I’m a little shy

Ok, so in most ways I am NOT shy at all…..but there is one huge piece of juicy information about us that I have not yet shared with you all.

It’s not because I am scared or ashamed, I just am a little shy about more private stuff….and…until now, I just didn’t know quite how to breach the topic.

So, I decided that I can’t hold it any longer and will just burst with excitement if I hold it in any longer….so here goes:

My wonderful hubby and I are expecting our 3rd baby! But, I am not pregnant (even though everyone else I know is :)….we are adopting this one.

We started all this last February (Wow! 17 months ago!) and are past most of the paperwork and waiting for a referral. This is the part that I can’t stand…..the waiting. Once we get (and accept) our referral, we will know who we are adopting, so now you know why the suspense is KILLING me.

Here’s our story (the short version):

I have always know that I would have 3 kids (I really wanted 3 boys…..but Heavenly Father had other plans). After we had our second daughter, I started thinking about that 3rd one. But, whenever I thought of me getting preggers again, it just felt wrong.

I didn’t understand.

So I prayed alot and finally started feeling like our 3rd needed to come to us another way.

We had talked about adoption waaaayyyyyy back when I was preggers with our oldest and I knew that’s what we needed to do.

My sweet hubby needed a little more time than I did, so we talked alot and prayed alot together. After that, we felt that, for some reason, we needed to adopt internationally. So, we picked Russia because it’s closer to parts of my family heritage (German & Prussian).

So, here we are, waiting for news from Russia (most probably Kaliningrad) and some days I can’t stand it! Sometimes I’ll get all emotional for no reason and get choked up at stupid stuff (like commercials).

Anyhoo, I know we are close, but not sure how much longer. Then we will be off to Russia….twice.

This is all surreal to me since we already have two kiddos biologically. But, we also know a couple (actually a few couples, but this one in particular is trying again now), who are VERY good friends of ours, that adoption became their only option for having little kiddos of their own. Last year, their adoption of their 1st little boy became finalized and they are now hoping for another miracle (good luck Heather And Robert!!).

Anyhoo, I already have family and some great friends I can talk to about this, but if there are any of you out there who have been through this or know anyone who has…..I would love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for all of you who visit me here, and thanks for listening to me ramble. It just feels good to be able to write it down.

Have fun!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. Wow!! Congrats! That is so exciting! We also brought our 3rd child home that same amazing way, only from Africa!! It’s such an amazing journey, and it only gets better by the day!!!


  2. Congrats! I really admire what you are doing. I have 3 cousins that were adopted so adoption has always been something very important to me and I hope we may have the chance to adopt one day also. Good luck with the waiting and hopefully things will go quick.

  3. Hi,
    I was blog hopping and found this post. We adopted our son from Korea. I can tell you it is the hardest best thing we have ever done! We looked in to Russia as well, but felt pulled to Korea… and now that I have my little boy I know why! Good luck to you! The waiting for the referral is hard but it was harder for me to wait to travel to get my son. I hope and pray that all will go well for you! Good Luck on this exciting journey!

    Here is a post that I have with a little of our story.:

    Adoption is a very special way to become parents!

  4. oh man you shocked me! I thought you were going to say you were planning on adopting and then got pregnant HAHAHA oh man…i’m glad you were able to write your stroy out, im sure you will find a ton of support from people online…that is so exciting…adoption…i can’t wait, first to hear that you started to get referals, and second to hear all about the child you guys will pick! What a family adventure and a great way to teach your kids to accept and love all sorts of different people…I know what you are talkign about when you said you get emotional some days at stupid stuff, i’m the same way, if i were you i’d be baking cookies and treats for the mail man :)

  5. Wow!! What exciting news for your sweet family!! Cant wait to hear more in the near future…maybe some pics too :) Sending good thoughts and well wishes your way!!

  6. Our two little kids are adopted. Having them placed in our arms was one of the most spiritual moments of my life. I don’t know how to describe the flooding of emotions you will have (and are having) but it is a miracle to be involved in adoption. Good luck, enjoy every moment and write everything down! You will forget the emotions so quick – and its important for the child to understand where they came from, how they came to you and what you felt as you were going through this incredible experience.

  7. Hello! Long time follower, first time commenter. I am so excited for you and your adoption. I am actually married to a wonderful Russian Man and have 2 girls. We have also talked about adopting from Russia to add to our family. I hope the journey bodes well for you. Russia will be an experience you will not soon forget!

  8. I think it is great that you adopted internationally. But I am curious why you did not adopt from Germany, as you mention that being your family roots.

  9. Lost….~ As far as we read in all the research we did….Germany doesn’t do international adoptions to US. We would have LOVED to, but then we felt very good about going through Russia.

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