Well, a year on, and wow, what a wonderful God we serve... Said girl is definitely the girl I know that I'm going to marry! I can say that now, because at the very beginning of Easter, on her 20th birthday, I had the delight of hearing her say YES to my proposal!!
So now the new challenges... Wedding planning (aiming for Summer 2014), choosing baby names (though we don't intend to use them for years yet haha), and finishing Uni. We're both now coming to the end of our second years, so one more to go before we enter into the real world and get married haha!
On a serious note though, FW (wow it is amazing writing that!) has been a believer since late September last year (that's another story in itself) and knows she has made the right choice! However, she is moving back home for her final year at uni to save money (she flat-shared this year), and her parents do not yet know about her faith. This has been problematic for us both, as her parents (particularly her Dad) are very anti-theist, and would be (is outraged too strong a word here I wonder?) to find out her new faith... We both agree it should be her who tells them, though I have offered to if she wants me to, but so far the moment has not been right yet. Upon the advice of my pastor a few months back, we agreed she needed time to strengthen her faith and resolve in Christ before she declared her new beliefs. This is a real struggle mentally for her
as she is scared they will basically disown her. Her Dad also has problems with the idea of having a church wedding too.
So, two questions:
1) Any advice (other than pre-marital counselling which we're hoping to do) about what we can do before we get married that will stand us in good stead?
2) How do people think we should handle the issue with telling her parents? She's going to be moving back home in just under a month and I suspect we shouldnt leave it until then, rather we should give them time to accept it. Advice needed please!!