Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren brought home their daughter Willa from Uganda earlier this month. Now they’re opening up about the long journey it took to make her part of their family.
“I don’t think anyone can fully prepare you for the journey of adopting someone, especially from a third-world country where there are so many different laws,” Thomas tells “People.” “Every day you wake up with a whole new set of challenges that you never even heard of.”
When the pair decided they wanted to adopt Willa, in April of 2016, they soon learned how complicated it would be due to Uganda’s adoption laws. They had to foster the baby in Uganda for a year before they could adopt which meant they both were traveling back and forth to be with their daughter, each time unsure of how long they’d actually have to stay. Thomas notes, “Things moved at a snail’s pace.”
Meanwhile, as the process was going on, Lauren found out she was pregnant, which made travel harder. In March, she went to Uganda again with her mom hoping she’d be returning with her daughter, but just as she was close to bringing Willa home she had to return to Nashville for a checkup, so Lauren’s mother stayed to bring finally bring the baby home earlier this month.