DINKs No Longer!

by Miel on May 22, 2014 · 7 comments

James & Miel announcing their pregnancy at 18 weeks pregnant.  They are having a boy, due June 2nd.

James & Miel announcing at 18 weeks pregnant. They are having a boy, due June 2nd.



Yep, the original DINKs, James & Miel are about to no longer qualify for the status of DINKs. We are expecting our first child any day now and wanted to share a bit with our readers about the transformation.

When we started DINKs Finance eight years ago, on the eve of our marriage, we were like many couples in their late twenties and early twenties. We really didn’t know if in fact we would eventually have children or not. We were pretty sure they weren’t in the cards for some time, between Miel’s travels and James being in grad school at the time, we knew we were settling into life as DINKs.

The thing that I find interesting about this, is that there are more and more couples who may fall into this category. Even if couples choose to eventually have children, more couples than not will probably spend a period of time living as DINKs. This puts those couples in position to get a jump start on establishing good financial practices, saving for retirement, and potentially making it easier financially to take on the financial responsibility of having kids if they choose to do so.

In past generations family finance, like home economics, was more of a given. While DINKs Finance lives on, keeping our primary writer Kristina with occasional posts from James and I, blogging habits don’t go away when kids arrive. The financial challenges simply change. Miel will actually be writing for Sustainable Family Finances, a blog initially created by her twin sister Darcy who lives in Portland, Oregon with her three children. The blog offers dual story lines of identical twins who are both very similar and very different at the same time, particularly in how they approach finances. We are also starting with a series on our Money Stories (aka hangups) that have influenced each of us.

Miel (left) & Darcy (right)


Miel (left) & Darcy (right)

We hope you’ll continue to follow along the journey, both on the DINKs and nonDINKs side of finances! We’d also love to hear from our readers on what their status is. Are you a DINK? A former DINK or potential former DINK?

Cheers,

Miel



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathy May 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Congratulations! I treasured every moment with our son. Will you be changing the name from DINKS? Or just going with the other blogs you mentioned? One thing I really liked about this site is that you posted every day. I hate it when I find a blogger who’s style I like and then have to wait weeks for a new post. BTW…love the inverse color scheme you two have going on in the photo!

2 Abeeku Simpson May 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

that’s very great and congrats.

3 Miel May 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Thanks Kathy! DINKs will certainly live on, and continue with the same daily postings. I’ve actually not written a great deal for the site in the last several years, so the voice will very much remain the same, from our primary writer, Kristina. We thought some of our original followers and those interested in the evolution of couples finance would be interested to hear our news and perhaps follow me at Sustainable Family Finances.

Yes, we love the photo as well. It is a random wall in our neighborhood of DC. I’m hoping to get a photo in my last bit of pregnancy and then another when our little guy arrives!

Thanks as well Abeeku!

4 Kristina May 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm

CONGRATS to James and Miel. I wish you both lots of happiness and health with your new phase of life.

@Kathy – Thank you so much for your comment, it’s really nice to hear that other couples enjoy our posts and relate to what Nick and I are living through day to day with our money. We are still Dinks and we look forward to continue sharing our stories with Dinks and non-Dink families everywhere.

5 Brock @cleverdude May 23, 2014 at 7:01 am

Congratulations to both of you!

6 J. Money May 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

Congrats guys!! Life changing stuff :)

7 Alexa May 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm

A huge congrats to both of you!! You’re about to experience the best thing in this world!

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