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Kristin Shaw
Kristin Shaw is a marketing manager by day, writer by night, a full-time wife and mother of a preschooler. She grew up in the RV capital of the world -- Elkhart, Indiana -- and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She enjoyed several years in Atlanta before the mother ship called her Texan husband home to Austin. Her favorite things are family, airports, classic cars, sports, Italy and dessert; not necessarily in that order. You can reach her via Twitter @AustinKVS or her blog, where she writes about relationships, motherhood and love.

Entries by Kristin Shaw

Goodbye, Ring

(34) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:01 AM

I saw the ring in a magazine for brides-to-be, and it caught and held my eyes for what felt like a long and lingering stare. It was a white gold Tacori design, cradling a sapphire at its center, with small encrusted diamond and sapphire accents encircling it.

It winked at...

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Lessons from Dad: Enjoy the Ride

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 11:58 AM

My dad is a car fanatic. He is also a saver, and paid cash for a '66 Corvette, brand new. I'm sure he was sad to let it go when I was born in 1970. Dad grew up in a family with a bunch of boys and he was fated...

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To All of the Maggies of the World

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Last June, photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz won the 2013 Ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award for her work documenting domestic violence. She had followed a couple, Shane and Maggie, for several months and photographed moments of their lives in great detail. Sarah wrote on her site:

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Lessons from My Mother -- As a Mixtape

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:19 PM

My mother taught me how to dance, to my great embarrassment, at various weddings throughout my childhood.

We did the jitterbug, the waltz, the mashed potato, the chicken dance and the polka. Yep, the polka. We're not even Polish.

She has always had a love of music that...

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Brave: The Heads-Down, No-Helmet Approach to Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 11:54 AM


When he was 12-years-old, Robin was climbing up Lookout Mountain in Colorado on his first road bike at 12 miles an hour long after dark one night. He heard a siren, and a police officer stopped him; it was way past curfew.


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Brave: Hearts, Mended

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:57 PM


When I lived in Atlanta, there were seven couples who got together frequently on the weekends. My friends Becky and Ben were the constants, the ones who brought everyone together, and we were all very close. Over the course of several years, however,...

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The One Word I Need To Remember

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 11:00 PM

The plane was full, and we were in the very back row. I acquiesced to my husband's request for an afternoon flight this time instead of the cheaper tickets that required a pre-dawn wakeup call, knowing that it could be touch and go with holiday delays. Indeed, both flights were...

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When Are Cupcakes More Important Than Compassion?

(9) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Imagine, for a moment, that you see a little girl. There is a substance that will kill her if she gets too close to it, and for the most part, she is good at staying away from it. However, at her school, kids are allowed to celebrate their birthdays with...

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Brave: What Can You Do With One Arm?

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:22 AM


He never talks about the accident.

He was 16 and riding in the car with a friend who was two years older. Driving on country roads in northern New Jersey, they didn't think anything could hurt them, these two first-generation Dutch-Americans.

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What Will I Know?

(10) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 3:09 PM

One mother wonders about the man her son may become, and another wonders how her son has all of a sudden become a man.


Driving down the road in a tree-lined suburban neighborhood, I see two teenage boys driving golf carts. The one...

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And What Will the Pretty One Have?

(15) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 5:01 PM

The local shoe store in my hometown was run by a father and his son, a mustachioed pair who were well-liked and friendly. Sitting on a corner on Main Street, the store was long and narrow, like a bowling alley, and they had a small door for the kids to...

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A Letter to My Son's Best Friend

(26) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Dear Bunny,

We need to have a talk.

I know; we don't usually get a lot of one-on-one time, since my son pretty much has you attached to him at all times, as his designated lovey. But he's sleeping, so let's you and I have a little heart-to-heart.

You have...

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Stuck in Someday

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 7:23 PM

One day last week, my husband took the long way home from dinner. It was a rare slowed-down evening in a month of busy. A month of rush rush rush. A month of frayed tempers and patience. A month of "when we get through this..." In fact, sometimes, when he...

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Why Do You Have to Work, Mama?

(56) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 4:01 PM

My son is in the Age of Why.

"Why, Mama? Why do I have to put my shoes on?"

"Why does that sign say stop?"

"Why can't I have a new toy?"

"Why do you have to work?"

He asks me that last one on a regular basis. "Why do...

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The Things I Love About Bedtime

(9) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 6:33 PM

I give him the two-minute warning before we are to head upstairs for bedtime preparations. He always says, "OK, Mom" but when two minutes has elapsed, he dilly-dallies to the staircase. Nine times out of ten, I say, "Would you like to walk up the stairs yourself or should I...

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You Love the Baby More Than You Love Me, Don't You?

(413) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 5:54 PM

When a new baby is born, it seems that the world stops on its axis. The dust bunnies run rampant, dishes sit in the sink longer than usual, and pure fatigue can trump all niceties with one's spouse. Cooking? Forget it. Who can figure out how to find a moment...

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Dear Future Daughter-in-Law

(125) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:51 PM

I'm one of the lucky ones; I adore my husband's mother. She is loving, and kind, and thoughtful. She doesn't pry. She doesn't judge. She doesn't tell me what to do and how to do it. She spoils me, in fact. Before you write me off and think I'm just...

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Go Ahead and Tell Me Again

(6) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 3:29 PM

The woman was watching me and my son as we made our way, hand in hand, toward the door at Panera, stopping to grab one more cup of water on the way out. She was tall and elegant, and her face was wistful as she said to me, "How old...

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Is 21 Too Young to Marry?

(194) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:26 PM


When we hired our full-time babysitter at the end of 2011, she was about to turn 20, with a few college classes and a couple of years of childcare under her belt. Rebecca was sweet and responsible, and our son loved her.

During the...

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Line of Questioning

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:30 PM

"Mama, is God a girl?"

My 3-year-old has been fascinated by the players of the Christmas story since we took him to church on Christmas Eve with my husband's parents, and many nights since, he has peppered us with questions at bedtime.

Who is Jesus?

Who is Mary?

Who is...

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