Lauren Akins’ Emotional Journey To Motherhood | Southern Living

Lauren Akins’ Emotional Journey To Motherhood | Southern Living


– I love that nothing else matters. If I want to spend some more time at home, or just have some downtime, I can just say, “I just
want to be with my girls,” and that’s totally acceptable. (gentle music) My mom is adopted, that was
always part of her story, which became part of my story. Since it’s been so natural to our family, I’ve always just thought,
“Well, that’d be kind-of cool if I could do the same thing
that my mimi did with mom,” and not really for Thomas
Rhett, because he’s just never been close to it, and
so, when we got married, I brought it up and he never said no, but he was just like,
“Yeah, that’s interesting.” He was like, “Yeah, maybe.” So, when I started traveling
with the organization that I’m on the board
of, we went to Uganda for the first time and met Willa Gray, and I took a photo with her
and sent it to him that night. I said, “This baby, she’s
a true orphan,” you know, “she has no family, we know
so many people back home that are looking to adopt.” I said, “We can find somebody, I’ve got to find a home for this baby.” And without even hesitating on the phone, he said, “We’ll do it, we’ll take her.” And I was like, what? I was like, wait a second, but he was just so confident in it. I love that it started with him, because so much of me wanting to adopt, I always felt like it was more me, and he just jumped right on the train and we just never looked back. Ada is so quiet, I mean, she’s
just got such a very calm personality, and she’s such
a good baby, and she’s sweet, and she’s calm, but, you know,
five, almost six month-olds, they do need quite a bit of attention. So, juggling that has been kind-of hard because Willa Gray is
wild and running around. She, I remember the first day,
I thought I’d put a big bow on the baby and we were going somewhere, and Willa Gray kept saying,
“Uh-oh, eyes, uh-oh, eyes,” and I was like, “Oh my gosh,”
I was like, “what did you do?” “Did you like,” and I’m
like, trying to get my hand back behind to like, feel
the baby, and she goes, “Eyes, eyes, hair, uh-oh, oh no, oh no.” And I was like, “What is happening?” Freaking out, and so the
baby had a bow on her head and it had worked its way
down and was completely over her eyes and she was
like, kind-of, you know, trying to get it off of her eyes, but Willa Gray was trying to help her. And so, from then on, she
tells me if something’s ever wrong, she wants everything
to be perfect with the baby, she’s always wanting to help her. Even at two, she’s already
so protective and sweet, and she just takes care of her. And I’m just praying
that she keeps loving her the way that she does,
because she’s so sweet. But they work so well together, you know. If they baby is ever crying
and we can’t figure out how to fix it or make her, you
know, calm down a little bit, my first line of help is always
like, where is Willa Gray? I’ve done both now, I’ve
had one through adoption, one biological, and the process
of getting them both here was the most emotionally draining. I’ve never in my life been that exhausted with both, and thinking I can’t do this. But, it’s pain with a purpose,
you know, you’re bringing your child into the world,
and the same with Willa Gray, not necessarily physical
pain, but there was more pain bringing Willa Gray home
than probably Ada James. It’s a different kind of pain,
but also pain with a purpose. Both, though, not sure in how
it’s going to end, you know. So many things can go
wrong in both situations. I think it’s good, it’s good
to have to fight for your kids. It just makes you a better
mom and dad, and I know it brought Thomas Rhett and
I so much closer together than we ever have been, and
you just trust that whatever is supposed to happen will
happen, and I’m blessed to have family and friends
close by that want to come over and kind-of be my extra set of hands. It is more than worth it,
and I would do it over, and over, and over again to get them here. (gentle music)

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    Darlene Canterbury

    U r an amazing beautiful soul inside and out u radiate beauty and love ! I could watch u all day !!!! You are truly a real life angel on earth ! Thank you for sharing !!!! I wish you and your family all the love health and happiness!!!! Bless you and your beautiful heart and family forever and always !!!!!! xoxoxo

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    Christine King

    Wait a minute! You mean the other woman in this video is Lauren's mom? She is gorgeous, and she does not look like a grandma in the least. It's not hard to see where Lauren got her beauty.

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    Hit ta

    Thomas: we’re adopting from Uganda and she’s the cutest little girl that you’ve ever seen.
    Me: OMG THIS IS WHAT ITS ABOUT LIFE CHANGES

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    Lily Fultz

    Such beautiful & loving stories…I love the names y’all chose for the girls, they are both so very precious & will you & Thomas be trying to have more children, adopt or both in the future?

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    Teresa Mack

    Lauren you have a BEAUTIFUL heart! Love just radiates right through you for all the world to see. In a society that places so much value on physical beauty you are a breath of fresh air; though you AND you Mom have also been blessed with physical beauty as well!! Throw in that wonderful husband of yours and your beautiful family; it’s easy to see that you have been truly blessed by God…. 👍🏽😊❤️🙏🏽

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    Vera Nchezor

    Where did they get the name Ada? That is a Nigerian igbo name for a first day. It means first Daughter of the family. Beautiful name💖💖💖💖💖 love your beautiful family

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    Guliana Tanner

    That story about Willa telling her mom that Ada’s hair bow was covering her eyes is heartwarming! 😭♥️♥️♥️

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    Ken Elledge

    As soon as I saw this video I cried and lagged at how great of parent y'all are all I want to say is thank you😅

    If you do not know me I was the one who you talked to at your last concert during VIP section.

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    gamma*baby*lanipooh* love

    This is true definition of, heart, love, and life God bless yous all😘👨‍👩‍👧‍👦😘🤗💑🙏🙏🙌

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    slim63881

    What a wonderful story. My husband Craig and I adopted a little girl from Uganda six years ago. She is truly a miracle child. We had been married 13 years trying and I was never able to have a baby. Savannah is such a good-natured child. All her teachers say each year can we take her home. She has won the best class listener award 3 years in a row. She is so loving and giving. Uganda is a wonderful country to adopt from.

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    GDAE BB

    This is really adorable but is it normal to say "Thomas Rhett" as a wife or as a spouse in genera;?.. just weird

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    Racheal Mukungu

    New suby here. Am originally from Uganda raised in UK but uganda is the most beautiful country. God bless you both

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    Lena Binkley

    God Bless you! Thank you! I'm so proud of y'all!! Y'all are very special people!! I'm a very big "FAN OF"ThomasRhett and I have been since day one! You are my favorite Male country singer and every since you became a father, YOUR Music has gotten a lot better!! You Rock Man!! Thanks for your awesome Music ☆♡ Have a great day to the Rhett family!☆♡ God Bless! Peace ~n~Love☆♡ OX Lena Binkley

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    Sweet & Salty

    The reason she calls him Thomas Rhett is because that's his first and middle name.
    They are from the south and alot of southerners( including myself) call their kids by first and middle name.
    His parents most likely called him by both names.

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    Shari Gill

    Those two close already so young are going to be getting in trouble together when they become teens! 😂♥️

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    Ty Samuel

    She’s calling him Thomas Rhett cause that is his first name not middle or last lmbo. Look up his interview he says it himself it’s his first name.

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    Lindy Sue Routt

    Lauren
    Your Daughters are Beautiful. Love the story "Eyes"…teehee! Willa and Ada are Adorable. Love them❤❤😘😘😍😍

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