Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Hoda Kotb says she feels a "profound" change since getting engaged to Joel Schiffman.
Kotb recalled how she first met Schiffman at a book signing six years ago. Once in a relationship, Kotb prioritized adopting kids and wasn't as concerned with marriage.
"I kind of didn't care about the married part," Kotb said. "I was like, 'OK, well, we're in love. We have two kids. Like, who cares?' It did matter to him, I think, a lot."
Kotb and Schiffman have two daughters, Haley Joy, 2, and Hope Catherine, 9 months. The couple got engaged during a trip to Mexico in November, and Kotb has felt differently about the relationship since.
"In that moment, I thought I'd feel like I did the day before, because I already loved him. But I had no idea how profound saying something out loud is like that," Kotb said of sharing the news with their family and friends.
"I feel like my life finally makes sense," the star said. "I think I thought it did, but now when I get home after work ... Haley, my older one, jumps 5 feet, 9 inches into my arms. I get that when I go home."
"I said to Joel, 'I've worked my whole life and my work has always ridden sidecar forever.' All the sudden I have clarity, it's weird," she added.