IT’S A GIRL!!!!!

Whew! I’m still buzzing from SS, but i wanted to let all my AWESOME readers know that…..
It’s a GIRL!!!
We got our referral the other day for an (almost) 1 year-old baby girl……and she is SO beautiful!!
We will be leaving in a few weeks to go meet her and formally accept the referral in the Russian courts.
We are all so excited here and I can’t wait to hold my sweet little girl.
Unfortunately for us, we will have to return from the 1st trip empty handed and wait till the 2nd trip (a few months later) to be able to bring her home.
We are psyched none-the-less!!
Wow! That means we’ll have 3 girls……..sorry for my hubby.
(actually he likes having daughters, they’re daddy’s girls)
I was kinda starting to hope for a little boy… no cute little boy clothes for me :(
But, how fun to have 3 giggly, sweet little girls….YAY!
So, thanks SO MUCH to all of you for your awesome support and encouraging e-mails…….I NEED all the support I can get :)
And, I’ll keep you updated in the coming weeks and months.
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. I’m so excited for you. Congratulations!

    How did your Super Saturday go?? Ours is in 2 weeks and I am in charge of it…


  2. Oh, Congratulations! I am so excited for you!

  3. BIG CONGRATS! That is fantastic News!

    Good Luck with everything!

  4. Congratulations!!!! Woaooo 3 little girls toghether!!!!so beautiful!!!!

  5. Congratulations! How exciting for all of you :).

  6. Congratulations! What great news!

  7. oh h a p p y Day !

  8. That’s awesome! Congrats!

  9. Congratulations!! I have a couple of friends from Russia and they are just two of the sweetest people I know. I’m sure your little girl will be sweet too! :)

  10. I am a new reader to your blog and I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  11. This is the First for me learning that you were trying to adopt! HOW EXCITING!!! PLUS… what an exciting adventures that awaits you and your family. CONGRATS!

  12. Congratulations! That is wonderful news. I am so happy for you.

  13. I am so excited for your family. Congrats!

  14. God is SO good!! Congrats to you and your family!!

  15. I grew up in a family of three girls and let me tell you it was a blast. These girls are so lucky to be in your family.

  16. Oh, congratulations! That’s so exciting!

  17. SOOOO EXCITING!! I’m so happy for your family. I have 3 girls, too and LOVE it!

  18. O-M! I’m so excited for you! I have 3 adopted siblings (from the US) isn’t it amazing how your heart can open and love someone that you’ve never met just as much as you love someone you’ve known forever!

  19. congratulations! I’m so happy for you that you will be blessed to have another little girl ‘born in your heart’ ! God bless!

  20. I haven’t been reading your blog but for a couple of days, so this is the first I am reading of an adoption! This is exciting! Congratulations on being a new mommy again in a few months! :)

  21. That is so wonderful, congratulations on your new daughter!

  22. I found your blog through a friend and I love seeing all your cute craft ideas. I can’t wait to try them out. But I also wanted to comment on this post to say congratulations and good luck with the adoption! I have close friends that have adopted 3 children from Russia. I thought it was silly that they made the rule that you have to visit them first and pick them up on a second trip. But I wish you the best of luck and hope that the process goes smoothly and quickly!!!

  23. I am so happy for you! I just love when people adopt kids! Congrats!

  24. Congrats! Having 3 girls is loads of fun. =)

  25. Amazing, that is just so exciting!

  26. That is awesome! CONGRATS!

  27. Congratulations! We just returned from the Philippines in August with our little boy. He has been a complete blessing to our family and fits in perfectly with our 2 girls. After just over 2 months home, I can honestly say it almost feels as if he has been with us forever. God always has a plan! Anyways, I am so excited for your family. Enjoy your first trip and I hope your 2nd trip is soon after. :)

  28. Congrads! What a lucky girl!

  29. Congratulations! This is so exciting for you and your family.

  30. Oh My! I have been following your blog for awhile, and love it! When I read this post, I couldn’t believe it! A little over 9 years ago we returned from (2 trips) to Russia with our most precious 13 month old daughter!

    Today she is a soccer-playing, school-loving happy and perfect 10 year old big sister!

    What a journey it’s been…reading your post today brought me right back to the moment I first gazed into her eyes in the phto the agency sent us…

    I am SO happy for you! Let’s stay in touch…Cori

  31. CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so exciting!! Love your blog!

  32. In December and January my sister and her husband adopted 2 baby boys. Not twins, it just worked out that way. They have been such a blessing to our family. We love adoption. I am so happy for your family because I know what a blessing you are recieving and giving!

  33. Good karma. My adopted daughter was born on the 24th of October. She is a gift and yours will be too.

  34. You must be over the moon. I couldn’t have my own children, but luckily Hubster brought 3 boys with him 18 yrs ago. Now we have a wonderful 2 yr old grandson. Funny how life works.
    Love your blog. Featured the glowing jars on my l’il blog with a link back. Just wanted you to know.
    Congrats on the baby! Looking forward to reading about your journey.

  35. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. Adoption is such an amazing experience. When we had our second daughter sealed to us her big sister was so in awe that she could go to the temple too. It’s really very special, and they have matching bracelets to remember it by too :)

  36. Congratulations!! I’m a new reader, so I hadn’t seen your earlier posts about the adoption. Our oldest two were adopted as infants through LDS FS. Adoption is awesome!! (Then we were able to have our third the traditional way:) Good luck!

  37. Congrats! So wonderful of you to open your home to this sweet little girl. God Bless you!

  38. Anonymous says:


    We have a seven year old who is adopted from Guatemala. It took us almost two year post referral to bring him home, which I’m sure you can imagine was AGONY and TORMENT. But of course it was worth it. When we finally were able to pick him up my cheeks were painfully sore from smiling so much. He was 2 1/2 years old and such a kick. He was and still is like a little tornado. I can’t imagine our life without him.

    My brother is getting ready to travel to China to adopt our nephew, and we are super excited about that.

    Congrats, it will be an amazing experience!

  39. I spent a year and half in Russia and I spent some of that time in orphanages. They have so many there. That little girl is so lucky to be adopted by you and you are so lucky to get her. congratulations! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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