I have read the Preparing book and know that it warns of the dangers of online/texting relationships, which I totally agree with, having seen a good friend suffer greatly in that kind of relationship. However, I know the book also speaks of couples who got to know one another before actually meeting in person and how this was blessed by God. I am 24 years old, and after seeking the advice of my parents and many other godly people, as well as much prayer, I joined an online dating site earlier this month. I knew that I did NOT want to do online dating – I was hoping it might be a place to MEET a guy and then get to know him in other ways, since I had yet to meet any potential husbands anywhere else in my circles. I decided to wait for a guy to email me first, which happened a few days after I went online. I asked right away if we could email each other instead of instant messaging, which he readily agreed to. I also asked if we could keep our emails to one or two a day. We have been emailing at that rate for almost a week now. I’ve been asking him a lot of questions and trying to keep things friendly but not too personal, and so far I think we both feel that we would like to go further in getting to know each other. He lives about 45 min. away from me. The plan I had in mind was to begin talking to each other on the phone verses just emailing, because you can learn more about a person through hearing their voice, and then to meet in person. However, is it forward of me to suggest that we talk on the phone – should I wait to see if he suggests it? I would really like to get away from this only being an email relationship before things get (too) emotional, because of course, this guy could be making up everything he’s saying. And then, how do we meet? I don’t want to go meet a total stranger by myself, but having my whole family around the whole time seems pretty pressured and awkward, especially since we’re older…has anyone been down this road? Any ideas? I’ve been praying contently and giving all of this to God – I want to be wise and follow His leading!