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𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝟮𝟰 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀, 𝗣'𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝘀.

𝘊𝘢𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘶𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘴𝘦? 𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭.

𝘔𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘺 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘰 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘺𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥.

𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘺.

Giiiirl, if you don't stop talkin' to me. You gone get this grilled cheese + Gatorade tuh-day! #BoujeeP 🤨  #ifitainttopochicoshedontwantit #froyoovericecream #tastebudsonfancy #shesanexpensiveoneboys #BaddieP //#theprinceandthep

𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝟮𝟰 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀,...

| And just like that -- the #firstdayofschool came + went. Today, we walked MJ into elementary school on the first day, for the last time 😭 + I recalled the days when P wasn't even old enough to go to school yet. I pray 2nd + 5th grade treat my babies well. ♥️ #theprinceandthep

S W I P E for a #tbt to MJ + P on the first day of 3rd grade + Kindergarten and MJ's first day of 1st grade + 3 yr old P. 💞 #sameposeeverytime

| And just like that...

𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮, 𝙄 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡.

Last summer I was hacked + depression from that loss + violation of that experience robbed me of my summer. It robbed my husband of a fully functioning wife + robbed my kids of memory-making with their mom. The summer before that, I spent the entire summer building theprinceandthep.com + was buried so deep in branding that "free time" couldn't find me.

This summer I was present. I made the memories, went to the places, and put my kids in the classes. We talked more, walked the dog, and cuddled. We ate sno cones for lunch + skated on Heely's through Target.

𝙎𝙪𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧, 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙤𝙬𝙚 𝙪𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜. // #theprinceandthepkicks

𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮, 𝙄 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡. Last...

#baddieP ,

you are exceptionally smart, exquisitely created, elegantly crafted, and enchantingly beautiful. God twirled every hair on your head, sprinkled every tiny mole + freckles, drew out your long legs, stretched you high to the heavens, and perfectly spaced your gapped teeth.

𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐫𝐭. 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐀𝐑𝐓.

#youdabaddest // #theprinceandthep #cottononkids  #zarakids #zarakidsgirl

#baddieP , you are exceptionally...

| 𝗡𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗻𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗿 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗳𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘁. [Whew chile.] There were no Christ-centered long-term marriages for us to look up to or seek wise counsel from, so we developed a bad habits of venting our frustrations -- to our friends. Maybe we were seeking validation for our feelings or looking for someone to hype us up, but we eventually learned the negative effects of soliciting advice in our marriage.
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Would you let someone who learned all of their medical skills from watching Grey's Anatomy, operate on you? But you're comfortable with handing your [single/bitter/hyper-sensitive/pessimistic/jaded] best friend, mama, sister, or auntie a scalpel + letting her dissect your marriage? 🤔 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭👏🏽 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝👏🏽 𝐭𝐨👏🏽 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞👏🏽 𝐲𝐨𝐮👏🏽.The opinions of unqualified people have the potential to plant seeds in places where doubts, fears, and insecurities grow. Root rot is real -- and the people around you should be pouring positivity into your union, fertilizing your love with faith, and encouraging forgiveness.
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If you are the "listening ear", you can most effectively support your friend by asking how you can pray for them, keeping "oh hell no" and "couldn't be me" commentary to yourself, suggest counseling where appropriate, digest vs dissect the information at hand, and be honest that you simply don't have the answer. Remember -- you have to answer to God for the advice you 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲, just as much as the advice you 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲. ♥️ #keepmarriagesacred #12yearsstrong #marathonnotarace // #theprinceandthepparents

| 𝗡𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵...

| 𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗸𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺. One where words received as a result of misguided emotions, don't haunt them for years. A childhood where they have a voice + choices vs a dictatorship ruled by "because I'm the adult + I said so". Where there's an understanding that kids have bad days, too + aren't punished for being emotional. A childhood where we as adults, apologize to them when we make a mistake because parents aren't always right, or perfect, or fair. A childhood they won't need therapy + medication to recover from.

Intentional parenting lives here. It's not always perfect, but as we unpack our own childhood trauma, we learn a little bit more about the kind of lasting impression we want to leave on our kids. ♥️ // #theprinceandthep

| 𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱...

Checkin' in for the #hotmomsummer. ✅ #mommyshark #theprinceandthepmommy

Checkin' in for the #hotmomsummer....

| Soccer practice starts for both kiddos this week. School starts in 9 days. We don't have school clothes, school supplies, backpacks, and haven't figured out a first day haircut + hairstyle yet -- but we are good. I am good. Anxiety has been manageable, the weather has been tolerable, and God is always capable. 🙌🏾 Happy Monday, Frans! #baddieP // #theprinceandthep

| Soccer practice starts for...

"Having a daughter is like having a broke best friend who thinks you're rich." 😩 -- t h e |  a c c u r a c y . // #theprinceandthep

"Having a daughter is like...

| If you're looking for me, I'll be 📍. And if you're not, even better. 😝 PC: Hubby // #theprinceandtheptravels

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