Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
All the Same10/30/14
"Dad!" Brock ran into the kitchen. "Tell Chloe not to put the little animals in the Noah's Ark until the big ones are in. That's how I do it. They fit better that way. Why can't she do things like I do?" "Because I'm different," argued Chloe,...
"Got caught peeking during a spelling test, didn't you?" Peter accused his sister Abby as they played checkers in the family room. "I heard the kids in your class talking about it." Peter leaned back in his chair. "Your move." "Yeah," Abby admitted....
"Hola, Katy!" As Katy climbed into her neighbor's car after school, she smiled at hearing the friendly greeting. "Hi, Mrs. Castillo," Katy replied. Then she added a little anxiously, "How did the surgery on Mom's arm go?" "The surgery, it go very...
Ready or Not
Max's family was talking about church during devotion time. "My lesson in Bible class was about Jesus coming to earth again," Max announced. "Mine, too," said Colin. "When Jesus comes again, He will take all who believe in Him to heaven. Mr. Shaw read...
No Best Size
Austin gloomily followed his mother to the garden. She glanced at him as she started picking tomatoes. "Something wrong?" she asked. Austin moved some dirt around with his toe. "Um-m-m, no," he mumbled. But Mom knew better, and she had a good idea...
Who Is George Conway?
Mallory looked up from raking leaves when a car pulled into the driveway. The driver rolled down his window. "We're from George Conway's campaign committee. Is your mother or father home?" "My mom is. I'll go get her," answered Mallory. She quickly...
No Good Deed Bandages
Mason was busily sweeping the garage when his father pulled into the driveway. "Hi, son," Dad greeted him. "What's new?" "TJ has chickenpox," announced Mason, putting the broom away. "And you?" Dad prompted with a sigh. He knew that when Mason did...
The Night Light
Marcie sighed. Everybody's going to have a part, she thought as she listened to the conversation at the table. Everybody but me. Pastor James and his wife had come for dinner, and so far the discussion was all about the church campaign to reach their...
Alex pointed to some painted wooden ducks on the workbench. "What are you going to do with those?" he asked as his older brother Steve got ready to go duck hunting. Steve picked up one of the fake ducks. "These are called decoys," he told the younger...
Six-year-old Heidi pressed her nose against the car window and looked down the mountainside. "It's a long way to the bottom!" she squealed. "I know. I'll drive very carefully," Dad promised. "There's a guardrail to keep us from going over if Dad...
"Good morning, honey." Mary's mother reached out to give her daughter a hug. "Morning," Mary mumbled, sitting down quickly to avoid her mother's embrace. Mom looked puzzled but said nothing. After school that afternoon, Mary burst through the door....
A True Hero
Ethan was so excited. He and his dad were at a basketball game, and Ethan hoped to get close enough to his hero--Brett Howard--to speak with him. Brett was considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time! Ethan knew all the stats...
Just a Peek
As Tara came into the kitchen, she spied a plate with an assortment of candies on the counter. Oh-h-h! I wonder what Mom plans to do with all that candy! she thought. Maybe she'll let me have a piece. But Mom had gone upstairs. Oh, well, thought Tara,...
Too Much Money
Daniel's eyes widened as he glanced at the change the clerk had given him and then at the ten dollar bill she was placing into the cash drawer. Daniel quickly stuffed the money into his pocket, picked up the carton of milk he had bought, and hurried...
At the breakfast table, Michelle plopped down across from her brother Anthony. "I had another nightmare last night," said Michelle with a sigh. Anthony looked up from his cereal. "The one about a giant, hairy bat with a gazillion bulging eyes--like...
The Treasure Hunt
The music stopped, and Sally frantically tried to sit down on the chair she had just passed. She was too late, and she laughed with the other kids when she saw she was out of the musical chairs game. Wearing brightly colored paper hats, the kids were...
The Right Clothes
Rachel and Tyler were excited about the costume party their youth group was going to have. There was going to be a prize for the best homemade character costume. "I hope I win first prize," said Rachel. Tyler shook his head. "I'm going to win," he...
A Gift to Share
Scott stood in his front yard, tossing a baseball into the air. He grinned as his friend pulled up on his bike. "Hi, Bryan!" Scott greeted him. "Hey!" Bryan stopped and kicked the bike stand into place. He handed Scott a small present. "Happy...
A Church Flock
"Look!" Dad pointed to the sky as he, Samantha, and Jeff walked home from church together. "That flock of geese is flying south. Winter must be coming." Jeff had been waiting for this chance all day. "Speaking of winter," he began hesitantly, "hockey...
Tie a String
"Mom, can you help me tie a string around my finger?" Elayne held out string and a scissors. "I never heard of it before, but Tina's grandma told us they used to tie a string around their fingers to help remember things. So this should help me...
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