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First Year Farmers

Monday, December 19, 2011, we celebrated our one year anniversary of moving to the farm! We are amazed at all this past year has held for us… how we have learned and grown in more ways than we ever could have dreamed!  We shared a taste of our year as “First Year Farmers” in an article from our Christmas Newsletter that we mailed to friends and family… enjoy!

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First Year Farmers
You might be wondering, “How did that kooky family that decided to go and become farmers actually do this year?” We’re here to write that we survived. Actually, we more than survived. We thrived! The winter months here were sweet with settling in and exploring the farm and local community. We quickly re-started our educational endeavors home schooling our children, and especially enjoyed our Nature walks and animal adventures as we neared Spring! We began our Farm business in April with the purchase of 125 baby chicks that we would raise for our first layers. The kids loved caring for these active little birds!
We then added broilers (meat chickens) in May, really picking up our farming pace! Over the Summer, we continued to add broilers in intervals, reaching a total of 200 that we raised on our lush green pastures and processed on the farm.

This past Monday, December 12th, we sold the last of our broilers! People are hearing more and more about Four Corners Farm… through word of mouth, our flyers and posters out and about, and best of all, from our regular customers. The relationships that have formed through our farm have encouraged and energized us in many ways. And the support of our family and friends continues to bless us and spur us on in the passion and purpose we’ve found in family farming.

One of the blessings in our transitioning into farming is that Ian was able to continue working for the University of Florida. This continues to be a gift and is helpful in so many ways, allowing some financial freedoms as we venture forward in farming. We were able to utilize this income toward feed costs, product packaging needs, and other farm investments.

As we look back over the last year, we see many failures and successes. Whether we failed or succeeded, we are not to decide, but choose to thank God for His leading and direction, for the dream planted in our hearts. We give God the glory for our first year farming, failures and all, as He used all the experiences to teach us and grow us, in more ways imaginable!

10 Years!


Ian and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary on September 15th… we both have been stretched and grown in our marriage relationship. We would never have dreamed that we would be where we are right now! To have such drastic changes in our lives, it as if over the years God had been removing the layers of what we thought was really important for us as an individual, a couple, and a family. Now it seems, we are down to such simple basics of living… working together as a family, farming, loving each other and growing in more ways than we ever dreamed.

It is with a grateful heart that we share these pictures from our get-away to celebrate our anniversary… thank you for celebrating with us!

Grrrrrrrrrranola

Okie doke. Here’s the deal. I’ve had many different people over the last year ask for our granola recipe. We’ve taken it with us on family trips, camping, and usually have it as a staple in our house (whether for breakfast or an afternoon snack with plain yogurt). So here it is!

Our Crunchy Granola Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 ̊
Ingredients
4 cups of oats
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup almond slices
¼ cup ground flax seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup coconut oil (can use melted butter)
½ cup honey
¼ cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup raisins
½ cup craisins
¼ cup currants
½ cup of chocolate chips (that’s right, chocolate!)

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in coconut oil (or butter), then honey, molasses and vanilla extract. Stir well until all oats are moist. Spread out the oat mixture evenly onto a baking sheet (preferably one with edges). Drizzle some honey across the top and place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and stir the oats, being sure to scrape away from the edges mixing thoroughly. Evenly spread the oat mixture again, place in oven for another 10 minutes. Repeat this step one more time… While the oats are on their third bake session, I usually get the dried fruits and chocolate ready (and snack on a few while waiting). Once you remove the pan for the 3rd time, stir in the dried fruit and spread evenly. Then let the chocolate chips fall randomly all across the top. Place in the oven for a final 10 minutes of baking. Remove and let cool on a rack. I always like to have a bowl of warm granola with cold milk once its cooled a little. Enjoy!

Now, if you’re like me, you can play around with the ingredients. I’ve added different nuts and left out some if I don’t have them on hand. Don’t use the chocolate if you don’t want to… but who doesn’t want chocolate for breakfast?? Most of all… just have fun making up your own granola mixture… be brave!

Summer Photos Part II

We have been blessed with guests over the last couple of months… We also have been busy getting our farm launched and announced! Our logo has been finalized and our website is up (click here if you’d like to visit it!). I personally am doing my best to savor every moment and step as we live out the dream God gave our family. There are moments of absolute awe as I ponder and realize, “we’re really doing this!”. No, it has not been easy, there have been challenges and slow downs, but oh, how I’m learning that God allows these to keep us relying on Him and to make the accomplishments even more worthy of celebration and outpouring of a joyful heart. Through the difficulty, we grow and are shaped. We choose to either run from it or walk through it. Let us all face the challenges in life and embrace the hand that reaches out to lead us through the valleys and hard times… God is there. Always. We can rejoice in that fact.

I hope you enjoy the photos… this is just a snippet of the happenings here in the life of our family farm! (P.S. If you would like to see the photo descriptions, once you hit play, click on the “Show Info” tab within the slide show window).

A Joyful 2nd Birthday Celebration

What a special day we had celebrating Joy Elizabeth turning 2 years old! Enjoy this precious video of her!

Joy birthday #2

Spring Photos at the Farm

Enjoy our Spring photos!

Save Blue Like Jazz

Ian and I read Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller several years ago… What an incredible book it is! We both loved it as it helped opened our eyes and explore our faith in Christ in a fresh way. If you’ve read the book, then you know the heart of Don’s message and the value of spreading it. Would you take two minutes to watch this video and see how you can help share Blue Like Jazz with the world? If you have not read the book, we highly recommend reading it!

Save Blue Like Jazz from Save Blue Like Jazz on Vimeo.

Our Summer Family Vacation

We had a wonderful time on our first family vacation with four Reilly kids in tow! We made our way up to Ellijay, GA for some time to rest and outdoor recreation… we were so blessed with a wonderful cabin to stay at (thank you, Sol!) and good resting weather (thunderstorms everyday!). On our last full day, we were able to adventure out to Amicalola Falls. We all hiked up to the top of the falls and enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation all the way up! Enjoy these pictures from our journey to the top of the falls.

Taking a break

Taking a break

Jonas spotted a snake slithering across the rocks.

Jonas spotted a snake slithering across the rocks.

Little Hiker Elliot

Little Hiker Elliot

First set of stairs...

First set of stairs...

So beautiful!

So beautiful!

Jonas spotted a furry friend.

Jonas spotted a furry friend.

Fresh Georgia Water

Fresh Georgia Water

Sunbathing Snake!

Sunbathing Snake!

A house far far away...

A house far far away...

Jonas & Evelyn at the top!

Jonas & Evelyn at the top!

Elliot was very tired...

Elliot was very tired...

Top of Amicalola Falls

Top of Amicalola Falls

Curious Kids

Curious Kids

May – June Pictures

Here are some pictures of Joy Elizabeth from the past 2 weeks…She is 3 weeks old today! There’s also some from end of May and early June… enjoy! (Click on picture to view the photo gallery)
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