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What’s important to me in a relationship? Hmm. I keep changing my opinion on it. Another of those “morphing lists” of mine. (You know, the “My Future Prince” list that a lot of girls have). Over time, I’m finding there are some non-negotiables, and then some negotiables.

Non-negotiables:

-Cats and dogs as pets. I can’t survive without either. Plus, I have a very strong opinion about them and kids. I think cats and dogs teach kids to be patient and nurturing. My childhood revolved around pets, and I want my future to as well.

-Living in the country. I hate the city. Hate, hate, hate it. Sure, I love visiting it. But I’d die as a human being–as Arielle–if I lived in the city. I’d be miserable.

-Outdoorsy stuff. I love the outdoors. It is my place of peace, rejuvenation, and love. I’d have a rough time being with a guy who didn’t love the outdoors. We wouldn’t do well together.

-Someone who understands that I’m introverted and recharge by having time alone, as well as recharging around people.

-Not a neat freak. I’m a collector. I have a lot of stuff–books, craft projects, artwork, beautiful odds and ends. Me and a neat freak would not get along well.

-A Republican. A Liberal and I would not get along well. Besides, the things most Liberals believe goes against the Bible. No way I’m marrying a guy who doesn’t believe in the Bible.

-Wants to have kids. A must. No negotiating. What’s the point of getting married if you don’t want to have kids?

-Supportive (utterly, entirely supportive) of homeschooling. I don’t like public schools. I love teaching and homeschooling. I was homeschooled and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I want to be a stay-at-home mom, homemaker, and homeschool teacher.

-Has to be utterly supportive of my writings, both fiction and nonfiction. It’s my calling, my gift, my love. It’s what God has called me to do. A guy who is not supportive of that is not my future prince.

-Has to be supportive of my dance teaching. I might not teach highland dance for my whole life, but it’s a passion of mine and makes me very happy. I want to teach highland dance and continue to build my dance studio.

-Someone who has a strong, lasting, deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

My advice? Find out what’s important to you, write it down, and keep your eyes open. And trust in God. He knows what He’s doing.

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