I was born in Opperdoes, North Holland. My family immigrated in 1949. I soon met Lina Wikkerink and were married in 1956. We farmed north of Taber for 52 years and raised 5 children. We now have 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way. We are members of the Taber CRC and served on concil for 25 years.