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Hoda Kotb Reveals ‘I Understand Why I’m On Earth’

Hoda Kotb Reveals ‘I Understand Why I’m On Earth’ Since Becoming a Mother

Hoda Kotb, 54, had it all, a rising career on the Today show, her loving longtime partner Joel Schiffman, and a network of loving and supportive friends. But something was still missing for the co-anchor and it kept gnawing at Kotb, she wanted so dearly to be a mother.

Already into her 50’s, she felt that window of opportunity had closed for her. Thanks to actress Sandra Bullock for inspiration, Hoda dove into the adoption process and in doing so she welcomed her daughter Hailey in 2017 who is now 17-months old.

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“I was at a point where things were not in my favor,” she recalls. “Every time I had a pang like, ‘I wish I could,’ I pushed it away. I felt if she could do it, it could be done, she says of Bullock.All of a sudden, I thought, ‘Why not me?’” confesses the host of NBC’s Today. “I wanted it to go from a dream, a wish, a prayer to a reality.

Hoda now has inspired people from all over who thought their hopes of having a family was no longer an option. She admits she is moved to tears when others like her approach her on the street and thank her for being a vision for a dream they had given up on. One of the best things is when people come up and say, “I’m adopting. I thought it was too late for me, too.” I’m moved to tears. I’ve made so many choices but none was more important or monumental. It’s the best one and I just saved it for later in my life.

It wasn’t until Hoda Kotb became a mother that she realized her true calling in life. Always work driven, she found her purpose in life through her work but that all has changed for the mother since adopting Hailey. “My whole life, my career has been riding shotgun with me. But now, with Haley, it feels like, for the first time, I can see clearly. I understand my purpose. I understand why I’m on this earth. All of a sudden, the most exciting part of the day is after work when I’m holding her. Not when I’m interviewing someone, even if it’s Beyoncé!

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Hoda admits being an older parent comes with different concerns than a younger parent may have and one of them is her concern that Hailey won’t be alone when she gets older.

She goes on to reveal that adopting a second time around isn’t off the table. “Never say never. I don’t want Haley to ever be by herself. When you’re an older parent, you think about those things more than you would if you were in your 20s. I always say, if it’s meant to be, it’ll just happen. I’ll just put it out in the universe and see what happens.

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Jackson Roloff Bonds With Their New Puppy

Not long ago, Tori Roloff of Little People, Big World teased her husband that she wouldn’t be having another child until they got a puppy. At the time, Zach acted like there was no way that this was happening. He felt like having a puppy would be more work than a baby, but Tori wanted one either way. Now, they have added Murphy to the family and their son Jackson already has a new best friend.

In Touch Weekly even shared that the entire group just recently went on their first family vacation as a family of four. They took Murphy along with them to have a good time. The fans were just introduced to him one week ago. Their road trip was to California and it looked like a good time. When they first announced they were getting a puppy, Tori teased it like a baby might be on the way. It was a big announcement, but only one about a puppy joining the clan.

During the trip, Tori Roloff went to her Instagram and shared a few photos on her story of the puppy. Murphy seemed to do great and was just sleeping while they were on the trip and sitting up enjoying it. A lot of people aren’t brave enough to take a puppy on the road, but they weren’t leaving their new little friend behind.

Hopefully, this means that Tori and Zach Roloff will be sharing that they are expecting a second baby soon. She got her puppy now maybe Zach will get the child that he wants. These two make great parents and you know Matt and Amy Roloff would be thrilled to be grandparents once again. 

There have been rumors that Tori was pregnant, but she has denied those more than once. Amy even denied them. It looks like a puppy is all that they have for now, but they love having a new puppy in their life. As you can see below, Jackson seems to really enjoy spending time with his new best friend. 

Jackson is pretty happy about Murphy. They are already great pals!

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Don’t miss watching Tori and Zach Roloff on Little People, Big World when the show returns for another season. It may not be back until next year, but Tori and Zach have already confirmed that they will be back again even if Audrey and Jeremy have decided to move on from the show. Things will be different, but Little People, Big World must go on.

