Publisher: Living life to the fullest in 2020

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. - Romans 8:28
 
2020 has been a rough year.
For 9 months, we've had the COVID-19 pandemic.
We've had floods, tornadoes and hurricanes.
My mother passed away in September.
In an election year, our nation is deeply divided by politics.
 
2020 has also been a great year.
Looking back through photos, I see my family has lived life to the fullest. We've kept our daughter's childhood as normal as possible during the pandemic.
 
2020 in photos:
• Snow in Six Mile, much more than we get in Laurens.
• Easter at home: Easter egg hunts, resurrection eggs, dyeing eggs, dressing in our Sunday best for Easter photos. Worship online.
• A drive-through zoo in Hartwell, Ga.
• An inflatable swimming pool cost a premium during the pandemic, but was well worth it for the memories.
• A small garden produced a few peppers and wildflowers, but no tomatoes.
• Kayak and hiking trips.
• A Bryson City, N.C. train ride and gem mining.
• A trip to the state museum in Columbia.
• A trip to the EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia.
• Wishing my mother happy birthday with signage outside the nursing home. We had Bojangles chicken, her favorite, delivered.
• A trip to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.
• Back to in-person school. Thank you District 56 for giving my daughter a good education in a safe environment.
• We joined a new church in September. My daughter has experienced in-person VBS, a back-to-school celebration, trip to Stewart's Farm, Children's Choir celebration, fall festival and trunk-or-treat, Children's Church and Sunday School. She's been saturated in God's Word.
• A trip to Justus Orchard in Hendersonville, N.C., for apple picking fun. The apple gun was a hit.
• First real fishing trip for my daughter with worms and slimy fish. She loved it.
• A trip to Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls in Oconee County.
• Thanksgiving at home with my girls and Cracker Barrel food.
 
That's a lot of good memories in a year that can easily be written off as bad. Life is all about how you look at it.
 
We had to do some things different. We had to wear masks and stay six-feet away from others, but we got to live. And life is precious.
 
Just ahead we've got our 15th wedding anniversary, my daughter's and wife's birthdays and Christmas.
 
2021 will see more challenges. We live in a world where right is wrong and wrong is right. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.
 
Instead of letting the world drown out God, it's time for my family to let God drown out the world.
Life is what you allow Him to make it. Happy 2021!
 
Brian Whitmore is the publisher of The Clinton Chronicle. He can be reached at publisher@clintonchronicle.net.
 

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