Rory Feek/This Life I Live
Time and time again, Joey Feek is teaching us about what is truly important. As she bravely fights her battle with cancer, and grows more frail and weak, the singer has chosen to make the most of every moment. From time spent in her hospice bed playing with her almost-2-year old daughter, Indiana, to preparing a garden for her family to enjoy long after she’s gone, Joey is inspiring families everywhere to stop and think about the most important things.
Joey’s husband, Rory, addressed Joey’s passion for life in a recent blog post.
“…what was important, is still important to her.
I love that about my wife. That, and a million other things.
Joey knows what matters most. From the day I met her, I knew that. She wasn’t like me… where what seemed most important changed from day to day or seemed to shift with what was on my mind or how full my plate was at the time. She knew what was important – what was really important… down in her heart of hearts. And she acted on it.
She still does.”
In a recent photo posted to Facebook, Rory shared that they have found a special way to keep some of the most important people in Joey’s life close to her heart. The photo shows a frail Joey wearing a necklace bearing the names of her daughters: Indiana, Heidi, and Hopie.
In early November, Rory wrote about the day Joey became a step-mom to Heidi and Hopie, and confessed that it hasn’t always been easy.
“I’m sure they’d tell you there were trying times. Lots of them. Times when they didn’t know how to communicate, when they were confused and frustrated at each other. But the girls never gave up on Joey, and she never gave up on them,” Rory wrote. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard the girls tell anyone that Joey is their step-mom. But I have heard them tell people numerous times that she is their mother.
They don’t actually call Joey ‘mom’. They never have. I don’t know why. Maybe they’ve always been too afraid to completely trust… to completely give all of their hearts over – afraid that they’ll get left again by a woman that they love.
But if you look in their contacts on each of the girls’ phones, ‘Mom’ is how Joey’s number is listed.”
One would never know that the road had been a rocky one for Joey, Heidi, and Hopie. The girls were there for the home-birth of their little sister, Indy, and have made frequent trips from Tennessee to Indiana in recent months to spend time with Joey. It’s clear that Joey’s three daughters are one of the most important things in her life.
We continue to pray for this precious family.
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