“Today” host Hoda Kotb is hoping to add a third child to her happy family!
Kotb told Entertainment Tonight that she and her fiancé, Joel Schiffman, have filled out paperwork to adopt another child together.
Kotb is already the mom of two beautiful daughters: Haley Joy, who Kotb adopted in 2017, and Hope Catherine, who joined the family in 2019. With both new additions to the family, Kotb surprised her “Today” colleagues on the air.
Kotb, 56, told ET that her family knows there’s room in their lives for more love.
“You know what, Joel and I have had this conversation because — you feel like you get a limited time on earth and your heart expands, and sometimes you don’t realize your heart’s ability to expand until you’ve filled [it] and sometimes you think you’re at the top, and then you realize that there’s more room,” she said. “And we wondered, you know, would our family be better with another child? Do we have enough love, do we have enough time, you know, will we be a better family unit? And the answer to all those questions seems to be, ‘yes, we would be.'”
“But you can’t control how life works,” she added. “Like, all we can do is put it into the universe and fill out papers and then wait, and if it happens, wow, you know, that was meant to be.”
Kotb and Schiffman planned to tie the knot in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold until some time next year, ET reports.
As for when they might add a child to the happy family, Kotb told ET there is no timetable. It can take months or years to adopt, she said, adding, “It’s in God’s hands.”
In a conversation with People, Kotb stressed the importance of accepting what is meant to be with her family.
“I think then you just wait and see if it’s meant to be for you,” Kotb said. “That’s where we are on that. I feel like families come in so many different shapes and sizes, and as long as there’s lots of love, I think they’ll endure.”
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