Thursday, September 24, 2009

Throw your hat over

Tom has been listening to some fabulous talks lately~ and I am the happy recipient of the gleanings thereof. This morning he shared the following story with me which John C. Maxwell, related in a podcast about being stretched by the Lord:

J.F. Kennedy relates that when his grandfather was growing up in Ireland he and his friends would walk past very tall stone walls on their way to and from school each day. As little boys are prone to do, they would challenge each other to climb the walls (some of which were as much as 10-12' tall).

One day J.F.K.'s grandfather decided to toss his cap over a particularly tall wall. He knew that he dared not return home without his cap. Once his cap was over the wall, he was sure that he would have to climb and retrieve it before heading home for supper.

Thus began the phrase among his friends, "throwing the cap over the wall."

Are there areas in your life in which you need to "throw your cap over the wall" in order to commit yourself to do what you already know the Lord is calling you to do?

Let's toss that cap, what do you say?

top photo: stock photo, bottom, my favorite gardening hat and apples from our apple tree......


  1. First of all LOVE your blog..secondly..On your May 24th post about your love all the colors..but my question is..what do you call that kind of farmhouse sink? I have looked up everything from "Free standing farm sink" to Stand alone Farmhouse sink" and I cannot find one ANYWHERE that looks like that. I LOVE it and want to know where to find it. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi there, Thompsons! Glad you asked about my farmhouse sink. I am seriously in love with that sink! Honestly, I wondered if I would like it once I actually began to use it (the sink is considerable shallower than a modern sink), but I really do love to use it.

    My sink is actually an antique (1926, I believe)~ it is an amazing 78" long. A friend found it languishing in the back of a plumbing supply store here locally.

    When I purchased the sink it was in pretty rough condition~ really not usable. The porcelain was chipped and tarnished and it was quite rusty around the drain. The trick was to find someone who could sandblast it and put a new coat of porcelain on it. Apparently most kilns can't handle sinks that long. Anyway, after begging, pleading and otherwise shamelessly groveling, I did convince a local porcelain company to do the job for me.

    Those cast iron sinks are super-heavy so once we installed it and got the plumbing correct, I was informed that we won't be moving it again!

    There are reproduction sinks similar to my sink that are now being made. Here's a link to one:
    They are pretty expensive though.

    I think if I were to do it again I would try calling local plumbers or plumbing supply stores to find a sink. They do come up on ebay, but as you can imagine, if the seller isn't local to you, shipping would be outrageous.

    Here's a link to the local plumbing supply where I purchased our sink. They do have some other farmhouse sinks right now, but not any with double drainboards, I don't think.

    Hope that is helpful... for additional ideas you could search "antique farmhouse sinks" on google images.

    Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll try to answer them. Happy sink hunting!


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