CoolBlackDude said ... relationship now with countless ups and downs. ... really do feel we love each other ... Does love really conquer all
-relationships are a lot of work, love / sex are necessary but like the 20%.
-Things are on the rag when the "I Love You" texts slow down. He has no idea know how you think, so tell him. Catch him while you two are together driving for for a family discussion. Listen to him even if your mind is made up. Bring home a small junk gift on the odd day.
-takes two to argue, if you feel it coming tell him you love him and leave the room. Never escalate a situation.
-its possible to have a household different from your parents. Be the continuation of your parents. Pull out what you saw that worked.
Google, read up on what makes a good relationship. Some LGBT Center locations have free couples training. As you enter into a new phase in your life you can be smart; lots of information out there.