Country Star Thomas Rhett and his beautiful wife Lauren welcomed home their adopted daughter from Uganda. Willa Gray Akins joined their family on Thursday, May 11, 2017, and it felt like Christmas Day for Thomas.

“On the way to the airport, it was like Christmas Day,” the country star tells People exclusively.

“It felt like a dream” Lauren shared.  “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.”

While visiting Uganda on a trip with 147 Million Orphans in 2016, Lauren first met Willa. As soon as Thomas saw a photo of his wife holding the sweet 18 month old, Thomas immediately saw the bond his wife shared with Willa.

“Lauren had this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way,” Thomas says. “I just blurted out, ‘We should bring her home.’ ”

The dream came true for the couple and Willa is now home in Nashville with Thomas and Lauren. Read more about their adoption journey exclusively at People here.

Thomas Rhett with Daughter Willa
Photo Credit: Kailey Dickerson

The three are adjusting nicely, and quickly. “It is very weird to be called ‘Dad’ by a little human being,” Thomas shares. “But it is one of the coolest feelings in the world. Nothing beats that.”

Thomas and Lauren will welcome another baby girl this summer as Lauren is due in August. We have no doubt that Willa will be an amazing big sister! Huge congratulations and best wishes go out to the entire family.