In a recent post on his blog This Life I Live, Rory Feek (of country duo Joey + Rory) opened up about what life has been life raising daughter Indiana after his wife Joey passed away from cancer earlier this month.
Rory shared that although the two had originally planned on homeschooling their daughter, plans had to change once the family found out that Joey’s cancer was terminal.
This past January, the husband and wife started researching potential schools for their two-year-old daughter Indy. Joey and Rory found High Hopes, a developmental center and preschool in Franklin, Tenn., not far from where the father and daughter now live. The family felt that the center was perfect for their toddler, who was born with Down syndrome. When Rory showed the video (below) to Joey, she said “that’s the one honey… that’s the one.”
Indy has begun preschool and, according to the photos that Rory shared, is totally loving her time there.
Although Rory’s update was focused on Indy’s love for her new school, he also shared the struggle that the family is still facing every day. “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,” he wrote.
The father and daughter spend a lot of time visiting the place where Joey rests. “I talk with my bride about what has happened that day, and what I’m worried or excited about… and I share the latest thing that Indiana is doing,” Rory says.
Rory also opened up about how Joey made sure that he and Indy developed a strong relationship before her passing. Despite Joey’s intense motherly instincts, she allowed her baby to become closer to Rory, because she knew in the end that it would be best. “She let Indy fall more in love with me…and less in love with her. She carried the pain on her own shoulders, to try to keep it off of mine. And even more so, off of Indy’s,” shares the loving father.