Rory Feek opened up about celebrating his first Easter with daughter Indiana after the death of wife Joey. Indiana doesn’t exactly remember her mama, but it’s not a bad thing. Click through for his explanation!
After Joey Feek‘s tragic passing from cervical cancer at age 40 on March 4, Rory Feek, 49, and their daughter, Indiana, 2, celebrated their first holiday, Easter, without her. Though it was unimaginably hard for him to go through this special day, he wrote on his prolific blog that Indiana was just fine. In fact, she hasn’t really noticed that Joey’s gone. And they actually wanted it that way.
“Indy has not asked for her mama,” Rory wrote on his blog, This Life I Live. “Not one single time since Joey’s been gone. It’s almost as if she hasn’t noticed that she’s not here. And that is so sad… and oh, so wonderful – all at the same time…Indy doesn’t quite understand what has happened. Why her papa is sad. Why friends hug us so tightly, and why tears fall from strangers’ eyes when they say hello to us. But she will. She may not realize right now how incredible her mama is, but she will.”
So sad! But Rory explained that this is what he and Joey planned for in her last days, that she would move on from dependency on her mama, and build a strong bond with daddy; after Joey’s passing, Indiana then wouldn’t feel the loss so hard, because she had Rory.
“In early November, when Joey started to realize that there was a good chance that she might not beat her battle with cancer, she made a decision… ‘He must become greater and I must become less,'” Rory wrote. We’re crying now. This is such a difficult, and selfless decision that must have been unimaginably painful for Joey.
This decision is why Rory created his blog and documented Joey’s journey through every step of her cancer battle; he wanted Indiana to know her mother, and how much people loved her. He’ll share the memories as she grows up. “When the time is right, [Indiana] will find them and they will make her smile. Yes, she will remember. I believe that.”
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