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Joey & Rory Say Good-Bye

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Joey and Rory are saying goodbye to each other. Joey Feek has battled long and hard against the cancer that has ravaged her body. Prayers were steadfast and consistent, giving the family time to do all they needed to…Grammy’s, birthdays, holidays… Now, it’s time to let go, and one would think that all of this time and struggle would have better prepared us. Unfortunately, my tears still fall as fast and hard as they did the first day I heard that this sweet God-loving woman had cancer. Rory has done a beautiful job capturing their life on his blog, and the most recent post is no different.

Joey has done all she set out to do… even right to the very end, and by sheer will-power (and God’s grace), she was still here to to see our baby’s 2nd birthday. Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly. And not long after Indy’s birthday my wife decided that ‘enough is enough’. She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home.

Joey gathered her family together around her and she said goodbye to each of them… to her mother and father and her three sisters. There were lots of tears as she explained to each one how much she loved them and that she was going to be going home soon. That her time here was done and she was going to go to sleep soon. And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so… I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, “…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you”. And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her.

One last kiss.

Since that kiss, Joey has slept. Hospice is giving her days to be on this earth before she moves on to an eternal life with her maker. She has led an incredible life, and I’m not talking one of private jets and suffocating fame. Joey Feek has lived a full live of love and joy. She has a rare life experience of exiting this earth with no regrets. She’s done all she wanted to do. No unfinished business.

I know many of us can’t possibly understand how someone of 40 years can be so at peace. That is the miracle. She knows life will go on without her, and her baby and her husband and their fans will remember her always.

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