The newest member of the McDonald clan…..
Kira Svetlana McDonald!!!
They granted our adoption, (admit it, you guys were all worried) so she is now our little girl!!
There were lots of tears (hubby’s…..ok, mine)….and lots of smiles and promises to the judge and prosecuter that we will take good care of this sweet and fragile girl.
Which, of course we will!!!
They could not, however, waive the 10 day waiting period.
So hubby will return to CA to take care of the older 2 waiting at home, while I stay here and get to know the youngest better.
The director at her orphanage said that we can come tomorrow and bring Kira here to our hotel while we wait the 10 days since it’s a 4 hour round trip drive to see her AND to try and keep her from getting sick again from the other kiddos there.
I know you are all dying for pics…..
Here she is:
These are not great since they were taken indoors, in the afternoon.
She is still around 11 lbs ( about the size of a 3 month old), but even though she does not sit yet, she is close to scooting ( yay, a mobile baby :).

Here are her happy parents!!!

She laughs a lot more, but will need to get used to close contact since she is more used to being by herself.
So, there you have it…. Our new girl.
By the time I get home with her, it will have been 2 years since started our journey….
With a big happy ending!!!
So, if you need me….I will be here with our girl feeding her donuts to fatten her right up :)
Stay tuned, I am getting so bored that I have been trying to think of some crafts I can do here in the hotel ( that should be interesting)
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 happy! She’s so sweet, your story is amazing!
    I can’t wait to meet her!

  2. I am Soooooooooooooooo excited for you!! I can hardly wait to see her!! Be safe!!

  3. I just started following your blog but am touched by your story so congrats on adding this sweet baby to your family!

  4. Congratulations! She’s beautiful!

  5. Congratulations!

  6. She is beautiful – what a happy day!

  7. Congratulations! She is beautiful!!


  9. congratulations! what a beautiful girl!

  10. From one McDonald to another (though there are so many of us I’m sure we’re not related), congratulations! She’s absolutely adorable. Hope she gets some fat little baby cheeks soon!

  11. What a beautiful little girl! Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations! That is so great! I’m soooo happy for you! She couldn’t ask for better parents!

  13. I recently started reading your blog, and I’m so glad I found it. You are such an inspiration. Your story is amazing, and your little girl is beautiful! She is so precious. Congratulations, I am so excited for you! :-)

  14. I am really so happy for you both! I got teary eyed reading the good news.

    I am so happy and excited for you! I know the girls can’t wait to meet their new sister either. What a happy day for you all! Best wishes for your 10 day waiting period to go swiftly.
    BTW, she is so tiny and absolutley gorgeous. What a blessing!

  16. Congratulations! I am speechless and she is beautiful! ~Lanie

  17. Congratulation on another beautiful daughter! Thank you for sharing your story!

  18. Congrats ~ She is adorable and lucky to have parents who care so much!

  19. She is BEAUTIFUL congratulations! I hope the 10 days move very very fast and you are home with her very soon!

    I am doing a giveaway on my blog that would be great for this new little one if you are interested!

  20. YAY!!! So happy for you =) She is so precious…beautiful eyes! Somehow I doubt you will be very bored starting tomorrow =)

  21. Congratulations! She is adorable!

  22. Today is my birthday and I could not be more happy for YOU!!! Congrats and best wishes to your fuller family!!! You are blessed with three darling girls!

  23. Congrats. She is beautiful and very lucky to have parents who love her so much! Enjoy your new bundle of joy!

  24. she looks so happy! She is beutiful!

  25. She is so beautiful! I am so happy for your family. Congrats!


  26. Absolutely precious. Congratulations!

  27. Hope those ten days go by fast for you. i bet you family about to explode with excitement waiting for you.
    congrats and hope all goes well.

  28. Congrads! She is beautiful and lucky to have parents like you!!!

  29. CONGRATS!!!!!

  30. Congratulations! What a blessing for you both!!!! Hope the 10 days will go by fast and that you will have some special time to bond.

  31. i never comment, but i think shes beautiful-that last picture is adorable. congratulations to your family!

  32. That is so amazing and wonderful!! You guys are an inspiration. Hope all goes well!!

  33. So thrilled for you!! I’m glad the adoption came through. You are two lucky people to have such a sweet little girl. Congrats!

  34. Congratulations! I’ve been checking in every now and then to see the progress of your adoption and I’m so happy for you that you it’s over and you can take you’re beautiful little girl home!

