Last year my husband came home from work with a list of a bunch of national watercolor shows for me to enter. He had typed at the top "Crystal's to do list: Win each of the following shows." I can't even say how much it means to me to have a husband who cares so much about my dreams. I've written a lot about my kids and how they inspire me to paint, but really it's my husband who inspires me just as much. He helps me believe in myself, to try things I wouldn't normally do. He believes in me and is constantly looking for ways to help me, or encourage me. When I told him how much I wanted to write a book he instantly started making my life easier (with kiddos and housework) and gave me a fancy new pen and a note of encouragement that I still look at every so often to remind myself that I can do this, that someone believes in me and loves me. I don't think I would even be painting if it weren't for him, he signed me up for my first watercolor class right after we were married as a gift.
I entered this painting in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors last year and when I got the acceptance letter, all I could think of was him. How he had believed in me, and that I never would have tried to enter that show if he hadn't encouraged me to do it. It helps so much to know that someone else cares as much as you do about your dreams.
Since it's Valentine's Day I think I can indulge and be sappy and just say how much I love my husband, how greatful I am for him and how I can't imagine a life without him. There is so much more to this story than I'll say here (for which I'm sure you will thank me), but I just need to say that I would not be who I am today without him. He not only loves and encourages me, he saves me every day, and he has since the day I met him.