Alright, folks! Here’s the latest update from the Wulfstead! Ready…set…go!

Reality

Last week we had the opportunity to spend an evening with Reality’s missional community and ministry team leaders at our yearly Christmas party. On paper the night gave us a chance to connect over dessert, singing some carols and a lively white elephant gift exchange. Going in to it I knew we would have a good time. These are great people who I love dearly, but I got so much more than a couple of hours with great people.

Looking around the room I was struck again by just how tangibly these people have come to encompass so much of what I thankful for as I look back over the year.  Theirs are the stories, having been mingle with my own, which I have celebrated, mourned over and prayed through. Together we’ve ground our teeth at sin, we’ve longed for redemption, we’ve cried at fresh revelation of our Father’s love.

This season is certainly one of reflection, but perhaps more than ever Reality is in a season of expectation. Certainly the elders are in a season of expectation.  We know that God is up to something, that his Spirit is at work and that he is unwrapping his next steps for us, even as we learn to wait for him to make himself clear in the midst of it all.

Neighborhood

Six months and a week ago Kate and I closed on our first house (see here for pictures). Slowly but surely we are learning to inhabit our home and neighborhood. There is still some unpacking to do, some purchases to make and wallpaper that’s making us fidget in anticipation, but the main thing I’m excited for us to press in to is the laying down of roots in our neighborhood.

Slowly we’re building relationships, connecting over mailboxes, parties, serving opportunities and neighborhood meetings.  Great stuff that God has been using to teach me to leave the process, including its timing, in his hands. This month we’re excited to be inviting neighbors over for a neighborhood end-of-the-world Christmas party.

Family

Okay, now on to the cute stuff. Here are a couple thousand words summing up how we’re doing as a family.

Family Portrait

Cam is a crawling, almost walking machine. He’s a smiley, typically hungry guy with a love for vacuums and dishwashers (which we’re constantly keeping him from crawling in to). Cam’s vocab has expanded to include dog and horse sounds as well as a proud faced “Aaa!” which happily suffices for “Up”.

Cam1Cam2

With a long standing history as our “spicy girl” Ellie is daily settling in as a very sweet, loving little girl. She loves her “babies”–anything from dolls to wrenches depending on the context–and rough housing with Jude. The complexity of Ellie’s vocabulary and sentence structure continually blows our minds.

Ellie

Jude continues to be quite the artist, pumping out new drawings daily. He loves to help (can you say, “Christmas lights”?), ride his bike and play with the leftover pieces of my childhood which some call “Legos”.

Jude

Jude and Ellie both love C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series (we’re about to finish The Silver Chair) and their reading comprehension is incredible. Cam also love books, but mostly for the effect gravity has on them as they’re pulled from a bookshelf.

Kids

Lastly (and if you’re still reading all the way down here, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can be sure to give you a gold star!), there’s Kate and I. Just about six years in to marriage, we are closer than ever and exploring growth in areas I don’t know that I would have thought possible.

All in all, it is a beautiful story that we’re thrilled we get to continue living out…

Wonderful thoughts from Paul Trip on the question of “How Do Children Become Kingdom Minded?” Check it out: http://ow.ly/e0PEt

Do you look at your best leaders as the ones you’ll be sending the soonest? @caesarkal #GCM12

Jesus invited the disciples to witness his struggle in the garden @JeffVanderstelt #GCM12

The more you push toward the scattering, the more meaning the gathering will have @hughhalter #GCM12

If you don’t have a robust view of the Spirit your effectiveness in mission is going to be very very minimal. @JeffVanderstelt #GCM12

What would you do differently if you were part of the start of a movement of gospel saturation in your city? @caesarkal #GCM12

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