Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are one of the strongest pairings in country music, so it’s no surprise to learn they were childhood sweethearts.
The adorable couple has shared so many beautiful moments together. So, we can’t imagine that they won’t do something extra special for Valentine’s Day this year since Thomas will be off the road.
Until then, let’s take a moment to reflect on where it all began for these two lovebirds.
As previously mentioned, Thomas and Lauren go way back. In fact, the two met many years ago, as first graders. You can see one of their earliest shots together in Lauren’s Instagram photo below.
Although they attended the same Goodpasture Christian school, they didn’t really get close until middle school. At age 13, they attended the same church camp, and then dated two years later. Their high school relationship was very brief, but they continued on as good friends.
After high school, it seemed at first as though Thomas and Lauren would always remain just friends because they both went off to college and wound up dating other people.
However, fate took its course, and the adorable two reconnected – this time for good!
Happy birthday @laur_akins 🙌🏼 This picture is from 2011 when we were just starting this crazy unimaginable life together. I have never met anyone who can light up a room the way you do just by smiling. I have never seen someone make a stranger feel like you have known them for a lifetime the way that you do. I have never laughed or loved harder in my whole life than when I’m with you. I’m so far from perfect but just being in your presence makes me better. You are the most amazing mom. You TRULY are Wonder Woman. I am beyond thankful that God put you on this earth 28 years ago and that he allowed me to know you and marry you. I love you so freaking much. 😍😍
Whew! What a relief!
Thomas ended up proposing to Lauren in the sweetest way. He got down on one knee and declared his love for Lauren at her favorite Nashville-based restaurant, Giovanni’s, and, of course, she said “yes.” On Oct. 12, 2012, they united as man and wife in an intimate wedding ceremony at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tennessee.
Fast forward to today, and the married couple are now the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, both of whom joined the family in 2017.
In May of last year, they brought their precious adopted daughter Willa Gray home. Lauren, who is heavily involved with the 147 Million Orphans charity, had been spending much of her time traveling the world on mission trips to take care of children in need. She fell in love with sweet Willa during one of her trips to Uganda.
YALL 😩🙌🏼😭💗 Our baby girl is hommmmeeeeee 🎈🇺🇸💙🇺🇸🎈 Thank you Jesus for bringing our family together on the same continent finally 🙂 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 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛 • • • **PARENTS OF THE YEAR: thank you mom & dad for bringing her home since this pregnant mama is officially grounded due to baby Akins #2 coming in August 😩💚💚 • • • **FRIEND OF THE YEAR: thank you sweet @kaileydickerson for capturing some of the most special moments for us & for traveling with me to Uganda and back😘💗💗 • • • ** our FRIENDS & our FAMILY OF THE CENTURY: y'all have walked through and prayed through every single moment of this adoption with us, were our ROCKS through it all, kept it a secret, and truly had faith & hope for us when we felt like we had none left. I could cry thinking about each one of you-y'all know who you are & we are beyond blessed with our community God has given us🙏🏼 we love y'all more than any words could come close to describing. I might just throw you all a giant party celebrating y'all 😭😭💪🏼🙌🏼😘😘😘😘 • • • BRB STILL FREAKING OUT OUR DAUGHTER IS HOME 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😩🌈👼🏾💪🏼🎉🙏🏼😭🙌🏼💚🎈💗💗
Not long after Willa got settled in to her new home, the family of three became a family of four! Last August Thomas and Lauren welcomed their second baby girl, Ada James, into the world.
Our baby girl is here💗 sweet Ada James Akins came into the world at 10:28 last night after almost 36 hours of labor (only Jesus got me through that-& she is sooo worth it😭💛). She weighs 7 pounds 3 ounces and is so stinking cute I just can't take it! We are all doing well now, just resting. Thank y'all for your prayers-she is a miracle and God is so good. Thomas Rhett and I are so in love with her. And Willa Gray is so excited to finally have a baby sister 😘 More pics to come, so get ready haha
Already, the foursome has made fans melt over all of their precious family outings and celebrations. Check some of those out below …
And, even though Thomas and Lauren have become so wrapped up in their parenting roles, they still continue to set time aside for each other as man and wife. Whether it be, cute ice cream dates …
fun beach outings …
or spontaneous ski trips …
They’ve even brought their love to life on-screen, as Lauren stars in Thomas’ most romantic music videos including, “Die a Happy Man,” “Star of the Show,” and “Vacation.” She has been the inspiration behind those songs, too!
Happy Birthday to the man of my dreams🎈🎉 So thankful I get to do life with you Thomas Rhett❤️ I love your goofy, sensitive, weird, loving, rockstar, laughy(is that a word?), sweet self more and more everyday-much more than I can put into words😘 #happyhappy #youretheworld #mlahmlah #myfavorite #youandme
Yep, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to Thomas and Lauren. And that’s why it’s so easy to fall in love with their love!