Meet Dan & Karla
A video message from Dan & Karla
A Letter from Dan & Karla
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 4 and 2 1/2, and baby girl #3 due March 2024! We are an active family that loves boating, doing lake activities, golfing, skiing, going to the playground, and taking our 2 dogs on trail walks. We also travel close to 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 and 2023, 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 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, homeschool 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 until 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!
Kora is our gentle, loving, intelligent, observant, and reserved 3 ½-year-old. Kora loves playing with Deklynn, and caring for her. Kora enjoys gymnastics, soccer, and tee ball, but especially loves swimming!
Deklynn is 2 years 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!
Kora and Deklynn are very excited to become big sisters, and have been practicing caring for their baby dolls.
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 trampoline 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.
Learn More About Dan & Karla
|Bachelors in Business Administration
|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
|Entrepreneur - owns an insurance agency
|Stay at home mom and helps with the insurance agency
|Works from home
|Yes (and works from home)
|Our Racial Background
|Some of Dan & Karla's Favorites
|Anything that includes QUALITY family time
|Hard work beats talent when not working
|It's the things you do when no one is watching that matter most
|Thing to do on a laid back weekend
|Play with the girls and spend time together
|Complete a task around the house and then do a family activity
|More About Our Family
O’Malley is a 7-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 7 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. His younger brother James and sister-in-law Victoria live in Ohio, and his sister lives 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, host for dinner parties, and have done life groups with. Otherwise, we love visiting Dan's cousins, and childhood friend in South Carolina!
|A week in our family
Our weeks feel like they fly by! We begin every morning with a quick homeschool lesson, and when we're not traveling, Kora and Deklynn are usually involved in 3 activities a week, such as gymnastics, tee ball, soccer, swim lessons, and giggle time.
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. Although we spend most of our winter enjoying warmer weather in Florida, when we're home we go downhill skiing (while Grandma watches the girls), cross-country skiing, downhill snow tubing, and snowmobiling.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child
Newborn to 3 years old
Thank you for taking the time to learn about 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, 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.