Looks like you've fallen off of your Radio Flyer a few too many times!
Get a book of subjects for engaged couples to discuss. It should cover everything, from attitudes towards pets and inlaws to how you want to spend leisure and money.
Discussing these topics with a book
a) makes sure you don't neglect them,
b) forces you both to think about what you like/think and then address what the partner likes/thinks,
c) keeps you busy with meaningful conversation so the dates don't devolve into just movies and making out.
God bless you both with charity and discernment!
Absolutely, positively agree on TOB - it will help you both whether you stay together or go your separate ways. It changed my life. God bless.
Congratulations Blake. I would greatly recommend the two books mentioned already but I would also like to recommed the two books ABC's of choosing a Good Husband/Wife only because it has great questions at the end that every couple should answer either prior to getting engaged or married. I believe the books can be found at any Catholic bookstore or even online. Best of luck to you.
Congratulations and may you both be blessed with wisdom and much joy in this new courtship. My ULTIMATE favorite (which gave me a beautiful perspective of beautiful Catholic dating) is Edward Sri's book: Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love.
It is a very easy read (read it in a week's time) and is a great book to share with a loved one whom you are courting. There are good thought-provokin/spiritual/introspective questions at the end of each chapter which are good branch off points for you both to have fruitful conversations. I have recommended this book to everyone I know who is Catholic and considering/searching for "the one."
May God, His angels, both of your guardian angels, and the Holy Family bless you both abundantly and guide you both.
Oh and I should clarify, it is essentially a very good (easy-to-understand) summary of JPII's teaching on Love and Responsibility.
Again, highly recommended - to all CM members ;)