Irene Friberg was born to a family of 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls. They lived near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island on the family farm where their two children had ponies, then horses, and they all looked after the milk cows. Irene has a teaching degree. Her husband also is a teacher. Their daughter, Cindy, always a bright student, was on the Honor Roll in High School until mid-grade 12, when she began having problems with school work. She graduated because of extra courses, then travelled widely in Canada and the US with Covenant Players. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia soon after. She now lives at home, is very good on the computer, and sings like an angel in church. She runs her own home business, Homestead Creations, painting on the computer art that creates business cards, greeting cards, labels, brochures and more. Irene and her husband have a son now finishing his Doctorate on Sustainable Forestry, and one grandchild. Irene’s taught the Family-to-Family course for 20 years.