Being a parent is often difficult and frustrating even on the best of days, as most moms and dads would agree. Still, these patient, caring people do their best to stay positive — including TODAY Show host Hoda Kotb, who for a special Mother’s Day episode, talked with her co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, about the best moments of motherhood.
Hoda and her husband, Joel, are raising a one-year-old little girl, Haley Joy, whom they adopted when Hoda was 52 years old. They both work full time, and Hoda is the first to admit she and Joel often feel overwhelmed.
“You’re just, like, sitting there and the world’s exploding,” she explained. But she says that a recent conversation she had with God helped put everything in perspective. It was during the middle of the night a few weeks ago, when Joel was out of town. Haley was sobbing uncontrollably and her dog accidentally knocked over a picture frame, leaving shattered glass all over the floor. But before losing her cool, she reminded herself that she had wished for that moment before Haley came along.
“I remember having a short conversation with God. And I remember saying, ‘I would have begged you for this day,'” she said. “Like, this terrible day, I would have begged on my knees for. So I remember I just literally took one breath, put her in the playpen, cleaned up… but I remembered, for a second, having that awareness.”
“I try to check myself on those rough days,” she added. “And say, ‘Remember when you were on your knees asking and begging for this moment? Take it.'”
“I think Haley taught me a couple of things. Number one, it’s not too late … If you believe in something, it may actually come true,” Hoda said. “She’s taught me that no dream’s too big.” Hear more of what she and Guthrie have to say about motherhood below.