It is World Adoption Day on November 9th. Which means people all over the world are writing a smile on the palm of their hand to show support to all the adoptees and adoptive parents in the world. November is the month of adoption and we want to celebrate with everyone out there who has been touched by adoption.
Adoption has always been dear to my heart ever since I met my best friends in 1st grade and learne she had been adopted at 3 months old. It was so intriguing to me that made me want to adopt one day. Now, I have had several nieces and nephews who are adopted and they all add so much value to our family. I can't imagine life without them. So that leads me to this amazing lady on the Today show, Hoda Kotb.
As many of you know, she is the co-host alongside Kathie Lee Gifford NBC 4th hour on the Today Show. Hoda, who is 53, had given up the dream of becoming a mom until something incredible happened this summer. But you have to see for yourself. I couldn't hold back the tears. I cried the entire video. So go ahead and grab a box of tissues now! You're going to need it.
Hoda Kotb is back! After Two months away on maternity leave, she returned to TODAY show to tell everyone she was now a mama. She even brought baby photos with her of her new bundle of joy.Plus, she brought her incredible baby's story with her and we are all dying to know. "That little girl, Haley Joy... I'm crying... um... is my daughter. I adopted her," Hoda said through her tears.
"You think that by a certain stage in your life, I've had every experience I'm gonna have and then all of a sudden she's shows up!" Hoda said, "I've felt in my life, I've had joy beyond what I could've imagined but this is beyond a dream." Through tears, she continues on, "Like you have your dreams and then this! I never believed in love at first sight until now."
Hoda, can't believe how her life is now that Haley Joy is part of it. "I've loved her ... I think since forever," she gushed. Hoda wasn't sure if she would ever get the news she hoped for from her adoption agency.
Until "one day, I'm sitting in my dressing room," she recalled. "I was FaceTiming with somebody for a work thing and my phone buzzed. For the adoption, I had the word 'project' written in my phone ... and I saw it said 'project,' like, someone from the project was texting me.
"I sat in my office, and I took a pen and I wrote down '11:54 a.m.' Like I knew that was the moment my life was going to change, so I scribbled it down and I dialed the phone. And the woman on the other end said, 'She's here.' Like... that's all. 'She's here.' And that was it. And everything changed."
Haley Joy arrived RIGHT ON TIME!! We are so happy for Hoda! Watch the video, below, and remember... grab those tissues.
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