Rory Feek and his two-year-old daughter Indiana are trying to adjust to their new life without their wife and mother, Joey Feek.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek died earlier this month after a hard-fought battle with terminal cancer. The country music singer was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2014, and after many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, along with a radical hysterectomy, she opted to stop treatment and enter hospice care in October 2015. Despite stopping treatment, Joey continued to fight, but eventually the cancer, which was spreading aggressively throughout her body, was simply too much to bear. She took her final breath at 2:30 p.m. on March 4, surrounded by her family.
Joey, Rory, and Indiana had been living in Joey’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, since Joey entered hospice. However, after her death, Rory and Indy returned to their home in Tennessee. Now, the pair are focusing on moving on together and taking it one day at a time.
Before Joey passed away, she and Rory had many long talks about the future and how Rory would take care of Indiana when she was gone. Joey always wanted to home school Indy, but Rory said, “life has changed that plan.”
In his blog This Life I Live, Rory shared a major milestone in Indy’s life… she attended pre-school for the first time. Joey and Rory heard about the school, called High Hopes, from a friend prior to Joey’s death. Not only is it a place where Indy can learn, they also have a “state-of-the-art therapy center for children with special needs.”
“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.
Indy has been attending pre-school at High Hopes for nearly two weeks now, and Rory said she is already thriving and making new friends.
“Indy has been in the preschool a couple days a week for the last week and a half now and is loving every minute of it,” he continued. “She is making lots of new friends and loves being around all the other kids… She likes recess and playing outside… And getting to ride on fun toys… and learning lots of new things…She even likes her new nap time…”
Rory continued his post by sharing more exciting news about his daughter. Indy has already started taking physical therapy classes to help her learn to walk and talk.
“I can hardly imagine how special it will be when the time finally comes that she can walk beside me and talk with me,” Rory wrote. “I believe that God gives us just what we need, when we need it. Sometimes it’s not what we had planned or what we thought we wanted, but if we keep an open mind… it just might even be better than what we originally hoped for.”
“Indy and I are trying to adjust to our new life at home. To the empty chair at our table and pillow on the other side of my bed. Desperately missing Joey and carrying her in our hearts with us everywhere we go. Knowing, believing… that she’s looking down each morning as I take Indy into High Hopes, still smiling saying, ‘that’s the one honey…that’s the one.'”
[Photo via This Life I Live]