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[The Wife! She speaks! Unsatisfied by occasional appearances in the comments, Gretchen wanted to offer a guest post on the part of BN she finds the most impressive: you. She ties it in to the ongoing BN Blogathon fundraiser for Make-A-Wish, and puts her money where her mouth is there at the end. She hadn’t even discussed it with me; she simply sent me the post, and asked if I’d consider putting it up. She’s good people.]

I always tell Brett that I love everything I read on Bleacher Nation, with the notable exception of anything that’s too baseball-y. (You read that correctly.)

Thanks to our marriage, I’ve gotten smarter over the past few years and can now identify news that’s worth pulling over at McDonald’s, articulate roughly what’s happening in a game, and respond somewhat intelligently when people ask me how the Cubs are doing. During the magical – and fleeting – moments that I’m the nap whisperer and the children’s naps are simultaneous, I occasionally pop in to BN to get an idea of how Brett’s day’s going, and to see what’s buzzing in the community.

And while the BN content is, of course, thoughtful, rich, and prolific, I’ve found that there’s something I love about BN even more (sorry, dear): that community. Since 2008, this community has exploded in size and in profile. When our family took a leap of faith and abandoned the financial certainty of the big law track shortly after Zoe (aka, “The Little Girl”) was born, I had no idea what this passion project would become. It’s amazing to run in to BN’ers at the grocery store, to have a BN family member deliver our second child, and to see people on the streets of Chicago rocking their BN t-shirts. (PS. I’m still waiting on the tank.)

More importantly than the growth, though, is that the soul of this place has stayed that mix of smart/sweet/sarcastic/funny/passionate. You’ve challenged, cheered on, and supported Brett in this crazy media space we call the blogosphere, and, on the most trying days, I know that you take care of him and of each other. This community is rich with smart, thoughtful, supportive folks, and I am grateful to share significant portions of my husband’s life with you.

In my personal and professional lives, I consistently come back to the same principle: the community is the thing. BN is no exception.

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Back in the spring, when Brett and I discussed this year’s Blogathon, we had the sense that this year had to be different. You’ve been through a lot together this year, and you’ve shown us that, with your passion, you can move mountains. This year’s Blogathon isn’t about the Taylors. This year, in addition to being about crazy nonstop coverage, it’s about taking this special community and moving those mountains – showing the world the difference a group of passionate people who are otherwise strangers can make.

Without giving away too much, I can tell you that people are noticing you, and they’re noticing the work you’re doing. They’ve noticed the sheer volume of donations — from $10 to $1,000 – as well as your tremendous social media efforts to spread the word. We’re halfway into July, and you’ve already raised enough to sponsor a child’s wish and then some! As of this moment, we’re at $7,520 raised. Brett agreed to blog for 30 hours straight at the Trade Deadline if you donated $6,000, and then another hour for every additional $1,000 you donate (up to 36 hours – a necessary cap for my sanity as much as his). So that means you’ve pushed him up to 32 hours already!

This week, let’s do the next push. Tell your family and friends that your community wants to help grant wishes to children through Make-A-Wish. Send an email, post a Facebook message, send a tweet, Instagram something, and let people know that you’re raising money for Make-a-Wish.

Last week, I took a big step and added an avatar (!). This week, I’ll do a much more significant thing for you, too. For every dollar you raise between now and this Friday, July 19, I’ll match up to $500.

For more on the Blogathon and Fundraiser, see this post. To donate, please go here.

  • DarthHater

    At this rate, we’ll have the Taylor family penniless and exhausted in no time!

  • Myles

    This is awesome. What you guys are contributing is amazing.

  • Mr. B. Patient

    “She’s good people”

    What an UNDERSTATEMENT.

    (and I had that feeling before this post).

  • MichiganGoat

    WOW the real brains and heart of BN finally gets a post. This is an amazing offer from the Wife and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to get know the Taylors over the years (they are one of a handful of people that now the man behind the goat) and one day soon the Goats are packing up the family minivan and heading to Columbus.

    • DarthHater

      “the man behind the goat”

      Too much information, MG. :-P

      • Fishin Phil

        I have a picture of that, but did not feel it was suitable for this classy audience.

        • DarthHater

          Thank you for not sharing.

        • Cubbie Blues

          You think way too highly of your audience.

  • jpeck

    Brett, it looks like our over/ under the 20th may play out pretty close if you trust ” the experts” Do you still think it will go over the 20 th? I will let you change your answer if you want…. $50 if you are wrong $100 if you are right.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I am compelled to stick to my original answer. :)

      • jpeck

        I hope you are right and it goes to 31st just to make your blogathon incredibly fun and intense. Either way thanks for this site and what you and Luke do.

  • Alex

    No doubt you already know this, but you married up Brett.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Not only this, but you should see her.

      Yeah, I definitely married up.

      • MichiganGoat

        yup your a reacher which is probably common in your life ;) – Short Joke

      • Noah

        I would say that marrying up is the number one reason to go to law school. I’m pretty sure it’s the reason I went in the first place.

  • Fishin Phil

    Behind every great kickball player……

  • Scotti

    Here’s an idea on how to tie this all together. For next year’s Blogatgon offer up delivering your third child to the highest bidder… Just an idea. Maybe not so well thought out.

