Snapshot of a life-changing moment

By Staff
July 25, 2004
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
There are moments in our lives that have profound and lasting impacts, moments that seem frozen in time.
Some mark the beginning of a new direction and purpose in life.
I consider two as being supreme in my life: The night I sat in the rear pew of a country Baptist church and decided I wanted to give my heart and life to God, and the night I realized I had found the love of my life.
Although I consider my decision to follow God the most important, that afternoon with Sara, now my wife, follows close behind.
It's been more than five years now, but I still vividly remember the night I worked up the nerve to tell Sara that I liked her more than a friend.
College student
At the time, I was a freshman at Meridian Community College. I was an aspiring sportscaster who walked the halls in baggy jeans and a backwards hat.
I was a good student, played on the golf team and went to class and all that, but I had my faults.
I was a God-fearing Christian, but I had grown too comfortable in my Christianity. I was more worried about what people thought of me than I should have been.
Come to think of it, I really don't see why Sara was drawn to me at all. Maybe I charmed her. Or maybe she saw potential.
Whatever it was, that summer night, it all fell together.
At the time, we were "just friends." I remember that it wasn't even an official date we were on.
We spent two hours combing the aisles of the North Hills Street Rite-Aid, just enjoying each other's company. We then drove to Dairy Queen, not exactly romance city, to grab a bite to eat.
As I sat in the passenger's seat of her car that night as we drove around Meridian, I eventually stumbled over my words and, in the goofiest way possible, told her I had feelings for her.
There was just something about her the way she laughed, the sound of her voice, the energy she had. Heck, even her feistiness was cute.
She was strong, independent, ambitious and strikingly beautiful, too.
We were alike in some ways and different in others. She was spunky while I was more laid back.
We were a good balance.
New me
That night I found myself having more fun than I'd had in a while. I was captivated by her.
But more importantly than that, I was able to be myself around her. She would shoot straight with me. She was easy to talk to about God and she helped challenge me to strengthen my relationship with him.
It's not that she changed me as a person. She just brought out the best in me a part that I felt I'd lost in previous years while I was in my comfortable state. She pushed me to reach my potential.
And she still does today.
It's hard to believe that it's been five years since that night. This past week, Sara and I celebrated three years of marriage.
We laughed and smiled as we relived some of our early moments together.
We also talked about how much our love has grown since then. I feel like I fall in love with her all over again every time we sit and talk. I adore and admire her.
It's not easy being the wife of a newspaper reporter. The hours are tough and there are often times when my odd schedule takes away from our time together. But Sara understands my passion for the job and we work around it.
I guess God knew that Sara would be the perfect fit for me when he brought us together more than five years ago.
As we talked about our past during our anniversary last week, Sara gave me a pen with a quote on the case: "There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write."
Well, Sara, if that's true, I could easily use up the ink in one afternoon writing about you. Happy anniversary.
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at
693-1551, ext. 3228, or e-mail fcarmichael@themeridianstar.com.

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