Welcome! If you’re wondering what all the 31 hubbub is about. Read this.
Her name is Julie Ann Meredith. She didn’t want to be interviewed because she said she wasn’t interesting, didn’t have any cool songs to tell me about and thinks she leads a boring life. I disagree. She has me as a friend–that in and of itself is interesting. We could just end this interview now. 🙂 But I won’t, because despite her protests, she is one marvelous lady.
When I first met Julie, she was just that cool girl with the really cute kids and she had twins! So jealous. I now realize that it is taboo to tell someone who has twins that you always wished you had twins. I have three friends who have twins. They love their children dearly but wouldn’t wish the first year (or maybe two) on their worst enemy. (So don’t tell anyone, but there is a tiny piece of me that still wants twins. I want to be that person that looks at others with disgust when they say they’ve always wanted twins. But don’t tell anyone I said that.)
Fast forward two years and we both had newborn babies. I’d been living in Bluffton for about two years and still hadn’t made any close friends, my husband was working second shift and I had a 2-year-old and a colicky newborn. I was desperate. I posted one of those ‘oh my word. I’m going crazy. someone please be my friend.’ statuses on facebook that was cleverly disguised as seeking an exercise partner. I asked if anyone would like to try a 5:15 in the morning spinning class with me. Julie responded that she’d like to try it but wasn’t sure. That was enough for me. I gave her a call, convinced her that 5:15 wasn’t That early, and said she could try it once and if she didn’t like it or I didn’t like it, we could quit. Well. We went for about a year and I don’t even know what happened but we’ve been good friends ever since. Oh. Julie is now spinning 3 or 4 times a week at that ungodly hour. I quit about 4 years ago. But let the record state–I got her started. Julie, you’re welcome.
What makes Julie such a good friend?
Well she is one of the most giving and selfless people who I know. She’ll deny it. But, no matter, it is true. She graciously watched my boys when I was pregnant for Emily so that I could go to my doctor’s appointments by myself. If I need someone to watch one of the kids, she always says yes. She loves to help out at her kids’ schools. She is amazing at making meals for families: women that have had babies, people who have been in the hospital, or just someone who is going through a rough time. She is passionate about teaching the Bible to the little kids at her church. She once led a MOPS group AND was responsible for the child care and the children’s activities. She basically did the job of 5 women. And she did it well.
That is what makes me admire her so much. But she is also funny, hilariously blunt, super easy to talk to, a great cook and incredible hostess (even though that is outside of her comfort zone). She is honest and hardworking and loves to read about as much as I do and has one of the best laughs. And she’s a great mom. Really, truly, a really great mom.
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She was so reluctant to answer my questions that I joked with her that I was going to have to ask her questions at random times–kind of how I interviewed Emily. But she finally relented. Here is what she had to say.
Did you ever finish that personality profile? “well I tried to take it, but I got to the end and it said I had missed questions. so no.” Sounds familiar–Jessica. “I am an oldest child. I have one younger sister.”
Where did you grow up? “In Fort Wayne” When did you move? “8th grade”
Where did you go to school? “Geyer Middle School and then I would have ended up at Wayne High School. My middle school had armed guards on duty every day. Then we moved and I graduated from Norwell. After that, I got a degree that I don’t use from IPFW. You know how that is.” I don’t know what you’re talking about. I didn’t go to IPFW.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? “a cashier and a librarian because I like to organize and alphabetize.” This makes me smile. Someone who would appreciate my alphabetized dvds. And my dilemma with the Oceans Trilogy. Does it bother anyone else that if you put them in sequential order, they are not in alphabetical order? Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve, Oceans Thirteen. —-I just lost all 20 of you, didn’t I?
Tell me something interesting about the last movie you watched. “Smurfs 2. The beginning was hilarious. The kids thought the movie was hilarious. The other interesting thing is that Emerson fell and busted her lip.” I love that your memory is of Emerson and not the actual movie 🙂
What were you doing 10 years ago? “I was pregnant with my first child. Riley will be 10 in December.” That is just crazy.
What has been your favorite vacation? “We went to an all-inclusive resort in Aruba on our honeymoon. It was the best vacation we’ve been on.” How did you and Mike meet? “We were high school sweethearts. He was a wrestler and I was the wrestling manager.” When were you married? “in 2000” Did you do anything like scuba diving in Aruba? “We went Snuba diving. It is where the tank floats but you still go underwater. I found out then that I was claustrophobic. Here I was on my honeymoon and I was holding some strange man’s hand.” hahha! awkward.
What vacation has exceeded your expectations? “our Pokagon trip each year. The kids love it and it is such an easy vacation.” and you love it, too, right? “yeah.”
What is your current hobby? “reading. pretending like I can craft. I spray paint a lot. I guess that is a good hobby.” Seriously? Those are the best hobbies, if you ask me!
What book are you reading right now? “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” This book is Awesome with a capital A. And since I interviewed her, she has finished it. I think she is in mourning from missing the characters.
What song do you love right now? “I’m really not a music person. I don’t really listen to it and I never remember the words.” No one remembers the titles of songs. “oh well that makes me feel better. Well I do know all of the words to Billy Joel’s Piano Man.” Julie, you are so random. “And I love Christmas music especially Karen Carpenter.” I have no words. We may have then had a little discussion about how we’re both listening to Christmas music in October. Don’t judge. We love Jesus.
What would people be surprised to know about you? “That I’m shy.”
What’s been your most life changing moment? “Becoming a mother….and probably having twins. I never pictured myself as becoming a mother.” Why is that? “I didn’t think I’d be as fun a mom as my mom.” She dressed her youngest as a Starbucks drink for Halloween last year. I think she’s doing alright.
Finish this sentence. Before I die, I want to “….I’m not adventurous. I don’t have a bucket list like skydiving or rock climbing. So I’ll say make sure my children are right with the Lord.”
If you weren’t afraid, what would you do? “Well Then I would go rock climbing! Or, you know, even put Christmas lights on the house.” haha! so I’m guessing you don’t like heights.
Thanks for sticking around to day 17 to get to know my good friend, Julie. I really do have the best friends. So blessed. Day 18 tomorrow!