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I love you.
"aww thanks so much, i want to say it back to you and i do feel that we're on the same path to get to that point. I do however want to be as honest and open with my emotions and i can't say i'm at that point yet. I would like to keep seeing you, growing and keeping the bonding process going. Thank you... i appreciate you letting me know where you stand, if at any point i don't see us together.. i will let you know so that you can rest assure that i am not stringing you along."
Something like that sounds honest, tactful and gets the point across... assuming that's how you feel which is "not ready."1