His life, hopes and adventures written and remembered by Jan (John) Ravesteyn

It is a tale of our large family of 10 finding their way in a land and culture where many things have to be learned again and being guided by his Christian faith as the foundation of his being.

This memoir intertwines the lives of Jan Willem and his son Jan Ravesteyn. Jan delves into the memories of his father, showcasing their unbreakable bond despite their occasional disagreements.

He explores the profound influence his father had on shaping his childhood and ultimately shaping the person he became. As the narrative unfolds, Jan shares his own life, work, and adventures.

His mother’s stories relating events from WW1, the Great Depression, WW2, Spanish Flu, a growing expanding family and the devastating flood of 1953. The biggest fork in their road was migrating to Australia, on the other side of the world. The book talks about the change in language, culture, geography and much more.

Family Stories of a Migrant Child