Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren’s “Giving Tuesday” reminder became a walk down memory lane Instagram/@laur_akins

Black Friday has come and gone, as has Cyber Monday. But if you really want to give a gift that keeps on giving, there’s Giving Tuesday — a day focused on donating to worthy causes during the holiday season. For Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, that worthwhile effort is 147 Million Orphans.

Lauren shared a post on her Instagram page to encourage her followers to consider donating to the charity that provides food, water, clothing and medicine to orphans in Uganda. In the process, though, Lauren took us all on a trip down memory lane that began when she first met the little girl who came to be known as Willa Gray Akins, her daughter.

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The series of photos show Willa as a small baby cradled in Lauren’s arms, and then progress as she grows and their connection deepens. In one sweet video clip, Lauren can be seen teaching Willa to say and sing “Da-da.”

Do y’all remember when the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes? Same!

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Even though Uganda-born Willa has only been in the United States since May, it’s hard to remember when she wasn’t a part of the Akins “Home Team.” She fell into life in America surprisingly easily, and has now adapted to being a great big sister to infant Ada James.

To see how you can donate to 147 Million Orphans, click here and, as Lauren says, “Get to giving!”

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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