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Joey and Rory Announce New Gospel Album

Joey and Rory

Throughout the heartache and pain, Joey and Rory have kept their eyes to God. Joey Feek is living out her final days in her childhood home in Indiana, struggling with the inevitable realizations that she’s leaving this earth much too soon. However, through the sadness, God has pulled them through. The couple announced that on Valentine’s Day of 2016, Joey’s last album will be released. The gospel album will feature hymns that have helped the couple stay strong. Joey recorded her portion of the album this past summer before her cancer made it too difficult.

We recorded it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer – just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago. And then she did her vocals where she could… in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing. In early October, we even did a tv taping of the songs in the concert hall at our farm in front of a live audience. Joey was weak and it was difficult for her, but she was determined. This record means so much to her. It is the songs that are the most important to her.

Yesterday, Heidi and I went into Bill Gaither’s studio up here in Joey’s hometown and added our harmony parts to add to Joey’s vocals on all the songs. It’s going to be special.

The folks at the record label asked us if we would like to designate a charity that might benefit from a portion of whatever sales of this record we might have…

Joey and I talked about it and told them yes.

The Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation.

Joey and Rory “When I’m Gone”

Just a little reminder that even after Joey Feek is gone, we will still remember.

Joey and Rory Prepare for the End: “He Needs Me Singing Up There”

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Joey and Rory are preparing for the inevitable. The couple is in Joey’s hometown in Indiana, living out the rest of her days with friends and family. The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts spend the day with Joey, in what might very well be her last interview.

“I wasn’t mad at him, I wasn’t upset,” Joey says, talking about God when she learned her cancer had returned. “I was just greatly disappointed. I really thought we had it. I thought, ‘I’m going to be that exception. I’m going to be that statistic that stands out and says, ‘She fought it.’ We did the most extreme surgery we can do in the gynecologic world, and she did well.’ But for whatever reason, it wasn’t enough, and God had different plans. I was disappointed. I was exhausted.

“More than anything, I felt like I failed at something,” she says, crying. She smooths the tassels of her shawl against the leg of her pants. “I thought I did everything,” her voice breaking with emotion. “But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”

Throughout Joey’s journey, she and Rory have stayed steadfast in their faith. Not only believing, but KNOWING God will take care of it all…in life and in death. And her struggle hasn’t been lost or in vain. Just weeks ago, Joey’s father accepted Christ as his Lord and savior.

“I just cried,” she says. “Now all of my family believes. And all of my family, when we die, we’re going to see each other again. I told my dad, ‘I would go through all of this again, if that meant one person came to Christ because of it. The fact that my daddy did, Dad, I would do it all over. I’m so proud of you. When I die, I’m going to be looking for you. And I want you to know, that after you hug my brother (Justin, who died in a car accident in 1994), I’m going to be next in line.’ ”

“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up,” she says. “But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”

Whenever that time comes. Joey will go in Love. In Love with God. In Love with her husband. In Love with her friends and family. And, in Love with the thousands around the world whom she’s inspired to live a more Godly life.

Joey Feek Placed on Hospice Care

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Today, our hearts broke into a million pieces as we read the update on Joey Feek. Her husband, Rory, has a way with words, and can make us all feel like we’re part of this bigger plan and prayer for Joey.

Joey has been places on hospice care, due to the pain being just too much to bare any longer.

Hospice is arranged and a hospital bed will be delivered later this morning. We’ll have a play area on the carpet nearby – close enough for her to watch Indy play, and for Indy to turn and make sure her mama can see her.

Joey is at peace with where she is and where she’s going. So am I.

An answer to prayer.

And that’s really the greatest prayer any of us can pray. Peace. Sure, we can keep praying for a miracle, but really all any of us want is to go in peace when the good Lord calls us up.

Now, Joey is busy preparing for her daughter Indy to live without her.

Later this evening, when it was just Joey and I, Joey read into a couple of ‘recordable’ books to Indiana. The books are gifts from fans and friends that seemed to know how important it is to connect today to tomorrow for our little girl. Joey’s hope is that our little one will be able to sit on my lap in days to come and turn pages and hear her mama reading to her.

It was heartbreakingly beautiful to see and hear.

Dear God, please wrap your loving arms around this family. May we all experience the strength and peace that Joey and Rory have shown us when we are met with life’s great challenges.

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