Elizabeth & Matt

Our story has a unique beginning, starting back in 2012, before we were together. Elizabeth went to a routine physical and doctors found something unusual about her reproductive cycle. So, doctors looked further into finding the cause and after months of blood tests, examinations, and ultrasounds – Elizabeth was diagnosed with a syndrome called MRKH. This meant Elizabeth was born without a uterus and would never be able to bear and carry her own children. It was a complete shock for Elizabeth and devastating because she had ALWAYS wanted to have a family and become a mother. After much reading and praying – we are so happy and confident in God’s calling for us to adopt. – Matt

Contact Info: jandernoae1@gmail.comp

Adoption Professional: Adoption Associates Inc (Michigan)

Quick Facts


Age: 29

Ethnicity: White

Religion: Catholic

Profession: Teacher

Education: Bachelor Degree

Interests: Golfing, playing pickle ball, reading, doing puzzles, watching sports, spending time at our family cottage


Age: 29

Ethnicity: White

Religion: Catholic

Profession: Farm Hand

Education: Bachelor Degree

Interests: Golfing, playing cards, working outside and doing house projects, going to parents cottage, and hanging with friends and family.

Our Community

Years Together: 5

State: Michigan

Neighborhood: Rural

Other Children: No

Pets: 2 cats: Mack and Moe

Child Preferences

Age: 0-6 Months

Gender: No Preference

Ethnicity: No preference

Special Needs: Open To Discussion

Type of Adoption: No Preference

About Us

We are both from two small towns and had known each other through mutual friends during high school.  We remained friends and knew of each other but never thought to date one another because of being in past relationships. Matt was attending MSU for agriculture, and I (Elizabeth) was going to school for teaching at LCC/FSU.  We continued to see each other at mutual friend’s houses or football games throughout college. In 2013 Something sparked a little bit but just wasn’t the right time for us. A couple years later we were both single and done with college, when we ran into each other at a friend’s engagement party. I was waitressing where the gathering was being held and Matt had asked his friends, if she was taken or available, luckily I was single.  Matt proceeded to text me for the next couple of weeks and before long asked me on a date to a wedding of one of his high school friends. However, he was quite nervous and asked me quite late and I almost didn’t end up going. But luckily I was able to be ready in an hour and half to get to the reception on time. That night is what led us into a two year relationship, and Matt popping the question at the “Cross in the Woods” in Northern Michigan.  I was very was in total shock, and we were welcomed home with all our family and friends there to celebrate! 

We were engaged for 9 months and got married on a beautiful Saturday in November 2019. All of our friends and family were there to be a part of the big day. Afterward we had a large reception of 350 guests and celebrated all night long. We were lucky enough to save up some money and go on a honeymoon to the island of St. Lucia over Christmas and New Years. Since then we have been preparing our home for the next chapter of our lives: a child. 

We currently do not have any children but we do have two cats – Mack and Moe, both are black and white male cats. Mack has long hair and is short and fluffy. While Moe is younger with short hair and lots of energy. Mack we rescued when my parents heard him crying outside their home in the country. Moe we saw a picture of him as a kitten and knew he would be a create playmate for Mack. We can’t wait to add another addition to the family to love and cuddle. We have set up a nursery and our families and friends have been so kind to throw us 2 baby showers and diaper party to help us be prepared for our beautiful baby/babies – whenever that may be. -Elizabeth

Our Home & Community

We bought our home in July 2019 on the outskirts of a small town. It’s a quant ranch built in the 1950’s and you could tell by the many walls and doors for each room. It had been my great Aunt’s, and her immediate family decided to do an auction instead of selling with a realtor. It is surrounded by farmland and beautiful wooded scenery off the back of the house. The farm land was also up for auction too – which maybe could have been ours if Matt had attended the auction. Long story short as you read Matt is a farmer and owning his own land would be a dream, but owning a house was our current reality. Hopefully someday we will be able to own both. Like I had mentioned it had to be auctioned off and Matt was in the middle of planting season so I had to go (my first one ever), along with my future in-laws and my dad. It was exciting, nerve racking, and scary all at the same time. In the end we won the auction and our dream home. It was very dated and we had lots of ideas and plans to make it our own. We completely gutted everything down to the studs inside and opened up the main part of the house and reconfigured other areas for a master suite and upstairs laundry. We started demo in July and were nearly finished and moved in on our wedding night November 23, 2019. With a partially finished house we began our life together. We have since hung many pictures, added furniture, and are now praying to fill the rest of our home with laughter and even more love. 

Our home sits on the outskirts of city limits and our closest neighbors are about half mile away. Both of our families live within a 10 minute drive – always being able to visit at any time, or go to dinners at our parents’ is a beautiful blessing we are both grateful for.  Some of Matt’s classmates from high school live within a mile so it’s easy to catch up with friends.  They both have families of their own so play dates are in the future.   

We live near a very small town where I grew up. Matt grew up not too far down the way in a neighboring town. The one we live closest to has two elementary schools, two restaurants, a hair salon, a small deli, t-ball fields and a few small parks. Living just outside of town gives us the convenience of not being too far away from the school, church or food, and ALL the benefits of quiet, country living.  It’s a good mixture of young families moving to the area and starting families of their own here and older couples who have brought their children up here. -Elizabeth

Our Thoughts about Parenting & Adoption

We know adoption has been our calling, even before we were married. With Elizabeth’s known diagnosis of MRKH, we know there are other ways to create a family and have always felt the strongest about adoption. We have read many articles, books, and met so many amazing parents who have adopted and adoptees, to gain the knowledge and a better understanding of it means to be a parent to an adopted child. I know we have more to learn, but will continue to read, learn, grow, and love our child and you on this journey to becoming parents.

As you know we are not yet parents, but we have many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends with children to love and care for. Elizabeth has also had great practice with parenting over the last 5 years in her teaching career. We both love children and know that it is essential to have patience, a listening ear, and to try and be as clear as possible when expressing expectations. We hope to have a relationship with the birth family and are flexible with the openness of the adoption. We think it is important for our future children to know their birth mother and birth family.

Closing Thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and thank you for bringing your beautiful baby into the world! The bravery, love, nurture, and strength speaks volumes. We desire so much to be parents and have dreamt and longed for spending long nights cuddling with him/her. If we are lucky enough to be chosen, we promise to give your baby everything we have to offer – love, acceptance, nurture, healthy lifestyle, great education, and a large extended family to give even more love and support. We hope that we will keep contact throughout the child’s life, regardless of the level of openness that you prefer. We will always remind the child of the great sacrifice that their mother made for them so that they could have a life they deserve. We cannot wait until the day comes where we can meet you and your beautiful child. We wish you all the love and happiness as you sort out what is the right decision for you and your baby.

Contact Info: jandernoae1@gmail.comp

Adoption Professional: Adoption Associates Inc (Michigan)

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