Thomas Rhett and Wife Lauren Say Having Adopted Daughter Home Is ‘A Dream’
YALL Our baby girl is hommmmeeeeee Thank you Jesus for bringing our family together on the same continent finally little cutie Willa Gray Akins came home yesterday after completely stealing our hearts in Uganda over a year ago & we're sooooo happy we just can't stand it • • • **PARENTS OF THE YEAR: thank you mom & dad for bringing her home since this pregnant mama is officially grounded due to baby Akins #2 coming in August • • • **FRIEND OF THE YEAR: thank you sweet @kaileydickerson for capturing some of the most special moments for us & for traveling with me to Uganda and back • • • ** our FRIENDS & our FAMILY OF THE CENTURY: y'all have walked through and prayed through every single moment of this adoption with us, were our ROCKS through it all, kept it a secret, and truly had faith & hope for us when we felt like we had none left. I could cry thinking about each one of you-y'all know who you are & we are beyond blessed with our community God has given us we love y'all more than any words could come close to describing. I might just throw you all a giant party celebrating y'all • • • BRB STILL FREAKING OUT OUR DAUGHTER IS HOME
Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, finally welcomed their daughter Willa Gray home from Uganda on May 11 after more than a year of waiting and navigating the ups and downs of adoption.
Finally being all in one place is surreal for the family, as they tell People in a new interview.
“It felt like a dream. I’ve dreamed of us all being on the same continent for so long. It finally feels like everyone is where they’re supposed to be,” Lauren explains.
“On the way to the airport, it was like Christmas Day,” Rhett remembers.
Since Lauren is pregnant with the couple’s biological daughter, due in just a few months, she was unable to travel to Uganda to pick up Willa Gray, but according to Instagram, her parents brought the baby girl to Nashville.
Lauren met Willa Gray in 2016 while on a trip to Uganda with the organization 147 Million Orphans and immediately bonded with her. Rhett recalls just how special the relationship was from first meeting.
“Lauren had this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way,” he says. “I just blurted out, ‘We should bring her home.’ ”
After a dozen more trips to the country, stacks of paperwork and a lot of waiting, Willa is finally home — and ready to become a big sister! The couple is preparing to be Mom and Dad two times over with the impending arrival of Baby Akins, and they’re already knee-deep into life with a toddler.
“It is very weird to be called ‘Dad’ by a little human being,” says Rhett of becoming a father, adding, “She never stops moving!”
Outside of a busy home life, the country star has been busy, playing an undercover cop in his music video alongside B.A. bank robber Maren Morris for “Craving You.” It’s the first single off his upcoming record, which has yet to be announced. He’s also on his Home Team Tour with Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson.
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