  35. Congratulations!! What a precious baby girl!!

  36. God Bless you…….. I couldn’t help but cry at this wonderful event. God will surely bless you.

  37. (tears) Congrats! I’m so happy for her. She is beautiful, if those eyes don’t just melt your heart, I don’t know what will.

  38. P.S. my brother is on his mission over there, I wish you could give him a hug for me!

  39. Warmest wishes for your family! Congratulations! She is beautiful. Enjoy this time together :-)

  40. Yahoooooooo! How wonderful! This is amazing wonderful fabulous news! can’t wait to hear more about her and how the rest of the family reacts when they see her! :)

  41. Congratulations!! She’s beautiful!

  42. Long wait well worth it! Congrats! She is so cute!

  43. Your sweet post brought happy tears to my eyes. Congratulations. I’m sure her big sisters are excited as well!

  44. Congratulations!! So happy for you!

  45. You have certainly been blessed! She’s beautiful!
    Many blessings!

  46. I’m happy for you and your family! The post made me tear up a bit looking at those beautiful pictures!

  47. She is so precious! Congratulations!


  49. Awww….that brought tears to my eyes!!!! Congrats to you and to her!!! She doesnt know how lucky she is!!!!!!

  50. Congrats a million times. It also brought tears to my eyes. She has a wonderful family to call her own.

  51. AHHH Congratulations on your gorgeous new daughter!!

    Im so excited for you AND her!

  52. Congratulations! What a blessing she will be to you all as much as you all are to her!
    Enjoy your bonding time with her! She will start thriving in no time with all of your love and attention.

  53. Congratulations, she is beautiful!

  54. Congrats, she is such a little doll!

  55. She is so beautiful and precious. What a wonderful tale.

  56. You don’t know me…I just read your blog and love your crafts…but I had to say hello after reading this post. It brought tears to my eyes. I can’t imagine how that must feel, but I know it must be other-worldly. So happy for you and your family. Is there a link to a post that tells your adoption story? Why you got started? How you got started. It is a subject that really touches my heart. Again – congratulations – what a blessed, lucky little girl she is!

  57. She is beautiful! Congratulations!

  58. We are so happy for you! She looks just adorable.

  59. Oh, she is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations! I am so happy for you, I’m in tears. What wonderful news.

  60. i know i’m just a random follower…but your story is touching. :) best of luck!

  61. I am so thrilled for you guys! She is beautiful so she will fit right into your family! Can’t wait for your safe return!

  62. Congratulations!!! <3

  63. What a beautiful, special, chosen girl! Congratulations to you and your family. May she have a lifetime of joy as a part of your lives.

  64. Congratulations! She is so beautiful.

  65. Wow…You are so LUCKY and BLESSED…enjoy your special time with her alone and have a safe trip home

  66. congrats. I love the name Kira. we named our 7 month old Kira. Your Kira is beautiful. Good luck with crafts. maybe you can do learn some native crafts for Kira so you can teach Kira when she gets older. Congrats again. Have a safe trip home.

  67. Congratulations! She is a beautiful baby.

  68. Congratulations! She is a cute little girl.

  69. Congratulations! She is beautiful.

  70. Congratulations! What a sweet little blessing!

  71. congrats to you all. She is beautiful and very lucky to have such great parents! what a blessing in each of you lives!!!

  72. You are so amazing. She will be so loved. Congratulations!!!

  73. So amazing! She is so sweet! Congratulations!

  74. Congratulations–that just made my day!

  75. What an exciting day for all of you!! Congratulations! She is such a sweetie.

  76. Congratulations! She looks so precious.

  77. So happy for you all! Congratulations!

  78. Wow! Congrats! She is absolutely beautiful! Happy day for your family!

  79. congratulations! She is so pretty..lots of blessings for your lil one

  80. i join my few words to the many others that have already been said…. how wonderful, how sweet, how special. i had tears in my eyes as i read your post for this sweet little fragile girl who will now complete your family. what a wonderful blessing! and what courageous parents you are! a new little girl, a new little baby. how sweet life must be for you today!

  81. What a beautiful little girl – Congratulations!

  82. Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  83. Wow! What a cutie! Congratulations. That’s so exciting.

  84. She is just precious! Congratulations on your newest blessing. What a story she has/will have!

  85. Congratulations! She is so beautiful :)

  86. Yay! Congrats! She’s SOOOO beautiful!

  87. Congratulations on a beautiful addition to your loving family!

  88. I am so thrilled for you and for her! What an incredible story. I am sure you in for a wonderful adventure with your new and gorgeous daughter! Congratulations to all and may the Lord richly bless you!!

