Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
The Old Doll04/25/15
"I'm glad you came to help me today, Danielle," said Aunt Meg as the two of them explored the cluttered attic. They chatted and laughed at their discoveries as they sorted through boxes and trunks, getting ready for a garage sale. Aunt Meg picked up a...
"I can stay till four-thirty," Marisa told Sara as she looked at her wrist watch. "It's only three twenty-five, so we have over an hour." "Good!" Sara grinned. "That's a cool watch you've got." "Yeah," agreed Marisa. "My grandma gave it to me for my...
"Hey Paige, here's something you'll probably want for a pet," teased Carter. He held out a stick with a large, green caterpillar on it. "Oh, ugh! Get that thing away from me!" exclaimed Paige. "It's scary! It's got great big eyes and an ugly monster...
Seth and his parents laughed together. They were watching Camden--Seth's five-year-old brother--as he rode his new bicycle full speed up and down the driveway. The training wheels rattled as Camden tried to imitate a motorcycle driver. He wore his...
The Right Approach
As Evan climbed into Grandpa's car, he held out a tin can. "Look, Grandpa! I dug up some worms for bait yesterday." Grandpa smiled. "That's good . . . but I heard from some friends that the fish are really going for minnows lately, so I got some of...
Log on the Fire
"I don't think I'm going to church tomorrow," said Bryce. He was lying on the floor in front of the fireplace, watching the flames shoot up toward the chimney. He glanced at his father to see what his reaction would be. Dad put down his newspaper....
One Way Window
"Mom , it's almost time to go pick up Brianna, isn't it?" asked Chloe. She had the day off from school because of teacher conferences, and she enjoyed these rare opportunities to go along to get her little sister from preschool. "Can we go early today...
"There's a video game I want, but I don't have enough money," Brett told his friend Travis. "I wish I could think of a way to make some extra cash." "Why not sell me the tires from your old bike?" asked Travis. "I told you I wanted to buy them, and my...
Singing in the Rain
"Oh no! It looks like rain!" Reid exclaimed, anxiously looking up at the sky as the family gathered on the porch of their vacation cottage. "It sure does," Dad agreed. "I think we'd better postpone our picnic on the beach until later in the week."...
Flood of Prayer
"Mom, can I have this?" asked Todd. "I found it in the garage." He held out a flowerpot containing a dry geranium plant. "At school today, I was looking at a book with pictures of a desert," Todd continued. "One showed the desert bare and brown with...
Little by Little
"Ugh! Mom, the smell in there is horrible!" Mia closed the creaking front door of the old house with its peeling paint. She and her mother had taken a meatloaf dinner and plate of cookies to an elderly shut-in from their church. They enjoyed reading...
Under the Surface
"Tessa is never nice to me," said Kayleigh as she climbed into the car after school. "I hate having to be nice to her." "I know, but I suppose we have to," replied her sister Abbie. "Just pretend." Mom frowned as she looked at her daughters in the...
The Jumping Test
Adam placed the ladder against the garden shed and climbed carefully onto the roof. As he stood up slowly, his father looked up from weeding the garden and hurried over to the shed. "Adam! What are you doing up there?" called Dad. "Practicing!" Adam...
Liz and her friend Shawna sat at the kitchen table enjoying milk and cookies after school. Little Zach played with his building blocks on the floor while Mom sat on the couch knitting. "Did you see Rachel's new haircut?" Liz asked her friend. "It...
The Ticking Watch
Maci threw herself onto her sister Kara's bed. "I miss Kara so much," she sobbed. "I know she was hurt bad in that car accident, but I don't see why God didn't heal her. He could have!" Maci's mother wrapped her arms tightly around her daughter. Mom's...
Hot Air Balloon
"Dad, did you see that play I made? It's what really won the game!" Alyssa exclaimed as she met her family after a soccer game. "Aren't you proud of me?" "Yeah, you made a great play," agreed her brother Luke. "That was cool." "Your team has been...
"Where's Molly, Grandpa?" asked Dan. He had come to spend a week with his grandparents, and he loved to play with Molly, their dog. In response, Grandpa took a whistle from his pocket, put it to his mouth, and blew. "Your whistle must be broken," said...
"Freckles, come back here!" yelled Mike as his new dog raced full speed down the driveway. The dog never paused, so Mike grabbed a leash and tore after her, grumbling to himself. On her leash, Freckles would do everything Mike asked . . . sit, stay,...
"After staying up so late last night to study for my math test, I did terrible," said Lana as she talked on the phone. "And then I dropped my tray at lunch, and everyone laughed at me, and . . ." Lana paused for a moment. "Your party!" she exclaimed....
"Hurry , Mom," Sam urged. He was eager to get to his Little League game. "Can't you drive any faster?" Mom shook her head. Moments later, Sam's heart sank as Mom slowed down. "Whoa!" she said. "There's road construction ahead, and traffic's backed...
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