Matt and Erin are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!
Dear Birth Mom/Family,
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We hope you are able to see just how much love we have to share. We are so very grateful for you, and we respect the immense amount of courage it takes to choose life and consider an adoption plan. It is important to us that you feel supported along this entire process and beyond. Your story is important and one we will always protect and hold closely in our hearts.
So how did we get here? Married in 2012, we both knew from the start that we wanted to build a family together. Having been adopted as an infant herself into a family where adoption was always considered special, Erin has long desired to adopt. After several challenging yet faith-strengthening years of infertility and then miscarriage in 2017, it became clear to us that God was opening Matthew’s heart to adoption as well. It seemed God’s timing for us to begin our adoption journey as a couple was now upon us.
Children have always had a significant role in both of our lives. As proud Auntie and Uncle to several nieces and nephews, it has truly been a joy getting to see each other interact with children, and we look forward with great anticipation to the opportunity of welcoming your child into our home to love and to cherish. We pray for your peace and comfort in knowing that your child will be loved fully and unconditionally forever; and they will grow and be shaped into a person of greatness because of you and this beginning. You are an integral piece of that story.
With love and gratitude,
Matthew and Erin
Our Story & How We Met
The story of “us” all started in the fall of 2011 when our lives first crossed after meeting on a dating website. Erin’s birthmother encouraged her to set up a profile and Matthew’s friends encouraged him to be bolder and more courageous with his. Not having much faith that the site would work, Erin simply put up a few pictures and the words “I love my family. I love Jesus.” Intrigued by her statement, Matthew reached out to Erin to learn more about her and what her faith meant to her personally. From that moment on, we guess you could say it was “love at first e-mail!” We enjoyed our first date in November 2011 and were married in August 2012 on our family farm, right before Harvest. Matthew grew up in the country and loves to be outside! He is co-owner/operator of the farm and spends his days operating machinery to grow and harvest crops. Erin grew up in a nearby town and now enjoys life in the country. She spends her days caring for children as a nanny, building her home-based business, leading a women’s Bible study, and helping out on the farm. We enjoy building our country life together with our dog, Benji!
All About Matthew -written by Erin
This incredible man is the love of my life. From day one, Matthew has always inspired me with his incredible work ethic and drive to succeed at whatever he does. He loves to be outside and has been a farmer from the day he was born. Although he has moved on from his toy tractors to the real ones as he works daily to produce a profitable crop of corn and soybeans, he still looks forward to bringing out the toy ones to play with our children one day. I enjoy helping Matthew out on the farm when I have the opportunity. We are a team! Matthew also has an amazing way of getting people to laugh, and I love that about him. I love watching Matthew with our nieces and nephews and other children, whether it be taking them for combine rides at the farm, playing with toys, reading books, or rocking them to sleep. I simply cannot wait to parent a child together!
All About Erin- written by Matthew
I can’t imagine my life without Erin. She is not only my wife, but my best friend. I love that Erin is always so happy and cheerful, regularly greeting you with a friendly, warm smile! She is constantly positive, energetic, caring and sociable. Erin has many years of experience in caring for children, including nannying for two boys, and being a wonderful auntie! She is incredibly patient and does an excellent job of playing with them, reading to them, and creating a great environment for them to learn new things. As a parent, I know Erin will continue to be loving, responsible, honest, and generous. She is an excellent listener and very supportive. She is always up for an adventure, and I enjoy when we can be adventurous and playful together. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us and am excited to have Erin by my side to parent a child.
Our Home & Community
We live in a two-story farmhouse on 100 acres which is part of our farm. We enjoy decorating for the holidays! Our yard has plenty of room for a child to run and play and explore. We enjoy riding the 4-wheeler down to the woods out back which are nestled along the river. We have made trails through the woods so we can enjoy hiking or 4-wheeling back there and can also fish in our pond or the river or enjoy a campfire. The homes of our rural community are spread out but are filled with very friendly neighbors, most of which are also farming families themselves. We are located just a short drive away from several towns where we can visit local parks, libraries, splash pads and farmer’s markets.
Matthew comes from a loving family; his parents have been married over 50 years! He has two brothers and two sisters, who all have families of their own. We have many nieces and nephews on Matthew’s side of the family who will enjoy playing with their new cousin, especially when we gather together at holidays. What a gathering it is, too! Holidays are a special time of celebration in Matthew’s family. Last Christmas, we had nearly 40 of us there! We enjoy being able to share a meal together, play games and talk for hours with each other just catching up. A few of the holiday traditions in Matthew’s family include annual lefse making, Christmas Eve candlelight suppers, and setting out a table full of treats the night of our gathering and snacking together while we share in conversation and making many fun memories. Matthew has farmed with his dad for his entire life. We enjoy having them close. We look forward to carrying on the farming legacy with our children and having them be part of all the family fun!
Erin comes from a very close-knit family. Her parents have been married for 47 years, and we appreciate their positive example in our own marriage as well. We enjoy going to Brewers games with them. Erin has two sisters who are both married, and each have young children. Being a proud auntie to her nieces is certainly a role Erin takes very seriously. We love gathering together for family dinners, trips to the farmer’s market, and definitely celebrating holidays together.
Erin also has a bonus family – her birth family! Adopted as an infant herself, adoption has always been considered special in our home. For the last 14+ years, Erin has also had a positive relationship with her birth family, which even includes two more sisters and a brother. Erin looks forward to sharing this special part of life’s journey with our child. Our nieces and nephews are looking forward to having another new cousin to play with. Erin’s family has so much love they are ready to pour out on a new child in the family, and simply cannot wait for that day to come!
Adopted in July 2015, Benji has provided non-stop joy and entertainment since the day we brought him home. With a spirit of adventure, he loves exploring around the farm, going for walks, car rides, four-wheeler rides, and going camping with us. Benji loves to be loved. He enjoys cuddling and has a gentle personality. He enjoys playing fetch with the children he has been around, including weekly visits by our niece. We believe he’ll make an excellent “big brother.”
Life is a grand adventure, and we love to have fun! We both enjoy going to Brewers games as we are season-ticket holders. We also enjoy other sporting events to cheer on our local teams. In the wintertime, we enjoy snowmobiling and serve on the board of our local snowmobile club. In the warmer months, we enjoy watching fireworks, going camping, riding ATVs, kayaking, fishing and having bonfires.
We have a few favorite vacation spots and have also enjoyed exploring other countries as well when sailing on the cruise ships we have been on. We have made many great family friends through our adventures, and we look forward to including our children in on the fun!
We cannot thank you enough for considering us. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our hearts and our dreams for a family. We promise that our home will be filled with faith, hope, love and laughter and that you will always have a place in our hearts and our family. We eagerly look forward to the opportunity of joining you on this journey.
Matt & Erin