Personally I believe you're over analyzing the matter at hand, you're still together, nothings going wrong and he's trying to get you a ring you said would be your "dream" ring, he's not doing it to impress you.. But to make you as happy as he possibly can, I believe you've got yourself a good man, marriage also isn't something that's to be rushed, don't you worry surely you'll be getting your ring soon :)It really sounds like he's stalling, most people for one thing would have an idea of how long, and how it sounds like he acts, he's trying to avoid the idea right now. Entirely or just for the moment is unclear, but overall he is avoiding it.
By "been together" do you mean sharing a household and a bed? Because if so, you've fallen into the reality of living as if you were married without going through any of the formalities, and there isn't a lot of motivation for either of you to change the status quo. Really, what difference will a ring and a proposal make?Plain and smple, when it's right, it's right -
he's not ready, and if he's gearing up, you need to let him do that.
It isn't about how big the ring is, it whether you can meet in the middle, and do things together as a team. For now, you need to stop flogging him, and let it happen when you are both ready. You will regret it for the rest of your life if you pressure him into doing something he isn't really ready for, or doing it your way instead of letting him do it for you.
I don't know what a timeline would be for, unless you're building a house. Relationships grow by themselves, at their own pace. Let it be.
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