    • Scotti

      Pretty sure I just got banned for life…

    • BluBlud

      Brett, if you are smart, and since you seem to have a lovely Lady, a beautiful daughter, and a handsome son, a couple pets, I assume, and seem to be doing very well in life, I I would suggest you stop at 2. ;) Kids are very expensive, trust me, I know. So that would make this a non-option offer.

      • Scotti

        We stopped at one. I’ve always told our son that we stopped at perfection but, holy crap, these little humans cost money.

        • BluBlud

          I have 3, but fortunately, for me, I spaced the far enough that I only have to pay for one college education at a time. 13,7,1. Hopefully, by the time I pay for the oldest, he’ll get a really god job and pay for the 2nd, and then he’ll get a better job and pay for my daughter, and then she’ll get the best job and put me into retirement.

          See, you have to lan these things out. :)

          • BluBlud

            *plan*

            • Scotti

              :-)

  • JulioZuleta

    Very nice post by the First Lady.

  • mudge

    The wife can write.

    • hansman1982

      Ya, the mini-Taylors are going to have a breeze getting through Comp/English classes.

      • JulioZuleta

        Yeah, Brett right good two.

        • Scotti

          He do, he do.

  • JoeyCollins

    Just shared this again hopefully it helps.

  • JulioZuleta

    Are the Taylors (or at least you Brett) making it up to Chicago for any more games this summer?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The latest plan is to at least be there for Social Media Night – August 21.

      • JoeyCollins

        I might be able to make that game. I’ll be Illinois for a wedding and could go for a Wednesday night Nats game.

  • Jim

    It goes: good people, great people, the Taylors. Now, who do we see about getting a BN tank (army, not top)?

    • MichiganGoat

      see below ;)

  • MichiganGoat

    Here’s the BN Tank

    [img]http://i622.photobucket.com/albums/tt310/peaceknuckle/bleachernationtank_zps15c45270.jpg[/img]

    • JulioZuleta

      I think you should out a generic non-avatar picture on there to represent the little man.

    • wvcubsfan

      nice

    • fromthemitten

      holy shit dude

    • Diggs

      Awesome

      • Katie

        I’m proud that I made it on the tank.

  • AlwaysNextYear

    Brett, I have recently started to post here moving over from other forums and I have to say that it was the best decision. You have a fantastic insight and are able to deliver the news that’s perfect for Cub fans. Also the fans that post here are smarter then any Cubs fan base that I have seen on other forums which makes it that much better to be able to have a conversation with intelligent people and the occasional troll. Keep up the hard work and you now have a fan for life. Thanks for all you do for us.

    • Jp3

      That’s flattering I think but it if you read all the spam in the morning he has to deal with it starts off very similarly.

      • AlwaysNextYear

        Huh. So saying thank you is Spam.

        • Jp3

          No, I’m only kidding being that all the spam messages he gets in the morning start off by saying that they really like his site and they can’t believe it took them a long time to find it…ect ect but the catch is they have no idea it’s a cubs site or anything and they’re just leaching off his site to advertise their junk. No I know Brett loves to get as many posters and readers as possible. It’s always good to get more team members.

          • AlwaysNextYear

            Gotcha. I have days where I’m slower then others.

    • Little Lord Fontenot

      This place is so much better than that over-moderated sorority shithole, NSBB.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thank you very much for that, sir.

  • Frank

    Brett,
    Somethings wrong here. “she simply sent me the post, and asked if I’d consider putting it up.”

    I thought it goes like this: “she simply sent me the post, and asked if I’d consider putting it up or you’ll sleep on the couch and the closest you’ll get to getting lucky is the dog licking your face”.

  • emrac

    keep up the good work Brett

    • Scotti

      Keep up the good work Gretchen.

  • Eric

    I’m thinking it might be a good way to draw more female readers if Miss Taylor were to offer up her opinions on our beloved Cubbies from time to time. It would make for insightful reading me thinks.

    • TWC

      “it might be a good way to draw more female readers …”

      I took a female drawing class once.

      Once.

      • Eric

        ha! I’ve been at this keyboard far too long today!

  • Junior Q

    I think there’s some sort of hidden satisfaction Gretchen gets when Brett is sleep-deprived, so this matching gift idea is the definition of a win-win for her.

  • Abe Froman

    Gretchen, your heart, intellect, and thoughtfulness beam in your writing. What a special thing it is to hear how supportive you are of Brett in what must have been a terrifying transition! Great article.

  • Jed Jam Band

    Well, that’s incredibly generous! I’m definitely donating! Keep up the good work Taylor clan!

  • curt

    yr wife sounds like a special person must run in the family .

  • Whiteflag

    What a family!

  • Sam

    Great family!

  • Sam

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  • Cheese Chad

    Rare to find a woman who (if she already isn’t a baseball nerd) is willing to learn to be somewhat of a nerd. Way to lock that down.

  • Indy57

    Nice!

  • MichiganGoat

    Wow by days end the total will be $8000 and then $8500 after the Wife matches. This might just make it close to 12,000 before the Blogathon begins.

  • #1lahairfan

    When I first started reading this website consistently 3 years ago I knew it was something special. Gotta love it Brett. Keep it up!

  • HanksinChile

    Brett,

    I discovered your site recently due to a recommendation on Google Reader (RIP). I have been a big fan of make a wish for a while. I am currently living in Chile (originally from Iowa — f- the Hawks — Go Clones) and donated to the Chile chapter through your site. Let me know if this does not count towards your goal and I will see if I can do a little something else.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks is fantastic, man (on all accounts). It’s perfect.

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