Joey Feek has tried to stay strong as she nears the end of her battle with cancer, but sometimes the darkness creeps in. In a new post on his personal blog, This Life I Live, Joey's husband, Rory, recalled an emotional moment he recently shared with his wife regarding their 21-month-old daughter, Indiana.
In the post, shared on Monday, Nov. 23, Rory wrote about the recent snowfall in Indiana, describing how excited Joey was to see the first flakes of winter. "It was like God was sending light into the darkness she was feeling," he blogged.
A few minutes earlier, the country-singing duo (known to fans as Joey+Rory) had received a photo of their neighbors' daughter Scout on a horse, along with the message, "Scout can't wait until Indiana joins her at camp."
"I read the caption out loud and Joey said, 'Let me see.' And she took my phone and stared at the photo — so proud of Scout," Rory wrote.
"Then suddenly her hands started shaking and she closed her eyes and started sobbing. I wasn't sure what had happened — what the pain was that she was feeling — so I tried to put my arms around her and asked, 'What's wrong?'"
Her answer was devastating. "And then through her tears, she said the words . . . the ones I knew she felt, but she had never said before . . . the words that are the hardest, most difficult part of all that she, and we, are going through," Rory blogged. "'I want to raise our baby,' she cried, and her tears fell harder. 'I want to be the one to teach her.'"
As she cried, snow began to fall outside their window, "like manna from Heaven," Rory recalled. "And a small smile came across her face. Then a bigger one . . . And she looked at me, then raised her eyes up at [the] sky and said, 'If this is the last snow I ever see, thank you Jesus.'"
Joey, 40, has been battling stage-four cervical cancer since last year. Earlier this month, not long after she announced that she was stopping chemotherapy, she entered hospice. Rory has been keeping fans and friends updated on her condition through his blog and on Facebook.
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