Thomas Rhett, Wife Lauren Bring Adopted Daughter Home
Everyone meet Willa Gray Akins! I can't believe our daughter is finally home We have been in this adoption process for what seems like forever and are just so filled with joy that we are all finally home together! Thank you to everyone who prayed every single day for this sweet girl. The Lord blessed us with the most amazing little girl we could have ever dreamed of and we can't wait to watch her grow up! #daddyforreal @laur_akins
Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren are parents! On Friday (May 11), Rhett and Lauren welcomed home their daughter Willa Gray Akins, whom they adopted from Uganda, Africa.
After a year-long journey, Rhett and Lauren tell People that going to the airport to get Willa felt like “Christmas Day.”
“It felt like a dream,” Lauren adds. “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.”
Rhett and Lauren began the adoption process in 2016 after Lauren visited Uganda with the non-profit organization 147 Million Orphans and met their future daughter, who is now 18 months old. Willa had been an orphan since she was a newborn and was given a Ugandan name, which translates to “blessing.” The name fit her perfectly, and during her trip, Lauren had an immediate bond with her future daughter.
“Lauren had this amazing glow about her, and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way,” Rhett says of seeing photos of his wife with their soon-to-be daughter. “I just blurted out, ‘We should bring her home.’”
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
Of course, it wasn’t that easy: The couple had to endure mountains of legal documents, red tape and at least a dozen trips to and from Uganda before being able to bring their daughter home. And things became just a little more complicated when Lauren found out that she was pregnant with a baby sister for Willa (in February, Rhett and Lauren revealed that Lauren was pregnant, later sharing a sweet video of the gender reveal party)!
Due this August, Lauren actually traveled during her third trimester, hoping to bring Willa home, but had to return to Nashville for a checkup before the adoption was finalized.
“I probably could have pushed it, but I just didn’t want to think something could go wrong with my pregnancy,” Lauren says. “It felt weird leaving one daughter and making sure the other one is okay. But I couldn’t do it another way.”
Thankfully, Lauren’s mother and father were able to stay in Uganda, and this week, they reunited their granddaughter with her overjoyed parents. Along with Rhett’s precious pic of his new family, Lauren also posted her own set of Instagram photos that readers can click through above.
Career-wise, Rhett recently released a fiery new music video with Maren Morris for his single “Craving You,” and he’s currently in the middle of his 2017 Home Team Tour. Hopefully he’ll be able to take a nice break to settle into life as a family of three!
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