After a year-long adoption process, Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren welcomed their new daughter, Willa Gray Akins home from Uganda on Thursday.
Thomas Rhett told People:
"On the way to the airport, it was like Christmas Day."
His wife Lauren added:
“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.”
Meet Willa Gray Akins! I can't believe our daughter is finally home🙌🏼 Thank you to everyone who prayed every single day for this sweet girl pic.twitter.com/ykKFjI83wh— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) May 12, 2017
The couple first decided to adopt Willa about a year ago when Lauren traveled to Uganda. At the time, Lauren and Thomas had been trying to conceive but hadn't been successful.
Thomas told People that when he saw a photo of Lauren holding Willa:
“Lauren had this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way. I just blurted out, ‘We should bring her home.’”
Lauren traveled to Uganda a few weeks ago with the intention of bringing Willa home, but unfortunately the adoption wasn’t finalized before she needed to return to the States for a pregnancy check-up. So Lauren's parents brought her home last week.
Thomas told People:
“It is very weird to be called ‘Dad’ by a little human being, but it is one of the coolest feelings in the world. Nothing beats that.”
First walk was a success😎 pic.twitter.com/QEcpqVRVEC— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) May 14, 2017
Babe.... I love you so much and happy 1st Mother's Day. You already are a rock star at being a mom. You + me+ Willa pic.twitter.com/RKbKbnhmCp— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) May 14, 2017