Oldest daughter of Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins, Willa Gray turns five and father Thomas Rhett couldn’t be prouder. The “Marry Me” singer took to Instagram to pen a sweet tribute to his birthday girl for the entire world to see. 


“Ok I’m really sorry for all the posts today but we went straight from Halloween to Willa Grays’s 5th birthday,” Rhett began his post on Instagram. “WG you continue to amaze me with your heart, your kindness, your selflessness, and your hilariousness. You make me such a better human being, and I’m inspired by you every single day. You may be 5 but you already act like your 15. You are the MOST amazing big sister that AJ and Lennon could ask for. I can’t wait to watch you grow and be there with you every step of the way. To my beautiful baby girl, happy birthday sweet pea!”

Rhett and wife Lauren Akins adopted Willa Gray from Uganda in 2017.

Known by her Ugandan nickname, “Blessing,” Willa was truly a blessing to the singer and his wife. Willa Gray was one of many orphans in a children’s home Akins visited while working in Uganda with the Christian charity 147 Million Orphans.

“She really does live up to her nickname in Uganda: She is just the biggest little Blessing that ever has walked the earth,” Akins told People Magazine in a past interview of the toddler, who’d been brought to the children’s home just after her 2015 birth.

Rhett and Akins, despite having no luck in the beginning getting pregnant, have gone on to welcome two daughters, 3-year-old Ada James and 8-month-old Lennon Love.

Happy Birthday, beautiful Willa Gray! We wish you many many more wonderful birthdays and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for this special little angel who has brought nothing but joy to so many.

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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