Joey Feek and Rory Feek shared their story of love and courage with the world after the country singer learned that she had terminal cervical cancer. Joey passed away earlier this month at age 40, leaving her husband, who with her had formed the country music duo Joey + Rory, to raise their 2-year-old daughter Indiana alone. And the bewildered little girl is clinging to her father Rory, 49, constantly, reported MSN.
“…somebody won’t leave her papa’s side,” described Feek.
For Rory, love means never having to say goodbye, even though he misses his wife each day, and he believes that Joey will always be with him and Indiana.
“She’ll always be with us. In our hearts. Forever,” he affirmed.
In his blog, This Life I Live, Rory recalled how he felt when Joey took her last breaths, emphasizing that he cared so much for his wife that his desire for her to be free of pain overcame his wish for her to live.
“As we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last…. When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey’s been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more than you want them to stay with you.”
The next step for Feek and Indiana, nicknamed Indy, involves staying close to family and friends while learning to carry on their lives without their beloved Joey. In a post called “Our Town,” Rory expressed his gratitude to those who had reached out to him to share their love and prayers.
“And it never stops… even now that we’re at home. The love keeps coming. Literally as I am sitting here finishing this post at a breakfast restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee… I have had a dozen people stop by my table to hug me, tell me they’re praying for my family and or just say they love me and Joey and Indy,” wrote Feek.
Moreover, he noted that he had not even met any of those individuals before. But through his blog and social media, Rory has touched the hearts of everyone who has learned about the challenges that he and Joey faced so courageously and graciously.
When Joey first learned that she had only a few months to live, one of her goals was to survive long enough to celebrate her daughter’s second birthday in February, reported the Daily Mail.
Feek achieved that goal, and February was marked with moments of setting aside the heartbreak of her impending death to celebrate life. The couple shared their love on Valentine’s Day, were thrilled when they were nominated for a Grammy Award, and triumphed when their new album was released and soared to the top of the country music charts. All of that, plus Indy’s birthday, gave Joey so many moments of happiness.
The night before her daughter turned 2, Joey was so excited that she didn’t sleep until 5 a.m., Rory noted in his blog. She was so happy to have lived long enough to celebrate with her daughter.
“We made it…We made it,” exclaimed Joey.
“For the most part, Indiana’s big day was nothing but joy and more joy. She has a way of bringing even the most painful parts of life back into perspective,” noted Feek.
And when it was time to say her last goodbye, Rory revealed how Indy played an important role in that farewell.
“I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, ‘…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you.’ And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her.”
Indiana was born with Down syndrome, and she has been a blessing to her family with her love for her parents, offering Rory comfort now that he is alone.
[Image via This Life I Live]