We want to begin by expressing our gratitude for considering us, Akemi and Darrel, as potential parents for your precious child. We understand that this is an incredibly important decision for you, and we want to assure you that we approach this opportunity with profound respect and love.


We met in March of 2014 on Christian Mingle. We didn’t meet in person until that June when Akemi moved back home. We dated for approximately 9 months when Darrel decided he would pop the question. Without hesitation, Akemi said yes! We got married in May 2015 and have been together since. From the day we were married we began trying to grow our family. Infertility has been an unexpected journey in our lives, one filled with emotional ups and downs, but it has never diminished our longing to become parents. The struggles we have faced have only reinforced our determination, resilience, and deep commitment to creating a nurturing and loving family environment. We believe that the difficulties we have encountered on our path to parenthood have provided us with unique qualities and perspectives that make us well-suited to be the parents a child deserves.


Our two-story, three-bedroom, three-bath home is located outside of Lafayette, Louisiana and sits on 11 acres of land.


We have taken a cruise nearly every year since we were married. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.


We enjoy attending church, traveling, spending time with family and watching the Saints play.


We have three fur babies; Goldie, Saint and Brian.

School & Work

Darrel attended college in Louisiana while Akemi attended college in Arizona. Darrel works in the oil field. Akemi is a journalist and enjoys working at a local news station.

Our Extended Family

We both have large families who offer lots of love and support. Both families are very close and enjoy spending time together.

Family Traditions & Holidays

We enjoy spending the holidays with family. We decorate our home according to the season, cook lots of food and enjoy the company of family.

Find Out More

Would you like to learn more about this family or the other families waiting to adopt a baby? Contact the caring counselors at St. Elizabeth. There’s no pressure—we’re just here to help you decide what’s best for you and your baby.