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Morgan Beck Miller Speaks Out After the Tragic Loss of Her Daughter

Bode Miller’s Wife Speaks Out After the Tragic Loss of Her Daughter: “I Pray No Other Parent Feels This Pain”

Morgan Beck Miller is speaking out on water safety after she and her alpine ski racer husband tragically lost their 19-month-old daughter who drowned in a friends backyard pool. Through Morgan’s grief, she is determined to spread awareness so no other parent should have to feel the pain and loss that she and Bodi have had to endure.

The 31-year-old mother shared a picture of her late daughter Emeline Grier on her Instagram Tuesday of the toddler in the snow. The mother of two wrote a heartfelt message pleading with parents to speak more about preventing drowning accidents than organic foods and over usage of screen time with their kids.

“It’s been 37 days since I’ve held my baby girl. I pray to God no other parent feels this pain. My heart is with you @nicolehughes8 as we walk this journey together,” she wrote in the caption, naming another mother whose child drowned. “And thank you @scarymommy for helping us spread awareness.”

“PLEASE READ! Link in bio! Drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in children ages 1-4. We talk about vaccinations, car seats, organic foods, screen time, etc at length…but not the number one risk your children’s’ lives face…a silent killer,” she added. “It takes SECONDS. Please share and help us spread awareness. It’s the first step to preventing these types of tragedies. #drowning#drowningprevention#truthaboutdrowning.”

The Miller’s tragic loss occurred in early June when Emeline drowned in a pool at a home in Coto de Caza, California. Paramedics were called to the house where they performed CPR on the toddler. Unable to resuscitate Emeline she was taken to a nearby hospital where she shortly after was pronounced dead.

Morgan Beck Miller and Bodi, 40, also share their 3-year-old son Nash Skan. Prior to Emeline’s passing the couple announced they were expecting their third child together. Bodi is also a father to son Samuel, 5, and daughter Neesyn, 10, from previous relationships.

Beck Miller urged her followers to read a story written by another parent who recently lost their son when he drowned while on their family vacation. Nicole Hughe’s wrote a piece about her tragic loss for the blog Scary Mommy. She recalls that tragic day, June 10, when her life changed forever.

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“It happened so quickly. I don’t know how Levi got away from us as we were cleaning up from dinner, or what lured him to go outside alone,” Hughes wrote.

“I was the one who found him, face down, in the deep end. Just moments before this horrific discovery, I split a brownie with him. I still had the other half of the brownie in my mouth when I jumped into the pool to grab my son. Mere moments, seconds.”

“Lying in bed and sobbing will not bring him back (oh, but if it would). I don’t want this role of water-safety advocate. I want 30 seconds back on June 10. But I am determined to share these facts I so desperately wish I had known.”

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Serena Williams Joins the Fight Against Domestic Violence

Serena Williams Joins the Fight Against Domestic Violence and Says Daughter Olympia is Her Inspiration

Tennis star Serena Williams joins the crusade to stop domestic violence. Her passion is driven by her wanting to be a strong role model for her 9-month-old daughter and women suffering from not only domestic and financial violence.

Williams has joined forces with Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative where she hopes she can speak up for others that are not able to do so.

At a event held on Wednesday for the strategy the tennis champ said, “These women probably can’t use their voice so it’s important for them to know that there are people out there that are using their voice and letting them know that there is a place, that we can do something about it.”

As stated by Allstate, one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and 99 percent of cases being financial abuse. The startling statistics hit the 36-year-old new mother hard.

“Having a daughter means that she’s one in four. Hopefully, those stats don’t go up by the time she’s dating and meeting people, but they can if you don’t make people aware of it,” she said.

“Domestic abuse is a subject that people are not really comfortable talking about, but sometimes talking about the uncomfortable is what we have to do,” Williams said. “We’re doing that now with Me Too, with Times Up, and I feel like we’re making those steps. We want to make this a movement.”

Williams is a known advocate for equal pay and women’s rights in the sports arena. Serena has been known to not keep quiet and sit on the sidelines and reminds women that their voice is important if there are going to be changes made. Her greatest words of advice she could give to her daughter and other women is, “always speak up, and from the first day.”

She continued, “If you keep letting it go on, the situation gets worse and worse until you’re just completely downtrodden.”

As a mother of a daughter, Serena’s wish is that young boys are educated from a young age on what is acceptable and unacceptable. She also believes that men need to join the crusade and become more supportive of women. She ended by saying, “It’s a human rights issue. We should just want to be better humans.”

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