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Thomas Rhett & Lauren Akins Bring Adopted Baby Girl Home for the First Time

Thomas Rhett is just killing us with his rapidly expanding family’s cuteness right now.

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And when we say rapidly expanding, we really mean it — the Rhett fam will have grown by two by the end of the summer. For now, though, there’s just one new addition to squeal over: Rhett’s newly adopted daughter, Willa Gray Akins.

He and his wife, Laura Akins, announced the new arrival on social media. They’ve been trying to bring baby Willa home from Uganda for about a year.

“Meet Willa Gray Akins! I can’t believe our daughter is finally home,” Rhett wrote. “Thank you to everyone who prayed every single day for this sweet girl.”

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Akins, who is currently expecting their first biological child, went to Uganda last year with the charity 147 Million Orphans. She met Willa while she was there and while she and Rhett were trying to conceive their own child and having some difficulty at it.

“Lauren had this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way,” Rhett told People magazine about seeing photos of his wife holding the then-newborn Willa. “I just blurted out, ‘We should bring her home.'”

There were some difficulties in that plan, though. Akins, who is expecting their second daughter in August, wasn’t able to fly to Uganda to bring the baby home. Instead, Akins’ parents made the trek to Africa to pick up the little bundle of joy.

“Thank you Jesus for bringing our family together on the same continent finally,” Akins wrote on Instagram. “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.”

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So many congratulations to the most perfect little (and still growing!) family.

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