A few Quick Things

Hello Everyone! No, there is no good reason why I am still awake tonight besides I am trying to get things done that have been hanging over my head for some time. It will feel good to have these things out of the way, even though I’ll be tired! First of all, we borrowed a “hot […]

HOPE in the NEW YEAR

Happy New Year Everyone.  We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years’ celebration with your family and friends.  We did.  I hope Naomi posted our ‘Christmas Card’ where everyone can see it…she sent it to  me via e-mail.  I’m assuming she posted it.  Now that was a trick to get all 10 […]

Quiet but Thankful Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve to Family and Friends!!  The house is silent (Joshua is resting), Naomi and family are celebrating with Travis’ family and Rebekah and  family come tomorrow.  I put up the Christmas tree today and will wrap presents in a little bit.  This is not much different than last year, except Joshua didn’t make […]

Prayer Request and Christmas Blessing

Hello Everyone, First of all I wanted to let all of you know of a current very important prayer request. I have felt prompted all day to get this out to you all. As you know Joshua is done with his first round of radiation. They did not do the tumor at his C-2 (at […]

Republished Update from Caring Bridge

Hi everyone.. Christmas has been nearly impossible to provide updates through anyway, so its a good time to work those bugs out. Christmas is a lot fun but feels busier and busier every year! Josh is doing great! He finished his last day of radiation on Tuesday, which was great. He had one 14 day […]

Friends, Food (healthy), and laughter!!

I’m going to ‘try’ very hard to write a short update…not an easy task for me as you have probably noticed.  But we have to get up for radiation, a visit with the social worker at Mercy, and then down to Ia. City to visit with the VA as to their part in Joshua’s treatment. […]

Update: Friday the 16th

Here I am, sitting in a dark room, computer on silence, listening to a cancer relaxation CD. I think its entirely possible it is putting me to sleep faster than it is Joshua! Oh the joys of being a mother…constantly sleep deprived, as many of you know and are experiencing also.  Okay, back to the issue […]

The Big 3-2!

December 27th is Joshua’s 32nd birthday!! We thought one way that we could celebrate is to put together a book of pictures and wishes from his friends and family. So, if you’d like to participate here is what you can do: 1. Send me a picture of you and Josh! Most pictures are probably available […]

A Financial Appeal

Hello friends, In the midst of what will surely be additional updates on Joshua’s condition, we wanted to mention the following. The Casteel Family’s financial burdens have significantly increased since Joshua’s diagnosis. As friends of Joshua and his family we are asking those who feel led to consider making a financial gift to help cover […]