Amayah Van Ruler (& Stephanie), Friends
"Hello! My name is Amayah and this is my mom Stephanie. I am 9 years old and have known Dave and Mandy my whole life! Dave is my daddy's best friend. They grew up next door to one another and 36 years later are still friends! (My mom even says that my daddy cried at Dave and Mandy's wedding a few months before I was born.) My mom and dad met Mandy in college and got to know her when her and Dave began dating. Now my mom and Mandy spend lots of time together! They love to run and lift weights and let me and my brother and sister join in. (Don't tell, but I think I am stronger than all of them) Mandy is going to be such an awesome mom. She took such amazing care of me at daycare when I was little. When I got older she started taking me along to play volleyball with her and the high school girls she coaches. We practice a lot together in the summer and Mandy says I am getting better! We talk about life, school, friends and we even get Starbucks together after practices! I am so excited for Dave and Mandy to be parents, they are some of my favorite adults! I also love love love babies and can't wait to help and hopefully even babysit someday! Love, Amayah"
Tessa L Etherington, Friend
"As Mandy's friend, it is my honor and privilege to recommend both she and Dave as adoptive parents. This couple is a wonderful example of Christlike servanthood. They are loving and kind and are passionate about providing a loving home to the children God blesses them with. With great joy I recommend them for the beautiful blessing of adoption."
Dan Van Ruler, Close Friend
"Dave and Mandy have been close friends of ours since they started dating. Dave has been a best friend of mine since we were in diapers. They are going to be awesome parents! They are loving, engaging, trustworthy, forgiving, involved in the community and church, and patient with our kids. My wife, Steph, works out with Mandy. Our kids LOVE to go with her every time because they enjoy being at their house. Both Dave and Mandy have successful careers and are more than ready to turn their attention to raising a family. They also have a large support system of family and friends that is anxiously waiting to support them and love on their kids. "
Brady Lee Ryks, Friend
"I have had the blessing to call Dave my friend (more like a brother) for the last 30+ years and Mandy as well since Dave and her met and were married. Dave and Mandy have been testaments to so many strong attributes and qualities. Servant-leader comes to mind when I think of Dave. As a future father he will put the needs of Mandy and your child before the needs of his own. He will ensure his family is well taken care of physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Dave is loyal, patient, and shows compassion to all. The most important of all is LOVE. Dave loves well. He loves Mandy deeply, his faith, his family, and will love your child as his own. Dave loves golf, working in his shop and outdoor activities. I know in the future Dave and Mandy will enjoy playing with your child outdoors and keeping them active. Mandy is a joy to be around. She is one that will greet me and everyone else with a big smile and a hug. I envision her every day after school with her future children sitting around the table sharing about each days joys and struggles. As a teacher I know she will help develop your child's gifts and interests every step of the way. She will love him or her for who they are and nurture them in where there heart is. She will be your child's greatest cheerleader and encourager! One added bonus is that since Dave and Mandy have loved so well and have been so loyal to so many is that they have a large support system of family, friends and community. As difficult as a decision this must be, just know that your child will be in the very best home with Dave and Mandy where love, compassion, and encouragement will reign."
Russell & Sara Feekes, Friend
"Dave & Mandy have been wonderful friends to have. They are very caring for others and willing to bend over backwards for anybody. They have a deep love for Family, Friends, Kids, and even their two dogs. I am glad that we live in the same town and get to see them often. I am glad we get to call them our friends."
Karen Van Schouwen , Sister in law
"Over the past 12 years, Mandy has blessed me with words of encouragement and provided a listening ear. She has posed respectful and challenging questions and offered grace filled responses. Mandy’s contagious enthusiasm, her fervent desire to help others, and her drive to succeed have served her and all who know her well. And it is a privilege to count her as one of my dearest friends. "
Alicia Van Vuren, Mandy’s Sister
" Dave and Mandy will provide unconditional love and a home that a child can grow and thrive in. Also, a family that will love a child more then anything and support through all stages in life. "