Joshua singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

I mentioned in an earlier post that Josh would not be singing at his fund raiser. Well, in the hours and minutes before the concert I was able to successfully pull the audio from our wedding video, which has Joshua singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” It ended up working and was a perfect way to […]

Just a quick update from the Casteels

Hello Everyone! With the concert coming within the day, I wanted to let people know ahead of time that as much as Josh would like to sing one song for all of you, and that was his hope at one time (after the many years of singing in that very theatre at his alma mater) […]

Benefit Concert Saturday!!!

And we can’t forget the upcoming concert THIS Saturday at Washington Hish School! Bobby is great, from what I hear, and I am looking forwad to hearing him! He opens for Mercy Me during the summer as well. Please come, enjoy the music, mingle, win some prizes…and get to hear Joshua sing a song as […]

Online Auction!!! (the link is in the comments)

Joshua Casteel’s Online Benefit Auction Wow everyone! If you haven’t seen the online auction site, take the chance now to visit it and see all the amazing work Erin and Hannah have put into this! Make sure to bookmark the site so you can come back and bid when the auction opens up! Thank you […]

Event in NYC – April 1st

Dear Friends in and around NYC- On Sunday, April 1st from 4-7pm we will be hosting an afternoon celebration and fundraiser in honor of Joshua at the Black Rabbit in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Over the next couple weeks in Iowa and Chicago, friends and supporters of Josh and his family are hosting events within their communities […]

Wrong Again…Concert Date

Well, I may have succeeded in making my entry short but evidently I still have the date wrong for the concert…Sorry! I need to just let everyone else handle that and concentrate on my responsibilities. Lately I’ve been doing good to just keep up with all the doctor appts. and get out of bed…haven’t felt […]

Brief update…Really!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that we did stay home from Chicago this week because of Joshua’s sleeping/tiredness issue. We see the physicians assistant tomorrow and are also checking into an a-pap machine as we’re thinking sleep apnea (which he was diagnosed with in Chicago) may be the culprit. The med (Decadron, which hypes […]

New week, new challenges, new blessings!!!

I’ve been contemplating tonight whether to write or wait a few more days, but I decided too many things can change in a short period of time and that will just make my update longer…and we know that happens easy enough 🙂 As I mentioned in my last update, the week of the great announcement […]

Promised Pics

For some reason I can’t click on these to make them bigger for you, but if they’re hard to see and people want them posted bigger, just leave a comment and I will also post them at a bigger size.

Phase 2 of the Climb…

First of all I want to thank all of you who have responded to Joshua with words of encouragement and letting him know that you are still praying for him. Of course that means the world to him. We are all very thankful for the news of the majority of the known cancer lesions to […]


I forgot to add into my entry some pictures we took last week in Chicago. I’ll as Naomi to do that as they are on her camera.

Announcing: Online Silent Auction

We’re planning an online auction and need your help!  Use your talents – or stuff –  to help raise cash for Joshua!  Two ways you can participate: 1. Consider contributing to the auction.  Do you paint? Record CDs?  Write poetry?  Walk dogs?  Bake bread? Does the business you work for have a product or service […]

A Tribute to and Fundraiser for Joshua in Cedar Rapids

I just wanted to get the word out on Joshua’s site regarding a fundraiser currently being organized on Joshua’s behalf by friends in Cedar Rapids for Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 pm. Joshua’s friend Bobby Colquhoun will be performing a concert at Washington High Little Theater (2205 Forrest Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA). Tickets are […]

First of many…

I have been writing this since the moment of my diagnosis. I have been unwriting it for just as long. The morning before I suffered the seizure that fractured my spine it began, “I still have cancer.” Four nights ago it began, “I’m wearing on my fingers seventeen bandages.” Tonight I’ll start with someone else’s […]

Chicago: Fundraising

Well, I am not Joshua, but I have been promised that he is working on an update for everyone!  In the meantime I wanted to pass along contact information for Aaron Hughes, fellow IVAW member and Warrior Writer who would like to work on a fundraiser in Chicago. Aaron is interested in organizing some kind of reading or creative […]

Short update….then Joshua’s…finally!

Hello to everyone who’s on this journey with us! If you’re reading this we thank you because that means you’re still on the path and caring by staying in touch. It seems like awhile since I’ve written…so much happens in a week or two. Our weeks seem rather short as we have the first two […]

Trip #4…And counting (Without Naomi :-(

Just a quick note (really) to let you know we are off to Chicago for the fourth time tomorrow, but without Naomi. Now that means, less fun of course, and Mom driving. So the big Prayer Request is that I will be wide awake and alert. We all know driving long distances is not my […]

Pics from the life of Joshua

So, last week was the 3rd week of Joshua’s class, but only the 2nd trip that I’ve been a part of. It was off to a shaky start when, just as were nearing “go” time, I lifted one corner of the air mattress that Josh would be laying on and both Josh and my mom […]

We’re Still Alive…Just Very Busy!!!

Hello Everyone…Yes, Joshua and I are still alive and kicking but our lives have taken on a very new dimension of busyness since we added in weekly trips to Chicago for him to teach his class. We have gone twice now. The first time he and I went alone, me driving, of course. And he […]