Joey and Rory have remained steadfast and faithful throughout Joey’s journey with cancer. The couple have been truly inspirational, and we’re so grateful for Rory documenting his thoughts and feelings in such a beautiful way. These days, the couple have taken to praying for big miracles one day at a time, and we ask that you join them.
This week is a landmark one for the couple. Today, their album Hymns & Stores that Are Important to Us was released today. Sunday is Valentine’s Day, Monday the Grammys take place, which the couple are nominated, and Wednesday their baby girl Indiana turns 2.
There is a reason Joey has made it this long. Let us all join together in prayer that she gets to experience all this week has to offer.
So my hope this year instead is to hold her hand and take her on a ‘virtual’ walk down memory lane together… with pictures and videos on my laptop. I want to take her back to where our lives first began together, and relive this beautiful journey that God has taken us on… from that first song she heard me sing at the Bluebird cafe, to the last one we sang together as we stood on stage and took our final bow… to the songs that she will leave behind here on earth and the ones she will soon sing for eternity to our sweet Lord in that heavenly choir up yonder.
A trip down memory lane together…
That, and I’m hoping for a few soft kisses. The passion for each other that Joey and I once had has been replaced by the sweetest, gentlest kisses.
I live for those kisses.
They are enough.
A few nights later we will again gather around Joey’s bed and turn the tv-in-the-corner on and watch the Grammy Awards – Joey’s mama and daddy and her three sisters and their kids – all of us having a big-time together. We’ll watch the presenters and performances and scan the cutaways to the audience for our daughters and our manager in the sea of people dressed-to-the-nines for the big night. And we will smile at each other and wonder how in the world we got so blessed. How we’ve come so far without going anywhere at all.
For Indy’s birthday, the family will gather to celebrate.
Our plan is to put streamers up around Joey’s bed and move Indiana’s high-chair in beside her, so Joey can be part of it. So she can watch our little-one eat her cupcake and rip the wrapping paper off her gifts. But Joey is very fragile right now, and so with all of these plans we have, we will need to adjust for what my wife needs.
God Bless this family. I hope they call Joey and Rory’s names on GRAMMY night.