Christmas is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun times have to end. Following their Christmas celebrations with Joey, Rory Feek took his daughter, 22-month-old Indiana (Indy), out for a breakfast date, just the two of them.
Rory shared a photo of their father/daughter date on Facebook, captioning it by saying, “[O]n a breakfast date w her papa.”
In the photo, Indy can be seen wearing a pink and green shirt with her hair in pigtails coloring on the kids menu as they waited for their food to arrive.
Prior to their breakfast date, Rory and Indiana shared an extra special Christmas with Joey Feek, Rory’s wife, and Indy’s mom. While Christmas is a magical time for most everyone, it was even more important for the Feek family this year, as they thanked God for allowing Joey to celebrate with them.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in 2014, three months after giving birth to Indy. She later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Joey appeared to be doing better, and she and the doctors believed that she may just kick this awful disease.
However, a mid-October scan revealed that her cancer had not only returned but had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon, leaving the doctors with little to nothing to do for her. Yes, she could continue to undergo chemo and radiation, but it would only buy her time, not the cure she had so desperately been hoping and praying for. Therefore, with the help of Rory and her family, Joey made the heart-wrenching decision to say enough is enough and stop treatment. Joey, Rory, and Indiana returned to their home, where Joey now remains in hospice care.
Since Joey’s cancer diagnosis, Rory has been documenting her battle on his blog, This Life I Live. On Monday, December 28, he shared a post titled “a Gruffalo Christmas,” in which he recalled the details of their holiday celebrations. Rory started his post by admitting that he wasn’t entirely sure Joey would be here this Christmas, and he had prepared himself to celebrate without her.
“In early November, Christmas seemed still so far away. And the prognosis was clear that there was a good chance Joey wasn’t going to be with us then and that this Christmas was going to be a difficult one to get through,” Rory wrote. “So like the mouse in Indy’s story, we all began to ‘make up’ our own Gruffalo. Ours was the belief that it was going to be a wonderful, magical Christmas. We didn’t really believe it – down deep inside we knew we knew better – but still we told ourselves and each other that it was going to be great.”
However, Joey was not only there with her family. She was actually doing very well, feeling better than she had in a while. Although Joey is still very sick and weak, the Feek family tried to keep their traditions as much as possible, baking Christmas cookies, wearing their new Christmas pajamas, and opening their presents on Christmas morning.
“It truly was an incredible Christmas!” Rory wrote. “Sometimes believing is seeing. And so as the New Year approaches, we will continue to believe and trust that what is waiting on the other side of the deep, dark wood is something even better and more beautiful than our minds can even imagine.”
[Photo via This Life I Live]