About Me

  Patricia Hammell Kashtock

Aka: Pat Kashtock. Mother of three, wife of one. BA in Social Work and Biblical Studies. Graduate work at Virginia Tech interrupted, then derailed by oldest child’s brain tumor...

My life has not followed the course I planned. But I am not complaining. Pain is to be expected in a world broken apart from its Creator.

The miracle resides in the ability to find joy when least expected...


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Windows to the Woman’s Soul (W2WSoul)
Hope's Home
A Redeemed Life
The Writing Life
Kendall Harmon Titus 1:9
A Mom's Life
Robin's Nesting Place

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For What It's Worth

Each life is a journey. The voices of many guides try to direct us, saying, “This is the path – walk in it!” Yet each one leads in a different direction.

I believe only one Voice can be true. That Voice will lead us in ways most unexpected, into worlds yet undiscovered. It will lead us up the hill, around the river and through the forest. And sometimes, it will lead without mercy.

Or so it seems.

I have made listening for that Voice and following it, my life’s quest. I will share some of what I have heard that Voice say with you. But I am not in the business of telling people how to think or what to believe. Each has to decide for himself. Only you can decide if you find the truth of the Voice in these words. And only you can decide how much it is worth to know the Voice, and follow.

But for me, it is worth the whole world.

And then some…

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Poor Zucchini: All Tied Up and Nowhere to Grow

I like zucchini. Really.

--To eat it, that is. So I grow it.

But I don’t like growing it.

Zucchini is a stubborn plant. It grows where it wants and how it wants with no regard for anything in its path.

And it has prickles. Sharp prickles. If it had a mind it would own the garden plot, thank you and don’t step on my stems on your way out.


Not For Sale and PropositionK

Proposition K sought to make prostituion legal in the San Fransico district.

Horrifying to think this could have passed all in the name of allowing people the freedom to do as they want. The problem is, this "freedom" would have destroyed the freedom of many weak and innocent people.


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 The God WhoWeeps


God weeps?

Yes, God weeps, Child.

For you,

For the world

God weeps.

But the day will come when there will be an end to that weeping, both yours and Mine.


Squirrels and ADHA Living


Yup. It's true. Squirrels have ADHD.


That doggone Pruning. Again. And What’s With the Darkness, Already?

Oh how I hate being pruned! And darkness, even like that of the last very few days is something I shrink from. You said that ... Read the rest

What Does Surviving a Saline Abortion Look Like?

"And I stand up here today with a mild little limp, and without a walker and leg braces. I fall gracefully sometimes and very ungracefully at other times, depending on the situation. "But I consider it all for the glory of God. You see ladies and gentlemen, I am weaker than most of you, but this is my sermon. And what a small price to pay to blaze through the world and offer hope as I do"

International Justice Missions Newsreel

Bob Mosier, a friend of our family says, "If it's only one child that is saved, certainly it is worth it."

Please click on the above title to watch the video.


Mother’s Day

I stand here by the graveside, a mother lost in pain....
Yearning to see her child dance lightly once again
Please go here


Footage - Raid - Tape 02 - Rambho and RajnathOut of the Loom

Rambho was tricked into slavery after his father died. He worked 16 hours a day weaving carpets. When his fingers bled - the slave owner dipped them in oil and lit them on fire. That was before the raid that changed Rambho's life forever.


Robin On Guard


Don't know about you, but I make a lousy sentry.


Christmas 1998 - Questioned by God

Job questioned God, and I am no better. What is it like when He turns it around and questions you? (Click on the title above to read)


On Total Healing

Some believe this to be a sword with two edges. To read about one outcome, and a scientist's perspective on aspects of healing, click here.


The Jagged Ocean

Mother-dreams and jagged buildings collide. In A Child's Brain-tumor


Slave Dreams andDanger

Ramphal - freed from slavery in the quarries

Ramphal and his entire family were slaves in the rock quarries of India for as long as anyone can remember. Slowly - with the help of grassroots activists, Ramphal and the other slaves in his village realized that freedom was possible. Getting there was dangerous.

Please read THE REST

So Just Who Is The Real Terminator?

