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If he feels actions over words are more important, that could be why he hasn't mentioned love to you. That doesn't mean he doesn't feel it though. That plus the fact that he has been more open with you and talked about the future, along with how he has fallen for you says a lot. He may not be ready to say "love" yet, but he sounds close if not there already. At this point, since he has not said the word and it is important to you that he does, his behavior gives you two choices. You can either ask him directly about his feelings or you can let him take his time and tell you and see the signs he has given you so far as step in that direction. Neither option is exactly what you want, but relationships often require that we be open to expressing our needs in circumstances we didn't expect. Because everyone comes into a relationship with issues, it is often hard to match up with the ideal of what we want from what we get from our partner. So you may simply need to pick which option you are willing to try and what works best for you to get what you need from him. But from what you are describing, he sounds like your relationship is definitely moving towards love, if it's not already there.
I hope this helps you,
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