  89. So thrilled for you…you will be a real blessing in the life of your new daughter!

  90. I am soo happy for you!!! I have tears in my eyes for your family!!! She is a doll!!!

  91. Congratulations and enjoy the ride. She is simply precious.

  92. Congratulations! She is an absolute doll! What a blessing. :)

  93. Just stopped in to give you an award! You can pick it up here

  94. So happy for you. Kira is adorable. congratulations

  95. I am over joyed for you. I am sure happiness will be definded by this moment forever.

  96. Oh Welcome Baby Kira!

    She is precious in every way! I am so happy for you and your happy ending.

    From experience, I KNOW how good it will feel to step foot back in the U.S.-I remember it well! Safe journey to you.

    So much love to you all,


  97. congratulations! Welcome to your new family Kira xxx

  98. That is awesome! Congratulations!


  99. That is so exciting! It’s been addicting reading your story. I bet your other kiddos are dying to meet her !

  100. Congratulations, on the adoption finally going through, I can tell you are very, very happy… I pray that the transition goes as smoothly as possible!!

  101. She Beautiful! Congratulations, she is a very lucky and loved little girl to become part of your family!

  102. She is BEAUTIFUL!!

  103. holy cow, do you have enough friends! it took me 3 days to scroll down to comment ;) i have a simple request. while you are in russia with nothing to do but cuddle your adorable baby girl, you should take more pictures and post them for me to see :) I wish i could just call you and get all the info! I STILL need to go see your daughters, maybe tomorrow :)hope youre having fun!

  104. Congratulations! She’s beautiful, and so blessed to now be an official part of your family. Will keep all of you in my prayers. much blessings!

  105. Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

  106. I have not been reading your blog for very long, but I love it. I just wanted you to know that your sweet little girl totally made me tear up. She is so beautiful and I have been really feeling stressed lately, and to see what life’s true happiness brings brought it all back to me. Thank you for sharing part of your life and congrats on a most wonderful journey. I will go and kiss my 5 goodnight thanks for the reality check! She is wonderful.

  107. I am crying, I have read and re-read everything about the adoption. Kira is so beautiful, she is amazing! These next 10 days you have with her will be amazing! Love her bunches for all of us!!!

  108. I am crying, I have read and re-read everything about the adoption. Kira is so beautiful, she is amazing! These next 10 days you have with her will be amazing! Love her bunches for all of us!!!

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  112. She’s adorable. Congratulations

  113. Congratulations to you and your family!

  114. Thank you for your inspiring posts. I wish you the best of luck in your journey.

  115. What a sweet little smile she has! Congratulations :)

  116. Congratulations! I’m so excited for you and your family. I’m glad she’s finally with you :)

  117. I’ve been a reader for a while, but have never commented (I love your blog BTW). I just wanted to say CONGRATS!!! She’s beautiful! What a true blessing for you and your family.

  118. I’ve only recently started reading your blog, but I still teared up when I read this post! Congratulations! She is just beautiful!

  119. HUGE HUGE HUGE CONGRATS :D may God bless you and keep you guys!!! ((Hugs))

  120. Those pics are so sweet. Congrats.

  121. oh wow. i just burst into tears. Congrats. what an awesome start to your (and her) new year.

  122. She is gorgeous. Congratulations and best wishes for your family!

  123. She is so sweet! How very exciting for you!!

  124. She is beautiful!!

  125. God will bless this adoption as it is truely His wish that we care for orphans. She is a sweetheart and I am very happy for her and her new family.


  127. Congrats! That is so amazing. How blessed you are!


  129. Congratulations!! She is such a lucky baby!

  130. Congratulations! That must be the best feeling ever to adopt and have your little girl now! :)

  131. i love happy endings (or beginnings) like this! Congratulations!! Someone very near and dear to me is on her own road to adoption, and half of my family is adopted. So, I just think it is such an amazing process, with the best ever result! ;) Good luck!
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

  132. Oh my goodness, she is beautiful! Congratulations!

  133. Congrats! She is beautiful! I started tearing up as I was reading your post and looking at her beautiful pictures. Wishing you and your beautiful family ALL the best.

  134. Hooray! Lucky you, and lucky Kira.
    All the best to you and your family.

  135. I love your adoption story. As an adopted child myself, I always enjoy hearing how others have adopted.

    She’s so cute. What a beautiful blessing for you and Kira.


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