“I filmed our lives for two-and-a-half years. I don’t know why, I just did,” he began the post on his personal blog, This Life I Live. “Like writing this blog, something told me that I needed to capture that time of our lives on film. To have it forever. To be able to remember it and share it with others. I had no idea how important it would be.”
Rory, 51, recounted how he had a hard time remembering the Joey he knew and loved when he and daughter Indiana, 2, returned to their home following Joey’s death in March.
“I thought I would be able to remember the good times we had and the love we shared here at our farm … the amazing thirteen years of life we had together,” the country singer wrote. “But I couldn’t. It was gone. All I could remember of her was the end. The five months of dying. The Joey that had no hair and couldn’t get out of bed. The mother that could barely hold the baby she loved.”
Fortunately for Rory, he came across a hard drive that contained loads of home videos that he had shot starting in January 2014, and in revisiting those moments, he wrote, he rediscovered his wife.
“As I set at my desk in mid-April, and plugged in the hard drive that held 6 terabytes of our lives — hundreds of hours of footage, I wasn’t sure I could watch it,” he wrote. “That I could bare looking at our lives before. I thought it would be too painful. Too hard. But the moment I pushed play, something happened … My wife came to life.”
In the clip that he shared via Vimeo, Rory captured Joey with a newborn Indiana, singing her songs by the fire.
“I’m in love with her,” the late singer whispers in the footage, tapping lightly on a sleeping Indiana’s forehead.
“It’s a gift from heaven for me these days,” Rory concluded in his post. “To see my beautiful bride once more … alive and well.”