Not engaged yet after dating
We pretty much knew it was going to happen, and even agreed it was going to happen, and she got a little anxious to just make it 100% official to settle her nerves, but besides that no pressure, including from parents. We were sitting around a campfire, the two of us, and basically agreed "yeah, it'd be a sweet deal for us to marry. Not the most romantic of things, but it worked for us, and we've been married 5 years, so each to their own.I knew she was the one because 1) she was attractive 2) wasn't crazy 3) we were able to be ourselves together and 4) was squared away in life (no, I'm not going to give some BS story about "true wuv". With my first wife, I knew on our first date I was going to ask her to marry me. By Thanksgiving, I'd popped the question and she accepted. We had been together for almost 10 years before we got married. Now we have been married for over 7 years and have 3 kids. She wasn't really pressuring me, but I had started to hear some mentions from family that if it didn't happen after 5 years, it made it look like I wasn't really that into her. I asked her in private, and then later took her family out to dinner and proposed there.We have a plethora of issues between us, and it took were together for a little over 2 years before we got married.She showed me how to live outside of my comfort zone.Introduced me to a lot of new things and always challenged me to be my best.
How many of the above indicators have you seen in your relationship?When your boyfriend says to you, "I'd like to have kids a few years after you finish your master's," he's talking about a future with you, and not just some great beyond where he has a theoretical wife with whom he can make babies. If your guy starts sentences with, "When we get married," he's made up his mind: He wants you to be his wife.