Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
The Wrong Vacation03/28/15
Grandma, I'm glad Mom and Dad went to that convention. Staying with you will be like a vacation for me," Morgan said happily after her parents had left her at her grandmother's home. "Aren't you afraid I'll spoil you?" Grandma asked with a wink....
A Special Tool
After using his router to shape the edges of a board, Mark made sure the groove was straight. Hearing someone come into the garage, he turned his wheelchair around and saw his friend Joel. "Hey!" said Joel. "What are you building?" "Some shelves for...
The Gospel in Your Actions
"Mom, it's just no use," said Serena. "I've tried and tried to get Maria to come to church with us, but she won't." Serena's twin sister Joslyn flipped through a small booklet. "And I tried giving her some of these booklets Dad bought for us, but she...
Garrett slouched through the living room doorway and dropped into a chair next to his mother, who was holding his baby sister Amy. "I have a problem," he said with a sigh. "I'm always losing my temper, and I don't make friends that way." "No, I'm sure...
"Oh, Dad!" protested Jacob, "I don't see why I have to be grounded! Can't I just do some extra chores or something?" "I'm sorry, Jacob," said Dad, "but I think being grounded this time is the best way to help you remember to obey." He patted Jacob's...
Weigh-in day, Mom," announced Christy one morning. "Have you gotten on the scale yet? How much did you lose?" Mom frowned. "Not enough," she said. "Only a pound." "But that's good, Mom!" Christy encouraged. "Your doctor said losing weight is like...
Josh, you should be ashamed," declared Audrey when her brother burped loudly. "Your table manners are horrible!" She gave Josh a scornful look. "And you've got syrup all over your mouth!" As Josh wiped his mouth with his napkin, his mother frowned....
Grandpa Forgets (Cont’d.)
Pink and yellow balloons hung around the living room. Blue and lavender streamers twisted their way across the ceiling. A big sign reading "Happy 8th Birthday, McKenna" was hanging over the sofa. Many of McKenna's aunts, uncles, and cousins were...
"Hi, Grandpa!" exclaimed McKenna. "Is Grandma here, too?" McKenna had come to the supermarket with her father, who was picking up a cake mix and some ice cream to celebrate her eighth birthday the next day. What's wrong with Grandpa? she wondered....
"Look at Smoky." Aaron pointed to one of the family pets, a long-haired cat. "He likes the sun," said Aaron. A contented purr came from the gray form stretched out on the windowsill. A few minutes later, Aaron's little sister Jada came into the room....
"Can you help me line up my Noah's Ark animals, Ben?" asked Ben's little brother Ethan. He looked at their sister. "You can help, too, Katie." "Okay," agreed Ben, sitting down at the table. "Anthony is such a pain," he continued as he placed the toy...
"The house on the corner--the one we looked at last year--is for sale again," called Makayla as she burst through the door. "There's a 'For Sale' sign out in the yard. Can we look at it again, Mom? Can we buy it now? It's so cool!" "It is lovely,"...
The Right Equipment
"Where's your Bible, Jeff?" asked Jenny as they climbed into the car one Sunday morning. "I dunno," mumbled Jeff. "I can't find it." "If you did your daily Bible reading like you're supposed to, you'd know where it is," Jenny scolded. Jeff glared at...
Jase was gasping mouthfuls of air as he ran into the garage where his older brother was working on his car. "Cole! Come quick! Brody got into Mrs. Scott's backyard and fell into the pool! She can't get him out!" Cole grabbed a broom from the corner...
"Give me my red sweater, you jerk!" shouted Carrie as she chased her twin sister down the stairs. "You're always taking my things!" "This isn't yours. It's mine," replied Kenzie. "Yours is in the wash!" She ran around the kitchen table, holding the...
Tips from Tippy
As Linnea packed the last few items into her suitcase, she looked worried. "What's wrong, honey?" asked her mom. "Aren't you excited about visiting Grandma?" "Well, yes," Linnea replied slowly, "but it's so far away. What if we have an accident?" She...
To Laugh or Not to Laugh
After the basketball game, Kelly's mom picked her up. "Can we drop Liv off at her house?" asked Kelly. "Sure," agreed Mom, and the girls climbed into the back seat. "That girl with the purple pants was a mess, wasn't she, Kelly?" asked Liv, laughing...
"You've certainly spent a lot of time texting your friends tonight," observed Mom as Emily put down her phone. "We don't know what to do about Sierra," Emily explained. "She's being a sometimes friend. She wants to be friends when she needs help with...
A Farmhouse on Mars
Brandon and his father were watching a cartoon about creatures from another planet. "That was fun," said Brandon when it ended. Dad grinned. "Fun, yes" he agreed, "but pretty silly." He got up off the couch. "And now I'm going to go finish your...
Ana and Sofia were sitting in the living room in front of the computer. "Mine says, 'This is a good day to start a new venture,'" said Ana with a giggle. "What are you girls reading?" asked Dad. "It's the daily horoscope website, Dad," replied Ana....
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