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Hi! We’re Dan and Karla from the lake and wooded region of New Jersey. We have two daughters, Kora and Deklynn, who are almost 3 and 1 1/2. We are an active family that loves boating, doing lake activities, golfing, skiing, and taking our 2 dogs on trail walks. We also travel about 6 months of the year!
We are excited to introduce our baby to lake life and share our active and adventurous lifestyle with another child. Most of all, we want the baby to know and love Jesus and know how much he or she is loved! We want you to know what a blessing you are and that your baby has been prayed for. We would love to have an open relationship with you at a level you feel comfortable.
We met in college and quickly bonded over our love of lake life. Senior year, Dan told Karla, ‘You live on a lake, I live on a lake, we’re perfect for each other.’ In 2015, we got engaged and were married on the lake!
As a family, we love spending time on the boat and doing lake activities, golfing, snow skiing, and taking our two dogs (O’Malley and Buster) for trail walks. We love sharing our passion for being active with our children!
Since Dan owns his own business, he’s able to work from anywhere, so we travel about 6 months of the year. We typically spend a few weeks in Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, near Orlando, FL, and a few random destinations throughout the year. We truly love to travel and see the world with our girls and are excited to share our travels with our next child as well.
Dan is a man of God and does everything for Him. Dan is an entrepreneur and a true leader that incorporates his faith in the workplace.
Dan is an avid golfer and competes in a national tournament each year. In 2022, Dan made it to the championship, and our family cheered him on in Arizona for the week. Dan has also competed in wakeboarding competitions and has placed 1st place multiple years in a row. In the winter, Dan enjoys hitting big jumps, doing flips and tricks, and can bob and weave between the trees when he’s skiing.
Dan is a sensitive, loving, and caring man. He is a great dad and loves spending time with family. He is very excited to stand beside our next child as he/she grows, watch Disney movies with them, and teach them to wakeboard/surf, golf, and snow ski.
Karla is passionate, loving, selfless, thoughtful, and protective of those she loves. Despite having a successful career in law enforcement, Karla chose to be a stay-at-home mom and help Dan grow the business. Karla is thankful that she has the flexibility to stay home and raise our children while being involved in the business.
Karla is also athletic and enjoys being outdoors. She also enjoys golfing, wakeboarding/surfing, and snow skiing. Before college, Karla played soccer, showed horses, and did gymnastics till she was recruited to play softball in college. Over the years, Karla has coached, become a mentor to young girls, and occasionally volunteers as a guest coach with local teams.
Karla is eager to share her love with our next child. She is excited to enroll him/her in activities like gymnastics, baby yoga, and swim classes and show them the world as we travel!
Our girls, Kora and Deklynn
Kora is our gentle, loving, intelligent, observant, reserved, and God-loving 2 ½-year-old. She loves helping mommy clean, cook, and care for her baby sister. Kora likes to “remind” Mommy when Deklynn needs milk or a nap, and enjoys wrapping her “babies” (beanie babies) in blankets, singing to them, rocking them, and giving them milk.
Deklynn is 1 year old and is our wild, motivated and chatty little girl. She is also very sweet and loves cuddling, sharing, and giving hugs and kisses. Deklynn has a big personality and smiles with her eyes. She can usually be found near a group of kids or animals and especially loves cuddling with our dog, Buster!
Our Home in New Jersey
Our home has 4 bedrooms, a playroom, an entertainers’ kitchen with a large island, and a 14-person dining table which provides ample room to host family and friends for dinner parties and holidays. Our massive deck overlooks the lake and gets amazing sunsets year-round. We also enjoy playing on the big swing set in our huge grassy, fenced-in backyard.
We live on a quiet dead-end street and are 1 of 3 houses on the block. We love that our house is surrounded by woods that have walking trails that we utilize daily. The girls also enjoy seeing the deer, chipmunks, and bears!
We promise to raise your child to know and love Jesus as his or her savior, to know how much love you have for him or her, and to love your baby unconditionally. We will make sure that your child grows up knowing that they are wanted, chosen, and belong. We promise to share our passions while providing ample opportunity for your child to find their passions. We will always provide the necessary resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle and excel in school. We will teach him/her that with hard work, anything is possible! We will speak openly and favorably about you and maintain an open relationship with you – so long as you feel comfortable.
