Giving Thanks | Rafael Painter ‘Soul of Love’ Diary – Part 1



Photography Rafael Guajardo.

Special Announcement: Rafael Painter | Soul of Love ‘Holiday Gift Specials’  

I would like to start the month of November with a ‘Giving Thanks’ post!  It feels so good to announce that and even therapeutic to write about it too.  There is something healing and strengthening when you write down your thoughts. And with a blog like mine I am forced to dig deep into my heart, mind, and creative powers to communicate ideas and feelings that are sometimes difficult to describe unless you are experiencing it in “real-time!”

Yes, you guessed it!  I am thankful for my three children.  And, oh man am I experiencing motherhood in “real-time!” Motherhood is the kind of thing you jump into without a helmet on and start driving and maybe in the dark! There is no owner’s manual, guide book, or road map.  I admit there are moments I have no idea what I am doing. Sometimes, that thought scares me.  But, I know that I am not alone as I have a wonderful husband and loving Heavenly Father to guide me.

I may not be well versed with the “know-how” of effective parenting skills (I am trying my best each and everyday) but what I feel inherently divinely to do makes up for that.  I am divinely inspired to love my children with all of me – my entire soul! I created them with my body.  I can feel their pains, hurts, disappointments and also their joy, excitement, curiosities and victories. It is a beautiful and almost mystical thing.

My children have a direct link to my heart.  They are my greatest teachers because of them I am constantly improving my patience, compassion, understanding, tolerance, selflessness and charity.  They help me become more Christ-like.  These pictures here of my children capture their spirit, beauty, goodness, and bond.  I cherish these pictures — extraordinary moments frozen in time, captured so perfectly by Rafael Guajardo!  He calls this “Capturing the Soul of Love!” Don’t you feel that looking at these stunning pictures of my children?

“Capturing the Soul of Love!” 

I am excited to announce my partnership with Rafael Guajardo! He is an award winning portrait artist who is recognized for his artistic passion, keen visual perception and his fun and relaxed style in fine art portraiture.

Monthly, I will be unveiling images from this incredible photo shoot taken in Laguna Beach at Treasure Island Beach and sharing my feelings about family life, living in Orange County, and sharing with you the talent and brains behind

This will be a fun journey! There will be a huge unveiling at the end you do not want to miss.  Hint: He creates heirloom works of art through oil painting from photo(s) taken from your photo session called photographic oil painting. Check out his site to learn more about this unique one-of-a-kind process.

You know it is time to set up your holiday photo sessions! And believe me his work comes highly recommended.   I wanted to share with you Rafael’s Holiday Gift Specials.  Make sure to contact him as soon as possible as his spots get filled up fast!

Rafael Painter Soul of Love

Holiday Gift Specials
$600 Holiday Gift Special Includes:
Rafael Painter Soul of Love Portrait Session
 One 12×8 Inch Custom Retouched Photographic Portrait
A $900 Value

$1200 Holiday Gift Special Includes:
Rafael Painter Soul of Love Portrait Session
One 14×11 Inch Photographic Oil Painting
A $1900 Value

$1600 Holiday Gift Special Includes:
Rafael Painter Soul of Love Portrait Session
One 18×12 Inch Photographic Oil Painting
A $2300 Value 

To book a session or for additional information please contact:
Rafael Guajardo
(949) 939-7286
Note: Holiday gift certificates may not be used with any other Soul of Love specials.  This promotion ends January 5, 2017.Gift certificates expire one year from purchase date. Digital files are not included. Framing is additional.

S/H is additional. Travel outside Orange County is additional. Paintings mounted on museum quality preservation board canvas or hardboard is additional. Portraits include two subjects. $100 per each additional subjects.


Thank you Rafael Guajardo for this gift.  Opinions expressed here are my own.



  1. Amanda
    November 3, 2016 / 3:57 am

    Thank you for your beautiful words! I feel the same. Motherhood is my greatest joy and continually pushes me to be my best. I am excited to see and hear more of your thoughts and his great work! Thank you!

    • November 3, 2016 / 7:42 am

      Hello Amanda! Motherhood is the surest thing to reaching perfection! So, happy we get to experience this together! I enjoy seeing your world from images on Instagram. Your babes are just so beautiful and delicious! Thank you for commenting!

  2. JennyWhitesides
    November 5, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Fantastic photos of your lovely children! Rafael is so talented at capturing true beauty. You are a perfect mother!

    • November 5, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Hi Jenny! Rafael did an incredible job and can’t wait to unveil the other photos~! Their smiles are just contagious! Thank you for commenting!

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