We've entered the "new to us world" of Courtship.
So here's a few things we've learned....
Why not date? Dating has only been a concept for the last 100 or so years. Before then it was courtship. Given the rampant promiscuity, teen pregnancy, teen rebellion, etc, I would ask Why not court? Greg proudly wears his Dads Against Daughters Dating shirt and the girls know he is living by the message on the shirt.
Most people think we are over protective and shielding our children from the "real" world and thats a bad thing. Duh, we are over protecting our younger children and shielding them ~ have you really looked at the real world lately?
We've heard they can't find Mr. or Mrs. Right unless they date around and have something to compare to. I would rather the Lord lead them to Mr. or Mrs. Right and not have their hearts and minds involved with many other people. There is less emotional baggage that way.
So here is what this looks like right now in our family........
It looks like a young man asking permission before he presents a gift to our daughter.
It looks like 2 families involved in a caring, loving, protecting manner.
It looks like brothers & sisters that are the "on the scene" chaperones.
It looks like hearts being knit together in the Lord's perfect timing & Will.
It looks like 2 sets of parents ernestly praying for the Lords guidance.
It looks like the young man & woman rising early each day to read & study the Bible together while 100's of miles apart.
It looks like long telephone calls. Recently these calls have included figuring out budgets for monthly expenses. (What a great, grown up aspect of this relationship)
It looks like a young man, going to school full time and working full time so that he can support a wife and family.
It looks like a young woman sitting at the kitchen table ~ talking about menu's, shopping lists, etc. for groceries to learn budgeting.
It looks like long talks that involve all the parents and the couple.
It looks like this.............