As Joey Feek's health continues to deteriorate, she and husband Rory are coming to terms with the fact that these may be the final few moments they spend together, and Joey has already started saying her goodbyes.
Taking to his blog, This Life I Live, Rory wrote a heartbreaking post recalling some of the most beautiful moments he has spent with Joey and how she has now said her farewells to those she holds dear.
"It is difficult for me to write this, partly because it seems like everything I write these days ends up as some tragic news story about my wife and her 'last days' and the 'shocking' new development that has just been shared," Rory wrote. "I want to apologize for any sensational headlines that this or any post has created. That has not been my intention. These are just stories… small vignettes from our lives, just like the ones that you and everyone out there, are living every day."
It should be noted that no one wants to create headlines out of something tragic, but rather highlight what a beautiful, inspiring love story that Joey and Rory Feek have shared, and how their story has touched the lives of so many — and this is something that Rory says he is truly thankful for.
He continued, "That being said, I am thankful. So very thankful – that our story has been shared and shared and shared. Thankful that because it's being picked up and shared by dozens of news organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals on Facebook and elsewhere, somehow my wife's life, and ultimately her death, might possibly help or encourage someone else somewhere.
"That this life she's living might impact the life of someone that she and I will never meet, and never see, at least this side of heaven. That is a good thing. No, that is a great thing. Thank you."
Rory continued, explaining how even though he knew the end would come, he had never "really faced it."
"We've been here going through this for months and months now," he began. "Though [sic] many ups and downs. Nearing the end, doing better, nearing the end again. Hoping. Praying. Believing. But through it all, most of us have known down-deep for a while now, that the end would eventually come… but we haven't really faced it. I don't think we've been in denial, just filled with hope and living in the moment...."
He continued, writing that Joey has achieved what she wanted to do, including being there to "see our baby's 2nd birthday." However, her condition has continued to worsen, 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."
Rory then revealed how Joey has said goodbye to her family, and through the tears, explained to each one of them just how much she loves them.
"... 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," he wrote.
Rory's words are hard to read, not just for all those who have fallen in love with his family and his wife over the years, but for anybody. They have had a profound effect, encouraging strength and promoting love.
Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time, as Rory explained, "My wife has been asleep for days now and her body is shutting down quickly. The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most-likely only be with us for a few more days… at the most."
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