Thursday, February 24, 2011

The PTO-WHAT?!?!

On Sunday, Pastor Hand preached from Acts 8:28-40. It is the account of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.
The boys have sat with us in the services from birth, and I am constantly amazed at how much they really do pick up. They are constantly bringing up phrases and subjects they have heard Pastor mention. It is really neat to be able to use that as a springboard into some really interesting spiritual discussions with them. And of course, then there are the things they think they hear....

I was gone to the grocery store on Tuesday evening when the boys asked to "read the story that Pastor preached about on Sunday." Jonathan, always ready to test their memory, asked them which story it was they wanted, and Kenneth said, "The one about the PTO-pian man."

Yes, go ahead. Chuckle. Laugh. Guffaw. When Jonathan recounted that story to me, I sure did!! My children see every single thing through the eyes of what they experience here on the farm. PTO shafts being one of those experiences. I can totally see how "Ethiopian" sounds like "PTOpian" to a child.

Tonight Jonathan finished the Scripture passage he chose to read to the boys, and closed his Bible so we could have prayer time. Samuel asked if we could read one more certain story first. It took me a second to realize what he asked for. He'd asked for the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. Only he said "the Ethanol man".

First he was a PTOpian man, and then an Ethanol man. I don't think there is any hope for my boys any time soon!! The Scripture passage in Isaiah 53:5 has also been gleefully recited, "But he was wounded for our transmissions!"

Jonathan and I try SO hard to not laugh in front of them about their innocent comments and then make them feel embarrassed. But you can be sure we enjoyed a good belly laugh this evening after we tucked some little  boys in bed!!


  1. I love it! =) They're going to be good farmers some day.

  2. Oh dear. I think they are officially beyond hope. And I thought I had a fighting change with Sam too! =D I wanna come see you over break!!

  3. This made me laugh so hard! Surrounded by farmers, as I am, I have a feeling this could happen with my future nephews. LoL.