Thank you for this excellent advice. . . you are correct, of course. However, if I do this, the best thing that would happen would be we get married, but I would always feel less valued since I was the one who had to bring up the "M" word. And the worst thing that could happen would be he would, indeed, value me less because I brought it up. Is there some other way to get him into the "marriage mode" so that he thinks he came up with the idea on his own?
Thanks so much, Angela. . . that is a great idea - and he likes Valerie Bertinelli! You are wonderful and I appreciate your help!!!