A country music duo are focusing on family in the face of tragedy.
In June 2014, singer Joey Feek, who, with her husband Rory, makes up the duo Joey + Rory, was diagnosed with cervical cancer — just four months after giving birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Indiana. After a long battle, the family announced last month that she would be ending medical treatment.
On November 9, Rory revealed that Joey was preparing for home hospice care on his blog, This Life I Live. In the post, the dad reflected on their final days in the hospital and shared how his family is planning to spend as much time together as possible — especially Joey and Indiana, who is 21 months old and has Down syndrome.
“The last couple of mornings, I’ve brought Indiana up here to spend time with her mama,” Rory wrote. “Both of their eyes light up the moment they see each other. It’s been beautiful.”
“Yesterday I sat her down in front of her mama and they smiled and played and loved each other the way that only mamas and their little ones can,” he continued. “Afterwards, when Indy got sleepy, Joey held her and sang ‘In The Garden’ and other hymns as she softly stroked her silky-blonde hair. Perfect love filled that hospital room as we all held our breath and wiped our eyes.”
The dad shared photos of Joey and Indiana spending time together and said his wife has been working on “recordable books” — children’s books that include voice recordings of the mom reading the story for her daughter to listen to after she’s passed.
“Joey’s hope is that our little one will be able to sit on my lap in days to come and turn pages and hear her mama reading to her,” Rory wrote.
With their new in-home hospital bed, Indiana will have a play area nearby so that Joey can watch her, the dad added.
“Joey is at peace with where she is and where she’s going. So am I,” he concluded.
Keeping the Feek family in our thoughts during this heartbreaking time.
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