Joey Feek has shown the world the meaning of courage. As the country singer and her husband, Rory Feek, reveal her terminal cancer progression, they also have shared how their love has kept them strong and positive even in the face of the limited time left together. Among those they have touched is country superstar Blake Shelton, who is nominated with the duo of Joey + Rory for the upcoming Grammy Awards, reported Hollywood Life.
The generous remark from Blake came when a fan questioned him about how he would respond if he won a Grammy Award. In that category, tweeted the country crooner, he hopes that it’s Joey who takes home the award.
“I’d LOVE to win a Grammy but honestly want to see @joeyandrory win that one,” tweeted the 39-year-old.
Joey and Rory are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “If I Needed You.” Shelton and Ashley Monroe received the nomination for “Lonely Tonight.”
In October, Joey learned that she had only six months left. Battling stage IV cancer, Feek cherished her last holiday with her family. Her husband, Rory, who has been weaving the story of her battle with her courage and their love, also shared that Joey, only 40-years-old, wants to survive to see their baby girl celebrate her second birthday this month.
Feek recently revealed that the plus sign in “Joey + Rory” has special meaning, reported Taste of Country.
“What we were actually adding into the equation that day in 2008… was God. It was faith that we were adding — a willingness to trust Him and be okay with whatever He had in store. That’s where the power is. There’s nothing magical about Joey and I together,” emphasized Feek.
And while admitting that he and his wife have suffered since her cancer diagnosis, Feek also believes that their union is extra-special because of their faith.
“We bring our skills and talents into this union, but God brings the magic. He takes those gifts and adds in His timing and mixes it with all the years of joy and hardship and smiles and pain we’ve had … and He makes something bigger.”
For Feek, seeing his wife suffer is heartbreaking. But Joey also is aware that she will not live to see her little girl grow up to be a woman, reported People.
The 50-year-old Feek has been faithfully sharing their story on social media as well as in his blog This Life I Live. Posting a picture on Facebook showing Joey with their little girl Indiana, who is just 23-months-old, Rory expressed his sorrow woven with appreciation for the joy that his wife has given him.
“Feeling broken-hearted and blessed all at the same time this morning… watching my beautiful bride pour a lifetime of love into a few minutes a day,” Feek wrote.
For Rory, part of living life right now means finding ways to keep the memory of Joey alive for their daughter. Feek revealed that his wife has been working on helping him understand what she wants him to remember when she’s passed.
“As Joey has had to learn to come to terms with what is happening to her body and what the future holds, it’s been important to her to share some things that she wants me and our girls to remember after she’s gone,” shared Feek.
Taking home videos has become part of the way that Joey will live on.
“Without realizing I was doing it, God has allowed me to capture hours and hours of Joey and her life at home on the farm, raising Indiana and playing music,” revealed Rory. “I can’t help but believe that those clips will be an important part of keeping Joey’s memory alive in Indy’s heart.”
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