Country singer Rory Feek shared a Mother's Day post on his blog, This Life I Live. And it's just as heart-wrenching and touching as you would expect.
As we all know, Rory's beloved wife Joey tragically passed away earlier this year after a long, public battle with cancer. So Rory's first Mother's Day without Joey couldn't have been easy.
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Rory opened his post by recalling the years he spent as a single dad before he was married to Joey. He raised two girls, Heidi and Hope, who are now grown. It's clear he had a lot to reflect on during that time.
"At times I was more concerned about being a great songwriter than being a great father," Rory wrote. "In a lot of ways, I think the girls raised me while I was raising them. But they were so forgiving and loved me unconditionally. They still do."
He went on to say how proud he is of those daughters, and how much he loves being a dad. That's why when he did marry Joey, the two prayed so hard and so long for them to have a baby together. In 2014, that prayer was answered with baby Indiana.
But it wasn't long before sadness struck the happy couple.
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Rory recounts the painful day that they found out that Joey's cancer was not responding to cancer treatment.
"Joey sat beside me on a glider on our back deck and cried and cried," he wrote. "But not because of the news that the cancer had spread and there was nothing more the doctors could do. She cried because Indy was going to lose her mama, and I was going to be a single father again."
But then, the pair got on their knees and prayed together--and found comfort in God's plan for them. Rory remembers that they never cried over that part again.
That doesn't mean that it wasn't incredibly difficult after she passed, of course. But he still found a way to honor her on "her" day.
"Though my beautiful wife sleeps in a bed of clover behind our farmhouse, we still celebrate her on this special day and lift her up and give her flowers," he wrote. "This is not my day. It is hers."
And baby Indiana helps him keep her memory close on all days, not just Mother's Day.
He wrote of Indiana, "When I look into her little eyes… all I see is love."
via For Every Mom
PLUS: See the most inspiring quotes from the late, great Joey Feek below.
"She said that when you’re lying in a bed day after day and you can do nothing and you don’t know if you’re gonna be here next Christmas, or next month or even next week… you suddenly become hyper-aware that today… that this moment – is all you have. And that today is enough. It truly is a gift," Joey's Husband Rory wrote on his blog.
Joey and Indy in the living room from Hickory Films on Vimeo.