See the real-deal HERE


Clothed.......In a Bathrobe?

Okay. I understand the concept of being clothed in righteousness and all that. But this? "But today I am your fluffy robe" More

Christmas 1995 - Devastated Hearts Waiting for theLight

One does not fault a child for losing his way in the dark - one seeks to find him and bring him home.
And so I will "find" you if you are willing

-- for I am not willing that any should be lost in the dark

and nothing is dark to Me.



Freedom at a Rice Mill

Families rescued from slavery from a rice mill hold government-issued release certificates, certifying their freedom. They now live in a village together where they have their own houses, visible in the background of this picture.
Please click HERE to read.

So What Am I Supposed to Do?

Ever wondered what on earth you could do to help fight modern day slavery?Here is one solution three young men came up with. Please read here for a good example of a weapon of righteousness.


Weapons of Righteousness vs. Weapons ofHate

So -- what are we supposed to fight with anyway? And just when did Casper Milquetoast ever win a war?

Power and Anger and Hate


So: what about the wrath of God and Vengeful-ness? Isn't anger in the hands of the powerful, dangerous? See here


Party Like Jesus Did

So. God's the great cosmic Kill-Joy, right? I mean, how on earth can we even consider wasting time hacking around when there is so much to be done. See here

Christmas 1994 - Coal Under Pressure

Ever wonder how a piece of coal feels down in the heat with the weight of the earth pressing in on it? Well, see here

Balking at Love and Difficult Children

So how does He deal with pain in the neck obstreperous children? See here


Well, we are supposed to take up our cross and follow, but do we sometimes get things

confused? See here.

Christmas 1991 - Not Your Grandma's Chrsitmas letter

For a different sort of Christmas "news" letter, see here


Draining Him Dry

Have you ever feared there might not be enough left for you? That everyone else will receive, and you will be left all alone with hands hanging empty? Click Here.


Sheepish Under-shepherds

To see a contrast in sheep, shepherds, and how to be both rolled up in one, click here

The Forgotten

Remember the broken, the weak, the helpless. Click here.

Slavery isToday

Just months ago, I believed slavery no longer existed.

I was wrong. th_left.gif Click there.



Everlasting Love

And how does the Owner of this Voice feel about you? Click: Everlasting Love

In Heidi'sWords

With their prospects of a normal life dashed by severe and pervasive head trauma, can a young person find hope?

See In Heidi's Own Words.

"I Am Recovery"

How can a young person with a full life ahead of her face the limitations of head trauma?

To see in her own words go to I Am Recovery --


Teeth Clenching Pride and Kings

Hardened kings in full rebellion. How much like them are we?

For one possiblity see Teeth Clenching Pride andKings








Christmas 2003 –You never know when the last one will be

Important: How To Scan and Remove Malicious Viruses

Every so often, we hear about a new and horrible virus spreading across the internet, infecting millions of Windows computers. Today we'll show you the steps to remove those threats and (hopefully) prevent them from happening in the future.

Note: The latest horrible virus is set to hit on April 1st, 2009. It's called Conficker, and we'll explain how to make sure you are safe.






See the Need at Christmas

People are being enslaved, and entire families are forced to work to pay off debts they can never repay. International Justice Mission is freeing these slaves.© 2007 NEED Communications

Former slave families carry flags and banners in a mock olympic ceremony organized in part by IJM. "Many sang their national anthem for the first time ... as free citizen[s]," says IJM Communications Manager and photographer Ted Haddock.


Slavery and Human Trafficking - What you need to know


Of the thousands of people I have met over the course of a life time, Heidi may have been the most intent, stubborn, and determined one of all. Just didn’t trust us, those awful forgetful parents of hers! Mind you, she would NEVER forget something so all-important as setting a clock for the morning.


Embassy Says "Take it away!"


DAY 168: Gao Zhisheng Petition Delivered; Chinese


It seems that Christmas letters are supposed to be cheery news of how well the year has gone for one’s family -- and in some ways this has been a harder one for us than most, yet of course there have been many, many blessings along the way.


But we did. Read more