If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.
More About Dan
Education: Bachelors in Business Administration
Profession: Entrepreneur - owns an insurance agency
Stay-At-Home: Works from home
Racial Background: Caucasian
Activity: water sports
Lesson Learned: hard work beats talent when not working
More About Karla
Education: Masters in Public Administration with a dual specialization in Criminal Justice Policy and Procedure, and Operations and Management, and Bachelors in Sociology minors in Psychology, Criminology, Child Studies, and Business Administration
Profession: Stay at home mom and helps with the insurance agency
Stay-At-Home: yes and works from home
Racial Background: Caucasian
Activity: Anything that includes QUALITY family time
Vacation: Venice, Italy
Lesson Learned: it's the things you do when no one is watching that matter most
Food: Chicken parm with a side of pene vodka
More About Our Family
O’Malley is a 6-year-old rescue. He is a beagle hound mix who is very shy, submissive, and sensitive. O'Malley is very selective about who he lets into his inner circle, but once he gains your trust, he shows his fun-loving personality. Buster is also 6 years old and is a golden retriever. He's a retired narcotics K-9 whose favorite days at work were on bringing your kids to work days. Buster loves attention, children, and belly rubs. He's a happy-go-lucky boy who happily accepts food whenever the girls offer.
Our Family and Friends
We are super close to both of our families. Dan is the middle child of three. Both his brother and sister live with Dan's parents at the lake, only 25 minutes from us. Karla has a twin brother who also lives near the lake. Karla’s brother and parents (and grandmother) live about 2 miles from our house.
We love living near our families. When we are not traveling, we spend almost every Saturday at Dan's parents’ lake house and every Sunday (after church) at Karla's parent's house for Sunday Funday. Karla's parents love to entertain and have anywhere from 20 to 45 people over for BBQ lunch and dinner and swimming in the pool every Sunday during the summer.
We also have a tight-knit group of friends that we often see at the lake, have dinner parties, and have done life groups with. Otherwise, we love visiting Dan's cousins and childhood friend in South Carolina!
- Began a lawn care business when he was 10 years old so that he could buy his own snow skis
- Daniel was homeschooled from 3rd grade to 7th grade
- Daniel used to play the saxophone
- Dan's paternal grandfather, maternal grandmother, and both parents were also insurance agents
- Began working at her parents' businesses making ice cream cakes when she was in elementary school
- Karla and her mom played in a summer softball league and were the only mother, daughter duo in the league -- even better, there were 4 generations at each game (Karla's grandmother, Dan, and Kora and Deklynn were the cheerleaders)
- Karla has traveled the United States playing softball
- Karla lived in Australia for 6 months in college
A week in our family
Our weeks feel like they fly by! A typical week (when we're not traveling) usually includes 2 activities a week with our girls. Both are involved in gymnastics, baby yoga, and swim classes. Kora is also involved in giggle time, sports camp, and cooking classes - but Deklynn gets to join the fun too.
We take the dogs for a walk in the nearby woods as a family at least once a day. The girls either ride their jeep car or walk. We also eat dinner as a family every night, followed by going to the park, playing in the yard, taking another walk, or going swimming at Karla's parents’ house. We end the night by giving the girls a bath and reading the Bible and other books before going to bed.
Our weekends change depending on the season. In the summer, we spend Saturdays at Dan's parent's lake house and Sundays at Karla's parents’ lake house. In the fall, we hike, bike ride in trails, and explore local spots, while in the winter, we go downhill skiing (while Grandma watches the girls), cross-country skiing, downhill snow tubing, and snowmobiling.
Thank you for taking the time to view our family! We are excited to share our sense of adventure and love for being active with your child. We will ensure that your child knows that he or she is loved by you and our family, has been prayed for, and is wanted, chosen, and belongs. We promise to keep faith and family at the forefront of their upbringing while providing plenty of opportunities to be active and adventurous. We will provide the resources for your child to get a good education and, more importantly, teach him or her that anything is possible if you're willing to work hard for it. We're excited to speak with you and get to know you on a level that you feel comfortable with.