There’s no bigger blessing than the birth and welcoming of a new family member and it’s no different for country music star Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren! The couple announced the arrival of Willa Gray Akins and went to social media Friday afternoon to post a photo of their adorable new daughter.
According to People magazine, the family arrived home from Uganda on Thursday with a big surprise!
“On the way to the airport, it was like Christmas Day,” Rhett told the popular magazine.
“It felt like a dream,” his wife added in. “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 and inquired about this beautiful newborn girl.
Rhett was emotionally moved when he saw a photo of Lauren holding the baby, who had been orphaned when she was a newborn, and knew they had to make her family.
“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 push the adoption and finalize everything.
This week, it paid off!
Look at how this new mom looks at her gorgeous baby girl…
Hello Willa Gray Akins!
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