Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren have announced the arrival of Willa Gray Akins and went to social media Friday afternoon (May 12) to post a photo of their daughter.
Earlier this year, the couple revealed plans to adopt a child from Africa. Meanwhile, Lauren is also pregnant and has an August due date.
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
According to People magazine, the family arrived home from Uganda on Thursday.
“On the way to the airport, it was like Christmas Day,” Rhett told the magazine.
“It felt like a dream,” his wife added. “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 first met the 18-month-old in Uganda during a visit sponsored by the nonprofit 147 Million Orphans. At the time, the couple had been trying to conceive without success and began discussing adoption.
Rhett was emotionally moved when he saw a photo of Lauren holding the baby, who had been orphaned when she was a newborn.
“Lauren had this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way,” he told People. ’I just blurted out, ’We should bring her home.'”
The couple made more than a dozen trips to Africa during the past year to finalize the adoption.
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
News of the adoption comes while Rhett is taking a brief break from touring. He returns to the road May 20 in Madison, Mississippi. He has three other concerts scheduled this month, including a May 27 appearance at the Country 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a May 28 performance at the Bayou Country Superfest in New Orleans.