Back to School…Back to School
Back to School…Back to School

Ohhhhh… Back To School Back To School To Prove To Dad That I’m Not A Fool I’ve Got My Lunch Packed Up, My Boots Tied Tight, I Hope I Don’t Get In A Fight Ohhhh… Back To School Back To School Back To School… Thanks Billy Madison for those inspiring words! Coming back to work has been relatively smooth.  The school was so nice and welcomed me back in their Taube Strong tshirts on Monday.  Like last, last, last Monday…as in, almost 3 weeks ago.  This tells you how much has been going on.  I […]

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Twenty, twenty…
Twenty, twenty…

Today after work the boys and I went to the cemetery to visit Ashley’s grave. We talked to Ashley, said the Lord’s prayer, sat with her and enjoyed the break in the clouds. (Ashley has a way of requesting some nice weather whenever I visit, at least momentarily). As we were walking back to the car Fischer and I commented on how it doesn’t seem like it was twenty months and Baker replies “it seems like 50 months.” I said, “ You know what buddy, sometimes it does feel way longer.” I don’t ever forget […]

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“If you want to change the world go home and love your family.”- Mother Teresa
“If you want to change the world go home and love your family.”- Mother Teresa

We have that sign in our home, and by looking at Etsy and Pinterest, so do many other people (yes, I Etsy) . It is a famous quote by Mother Teresa. Or so I thought. When you look it up you may find that she said this quote instead: “If you want to bring peace to the whole world, go home and love your family.”- Mother Teresa But in reality, they seem to both be paraphrases from her Noble Peace Prize speech: “And so, my prayer for you is that truth will bring prayer in our […]

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Snowcation
Snowcation

As you may have noticed, I haven’t blogged in a long while. I’ve been writing but haven’t had time to post a finished version of anything I have written. Timehop and Facebook memories kind of inspired me to write something this week. As I am reminded, ten years ago today we had a snow day and 9 years ago we had a “snowcation” where Atlanta shutdown for a week. As for today, this afternoon it got up to 60 and this weekend it’s going to be around 71 degrees. The snowy pictures have me thinking […]

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November 10 is World NET Cancer Day
November 10 is World NET Cancer Day

Disclaimer:  This is not my typical blog but would like to bring some awareness to neuroendocrine cancer and I have copy/pasted many facts from  https://www.facebook.com/netcancerday/ 5-7 out of every 100,000 are diagnosed with #netcancer each year- Ashley Baker Taube was first diagnosed in 2012. 50% of #netcancer patients have secondary growths at diagnosis- Initially, Ashley was told she had 1 tumor and that it could be removed completely by having a procedure called the Whipple surgery.  After surgery it was found that Ashley had clean margins, scans were clear and that she was “cured.” 60-80% of patients are […]

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“Unforgettable”
“Unforgettable”

It was the 14th of October… Prologue 10/14/2020: Its been four years since Ashley went into cardiac arrest, it seems like yesterday. “And I bet right now you’re probably thinkin’ That it’s crazy I remember every detail, but I do.” Thomas Rhett I am the worst with remembering names, I don’t know why.  But the details, those are things that I remember.  Like if I meet someone new I will remember what he or she was wearing, what drink they had, where they are from and how annoying they are.  But I won’t remember their […]

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God’s Plan
God’s Plan

God’s Plan:Not the Drake song, but God’s plan vs. my plan.10 years ago, today, I had a plan to spend the rest of my life with the most amazing woman I had ever met, really the woman of my dreams. Little did I know that plan would not turn out the way I intended… Fast forward to today (bloop, bloop, bloop…)  The boys’ nightly routine includes brushing teeth, getting in jammies, prayers, book time and going over the plan for tomorrow. But this week has included “story-time.” This story-time has been stories about Ashley. This […]

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Taube Trot, Nice Alliteration!
Taube Trot, Nice Alliteration!

I have been struggling with this particular topic.  Not making alliterations, that was a game Ashley and I played when naming things like our cars, our dog, our kids…  We never stuck to the alliteration but Ashley liked the word play. Toews Taube was my leading name for Fischer.  (For those of you that are not hockey fans, its pronounced Taves.)  When Ashley shot that down, I tried to come up with crazier names. Didn’t work, but I almost had her convinced that we could make his middle name Danger, so that he could always […]

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Happy Birthday Ashee!
Happy Birthday Ashee!

So this is not my typical blog post. I have been very open in this blog but what is on my heart today is for Fischer, Baker and Ashley. So instead, I share with you my feelings for Ashley back before we were even a couple. This is the first birthday card that I wrote Ashley in 2005. We were not dating. (That story or at least part of it is in a future post. Also, I had not honed my writing skills yet so that card is more statements of fact rather than poetic […]

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3 Month Check-up
3 Month Check-up

Here I am, the three-month anniversary of Ashley passing, well at least it was the 3-month anniversary when I started this blog post. I was going to post last week on the 20th, but didn’t… Not really sure why. I’ve continued to write, so I have material but I haven’t posted much. There have been some technical difficulties with the host server, so I have not been able to post.  (If you have not been able to gain access to past blogs I am sorry but that’s why)  But even with those issues aside, I […]

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Coaching…
Coaching…

I haven’t blogged in a while. Life has gotten busy. Teaching, covering Spring sports, Daylight-Savings Time change, the boys’ activities… Ashley would have this obstacle to posting as well. Life happens… Luckily, I have Spring break coming up because I have had a lot on my mind lately and have plenty to write.But this past weekend was particularly noteworthy and I wanted to post while it was still fresh on my mind… This morning I was reading an article about a South Georgia coach who was fired because of “four major violations of the Georgia […]

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Remembering Markham
Remembering Markham

If you have spent any time with Dr. Markham, there is no doubt you have a story. Mr. Markham My story or at least the story of my adult life, actually begins with Mr. Markham. In June 2004, I interviewed for an athletic training job in Gulf Breeze, Florida with a national physical therapy company. I did not get that job but they offered me a position in either Hilton Head, South Carolina or Dacula, Georgia. I obviously jumped at the Hilton Head job.  Except there was a catch, that job was not available till […]

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St. Valentine’s Day
St. Valentine’s Day

I wasn’t planning to blog today, but couldn’t sleep.  So, this morning I wake up at 3:00 am, as I often do… This has been an odd side effect of the past year or so.  Often in the middle of the night I would get up to check on Ashley and I would look at the clock and it would be around 3 am. Not sure why 3 am but Ashley usually had to get up through the night to use the restroom.  But I would wake up and I would see that Ashley was […]

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Choosing Happy is Hard
Choosing Happy is Hard

Choosing happy is hard. Extremely hard. I know it is for me right now. And I know it was for Ashley. Sometimes I wondered how she could make the choice to be happy, to pull herself out of sadness when she was in pain, frustrated, too weak to be herself… Now I ask myself the same questions. How do we choose to fill this huge hole that we have in our hearts? Sometimes we can’t. Rather we have other choices about our behaviors and our thoughts.  I can choose to get out of bed. Then choose […]

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A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine
A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine

It’s been difficult for me to write this blog entry. Not because I don’t have anything to say, but how do you do justice to a sport that meant so much to Ashley and was so much a part of my life the last 14 years (25 years for Ashley) in one blog entry. This post was 3452 words so I edited it down, which become 5551 words before I edited it again. This blog is still too long but you can judge for yourself. Thursday 1/24 was five weeks since Ashley passed away. I […]

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