money, time or supposed independence.

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When you witness the creation of something completely new and unique, it’s difficult to give credence to those that don’t believe in God or respect the power of Covenant Love.

When you see the superb power of true femininity in action, it’s awe-inspiring and quite humbling.  We are all indebted to our mothers and their unique capacity for unconditional love.

Welcome to the family Avery Josephine Riechmann.  You made me a better man today.


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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. Dustin, She’s beautiful, and so is your family! Congratulations! May God continue to lead your family to love each other as He has loved us.

  2. Now that’s one proud looking family 🙂

    I know you’re going to have your hands full. Make sure you guys get some rest and enjoy every second of your new little blessing.

  3. Congratulations to you and Bethany! Tell her she looks absolutely gorgeous in those photos! It’s hard to feel like a human being after giving birth, but she looks simply fabulous. Blessings to your new baby girl, who is also quite gorgeous!

    This is really making me want to get cracking on Baby #3!

  4. Such wonderful, exciting news! Congratulations to you all – she is so beautiful..they all are! God bless you!

  5. Congratulations on your latest addition! I hope Mom & baby are doing well. I recently found your blog after reading an article in Family Foundations. I am thoroughly impressed with all of your articles, and thank you for putting together such a great resource for engaged/married couples! God bless, Charlene

    1. Welcome, Charlene! I’m really excited to hear that several people have found the site through Family Foundations. I hope you enjoy what you find here and continue to comment and interact with our awesome community.

  6. Dustin,

    Congratulations to you and your family. Yes, “superb power of true femininity in action” is an awesome sight. The smiles on your little ones are precious especially the one who looks like a “little Dustin.” Happiness and blessings to your wife as she enjoys every minute of the new life God has blessed her with because she really gets to experience it all (carrying that new life and continued nurturing). Okay, I need to stop. I wish you both as much rest and sleep as you can find.

  7. Congratulations! I’m always awestruck at the fact that we can make human beings…what a blessing!

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  10. Congratulations!! Your joy is palpable in these photos. It *almost* makes me want another one!

    1. You comment gave me a great laugh, Mandi! Thanks for your kind words, and yes it is a really joyous (though exhausting) time for our family!

  11. Dear Dustin… Congratulations! Such beautiful touching photos. Thanks so much for sharing them. They got me back in touch with the Joy that I experienced when I had my son. Nothing else quite like it. And as I can see from the photos you totally get it. 🙂

  12. Congratulations Dustin! It’s been over 31 years, but I still remember the night my wife was in labor with our oldest son and 5 years later with our youngest son. Nothing in the world can replace the awestruck wonder I felt those on those two occasions watching two new lives begin. I can just imagine the pride and joy that must fill your heart and the gratefulness to God on the safe and happy arrival of your new baby girl. Blessings to you and mom!

  13. Congratulations to you and your wife! Your whole family looks so happy and beautiful.

    Does having a daughter feel different?

    1. This is actually our second daughter, Bucksome (one son and two daughters now). It’s totally different every time, though!

  14. Congratulations to you and your beautiful wife (she looks amazing!!). You have a beautiful family and God has blessed you abundantly!

    Enjoy and cherish this very special time.

  15. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for your well wishes, kind words, and prayers. We are quite tired, of course, but we are really enjoying these first few days together as a new family.

    And Bethany really appreciates all of the compliments on her looks…I totally agree! 🙂

  16. My husband and I just welcomed our first a week ago and your words truly touched my heart. You put it perfectly — my husband and I will never be the same, in the best way possible.

  17. You are one lucky man – and those little ones are lucky to have such a involved and proactive dad. Thank you for encouraging others through your life, and walking the talk! Congrats on a new baby – hopefully you will start getting some sleep again in – oh maybe 6 months! 🙂

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  20. This makes me appreciate my wife and children a little bit more. Thanks for the reminder and congratulations.

  21. Totally missed this, having been sickly for the last couple of weeks! Congrats Dustin, beautiful familia. 🙂 God has blessed you well.

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