Parenting is full of doubt and unknown. There is a heavy load of pressure on your shoulders to weigh all of the options and make the best decisions for your child. It is frequently a stressful position to be in, but my daughter is the standard I base all my decisions on.

There are times of loneliness and heartbreak. It is easy to get wrapped up in what-ifs and why-nots. You can take tangents down paths of anxiety and sorrow, but at the end of the day, I have to reframe my thoughts because she is the standard I base all my decisions on.

My daughter sees me both at my best and worst. She sometimes takes the brunt of my stress and impatience. I regularly ask God to help me be quick to listen and slow to speak to her. My girl is the last person on Earth I want to hurt. She is the standard I base all my decisions on.

Life has provided twists and turns and dead ends. We have transitioned and been forced to rebuild when times were tough. I have done my best to remain graceful and yet I fall short right in front of her eyes. Still, she is quick to forgive and love unconditionally and she is the standard I base all my decisions on.

My little girl is pure joy. She is inquisitive and full of life. She finds the positive in every aspect in her world and challenges me to see things from her pure lens. Her outlook inspires me and makes me a better person. She is the standard I base all my decisions on.

When life throws curveballs and I doubt myself or when I waver in deciding which path to choose, she is my sole thought and focus. I am charged with the responsibility to protect her heart and make this life full of opportunity for her. I must ensure she is surrounded by love and light and knows how special she is. She is the standard I base all my decisions on.

God entrusted me with the most beautiful soul I have ever known. He created our bond and continues to grow us through time and experience. Being her momma is the best gift I have been given, and as a result, my daughter is the standard I base all my decisions on.

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Erin Uhlaender

I am a child of God and saved by His grace. I am a single mommy raising my daughter in Austin, Texas. I teach first grade by day and blog during my free time. I would love to connect with you via my blog, http://throughgritandgrace.com, or Twitter at handle @gritandgrace_TX. We each have a story and I can't wait to hear yours!

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