It has been three weeks since Joey Feek lost her battle with cancer, and now with the plans they had made as a family changed forever, her heartbroken husband is telling fans why he has “high hopes” for their daughter’s future.
Rory Feek had shared with fans all the high and low moments of Joey’s final months, blogging regularly about her health struggles and the time Joey was able to spend with family and friends. He wrote often about Joey’s relationship with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, and how Joey pushed herself through pain and fatigue to spend every moment she could with the toddler.
Joey Feek once had plans to home-school her daughter, but the country singer’s long battle with cancer changed that, and Rory said he now has a new setting in mind.
On his blog, This Life I Live, Rory wrote the following.
“Joey had every intention of home-schooling Indy as she grew up. For many reasons. But life has changed that plan.
“I have written before about our desire to live our lives with ‘high hopes and low expectations’… but during the month of January, when Joey and I decided we needed to start researching what and where the next-best option for school for Indy might be…we had no idea that God would lead us to a place called, of all things… ‘High Hopes’.”
Rory wrote that they found a nearby center called High Hopes, a combination of a preschool and state-of-the-art therapy center for children with special needs. Joey and Rory were able to research the center before Joey’s death, and Rory said they knew it was perfect for Indiana.
“When I showed this video about their program to Joey, she wiped the tears from her eyes and with a beautiful smile said, ‘that’s the one honey… that’s the one.’”
Rory wrote that about 40 percent of the students at the school have special needs, and after touring the school with Joey, they could see that “the teachers and the staff there all have special hearts too.”
“Joey was so excited about Indy getting the chance to come to High Hopes and I was so thankful that she felt great about it,” he wrote. “Somehow she managed to transform her disappointment of not getting to raise and teach Indy into a real hope of something even better. I don’t know how, but she did. And she never cried another tear over it.”
Rory wrote that Indiana started at High Hopes this week and has been loving her new school. She is going to physical therapy classes to help her learn to walk and speech therapy to “start turning all the words that she can say with her hands into sentences she can say with her mouth.”
Indiana’s future was one of Joey’s biggest worries in the months before her death. Rory wrote often that Joey anguished over the thought of Indiana growing up without a mother, but at the same time, Joey made the most of every moment she could with the toddler. Before the holidays, Rory wrote that Joey was worried about making it to Christmas for her daughter, but in the end, she made it through the entire holiday season and through February, when Indiana celebrated her second birthday.
Rory wrote that it is difficult to be away from Indiana all day, but he knows the school is creating a wonderful opportunity for her to grow. Rory wrote that he takes solace in knowing Joey Feek is looking down as he takes Indiana to her new school and saying “that’s the one honey… that’s the one”.
[Image via Rory Feek/This Life I Live]